The New Year is here and the 49ers are already back at team headquarters getting ready for their Divisional Round matchup next week. Players were given Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off this week, but it hasn’t stopped some 49ers from working out at team headquarters on their own time.
Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group relayed comments from Jim Harbaugh’s appearance on KNBR Wednesday, when he said the 49ers are preparing to play in “three Super Bowls.” Harbaugh also touched on other topics like Justin Smith’s health and the Stanford victory in the Rose Bowl.
“Watching Stanford win the Rose Bowl on Tuesday also gave Harbaugh a thrill, and fondly recounted how he sat in some of those Stanford players’ living rooms while recruiting them in his days as the Cardinal’s coach,” Inman wrote.
The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate looks at the potential impact of newly-signed kicker Billy Cundiff and a look at 49ers front office members and assistant coaches who could be candidates to fill positions for other organizations.
Sports Illustrated put together a photo gallery recapping the top sporting events from 2012.
Pro Football Focus offered its 2012 All-Pro team and Patrick Willis headlines a group of 49ers to receive recognition.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee listed potential 49ers personnel who could be offered jobs with other teams.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com noted that 49ers Director of Player Personnel Tom Gamble could be a top candidate for vacant general manager positions across the league.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote the kicker competition should be something to keep an eye on heading into next week’s contest.
Barrows analyzed the dynamic between Cundiff and Akers.
Branch looked ahead to the possibility of A.J. Jenkins contributing to the 49ers during their playoff run.
Barrows took questions from fans regarding the potential of turnover in the 49ers front office and coaching staff.
Branch recapped Harbaugh’s appearance on KNBR Wednesday.
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