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Morning Tailgate: Dec. 6

Posted by Alex Espinoza on December 6, 2012 – 11:23 AM

Jim Harbaugh has lived quite the football life. Raised by his football coach father, Jack, and alongside his brother and current Baltimore Ravens coach, John, Harbaugh has been surrounded by the pigskin since day one. NFL.com has put together a great photo gallery of the 49ers coach throughout the years, dating back to his days as a prolific college quarterback at Michigan.

NFL.com columnist Adam Schein wrote that Jim Harbaugh has the 49ers posed to make a deep postseason run in 2012. “The 49ers have as good a chance as any NFL squad to capture a title,” Schein wrote. “The main reason why? Jim Harbaugh. He’s the smartest guy in the room. Just ask him.”

The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate spotlights the coach’s “brief acting career,” Aldon and Justin Smith headlines and more.

Linebacker Larry Grant will be taking part in a Culinary Clash in San Francisco on Monday, Dec. 10 to benefit charity.

Katie Dowd of the San Francisco Chronicle shared stories of the 49ers helping out the community during the holiday season.

Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group discussed the prominent role Justin Smith plays in Aldon Smith’s success.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com previewed the upcoming matchup between Aldon Smith and Miami rookie LT Jonathan Martin.

Alain Poupart of MiamiDolphins.com discussed Martin’s move to the left side of the line after Jake Long suffered a season-ending injury last week.

Maiocco also spoke to Joe Staley about the team’s support of both Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle relayed Kaepernick’s comments to the media from Wednesday.

Inman noted that the 49ers locker room is fully behind Kaepernick.

Maiocco passed along comments from Miami coach Joe Philbin.

National Football Post pegs the 49ers to draft Alabama DT Jesse Williams with the No. 27 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Maiocco noted that the 49ers could have 14 picks in the 2013 NFL Draft.

NFL.com discussed Harbaugh’s acting career. Inman and Barrows also pass along video footage of Harbaugh acting on ‘Saved by the Bell’ and ‘Adventures of Brisco County.’

49ers.com’s daily coverage included a look at Justin Smith, Kaepernick, conference calls with the Dolphins. We also brought you press passes with Harbaugh, Justin Smith and Kaepernick.



Help the L-Train give back to the community on Dec. 10 by taking part in SF Culinary Clash for charity.

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51 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Dec. 6”

  1. By stacy on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    alex plays better than ck7 the defense saved the game alex made more touchdowns than ck7 and alex barely made mistake and never lets his team loose the game!!! ck7 ruined our team loss… jim should of lets alex played in second half last week vs rams!!!! ck7 cost points turns over.. i know it was bad calls but still not ready for the read of blitz liike alex could read… all ck7 were looking for a big play whats important is first downs from the 3rd down conv.!!!! they needs to use quaterback wisely or you ll loose the home division for the playoffs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. By phatalerror on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    If the starting quarterback role is no longer about the “hot hand”, what is it about?

  3. By 49thsamurai on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    It’s about whoever coach wants in. Smith had entire seasons to get to where he is now. Kaepernick had had two games and some change. Give coach a chance he has made nothing but good decisions so far so show some faith in the greatest coach we have had since Mariucci.

  4. By phatalerror on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    If your argument is that Colin Kaepernick hasn’t played enough games to get up to pace with Alex Smith’s production, what makes you think that Kaepernick is going to get there before the 49ers sacrifice a playoff bye for the sake of the development of the quarterback of the future? The 49ers were favorites for winning the Super Bowl, but now they just look confused on offense: Worthless play, big play, worthless play, worthless play, worthless play, punt.

  5. By TheGhostofOak on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    Maiocco thinks we could have 14 picks in the 2013 draft. I think he’s selling us short. We should have at least 16 picks whne we trade Alex Smith for two 7th rounds and a pack of gummy bears.

  6. By raj on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    Hello coach Harbaugh, please bring Alex back.

  7. By johninchina on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    JH, GR, offense – 4 games to redeem yourselves!!! Win out and go into the post season with “an attitude” – you are the best team in the NFL – and championship energy . . . the playoffs start this Sunday at Candlestick . . . goooo Niners ! Beat Miami Dolphins !!!

  8. By johninchina on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    We have four games remaining this season, every team wants to knock us out of playoffs . . . all games will be close; we will need a placekicker . . . my thoughts!!!

  9. By Hermie on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    Its about the coaches playing the person they believe give them the best shot at winning a SB!!! I believe they have spoken!!!

  10. By will on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    They were not favorites to win the superbowl by everyone, but even if so, with Alex there would be no guarantee we would be there anywayr. Alex proved that last year in NFC title game with his inability to spread ball around. Colin could have at least used his feet to open things up,.

    Give this time. Agreed it’s a risky move, but Colins playmaking can be the difference.

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

    when alex smith came into the league, the 49ers coaching staff had NO idea how to develop a qb. the better part of the coaching staff that was in place when smith was drafted were defensive minded guys. it was only when harbaugh and his staff got here that alex began to show promise. when ck7 was drafted he came into an ideal situation, smashing defense, punishing runnig game and a system that doesnt ask its qb to do too much. to compare the 2 qb’s at this stage of their careers is ludicris. PERIOD!!! too many kids have come outta school with a rocket arm and loads of athletic ability and havent amounted to squat. lets hold off on the ck7 is future of our franchise,,,

  12. By phatalerror on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    Colin’s been scrambling for the last sixteen quarters, and meanwhile the 49ers’ offense is averaging less than 5 points a quarter and 3 yards a carry by the runningbacks. Smith was keeping defenders away from Gore, and the offense was more consistent and productive as a consequence.

  13. By Daniel S. on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    All this talk of hot hand, what about hot foot? I have faith that Akers will come through, but a forty plus yard field goal close to the end of regulation I’d say go for the first down and get closer. Giants game Oct. 14th Akers had multiple misses, first game against Rams, game winner missed, next OT against Rams again the game winner missed. Three games in which special teams scoring played a large role in the coaches decision making. Since when did the forty Niners rely on a kicker to win games. Put the ball in play and go for gold! I believe.

  14. By DMT on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    To all of you Alex Smith lovers out there, please follow him to whichever arena league team that picks him up next year, so we won’t have to read your whinny post any more!

  15. By DMT on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    You Alex Smith supporters make me laugh, such selective memories.

  16. By John Valenzuela on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    I like how some people respond CK “not” reading the blitz like Alex could, but Alex’s response is taking the sack more times than not becasue of clinging onto the ball too long.

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

    and for the record, I have said since the start of the 2010 season ” I aint no alex smith hugger”. but at the time he was our best chance to win. I still say that now.
    ck7 has a bunch of stuff to make us think he COULD be the future of our team, but hasnt proven a thing yet.. cmon you guys think he has proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that he is hands down the qb for our team for the next 10 years

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

    I feel that taking a sack is better than pitching a ball that becomes a fumble returned for a td by the other teams defense,,dont you?

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

    you alex smith haters are funny,,you hate the guy so much and have been waiting so long for a change you jump on the bandwagon of a 2nd year DEVELOPMENTAL PLAYER,,,,PLEASE,,,

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

    alex smith led the 49ers to the nfc championship game last year much to the surprise of everyone. I wonder what all you alex hatin 49er fans were thinking during the course of last year? was it ” so what he wont win the super bowl ? ”
    or ” so what he sucks and we cant win with him ?. if so, how can you call yourselves fans?,,,didnt you enjoy the ride alex helped us have through the playoffs? I did and Im one of his biggest critics in our circle of taligaters. im just saying untill ck7 leads us to the championship game he has not done any better than alex already has,,untill ck7 takes us to and wins the nfc championship game
    shouldnt we reserve judgement untill then?,,,the ups and downs of an nfl season

  21. By TheGhostofOak on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    LOL @ a the Alex crybabies.

  22. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    wow so give alex 8 years to run our team in the ground and when a coach comes along and decides fine ill hold your hand ….now alex is something …no way he is the same QB as when he got here …he is what he is a QB who has a ok arm and refuses to throw the ball down field unless a guy is wide open and has no problem going 3 and out for half a game so he can blame the defense and special teams …as long as he is not a fault right …….bah ………

  23. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    give CK some cred and back him until he is not there or change teams with alex ….CK went into the saints house and beat em ….and i say that because all you alex folks like to tie alex to defensive victories so yeah he blasted the saints …and not good enough he shows way more talent than alex will ever have and why don we all wait and see what happens so we as fans dont divide the lockeroom ourselves …if the players are for it then we should be ……..ge on board or stand alone …either way CK is the starter and without a doubt will come into his own and rock the league …remember the league has several new bombers at QB and the league will change and the checkdown QB will go out with a shudder as the new jocks take the field ……..we are a leg up and good to see they are prepping for the future

  24. By 11yearswithalex on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    and if alex was that good he would not have been replaced …if the packers had alex ……he would have been replaced as well …and if rodgers was here he would still have his job ….hmm see the pattern ….alex is one of those kids who came into the league and will disapear ..see you were right all along ……kudos……GOOOO NINERS

  25. By TheGhostofOak on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    Alex will be a back up or out of the league by 2014, book it!

  26. By Jake on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    this could be a repeat of the troy smeth and Alex Smith and where is troy now and if sing would of just stayed with Alex he might still be the couch

  27. By Jake on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    hey 11 the team was already in the ground how do you think we got Alex with the 1st pick

  28. By ace on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    a pack of gummy bears ? rofl

  29. By ace on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    unless something changed it takes a couple of years to really learn to play qb well in the nfl, and poor play calling doesnt help, that pitch play wow roman, this is kinda what i meant by teams figureing out how to defend college plays,except that he tossed it over his head,we can do better, wooooot niners, lets get some fish !!! beat the dolphins ? plz

  30. By Hermie on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    Sanchez took the Jets to the AFC Championship 2 years in a row. Enough said!!

  31. By Hermie on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    Some of you people may think that is enough for the niners to haqve a winning record…but I don’t and after what the coaches have done the last year and a half, I am not going to second guess them now!!

  32. By gary potter on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    11: you are so full s$$t it runs out of your mouth. if AS sat for 4years behind fvare he would still be gbays qb. AS was thrown to the wolves and you damm well know it

  33. By gary potter on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    11: you got your wish now get off AS back

  34. By SHIP on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    Alex haters and Alex Lovers need to stop. Its sooo rediculous. Both guys can help us win but you all guilty of chasing the “I told you so”, that its causing both sides to make rediculous comments. Kap is very talented. Smith is very dependable. We could win with either! Both sides open your eyes and be honest with yourself. We need both right now so stop making stupid comments becuase you biased.

  35. By ls1ta99 on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    When the seachickens beat us to the playoffs because our Head Coach wants to prove that he’s the alpha male around SF, dont go crying and blaming Alex Smith. If Alex Smith lost us the the NFC championship game with his 2 TD’s and 0 turnovers, then Kaepernick sure as hell lost us the game last week againt St. Louis! We should have been 2 or three games ahead of Seattle with four games to play but now the Niners could lose the division to Seattle.

  36. By ls1ta99 on Dec 6, 2012 | Reply

    Oh yeah, and in Harbaugh we trust right? What ever happened to his first round pick? Who drafts a guy in the first round to be on the practice squad?

  37. By gary potter on Dec 7, 2012 | Reply

    not on practice squad. just inactive on game day. just sayn

  38. By bow53 on Dec 7, 2012 | Reply

    it is, what it is , right now its ck7 in the middle, we need to support that..his not that bad as a qb.he just needs experience plays right now & and his getting that…..when J.H. drafted him, he knows exacly whats in his mind the FUTURE…which is a good thing for the franchise long time coming…

  39. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 7, 2012 | Reply

    ship, where ya been buddy? it seems like years ago you and I were picking the guys drafted by the 49ers in the 2011 draft.. you were right on about a few of them. yup some of the comments are completely laughable. but a few of them are very insightful, but at the same time, before coach made the change to ck7 all the talk on EVERY blog was ” we are going to win the super bowl “,,now its alex this or colin that,,coach is a fool or coach is a genius,,but, I cannot ignore the insane amount of former coaches who think that harbaugh might have made a BIG mistake. brian billick,steve marricucci,marty schottenheimer,marv levy,jimmy johnson, even coach jon gruden. all have said the same thing. alex gives you a comfort level as he wont take big chacnes and ball security is paramount, and that kaepernick has all the talent but none of the game time experiance that smith has.. SHIP, you and I have said repeatedly that we dont care who the qb is as long as we are winning. I reserve judgement on CK7 untill he takes us to, and wins us, the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE…

  40. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 7, 2012 | Reply

    @ 11years with no brain,,you said last year that if alex smith led the 49ers to the playoffs you would be the first to post how wrong you were about him but that you wouldnt have to do that because you knew he wouldnt…well, your still a phony, you still havent owned up to your own challenge to yourself, your no man of your words and everything you post negatively about alex smith just shows you hate him because he PROVED YOU WRONG!!! and you wont even own up to it so how can anyone take anything you say seriously? your a flat out liar and a fake a$$ fan….

  41. By 9erdog on Dec 7, 2012 | Reply

    How this is going play out I have no idea, but I don’t think we are the same tight knit team we were a couple of weeks ago?
    A move like this in the middle of a season can be very disruptive, and the players are creatures of habit and don’t like change. What I don’t understand is why the Alex bashers are at it again? Am I sticking up for alex, I don’t need to do that his record speaks for its self!

  42. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 7, 2012 | Reply

    I have know alex smiths limitaions, he has shown us, but with PROPER COACHING he can be a VERY PRODUCTIVE qb. I called for his head for years untill I realized that he never had any REAL coaching untill harbaugh came along.
    let me make this clear to all. I AINT NO ALEX SMITH LOVER. and untill colin k7
    proves himself beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is the clear cut qb for our team for the next 10-12 years, I believe that a player just begining his developmental process shouldnt be allowed to do so in such a tight nfc west divison race. but, that is the trust the front office has in harbaugh.,,,so get ready 49er fans,,its going to be a helluva ride into the playoffs,,,or not?

  43. By 9erdog on Dec 7, 2012 | Reply

    “Kaepernick finished the contest 21 of 32 for 208 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.”

    The 49ers were just eight of 19 on third downs, and 71 offensive plays netted just 13 points. And the Rams, now at 5-6-1, are not a playoff team this season. ”

    Wow: If Alex had played this way we’d be hearing all about it!

  44. By Niners82 on Dec 7, 2012 | Reply

    If Kaep had trouble vs the Rams imagine how bad it would be against Nolan’s defense in Atlanta or the Texans for that matters? (If we ever make to the SB)

  45. By robert tuncap on Dec 7, 2012 | Reply

    ha geuss what? ck7 lead the niners to a game winning field goal, and im pretty sure it wasnt ck7 who missed the field goal!

  46. By 49erdefense2012 on Dec 7, 2012 | Reply


  47. By phatalerror on Dec 7, 2012 | Reply

    “ha geuss what? ck7 lead the niners to a game winning field goal, and im pretty sure it wasnt ck7 who missed the field goal!”
    I’m pretty sure that NFL coaches don’t consider a 51-yard field goal a sure thing. Kaepernick’s job was to get a slumping David Akers within his range. This year, the average distance for successfully kicked field goals by Akers is 35.8 yards, as opposed to 45.3 yards for his misses. Kaepernick’s offense stalled fifteen yards outside of Akers’ current average range for successes. For that matter, that field goal was outside the average range for successes for Greg Zuerlein.

  48. By 9erdog on Dec 8, 2012 | Reply

    who know’s? but if we don’t have the safety or fumble, maybe it doesn’t come down too a FG to win? Bla Bla Bla!

    IMHO no one play OR player will win or lose a football game!

  49. By ogre on Dec 8, 2012 | Reply

    bye-bye playoffs!

  50. By phatalerror on Dec 8, 2012 | Reply

    “IMHO no one play OR player will win or lose a football game!”
    And so in that context, Colin Kaepernick splits the blame for multiple catastrophically bad plays: The safety, the fumble-turned-scoop-six, and the run out of bounds, while at worst you can blame any one coach or player or referee for just one play.

  51. By Hermie on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    It sounds like 11years changed stripes and name to phalacio err, I mean phathead…what will they do “IF” the 9ers go all the way!! Grovel at Harbaughs feet! I guess if Alex was in there we wouldn’t have to play the game this year…they would have just given us the trophy.

    Ogress has been wrong on every post so far!!

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