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Niner Talk: Bye Week

Posted by Taylor Price on November 2, 2012 – 1:36 PM

The voice of the San Francisco 49ers Ted Robinson was profiled in a 49ers.com feature story earlier today along with his broadcasting partner Eric Davis. Robinson, however, played double-duty for 49ers.com on Friday, also joining us for our latest Niner Talk podcast.

The respected broadcaster discussed his bright spots of the first half of the season, naming third-year guard Mike Iupati and second-year cornerback Chris Culliver as his two most unsung players of the first half for the 49ers.

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Morning Tailgate: Sept. 18

Posted by Taylor Price on September 18, 2012 – 10:28 AM

The San Francisco 49ers have moved on from a 27-19 win over the Detroit Lions to prepare for another NFC North opponent, the Minnesota Vikings.

After two wins over 2011 playoff teams to start the year, the 49ers are one of six undefeated teams left in the NFL. San Francisco (2-0) sits atop the NFC West along with the undefeated Arizona Cardinals.

The 49ers, however, stand alone in other rankings, most notably NFL power rankings posted from various sports websites. ESPN and NFL.com both have the 49ers as the No. 1 team in the NFL through two weeks.

ESPN’s Sports Nation also lets you rank the NFL teams all yourself.

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49ers Healthy for Home Opener

Posted by Taylor Price on September 14, 2012 – 3:56 PM

The San Francisco 49ers enter Sunday night’s home opener relatively healthy. Two players, wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. and running back Brandon Jacobs, were officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s matchup with the Detroit Lions.

Both players were inactive in the team’s 30-22 win over the Green Bay Packers.

Harbaugh, however, said Jacobs is “getting close” to returning to action.

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Brad Seely Excited for Opener

Posted by Jacob Most on September 7, 2012 – 3:32 PM

Just a few hours before the San Francisco 49ers boarded Friday’s flight for Green Bay and the season opener against the Packers, Brad Seely was already chomping at the bit to get the 2012 season underway.

While the opening coin toss has yet to be contested, it’s certain one of Seely’s special teams units will be called upon to get the game started. With that in mind, it’s understandable that the 49ers assistant head coach/special teams coordinator was especially energized on Friday afternoon.

“Everybody is always excited about the opener,” Seely said. “The opener is a big deal. I don’t care where you go, if you’re playing at home or on the road it’s a big deal.”

Highly effective and disciplined special teams are trademarks of the coaching staffs Seely has been a part of in his previous 23 years patrolling NFL sidelines.
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Jim Harbaugh: “Time to Compete”

Posted by Taylor Price on September 7, 2012 – 1:54 PM

The San Francisco 49ers know the challenge that lies ahead.

The Green Bay Packers have won 19 of their last 20 games at famous Lambeau Field. The 49ers hope to end the streak this Sunday when the team’s meet at 1:25 p.m. PT.

“My favorite thing is to watch our guys compete on Sundays,” said coach Jim Harbaugh on Friday following his team’s final day of preparations in the Bay Area.

Harbaugh was pleased with the week of practice from his 49ers players and coaches.

“We’re ready to go,” Harbaugh added. “Guys have worked their tails off.”

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Morning Tailgate: Sept. 7

Posted by Taylor Price on September 7, 2012 – 10:13 AM

Two days before the San Francisco 49ers start the 2012 regular season in Green Bay, it’s safe to say the coaching staff is still using their preparation time wisely.

Coordinators Greg Roman and Vic Fangio said they’ve been preparing for the Packers since mid-April when the 2012 schedule was released. Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com shares the ways in which the Packers have been on the coordinator’s minds for some time.

“When the 49ers reported for training camp in late-July,” Maiocco wrote, “the focus was on installing the entire defensive package. But late in the exhibition season, the 49ers spent more time zeroing in on the Packers.”

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Morning Tailgate: Aug. 27

Posted by Taylor Price on August 27, 2012 – 10:30 AM

Fresh off the San Francisco 49ers’ 29-24 come-from-behind win in Denver, the Morning Tailgate has all the top headlines from the team’s second preseason win of 2012.

Sunday’s win was a hard-fought effort that saw the 49ers score 19 unanswered points in the second half to beat the Broncos on the road. All four 49ers quarterbacks led scoring drives, leaving the coaches with plenty to contemplate as they put together the quarterback depth chart. By 1 p.m. PT, the team will trim its roster to the mandatory 75-man limit. Currently, the 49ers have 89 players on the team.

Many of those 89, including running back Anthony Dixon, were singled out by Jim Harbaugh following Sunday’s victory. Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle highlighted Dixon’s hard-running in his game notebook. The 49ers coach mentioned many of his hard-workers, a list that featured 355-pound guard Leonard Davis, who lined up as an extra blocker with the first-team offense.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com noted Dixon and Davis’ efforts in his game notebook.

“(Davis) is eager to please,” Maiocco wrote. “And he likes his new role, which was unveiled on Sunday when he was used throughout game at tight end as an extra blocker.”

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Crabtree, Ginn Jr. to Start vs. Minnesota

Posted by Taylor Price on August 9, 2012 – 4:13 PM

Michael Crabtree will make his preseason debut Friday night when he starts opposite of Ted Ginn Jr. as San Francisco’s top wideouts against the visiting Minnesota Vikings.

Crabtree’s bouts with preseason injuries have been discussed several times through camp, but members of the 49ers coaching staff and offense feel a strong rapport was developed with Crabtree throughout the team’s offseason program.

The unspoken storyline of the 49ers receiving corps has been the consistent training camp performances of Ginn Jr., a sixth-year wideout who continues to show more than just special teams return ability.

Last season, Ginn Jr. caught 19 passes for 220 receiving yards. His biggest contributions to the team were made consistently in the return game. Ginn Jr. became the first player in franchise history to return a kickoff and punt for a touchdown in the same game (vs. Seattle on Sept. 11). He also took home the NFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week honors in Week 1 of last season.

This time around, Ginn Jr. is showing teammates he can do even more on offense.

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Morning Tailgate: July 29

Posted by Taylor Price on July 29, 2012 – 11:03 AM

San Francisco 49ers Training Camp presented by HP got officially underway on Friday, but the physicality of camp will truly begin today when pads will be worn for the first time of camp.

Even without pads, Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers coaching staff made the most of the early training sessions. “You can’t waste any time, not a single minute,” Harbaugh said on Friday.

Saturday’s practice session saw several standout plays, and the continued role reversal of select backup players. Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee noted the position changes from several players on the roster: “Michael Wilhoite and Demarcus Dobbs were back to defense today; Will Tukuafu, however, played fullback … Cory Nelms has been playing safety the last two days. He also can play cornerback.”

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com noted it was a busy day for first-round pick A.J. Jenkins who saw more action due to Michael Crabtree’s absence from practice. “During the 11-on-11 session, Jenkins made three catches, including a nice grab to end practice,” Maiocco wrote. “On a previous play, Jenkins failed to hang onto a Scott Tolzien throw that was behind him. But Jenkins made the catch in traffic a short time later on a dart from second-string quarterback Colin Kaepernick.”

Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News offered this classic observation of 49ers All-Pro, All-World, defensive tackle Justin Smith: “Remember in the playoff win over the Saints how Justin Smith bulldozed left tackle Jerrod Bushrod and reached over him to grab the back of Drew Brees back near the goal? Smith did almost the same thing today, pushing his way into the pocket past rookie tackle Al Netter.”

More 49ers headlines can be found after the jumnp.

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Morning Tailgate: July 24

Posted by Alex Espinoza on July 24, 2012 – 10:49 AM

The rookies are off and running and football season is in full swing. The 2012 49ers rookie class has already started practicing at 4949 Centennial Blvd., and the veterans are set to report on Thursday.

With the start of the preseason comes a slew of predictions from around the country, and to no one’s surprise, the 49ers are being picked by many to be Super Bowl contenders once again. Pro Football Talk’s Evan Silva gave a glowing review of the Jim Harbaugh-led 49ers, who checked in at No. 4 in PFT’s preseason power rankings.

“The 49ers’ defense is so physical, talented, and field-position altering that it’s probably good for eight wins in and of itself,” Silva writes.” No one runs on the Niners, and they affect opposing quarterbacks on virtually every dropback.

But if Smith builds on the progress he made with Harbaugh last year, they won’t be a quarterback away at all.

They’ll be a Super Bowl team.”

More preseason predictions and local coverage from team headquarters can be found after the jump.

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