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Morning Tailgate: Jan. 25

Posted by Alex Espinoza on January 25, 2013 – 11:01 AM

As the 49ers make their Quest for Six, it’s appropriate to remember the central figures who were behind previous five Super Bowls in franchise history. Along with former owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., coach Bill Walsh was the face of the 49ers as they became one of the NFL’s most storied organizations.

Walsh, who was also a friend and mentor to Jim Harbaugh, has left his fingerprints all over the league. From his teachings of the West Coast Offense to his impressive coaching tree of former assistants who have shaped the NFL over the years, Walsh will always be remembered as one of the sport’s greatest innovators.

Seth Wickersham of ESPN the Magazine detailed Walsh’s legacy and how a book written by Walsh captures the coach’s dedication to his craft.

“Walsh began writing alone at his beach house in Monterey, Calif., always at 8 a.m., on yellow legal pads, in pencil, in all caps, his penmanship so clean that it could be its own font,” Wickersham wrote. “He would tear off sheets and stack them neatly in piles on the floor. This was in 1995, and Walsh didn’t know what kind of book he wanted. A leadership guide? A playbook? A coaching manual? A blueprint for front offices? Walsh told (Roger) Craig he wanted it to be a ‘real football book,’ not some light autobiography, waxing poetic about Super Bowls and Montana-to-Rice touchdown passes. He wanted his first book to motivate coaches, not delight fans.”

The 49ers would also like to announce that the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority is offering a Super Bowl special on pet adoptions. Select cats can be adopted for $4 and select dogs can be adopted for $9.

The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate also features the latest Super Bowl headlines, Patrick Willis’ strong relationship with his foster family, a historical look at the biggest games in 49ers postseason history and more.

Erik Brady of USA Today discussed the impact of Chris and Julie Finley on Willis’ life.

Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports listed the top 16 non-Super Bowl games in 49ers history.

Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle noted the loyalty of the Harbaugh family after Thursday’s conference call.

Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea.com invented the word “Harbaughtastic” when discussing the Harbaugh family leading up to the Super Bowl.

Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to 49ers Faithful fan Terry White, who has been to all five 49ers Super Bowl wins.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle discussed Jonathan Goodwin’s role on the team as a quiet leader.

Mark Emmons and Daniel Brown of the Bay Area News Group broke down the Harbaugh family conference call.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com spoke to DeBartolo about his role in 49ers history and his statue that will be placed at the new Santa Clara Stadium.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee noted how Willis selected his jersey No. 52.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com examined NaVorro Bowman’s big pass breakup in the NFC Championship.

Cam Inman of the Bay Area News group passed along comments from Colin Kaepernick about adding to the rich history of the 49ers and speaking with Joe Montana and Steve Young.

Inman wrote that Harbaugh called into John Madden’s radio show.

Maiocco wrote about 49ers running back Anthony Dixon’s role in the offense.

Rael Enteen of CSNBayArea.com discussed the patience of running back LaMichael James.

J. Michael of CSNBaltimore.com wrote that Dennis Dixon will be playing the role of Kaepernick for Baltimore’s scout team.

Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group shared comments from offensive coordinator Greg Roman on Kaepernick and the 2011 49ers-Ravens game.

49ers.com’s coverage included a look at Dan Marino’s thoughts on Kaepernick, James, Vic Fangio’s return to New Orleans. We also brought you the Harbaugh family conference call (audio / transcript) press passes from Roman (video / transcript), Willis and Kaepernick (transcript) and Alex Boone’s visit with NFL Network.



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33 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Jan. 25”

  1. By tanglung on Jan 25, 2013 | Reply

    GO 49ERS GO

  2. By SB on Jan 25, 2013 | Reply

    Harbough is a wonderful family, and they preach heavily about the team concept. Team means helping, encouraging and sharing.

    Well, John has won the last meeting between 49ERS and RAVENS (on Thanksgiving Day 2011). Therefore, this is Jim’s turn to win the next game, that is SUPER BOWL XLVII.

    GO 49ERS!!!

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



  4. By Hmrhead1 on Jan 25, 2013 | Reply

    So there’s an article on espn that ranks the players in the SB. Andy Lee was not considered an elite player. I find that tough to swallow. He’s been one of our most critical weapons over the past five years. He constantly flips the field even when we’re backed up. The guy deserves better.

  5. By tanglung on Jan 25, 2013 | Reply

    Afer the 49ERS win the Superbowl, All the 49ERS will be considered ELITE players…..GO 49ERS GO…

  6. By SHIP on Jan 25, 2013 | Reply


  7. By ACE on Jan 25, 2013 | Reply

    while the ravens are a good team i dont think they are gonna even really be “in” this game we shiould win by 21 yes we have the momentaum, peaking at the right time, mostly all healthy,im just gonna say it UNSTOPABLE,as in we can not and will not be stopped by the ravens , sorry ray lewis go home and play with ur kids while you still can, goooooooooo niners !!!!

  8. By ACE on Jan 25, 2013 | Reply

    ur right hmmrhead andy lee is the bomb !!!

  9. By ACE on Jan 25, 2013 | Reply

    and if u dont appreciate a guy punting the ball 60 yards well then u dont get how important that is to ur team we love you andy lee , gooooo niers !!!!

  10. By gary potter on Jan 25, 2013 | Reply

    do not pay attention to espn they are so biased against the west coast teams it is pitiful.

  11. By johninchina on Jan 25, 2013 | Reply

    you/re right potter, it’s all hype . . . ala Las Vegas and attempt to make the Ravens look comparable to the Niners . . . there is no way, baby, no way, we just have to wait through another week to settle this little matter on the field; we have the “shut down” defense, the offensive line and speed at every playmaking position including tight end(s) in a word: “WOW” ! we can and should beyond any doubt “get ‘er done” . . . and bring home the Lombardi . . . personally, i think Kap has improved with every game and we haven’t seen the best of this guy yet ! Keep working Kap and all the team, don’t be distracted and come out firing on ALL cylinders and the trophy is yours. Niner fever in China !

  12. By tanglung on Jan 25, 2013 | Reply


  13. By mfkram64 on Jan 26, 2013 | Reply

    u awake

  14. By mfkram64 on Jan 26, 2013 | Reply

    hey dave g. i love it! call orge out

  15. By mfkram64 on Jan 26, 2013 | Reply

    shows what kind of fan this person is..u hit it on the head…these people have selective memories….orge how can u call yourself a niner fan?

  16. By mfkram64 on Jan 26, 2013 | Reply

    dave points out u saying they will loss to arizona and get third seed..wtf kinda fan r u? not a true fan that’s for sure

  17. By mfkram64 on Jan 26, 2013 | Reply

    don’t like post about coach throwing to moss?

  18. By mfkram64 on Jan 26, 2013 | Reply

    there we go anyway..people doubt coach he goes and tryouts moss how cool is that….moss has been a true professioanl…love to see him get a td…have a big day catch a bomb and blow the lid off the ravens d…

  19. By mfkram64 on Jan 26, 2013 | Reply

    remember moss was out of football for a year…think about when manningham went down now it’s moss and crabs…..manningham was a big loss but crabs and moss and now davis have picked it up!!! i want to see the niners throw alittle more and keep the ravens d guessing……i think moss is going to have a big day in the biggest game on an even bigger stage!!!!!

  20. By tanglung on Jan 26, 2013 | Reply


  21. By SHIP on Jan 26, 2013 | Reply

    mfkram64-You right brother. I am still laughing on Dave G. calling out Ogre’s fake a s s out on the Jan 24 blog! And Ogre also said on the Dec 29 blog, “In Harbaugh’s endeavor to showcase his “genius”; only his stupidity remains.” See these fake a s s “fans” w ho only like the team when they doing good & panic like little emotional b i t c hes saying we need to make all these changes during the down times & are quick to want to say “I told you so” hate Dave because he exposes them for what they are! Thanks Dave for not allowing these fake fans to slide back in among us true fans who had faith in Harbaugh and the entire team the whole way. Its one thing to question things BUT to keep going on, insulting a coach who has turned us around & protecting their ego (making it about them) to chase “i told you so’s” is not a true fan. ” To earn the right to support them & be with them when they win, you have to support them & be with them when they lose!” THATS WHAT A LOYAL FAN IS! No one wins all the time. Us loyal ones know who we are! And those that are not hate Dave because he busts them out everytime. I can’t wait to see what 49erdefense2012 says about this one! Ogre is suck a joke.

  22. By Humble Gold on Jan 26, 2013 | Reply

    No Fear- Kap.Nick and the hot hand will find Moss, Crab, and Davis with ease.
    More of Gore and James. The super Niner Defense will tame the rest.
    Go Win 49ers..

  23. By mfkram64 on Jan 26, 2013 | Reply

    i hear u ship….i can’t believe things i read by people….they actually pick on harbaugh…r u kidding me..this guy has brought nothing but a winning attitude to niner nation…some people make quotes like “well better never get hurt u won’t play again” under harbaugh or” where’s the loyality”…it’s just to funny….the niners have made it to the champ. game two years in a row under harbaugh and now the super bowl…and people still complain….

  24. By tanglung on Jan 26, 2013 | Reply

    Thank you MR. Harbaugh for bringing THE 49ERS back. Looks like THE 49ERS will be back to their winning ways for some time to come. IN HARBAUGH I TRUST…… GO 49ERS GO

  25. By DYENNY on Jan 26, 2013 | Reply


  26. By tanglung on Jan 27, 2013 | Reply


  27. By tanglung on Jan 27, 2013 | Reply

    Isn’t this great. No 49ERS players playing in today’s Probowl…… SUPERBOWL NINERS SUPERBOWL……SUPERBOWL NINERS SUPERBOWL……SUPERBOWL NINERS SUPERBOWL…… I can sing this all day/week……

  28. By dave g. on Jan 27, 2013 | Reply

    Its been about 18 years! 18 long years we have had to wait for us to get back. Who would have thought it would have taken us this long!?

    THANK YOU JED YORK, TRENT BAALKE AND JIM HARBAUGH. Every move you have made since you have been in your positions have led us to where we are at today! Its a tremendous feeling for all us loyal fans! Bill Walsh would be proud.


  29. By 9'er fan~4~Life, Not just another { J O E } on Jan 27, 2013 | Reply

    Welcome, Niner Fans,.. who’s ready ? For our Quest ~ 4 ~ Six !! G O L D E N~ ~ C R I M S O N , 6~golden rings , 5 Great LineBacker,s , 4 defensive Backs , 3 Down Linemen , 2 Great R.B.,S 1 of the Best running Q.B.s & a offensive line battle though & tested .. Tell me loud & Proud : WHO’S GOT IT BETTER THAN US.. so lets get ready for a after SuperBowl party / with some Balt. Raven Hot Wings… GOOOO S.F. 49′ers N.F.C. West Rule Thankyou Eddie De. ,F.B. Tom Rathman, & the only player who should ever wear the # 80 , J O E COOL # 16… Yeah new Mangement , We’ll miss the { S T I C K } BUT next year we get to Rock OUR new place, & Golden ~ Red we’ll wear it well.. Niner fans UNITE..!!!!!!!!

  30. By tanglung on Jan 27, 2013 | Reply

    GO 49ERS GO….49ERS are #1

  31. By Hermie on Jan 28, 2013 | Reply

    Ray Lewis is retiring for a reason…I believe Roman and Harbaugh will game plan to take it to him and exploit the areas he has slowed down in!! We will let him talk his gospel and how everything has fallen in place for “him”!!

    Well, I think our 9ers team will add a little divine intervention of their own!!!

    Who’s Got It Better Than Us!!!! NOBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. By 9'er fan~4~Life, Not just another { J O E } on Jan 28, 2013 | Reply

    G O L D E N R E D , Bill Walsh would be very proud… I did like Alex Smith , but he just didn’t seem comfortable in the Niner offense at times ,while Kappy ,just seems to enjoy ,while learning , what he brings to the 49′er { O }.. Can you get your head around -having another Great Q.B. I love our color,s & yes we Can Run if we Want too…

  33. By 9erdog on Jan 28, 2013 | Reply

    if you haven’t gotten a FLU shot get ONE!

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