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Morning Tailgate: Dec. 5

Posted by Taylor Price on December 5, 2012 – 10:11 AM

Jed York speaks of flexibility when it comes to the technology vision for the new Santa Clara Stadium, the future home of the San Francisco 49ers.

“We want to make sure it’s an open-source stadium that can grow and develop over time,” the 49ers CEO recently told Fortune’s editor-at-large Adam Lashinsky in a video aired on CNN Money.

In the piece, York discussed the team’s vision for the billion-dollar future home for the five-time Super Bowl champion franchise. The 49ers CEO also expressed his excitement in the team’s working partnership with the City of Santa Clara and the Stadium Authority.

“I think the most important thing is we have a public-private partnership,” York told Lashinsky. “If you don’t have a good relationship between your municipality and a sports team, then you’re setting yourself up for failure.”

The 49ers certainly feel good about the recent developments for the stadium. Besides having the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl to be played at the new stadium beginning in 2014, this week will mark the “topping out” ceremony for the stadium project when the highest pieces of steel will be erected.

While construction remains rampant at the stadium site, the same can be said for the team’s technology vision. York and the team’s technology department aim to find ways to compete with the NFL’s high-definition television coverage.

“What I really want to do is build a software-driven stadium as opposed to a hardware-driven stadium,” the 49ers CEO explained.

In York’s mind, scoreboards will be obsolete in five years. Fans will be utilizing smart phones and personal tablets for instant information.

“I would much rather leverage the great companies that we have in the Silicon Valley who are creating smart phones, creating tablets, that our fanbase and the majority of folks in Northern California use  on a daily basis,” York went on to say.

The team has visions of a ticket-less, cash-less building for the future home of the 49ers, all while increasing viewing options on a fan’s preferred personal device.

But as York explains it, the key is to be flexible. With technology rapidly improving fan’s experiences within NFL stadiums, the 49ers CEO wants to be at the forefront of it.

Visit NewSantaClaraStadium.com for ticket information on the future home of the 49ers.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle checks in with patient rookie running back LaMichael James.

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News writes that Frank Gore wore a wrist brace on Tuesday, but said it was of no concern for Sunday.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee shares Gore’s analysis of James’ development behind the scenes.

Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com shares Gore’s comments on facing his hometown team.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com takes a look at the dozen-plus picks the 49ers will have in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Chris Burke of SI.com looks at Colin Kaepernick’s performance against St. Louis.

49ers.com looked at Carlos Rogers’ outlook for the remaining four games and James’ eagerness to play against Miami.



The gift that keeps on giving.

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39 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Dec. 5”

  1. By gary potter on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    welcome back ladybug we missed you. this coming game is huge, we are 10 point favorite which i believe is way to much. fins have a good defense, and if they blitz like rams did we are in trouble. i support coach JH decision to play ck7 although i don’t agree with it.

  2. By 9erdog on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    I wish I felt that way! for me its easier said then done! When the line was giving Kap good protection he looked fine, but when it got rough, his inexperience showed, ‘Pitchout to Ginn’ Inexperience is something that will take care of its self, but it just takes time maybe more time then we have left in the 4 remaining games?

  3. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    say yes to success

  4. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    pooof great

  5. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    hey guys word press is garbage …..this site is way worse than it was ….so all the complainers that wanted it to change …..here you go

  6. By bow53 on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply


  7. By bow53 on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    server is on lunch break………….

  8. By mfkram64 on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    ninerfan80 great post..when will all of u who say coach is a back stabber,let alex down,all the things he has been through,it’s not fear bla blah blah…when he moved up to get kap in draft hello! coach isn’t a alex fan…this year they go and try to land manning HELLO! people don’t think coach is an alex fan..after he brought them two a 2 fumbles away to super bowl…why? u ask is coach treating alex this way HELLO! he has been treating him the same way from the day he started coaching here! he really doen’t want alex!

  9. By mfkram64 on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    when will u guys get it the rams under fisher r going to be goood for years to come..he is a great coach and he is showing it in his second year with rams…they r 4-0-1 in division…i was hoping 2 years ago he wouldn’t take rams job because he is going to give the niners fitz..he is showing it already…what kills me is kap knows that pitch fumble was his fault so like the winner he is he saw an opening and ran down to get the niners a chance to win…he set it up..walker dropped ball period! let it go u kap haters..he is a winner just watch!

  10. By 9erdog on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    No body here is a Kaepernick hater I least I heaven’t read that from any poster here. So what you’re saying the best way to go in the middle of a winning season, is to change QB’s a young experienced QB in, in place of one of the hottest QB’s in the NFL? Yeah well okay thats your opinion, but nobody here has been ragging on Kaepernick!

  11. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    well in that case, since you say coach has NEVER liked alex, then he is absolutely a back stabber,,after all the kind things he has said about alex being ” his guy ” and all the praise he has given alex of the last 2 years and constantly talking the guy up and then to pull the rug from out from under his feet,,you are DEAD WRONG in saying that he has treated alex the same way from the day he started coaching here is f,uc,kin,g stupid

  12. By 9erdog on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    “Alex is an Elite QB” heard that more then once !
    “Fool me once shame on you, Fool me twice shame on me”
    No more I don’t believe in coach anymore, even if we win the super bowl, that trust has been lost. And I hear that coach doesn’t care what others think of him, to me thats sad!
    Who has it better then us ? … thats lost its luster anymore. And the locker room ,, well thats another story, eh?

  13. By jamie on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    The season will play out and I believe the qb change will end up being a mistake from the timing point of view. Week 11…not a good idea. This team is built to win with great defense and mistake free ball control offense. I have more confidence in Smith providing the fewer mistakes thing.Kaps inexperience will show as teams gather more film on him. The “read option” thing that Kap is better suited to run is cute and everything but just like that wildcat garbage it only works for a second until teams figure it out quick. This is the NFL…not college. Call the game offensively like an NFL team please Mr. Roman. If your not going to use Kaps arm strength than put Smith back in please. I feel he is the much safer option. And yes his experience over Kap naturally makes him make better decisions.This season will end up not living up to what we hoped……and PLEASE CUT AKERS!!!!! He is a disaster and his run is over.

  14. By 9erdog on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah Jamie, I pretty much agree with all you have to say, the spread offense, the pistol, I thought we were a Power Running Offense, Team! whatever? When coach got here I thought finely we have some stability, silly me!

  15. By bow53 on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    try again,i as was trying to post here is that we have a saying ” what u see , is what u get” and this is what we have, we need to accept and face whats in front of us, as much as i was down w/ the decision , i have to support 100%, now my gut feeling here comes down to economis or financially, cuz’ alex is due 7.5 mil plus 1 mil signing bonus come march if he still in the roster probably the franchise is still debating if they gunna give it to him or use that $$$$$ somewhere else, cuz’ i can’t find a reason why?? can’t he go back to alex, if the guy is 100% good and ready, AGAIN THIS IS ONLY A GUT FEELING , i hope i’m wrong, but either way still luv the 49ers….

  16. By 9erdog on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    I felt along that this would be Alex’s last year here just because that, its pretty much the same situation that it was with Payton just less money. And I have to believe that Alex felt this way as well, but also thought that this was his shot, the chance he’d been waiting for all these ,,, my god how could coach do this to him. Say what you will, Kaepernick this Kaepernick that, BUT the bottom line is ,, all we were doing with Alex at the helm is winning. We were a power running team, a ball control team, that the way coaches wanted it, and thats what Alex delivered.
    And when Roman opened it up Alex responded in kind.

  17. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    well i hope alex is that good so we can get some trade bait from him maybe 2 picks ….lol not ….only a struggling team would concider alex as he has shwon to be a checkdown QB …any one can do that …thing is they do not last long against the likes of brady and rodgers and brees and now newton and rg3 and even matt ryan …sitting on a ball does not work when the other team is fireing away at your defense you have to put up points and do it fast and firm ……or you get left behind

  18. By cdy on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    i have absolutely no problem with coach Harbaugh but i have a problem with his recent QB controversy decision mostly because kap is young, throws a bad pitch and runs when he should be throwing down field i told a ton of people tjhat kap wouldnt be right for the job right now and up until last week i was having doubts in my thoughts on colin. i am not a kap hater its just he isnt the right choice right now. alex lost his job due to injury. that is major BS considering he had just thrown 18 for 19 he is good, just put him in the game

  19. By jamie on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    At least you fans who live in San Fran can enjoy ur World Series champs if this season falls apart…Im stuck here in Buffalo, NY!!! My Niners are all I have to root for!!!!! Im gonna lose it if this goes up in flames!!! Theres NO hope for the home team here!!!

  20. By 9erdog on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    Well now, all along I thought Alex did pretty well vs Bree’s?

  21. By Ladybug on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    Hi all:
    Heard Madden on a radio interview about the SF/Rams game, and in his estimation there were several key errors that caused our downfall. #1 the pitchout to Ginn…a lame playcall by BR….when it happened Madden said he couldn’t believe it..never shoulda told CK to do it. #2 the missed field goal by Akers. Sad, but this was THE one KEY play that made the difference. Woulda had a win if Akers had made that kick. CK is on a quick learnng curve, and Madden had high praise for him.

    I bet there were some strong words at the coaches meeting the next day.

    I love my niners…lets hope they got everything squared away for this next game.

  22. By Ladybug on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    ooops…had a slip of my senior fingers…LOL it was not BR that called that pitchout play…I know it was GR…….sorry guys.

  23. By ace on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    jeez john madden,isnt he dead yet ? and by the way he has never been a 49er fan

  24. By jacob on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    how many points will cap give up this game? how many will he take? Who knows maybe he’ll get hurt and not say anything. I wouldn’t! maybe the vet players will be to buisy worrying about there jobs, and feeling like a..ho.les to play well. The locker room must suck right now. I love my niners, but I can’t feel good about them like I used to. Who’s Got it…. ah, forget it. Think I’ll go to work instead.

  25. By Hmrhead1 on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe colin isnt the answer. That remains to be answered. But id much rather strive for greatness than settle for mediocity.

  26. By Hmrhead1 on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    Im not bashing on Alex supporters bec i also love the guy, but our offense has been mediocre since he’s been here including during harbaugh’s time.

  27. By SHIP on Dec 5, 2012 | Reply

    Wow. I think Dave G. said exactly what Madden said above. I really do wish people would quit panicking. We will be good. You people act like Bill Walsh and Joe Montana never lost games they should have won. It cracks me up how lil things can swing a win either way but that small difference causes people to blow things out of proportion. I know we can win with Alex but if you people don’t see the tremendous talent Kap has displayed in the few sample of games, you just plain blind and are not looking close enough. He is going to be great.

  28. By 9erdog on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    the playoffs are a one game season, and one mistake will send you home. So in my mind its better to have a winning QB thats less likely to make that ‘one mistake’ …. I’m just saying!
    And yes Kaep probably will be that good of a QB, but IMHO he’s not that QB now, and I think Alex is?

  29. By mfkram64 on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    i couldn’t agree more ship…we r on the same page….if akers hits those two fg’s against rams.. would we be talking about alex smith? no way the niners would be 10-2 both losses with alex….but it’s a team sport so u win as a team and loss as a team..to make a big deal out of coach taking kap over smith u r out of your minds..kap should be 4-0 period! that’s what coach see’s.. the talent this kid has..when alex wasn’t doing good o for the last 7 years we had to hear it’s the coach or oc blah blah blah…it’s alex! can’t wait till next year there will be no more alex…and the team he goes to he can blame the oc if he sucks!.

  30. By mfkram64 on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    u have to look at it all…last year in the red zone the niners were terriable…the d would set alex up with great field position and they go down 3 and out kick a field goal…refresh my memory other then saints game last year what did alex do that was like the saints game? by the way they got like 5 turnovers in saints game but anyway please someone…what’s so funny is alll u alex lovers were bl$$ing harbaugh last year and till he put kap. in now he sucks, u hate him for what he did to poor alex.. please wake up this is pro football…..if u love alex so much then quit being a niner fan cuz he is gone next year go like that team!

  31. By bow53 on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    the monent the franchise drafted ck7, theres no doubt in my mind that he is our future qb.but i wasn’tt expecting that we would be seeing him play in action earlier than every one thought, now my question is , if we are gunna make a run to the S.B would u think that a rookie qb. would lead us there??or even the playoff???w/ un experience player ???not that theres nothing wrong w/ ck7, his good anyway u look at it,his gunna be a great qb, but why now if our goal is the super bowl????

  32. By Hmrhead1 on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    Because the SB is the goal for every team and you play the players yhst you believe can get you there. Two completions to WRs in a nfc championship doesnt get you there. Yes, alex makes less mistakes but colin makes more plays. Plays win games. Andrew Luck leads the league in picks but still turned a 2-14 colts team into a playoff squad. Why? He makes plays. Also see RG3 and russell wilson.

  33. By mfkram64 on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    i think harbaugh feels he can do what alex can give the team and more…i hate to keep hopping on it but and a big but akers hits those fg’s they r fine 10-2 right? he looks every bit as posed as alex back there…like i said before they over achived last year….it was great but looking at the scudule this year did u think they go 13- agaqin? maybe but i say 10-6 or 11-5 and that to me is good these days in the parity nfl…just win the division first and the seedings fall were they may..but go to super bowl? i’d love it don’t get me wrong that’s what every fan wants..it’s hard to go to back to back champ. games..that’s the reality of it..reality sucks somethimes..as niner fans we got spoiled” a good thing right” in the 80′-90’s but come 2000’s it’s been hard now we start to feel good again with one winning season in how many? don’t jump ship cuz coach is trying something..he knows whats best it will work if not this year next or next but it will happen! we live in a i want it now society..i say never rush a good thing! kap. is the real deal a WINNER!

  34. By mfkram64 on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    hmrhead u r dead on! last year 2 yes two what was there 4 dion’s covring for the the giants last year lol…just think if he did something on offense even if it killed the clock and punted no it was 3 and outs..i know it’s over but look at the pressure eli took last year in that game he still threw the ball up..thats what alex can’t do and what kap. can do make the big play…i watch alot of football and i look at teams going deep at least 2-4 times a game..if not more..rg3 throws it deep alot..it’s time for the niners to get off this alex offense and on to kap’s big play ability…alex made 2 big plays against saints last year..if he did that earlier in game they would have been way ahead..instead we kicked fg’s ..saints scored td’s even with 5 to’s they still threw it all over….my pt is alex can’t and won’t make big plays game in and game out..kap. will every game!

  35. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    incorrect,,,a teams goal at the start of every season is to win their respective divisions,,make the playoffs and then try and win a super bowl,,coach bill walsh at the start of the 1984 season

  36. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    but I agree wholeheartedly with the whole akers debacle. last year was akers prove the eagles wrong season. this year, he is showing the reasons why the eagles cut him. he has hit the wall in his career and I say its time to go get that teevechio kid that was booming 50 + yarders in the pre-season

  37. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    to say that CK7 WILL be a winner is hypothetical at this point unless you guys are proven to know how to PREDICT the future. I aint no alex hugger, you guys should know that by now, but the safe alex in the playoffs could save us as opposed to the try and extend or make a big play downfield CK7,,Its a concern for sure but there is no turning back,,and in the words of 65,000 screaming fans at candlestick,,WE DONT CARE WHO IS THE QB AS LONG AS WE ARE WINNING,,IN WINNING WE MEAN THE NFC WEST, A FIRST ROUND BYE IN THE PLAYOFFS AND A SUPER BOWL VICTORY……IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST,,EVEN IF WE MAY NOT AGREE WITH SOME OF THE CHOICES HE MAKES FOR OUR TEAM….GO CK7 AND PROVE COACH RIGHT,,,OTHERWISE HE WILL LOOK LIKE A FOOL

  38. By bow53 on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply


  39. By SHIP on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    CK7 being a winner is hypothetical?. Its how good he looks when we use our eyes, like when scouts see a player play in college and want to draft him. Stop chasing the “I was right about Alex all along” comeback .

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