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Morning Tailgate: Jan. 8

Posted by Taylor Price on January 8, 2013 – 10:16 AM

Frank Gore heads into his second postseason fresher and more determined than ever.

The Pro Bowl running back rushed 258 times in the 2012 regular season, 24 fewer attempts than his 2011 output.

Come Saturday night when the 49ers host the Green Bay Packers in the NFL Divisional Playoff round, the eight-year veteran will look to build on his solid postseason debut where Gore rushed 29 times for 163 yards and caught 13 passes for 83 yards in two postseason games.

Gore averaged 5.6 yards per carry in the 2011 postseason, a full yard more than his career average of 4.6.

Gore, San Francisco’s all-time leader in carries, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, comes into greater focus thanks to a recent story from San Jose Mercury News beat writer Cam Inman who discussed Gore’s leadership and determination to win his first Super Bowl.

According to Inman, Gore bought his offensive linemen Breitling watches, an encore to last season’s Louis Vuitton travel bags.

Inman also shared the comments of former MLB manager Tony LaRussa who is a big fan of Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers team.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee examined the support Colin Kaepernick receives in both the state of California and Wisconsin.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com wrote about Andy Lee working with both 49ers kickers and being accustomed to holding on both sides.

NFL Network’s Gameday Final Crew previewed Saturday’s Divisional Playoff game against Green Bay.

Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com offers his keys to the matchup, including players to watch on both sides.

49ers.com looked at Justin Smith’s possible return, a trio of players honored by USA Football, Harbaugh’s comments on Kaepernick’s “savant-like” preparation, Joe Staley’s matchup against Clay Matthews and San Francisco’s secondary match up against Green Bay’s healthy wideouts.

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  1. By shela west on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    i think the 49ers is all time players for i love the team for i am # 1 fan
    and im with the 49ers all the way god luck team hope you do get to the super bowl
    for i wach all your games, and your number # one 1 fan all the way wishing you the best of luck!!!!!:)

  2. By melekekane13 on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    49er freight train express to the superbowl for #6… Gooooooo 49ers

  3. By 11yearswithalex on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    andy reid looking for QB could it be alex smith ……lol

  4. By chops turner on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    Defense has to Dominate the game peoriod, the Defensive, backs got to be ready for the running backs coming out of the backfield period… linebackers be ready for the running backs.. the word is Dominate period! all game long…if you want to WIN the Super Bowl.. Frank Gore is a great running back, But hes only great when front line blocks for him… the word is Dominate! if you dont believe me ask, the GREAT RONNIE LOTT! Look At the 49ers History !!

  5. By polo on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    let go team this is it its our time own that field this may be the last time were play in candle stick lets go out champions we have the right guys and the coaches are all that so let get that ring three wins its yours

  6. By Buzz Clifford on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    Watch for Aaron to run and slide for 25 yars to move the chains.

    At 15 years old I had a bb ball team called the dominators. Iwas a great shot and point guard but we dominated nothing. My guys hit pubety and found something better than b ball. The name of our team was the dominators. LOL

  7. By Buzz Clifford on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    When we all showed we were awesome. but never amazing if u get my drift.

  8. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    just got done watching the daily press conference with greg roman, and he was aked a great question. because of the last 2-3 weeks of stat posting on this blog I thought I should share this answer from greg roman… : question, greg,at the start of the 2011 season due to the lock out, your team statisticly should have only went 7-9. what do you think was the main reason for the teams success in 2011? : answer, well,1st off, I dont put that much credit into stats, stats are a numbers game for the media and the fans to play with. my concern is the in game situations and changes we can make to win the game, that is the only stat that matters to me, wins and losess,,,,next question…..IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST SF 49ERS 2012

  9. By jamie on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    I still dont see J Smith playing. I think they want GB to believe he is. Theres no way he can be even close to the player he is with that injury this quickly. I hope Im wrong. I will be surprised if I am.

  10. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    I share your concern jamie, but he has been going hard at practice, not taking it easy,willis on the press conference said that justin is pushing everyone. they have got some pretty good stuff they can inject him with right into the area of injury that could alllow him to play. playing through pain is also a mindset, pain is an un-controlled emotion, lets not forget that either. and justin smith is a bad a$$. a real american tough guy. if he plays, I bet he plays ligths out for 3 qtrs. for thats about how long that stuff lasts, he is allowed a 2nd injection at haltine according to league rules,, but for most guys according to dana stubblefield, if it didnt work at the start of the game it probally wont work for the 2nd half. we will know soon enough, saturday is almost here

  11. By Buzz Clifford on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    A note to Chris Culliver, Carlos Rogers, Terrell Brown, Donte Whitner and the fiercest Dashon Goldson.

    Godd, Great Quarterbacks a.k.a. Montana, Brady, Brees, Namath, etc. ad naauseum, ad hoc, infinitum ” Throw to the audience when no one is open. Bad QB take the chance of a strip, interception etc.

    So if this wonderful Aarron Rogers only throws to side line jump up high your higest jumper Culliver? Take it to the house. Having said that when u bite and go for the int make sure Whitner and Rogers are way behind you as to not make a fool of us.

    Go Niners. The only game u-r playing is today’s game. Come out fast and demoralize them, step on the gad for 61 minutes and u can litterally hear the fat lady sing.
    When Nadal plays Federer in a night match @ Indian Wells he cannot sleep till 4 in the morning way too much adrenalin. If u get down remember how Brady came back foron 23-3 deficit. Watch Montana comebacks. Go talk to Joe Colin for last minute tips.
    Fans become the 12th man on the field hide nois makers in crotch and bra’s , whatever it takes. A purse within a purse. Pray for good Santa Clara type weather.
    God is very, very interested in what is important to us. He is not interested in some football game per say. I pray for no major injuries on either team now go rip their bleepin heads off. SMASH MOUTH FOOTBALLJACK HAM, TATUM, HACKSAW REYNOLDS DECON JONES

  12. By Buzz Clifford on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    That was not an exact duplicate please print that is my last post for this game. Any consideration you can render on this article will be greatly appreciated by me and my family. Thanks again.

  13. By 49ersDaBest on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    O Line really needs to show up this post season now or Gore just waisted his money.
    That still is a big part of our success, us stuffing the run when we’re on D, and being able to run at will when we’re on Offense.
    The games we lost throughout the year, the other team was able to consistently run the ball on us (Min., NYG, StL, Sea) – and Alex turning the ball over of course against the Giants.
    Blow up the running lanes, no turnovers, smash the ball down their throats.
    3 GAME WIN STREAK!!!

  14. By manny49mms on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    Lets go 49ers Fans!!! We got to bring it!!! Stay loud all game long!!! 49ers stay focused and eye on the prize!!! We have unfinished business!!!! Lets go FAITHFULS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. By phatalerror on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    The Kaepologists squirmed when they heard Trent Dilfer talk about the 49ers’ starting quarterback this morning on KNBR:

    “There’s some downside to him… I know what it takes to win in the playoffs… Yes, you have to be explosive. Yes, you have to do some of the dynamic things that Colin will do, but you have to do the little things: You have to manage the game, you have to be very good on third and long, you have to be efficient in the red zone. You have to do all the graduate level things that, to be quite honest with you, Colin hasn’t been very good at. He’s masked them with a lot of the sizzle, but the nuance of the game, the little things that help you sustain long drives, that help you keep your defense off the field, that help you punch the ball on third and goal in the red zone, those are the things that I am concerned against the better teams that he wouldn’t be able to do as well as Alex.

    “Let’s not forget how we beat New Orleans last year: It was on Alex’s arm, in those situations, doing those little things. So I’m just concerned that the move was made prematurely, it could’ve been made in the off-season, and I hope I’m wrong.

    “Something tells me based on my years of experience in this league and studying it and studying championship runs, that this is gonna be tough.”

    If you won’t pay heed to benchmark statistics, listen to a quarterback that contributed to his team’s Super Bowl win. It’s better to win the Super Bowl under the command of a “game manager” than to miss the game by weeks because you have chosen a quarterback that can be explosive, but doesn’t consistently do the little things.

    If you will neither honor statistics, nor honor the testimony of NFL veterans, you honor no one but yourself. I won’t argue on those terms.

  16. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    TRENT DILFER?? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? dilfer was one of the most below avg. qb’s to ever win a super bowl. your so hung up on stats I cant believe you would even go there. look them brainiac, dilfers career stats are TERRIBLE. he won that super bowl playing alex smith type of football at the qb position with a strong running game and one of the best defensive units to ever play the game…TRENT DILFER,,,L O L ,,,,DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHO DILFER IS ???
    dilfers opinon on qb play is about as useless as some of the stats you post. you have no credibility anymore with that post.. TRENT DILFER !!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA

  17. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    TRENT DILFER,,,IM STILL LAUGHING MY A$$ OFF…..

  18. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    I seriously cant believe the know-it-all went there,,,he is so hung up on stats that he over-looked the fact that trent dilfer is one of the worst qb’s,,,” statisticly speaking” to ever play the game,,,my god the dude sucked everywhere he played….. L O L ,,, L O L ,,, L O L ,,,

  19. By bow53 on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    thats what they say about steve young when they yank joe montana out, two or more decades ago, i suggest u post ur stats when the kaep mess -up not before….besides dilfer is a loser….he got a ring becuase of the defense of the ravens not him navigating…he didn’t do $hit here when he was a qb here.. dilfer ? c’mon….

  20. By temper11 on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    test1

  21. By temper11 on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    why are you guys so angry?

  22. By temper11 on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    You guys blast Phatal for throwing up stats… so then he posts an opinion that doesn’t involve stats, you discredit that opinion based on what? That former players STATS! ha ha ha… hilarious! Now I’m laughing my A $ $ off.

  23. By dave g. on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    Temper: Did a former player put up stats?

  24. By dave g. on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    Once again biasness is involved Phatablahblah: Trent Dilfer was brought in the mentor Alex with the 49ers.

  25. By dave g. on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    If you are a diehard 49er fan you would remember that. So you do realize he is backing up his friend. Not saying there is zero to what he is saying but once again people are giving biased view points. There are pros and cons to both QBs but one persons view does not make you right. BTW: You have to admit it is funny to think you hanging things on Dilfers view :)

  26. By dave g. on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    Temper: You should be laughing at yourself.

  27. By ThunderCloud21 on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    First of all, I think we ALL can agree that we’re extremely fortunate and thankful to have such a fine NFL to root for these past 2 seasons! Thanks to Jed York, Baalke, Coach Harbaugh, the other coaches, and all of the players!
    Second, the Niners have been placed in a challenging position since Hunter, Manningham and, of course, Justin Smith have been injured. True, Crabtree has picked up his great play since Mario’s absence…but wouldn’t it be great if BOTH were available? Hunter’s absence has really affected the Niners running game. Hunter was running extremely well between the Tackles, able to give Frank a rest and not have the Offense skip a beat. LaMichael is not at that level (yet), although I’m sure he’ll feel more comfortable running between the Tackles as time goes on. GOOD NEWS: The Niners match-up pretty well against the Packers…and that’s the main reason I feel they’ll win! As long as the Defense can stop the run and put the pressure on Rodgers, I think we’ll be fine. My prediction: Niners 30 Packers 24

  28. By phatalerror on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    I know very well what kind of quarterback Trent Dilfer was. That’s not what was at issue. The words from Greg Roman you quoted were, “that is the only stat that matters to me, wins and losess.” Regardless of Dilfer’s role within the Ravens’ offense, he was the starting quarterback of a Super Bowl-winning team. Dilfer was released the following off-season. And regardless of the validity of the decision to cut Dilfer, the Ravens haven’t won a Super Bowl since. One would have to concede that the decision to sign Dilfer accomplished more for their franchise than their decision to release him.

    But I digress: You tell me you don’t care about statistics. Then you argue that a Super Bowl-winning quarterback’s opinion is without merit. Who are *you* that anyone should care more about what you think about Colin Kaepernick than what a fourteen year NFL veteran quarterback thinks? Did you sleep through every session of How to Win the Internet 101? Where did you learn to argue so badly?

    You don’t know a thing about what you are talking about.

  29. By phatalerror on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    “You have to admit it is funny to think you hanging things on Dilfers view”

    I don’t “hang” on his view. Comments by current and former NFL players hedging their comments about the quarterback situation in San Francisco in favor of Alex Smith are a regular feature of recent radio shows. It was somewhat ironic that Dilfer’s interview just happened to follow immediately after another mindless comment on this website about the seeming irrelevance of statistics.

    Trent Dilfer is not alone in this opinion, no matter how biased he might be. And he was very specific about Kaepernick’s limitations, which of course was not the subject of any debate because there is nothing to say in Kaepernick’s behalf concerning those statements.

  30. By temper11 on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    Of coarse I’m giving biased view points. All view points have bias. Yours, mine, Dilfer’s, Rogers, Young’s, Phatal’s, everyones… that is the point of Blogs! We discuss our opinions! Good grief, what do you people think we are doing here? What is funny is the fact that people keep contradicting themselves in their own argument. 49ersdefense posted a comment from Greg Roman saying that stats don’t mean anything… then when Phatal posted a stat free opinion from Dilfer, 49ersdefense was beside himself laughing because of Dilfers poor stat line as a player.

  31. By temper11 on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    that is funny…

  32. By ogre on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    Just hope the 49ers think its funny after Sat. nite? Go Niners

  33. By hott doggy dogg on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    To my 49ers team, lets get our groove fast and early. Lets be bigger, stronger and faster on every play and dominate mentally and physically. Once we catch a fire like the patriots game,( like the mortal combat video game), lets keep our foot on their throat and finish them F-L-A-W-L-E-S-S-L-Y.
    You GB fans, go visit Alcatraz, but when you come into Candlestick and our new stadium, “Welcome to A _ _ CATRAZ!!!! , Your A _ _ belongs to us!!!!!!!!
    YEAH BABY YEAH all the way from Savannah,Ga

  34. By temper11 on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    hott doggy dogg, you are not considered a real fan since you do not live close to the stadium or spend money on the 49ers. your comments are not welcome here. I am of course being completely sarcastic. Go Niners!

  35. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    I cant even read anything phatalblahblahblah posts anymore,,,he is SOOO discredited with his dilfer reference

  36. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    temper, either you and phatal are the same person or your as a blind as they come.,now your talking like an idiot

  37. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    temper your such a moron, using trent dilfers opinon as a measuring stick of what a super bowl winning qb should look like is f,u,c,k,i,n,g, coming from someone who has been pounding stats down everyones throat to prove that alex is a better qb than kap what? you dont see what a hypocrite you come off as??,,seriously?? you cant see how stupid you both sound??…YES,,,STILL LAFFING MY A$$ OFF, EVEN MORE NOW AFTER YOUR MORONIC POSTS

  38. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    HEY, when the ravens won the super bowl did you guys know that their offense didnt score a td FOR 6 STRAIGHT GAMES??,,, your gunna tell me you value the opinon of a qb who played worse than alex did early in his career?? as to what a super bowl winning qb should look like?? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

  39. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    OH MY GOD,,I CANT BELIEVE THESE GUYS ARE EVEN POSTING ON HERE ANYMORE,,, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  40. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    talk about not knowing what the f,u,c,k, your talking about….TRENT DILFER,,,,HAHAHAHA,,,HAHAHAHAHHA,,,HAHAHAHAHAHAA,, L O L,,, LOL ,,,LOL.,.

  41. By hott doggy dogg on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    unfortunate temper11 I had to relocate but I still have family there, we all are season tickets holders and I still come home and attend games. I lived in SF over 35yrs b4 I left. Just remember when the 49ers come to the east coast or southeast, Im there. Im a universal fan not a 1 state fan. I hope u a real fan and not a bandwagoner. I probably been a 49ers fan b4 u was even thought about being born.

  42. By gabriel49 on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    OUCH!!!

  43. By temper11 on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    Test2

  44. By Buzz Clifford on Jan 8, 2013 | Reply

    Harbaugh has read The art of War by Sun Tzu Ibelieve not in Tebow but in Jim Harbaugh. Philosophy and Psychology Major. Plus been around the game all his life. Mostly know how to handle various personalities. Even gave Alex some confidence.

  45. By dave g. on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    Phatalerror: Shut up already, you know different than people who were asking to replace Alex last year and in the offseason. I defended Alex because he was our starter and thats who Harbaugh thought was best for the team. Of course everyone has an opinion, but whats the point to keep questioning Harbaugh CONSTANTLY. Kap is our QB, so lets support him like we did Alex when he was our QB. Do you like the drama? You must because what do you possibly have to gain? Don’t forget Harbaugh is the guy who helped improve Alex. For Gods sake just SHUT UP ALREADY and just support the ENTIRE 49ers!

  46. By dave g. on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    I meant to say “you NO different than people who were asking to replace Alex last year and in the offseason.” An opinion is one thing and we heard it BUT to keep going on and on and on about it instead of just supporting our starter is rediculous. By the way when did Dilfers or anyone elses “expertise” mattered more than the head coach who personally deals with the 2 everyday? For Gods sake SHUT UP ALREADY! You no different than Eleven Years in the offseason who kept doing the same thing but with an “anti-Alex” agenda!

  47. By mfkram64 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    there’s a reason all these guys r not coaching..the hodges,dilfers,s.sharpe waddle,etc.etc.on these networks cuz they arn’t that good…if u listen to these guys every night they say one thing then after the game they change their tune…what does dilfer know? he knows more then harbaugh right? and blahblahblah” beat the saints with alex arm”..r u kidding me they got 5 to’s in that game..remember when u said’ o the d set kap up in the pats game” well the d set alex up in that saints game..that’s differant? what’s your point? they let dilfer go after they won the super bowl in your eyes they should have kept him they would have won it again right? how do u know what would have happened…if alex played last 6 games the niners be what? tell me u know the future right? u should have called harbaugh and told him if he plays alex what their record would ahve been…how can u say u r not a kap hater all u do is pick him apart if we did that to alex every game u say” o stop bashing him”…”we r winning” or it wasn’t his fault we lost” your a F’IN MONDAY MORNING QB!

  48. By mfkram64 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    hear hear dave g….nicely said….blahblahblah get off your soap box we heard enough kap. and coach bashing…all i’ll say if the niners were into stats and believed that is what’s important in a player.. alex smith would have been let go along time ago.u know what’s funny.. blahblahblah brings up difer’s quote but how bout difer’s quote after bears game? patriot game? hummmmmm just the stupid quote know? it’s time for the packers so lets get some good krama going this week and back the WHOLE TEAM! it’s a mute point talking about alex and kap. think of stupid it sounds? really blahblahblah move on!

  49. By mfkram64 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    hey rypien and doug williams won super bowls i wonder their opinion on alex and kap..LOL! i know i’d listen to what they have to say about qb play..NOT.. LOL! and they actually played good in the super bowl wins not like” dilfer did u say dilfer” u have to say it like that great bite from mora” playoffs did u say playoffs”!!!!!! f’in now we r listing to what dilfer is saying..he being the great guru of qb’s…u have to LAUGH OUT LOUD AT BLAHBLAHBLAH! F’IN DILFER??? C’MON MAN!

  50. By mfkram64 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    hey blahblahblah…whose opinion would u listen to more on qb’s dilfer? who u say has won a super bowl so he has “merit” or dan marino? who never won a super bowl? or kelley? or tarkinton?….so winning a super bowl makes him a great judge of qb’s? please your argument is stupid…dilfer was a below avg. qb PERIOD! he didn’t win the super bowl..that d did everyone knows it!

  51. By mfkram64 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    a point i’d like to make is missing hunter and williams..now kap. has jenkins and james two guys who hadn’ reallyt played a down all year till last two games…no manningham also….and where is ginn? he was a wr once…..i think they need to use vernon as a wr in some sets…with james also.. spread it out…i’d like to see a bomb to moss early…the wr’s on the vikings were open last week it’s just weber couldn’t hit them…they were open all night…get up early and run ball late old west coast…also go for it on 4th down they need to be on the 10yd line for akers to make a fg so anything short of the 10 they should go for it! i like 28-24 niners…

  52. By temper11 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    Ok… now I see the problem. You guys don’t actually read our posts. I have said in probably 80% of my posts that I fully support Kap. Have absolutely nothing against Kap. Hope he becomes the greatest QB the niners have ever known… and all you guys keep saying is “you need to support our QB, you need to trust our HC, etc etc.”. I made a sarcastic comment in one sentence to DoggyDog and in the very next sentence said that I was being sarcastic just to make sure that my point wasn’t misinterpreted… and it still was. There is little point in having discussions if people on here can’t read.

  53. By temper11 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    You people are so concerned about getting in a dig, picking a fight, beating someone down to elevate yourself, that you can’t possibly have a conversation about a disagreement. We’ve said it a hundred times, we don’t expect that any coaching decisions are going to be made based off the content of this board. This board is here for fans to communicate with each other and kill some time between games… That’s it.

  54. By temper11 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    Someone suggested that I’m no different than 11yearswithalex back when Alex was the starter. Which doesn’t make sense to me because I’ve acknowledged that Kap has played well. I’ve said again, many times that I hope he continues to play well and get better. I’ve also agreed with many of you that Alex is done in SF barring injury and will most likely be looking for a new team next year. Undisputed by me.

  55. By temper11 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    My point has never been to tear Kaepernick down as was 11’s intent with Alex. My point, as it’s always been, is to support a guy that has given his heart and soul to my football team.

  56. By phatalerror on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    It’s funny that non-football players would dare to sit in judgment of veterans who played the game four or five times longer than the average NFL player. Trent Dilfer was never an elite quarterback, nor did I portray him as such. My argument has always been that you do not need an elite quarterback to win championships. You need a good team.

    That’s what the 49ers have. Are they a better team with Kaepernick starting as opposed to Smith? I’ve made my case in the matter in exhaustive detail.

    I only keep coming back because people keep saying overly complimentary things about Kaepernick and overly critical things about Smith. I’m going to call you guys out on those things. I bring truth in behalf of the uninformed fans who might otherwise be duped by the misleading statements of the sports media so commonly parroted by so-called fans.

  57. By temper11 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    A Smith is the type of man that I hope my son turns out to be and I’d rather see him celebrated in the NFL for his integrity than torn down because of an incorrect perception that he can’t play the position well.

  58. By temper11 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    “I only keep coming back because people keep saying overly complimentary things about Kaepernick and overly critical things about Smith.” Exactly right Phatal.

  59. By mfkram64 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    phatalblahblah u made your case and that’s just it…u made your case for what? alex should be playing…well he’s not..you say about judgement of veterns well u r judging harbaugh decision..am i correct? he is a 14 year vet..coached at many levels so who r u to judge his decision? he has made his case kap is the qb of the 49ers! u can post all your stats this and that it’s your right but it’s harbaugh’s team! temper11 critical of alex? we don’t bring up every stat about him…if u can’t see the what we all see in colin u r blind along with phatalblahblah…he has this aura about him like rg3 , wilson and luck they r winners!…speaking of luck how were his stats this year? they don’t care in indy..he had 7 come back wins.. and a playoff game…and his stats sucked all year! it’s all about WINNING!

  60. By Justin Cowboy on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    You all may talk about Trent Dilfer being a bad quaterback, but what he was able to do is manage the game and not make mistakes. Also he had the best defense in football. The quarterback that we have that resembles that and who could actually win the Superbowl for us is sitting on the bench. Our defense is no longer in the top 10. The last stat on our defense was eleven. I hope we can pull it off.

  61. By temper11 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    Who said I don’t see anything in Colin? I THINK HE’S LOOKED PRETTY GOOD… HOPE HE CONTINUES TO DO WELL. But, if it’s all about winning – as you suggested, wasn’t Alex 19 and 5 in the past two years? If it is only about winning, we wouldn’t have made the change. It’s about style points.

  62. By temper11 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    And can we PLEASE stop with the “I’m a better fan than you because of X, Y Z”. Nobody cares or even necessarily believes your claim to fandom. Maybe i’m Jed York, maybe I’m a 10 year old boy who went to his first game only last week, maybe i’m a former player for the niners, maybe I was on the field during superbowl XIX, maybe I’m this or that. I don’t care how long you’ve been a niner fan. How much money you supposedly spent on seats, how close you live to the stadium, etc etc. None of it means anything here. Only ideas and respectful discussion.

  63. By temper11 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    Well said Justin Cowboy. I’m not sure why people view the term “game-manager” in a bad light. A good game manager can limit exposure to your teams deficiencies and go along way in getting a victory. It’s the same in baseball. Everybody wants longball hitters on their team when really playing “small ball” will win more games than the walk-off home runs. People have become very one-dimensional in watching sports. Nobody appreciates the fundamentals.

  64. By mfkram64 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    temper11 serious u want your son to grow up the type of man alex smith is? i don’t want my kids to grow up like any athlete….i want to instill values from me and their mother not some rich athlete….do u know alex personnaly? c’mon man u r way to deep into alex with that quote….and cowboy the dfense ranked were when alex was playing? how many mistakes has kap. made to alex’s? for a guy who never started he has exceeded and will exceed as he grows as a player that’s wagt they see in him…i truly think harbaugh saw what he needed to see those 2 games alex sat out…the sky is the limit…with alex i don’t think he felt comfortable..couldn’t expand the plays…and he knows the position…this is why they choice him for the coaching job…they trust him…

  65. By temper11 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    You want to instill your values to your kids? Based on the attacks and rhetoric you’ve used in your posts on this blog, you’d be better off holding smith up as the role model. I’m kidding of course… I’m sure you’re very nice and simply save your vitriol for blogging as many people do – as a release. Athletic boys will always look for role models in current professional athletes. Of course most of what he will learn will come from me, but I don’t think you could find a better role model in all of professional sports than Alex. Which is why I defend him as I have. We (society) celebrate players like Vick and Rothlesburger and vilify players like Smith. Sad.

  66. By temper11 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    Don’t get me wrong… I do not necessarily believe that players have a responsibility to be role models to kids. But it is certainly nice to be able to point to one as a good example of how someone in his position should act.

  67. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    the person who is logging on with so many different names is starting to slip, you can see it in the posts,,,,jus sayin’

  68. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    justin cowboy now huh? good grief how many names can one person have on this blog

  69. By temper11 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    huh? I could accuse you of the same thing… maybe you (49erdefense2012) and mfkram64 and daveg are the same person under multiple names. you all seem to attack Phatal in similar fashion… These accusations and claims are meaningless on blogs. Counter productive to a fun discussion.

  70. By dave g. on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    Phatalerrorblahblah: What the hell are you talking about? I dare you to find one blog or sentence that clearly stats I have ever ever said ONE CRITICAL thing about Smith. I know you big on the copy and pasting so go nuts on your research and let me see what you come up with. Temper11: You clueless, I know you think you Sigmund Frued here but really? Dude…I don’t have to elevate myself: I am elevated. You fools do a good job of digging yourself in a stupid argument thats going nowhere with ZERO point? WTF point? We should be celebrating our NINERS instead of this petty rediculous stuff. I did not realize Dilfer had more credibility than Harbaugh. I did not get the memo. HAHAHAHAHA!

  71. By dave g. on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    Temper11: I could accuse you of protecting your damsel in distress in Phatablahblah.

  72. By temper11 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t think I’m Frued… why do you keep attacking me personally. Protecting my damsel in distress? Phatal needs no protection from me. He/She does just fine on their own with insightful, fact-backed opinions. Because you don’t agree with them doesn’t make you right. Nor does anything I say or site make me right. This is an OPINION BLOG. I keep trying to bring the conversation back to a rational discussion because I thought that’s what the blog was for. We are all niners fans after all. Dave you may never have said anything critical about Smith but plenty others have. Phatal and I have only been trying to rebuke those critical statements. But I think you may be right in that there is no point. Your agenda, and others here, seems to be not do discuss but to demean.

  73. By temper11 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    What’s strange to me Dave is that you and I used to be on the same side of this argument. My position hasn’t changed so why do you have both gun barrels against me now? I understand that you have put your faith in Harbaugh and whatever he decides is fine with you. Ok… I have no problem with that. I disagree with his decision but I do aknowlege that it is his decision to make. He’s the Coach. I just have this little blog to argue my point, vent and satisfy my urge to stick up for Smith when folks so delight in tearing him down. Why does that bother you? I don’t even think we (you and I specifically) are in much disagreement.

  74. By 9erdog on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    3 or 4 posters here feel that, if you don’t post what they want to read they attack and get personal. the Blog bullies I guess?

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONINERS!

  75. By temper11 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    amen to that 9erdog. But be careful, if you don’t attack me or phatalerror or Justin Cowboy (I think that was his name) you’ll be accused of just being another of my pseudonym’s!

  76. By 9erdog on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah: they attack whom they disagree with, and then declare them selfs the only ‘real’ fans on this blog. And its to bad really because some good posts and posters get over looked because of the hate and personal attacks. Its everybody team we all know that, and as fans a lot of us see things deferently, but in the end we all want the something. The Niners winning it all!
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONINERS!

    don’t let`em get you down, we’re in the same boat, eh?

  77. By temper11 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    agreed. Good luck to us this Saturday.

  78. By 9erdog on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONINERS!

  79. By dave g. on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    TEMPER: I don’t see where you getting me tearing down Alex. I am a huge fan of Alex as a man and a QB. I have always and will always defend him. As I said before, this is not about knocking him…this is about Kap having a dimension to his game that a defense has a harder time preparing for which makes us more dangerous. Its harder to prep for a guy like him with his skill sets. I felt Alex should be the starter but after seeing Kap and what he brings he has won me over. And apparently he has won Harbaugh over too. I am not just going to protect my ego and be biased because I did not want the change. Only an insecure person keeps going on and on to protect a “I TOLD YOU SO” mentality. Just appreciate where we at and STFU already.

  80. By temper11 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    Good grief Dave… I just said that you and I weren’t that far apart on this. I’ve not seen you tear down Alex. Never lumped you in with those that have. I do however lump you in with those that are attacking me and Phatal and others who continue to defend alex. There’s just no cause for it. STFU? You STFU! This isn’t your blog to determine who has the right to say what. I’ll post whatever/whenever I want.

  81. By temper11 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    You are saying I’m insecure for continuing to defend a position I’ve long held, and still believe to be true, because the angry horde wishes me to do so? No chance. I speak up here for no other reason than to be a voice of support for my QB who has received nothing but hate and vitriol from so called 49ers fans for years. I won’t “STFU” because “dave g.” wants me to.

  82. By 49erdefense2012 on Jan 9, 2013 | Reply

    9erdog, you should really shut up. your the one who said you lived in green bay and then you said you lived in seattle and then you said you have lived all your life in the city and grew up near kezar stadium. my wife saw your lies,,,you post on here with 3-4 different names, and its been proven ,,,,

  83. By 9erdog on Jan 10, 2013 | Reply

    Stick to football !

  84. By 9erdog on Jan 10, 2013 | Reply

    I think our chances of winning saturday, depend on how well Justin Smith is able to play. The better Justin plays the better Aldon plays, as I’ve posted before you can give half of Aldon’s sacks to Justin IMHO! And thats not a bad thing it just shows how well they work with each other!
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONINERS!

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