Aldon Smith hopes to avoid getting “frustrated” by Flacco

January 29, 2013 | WNST Staff



(on the team’s season) “We’ve had a pretty good season. It has been a trip. We’ve battled through adversity and we are just fortunate to get to this point.”


(on what he learned from the experience of losing the NFC championship game last year) “We learned from the mistakes that we made. We really just didn’t want to be in the same position we were last year by losing that game. We all kept that in mind when preparing for the season.”


(on dealing with distractions in New Orleans) “We really are just keeping the goals that we have in mind which are to come here and win the Super Bowl, not just to come and play in it. We all want to come here and take advantage of the opportunity we have.”


(on the safety of the game) “It’s just football. We all signed up to play football. We didn’t sign up to play tennis or to swim, we signed up to play football. It’s a physical sport and we all know what we signed up for.”


(on if Baltimore is different now as compared to earlier this season) “The season is long so lineups change and people change. We’re really out there not to focus on that, but to focus on what we do.”


(on studying other lineman) “I do a little bit. I really am just focused on myself and polishing up my game.”


(on how he feels about being voted the team’s MVP) “I voted for Randy Moss. I was shocked. There are a lot of good players and a lot of good guys that could have gotten this award. I am on a team full of Pro Bowlers, so it meant a lot. It means a lot for me coming from my team.”


(on if he was prepared for media day) “I was prepared for media day, but I really didn’t know it was going to be like this.”


(on what it’s like to be at the Super Bowl for the first time) “I like it. It’s a different experience, but a good time. It doesn’t happen a lot. You have to work hard and go the right way. The way things are going at the 49ers, we could be here again.”


(on what it’s like to play for Head Coach Jim Harbaugh) “It’s a good time. He’s an intense guy and we feed off of his intensity as a coach. I think it all just works into how we play.”


(on the adjustments he’s had to make with teams double teaming him) “I just have to be more consistent. It’s really not adjusting, I just have to get better at what I do. I just want to play my game.”


(on facing Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco) “I have to focus on being consistent. I can’t get frustrated just because he has the ability to get the ball out. He’s a good quarterback, so our goal is obviously just to stop him.”


(on what makes Baltimore running back Ray Rice unique) “He’s a quick little dude and he’s able to use that to his advantage to get open. He’s able to break tackles and things like that, so we have to contain him.”


(on how important it will be to have defensive tackle Justin Smith back) “It’s good for all of us. Justin is a guy that everyone looks to as a leader and it’s good to have him back.”


(on what makes Flacco unique) “He has an arm. He can throw the ball and stretch the field. He can create a lot of things with his arm. We have to be aware of that and make his throws a little bit harder.”


(on why quarterback Colin Kaepernick is so special) “He can throw and he can run. I think those two things together are lethal, especially in this league. A lot of guys have only one thing where they can run but they can’t throw so well, but he has both of them.”


(on what the Mizzou football program does to have so many NFL players come from there) “Mizzou does a good job in preparing us for the NFL. We all get here and we are ready to play. We eagerly accept our roles and we do a good job.”


(on Flacco’s ability to play) “Flacco has a big arm and he can stretch the field. He makes good decisions out there.”


(on how to stop Ray Rice) “We have a lot of great guys on defense. I think we have six Pro Bowlers on defense so don’t worry about us.”


(on what it feels like to be at the Super Bowl) “From whatever age you start to play football at, you have a dream to play in the Super Bowl so being here is a dream come true.”


(on if he thinks about not getting fined when he hits a quarterback) “Just don’t hit him in the head is the main thing. You want to tackle him but you want to play the game in the right way. I think this game is a physical game. I think with some of the fines, they could take it down a little bit because we all know what we signed up for.”


(on minimizing risks on the field) “I just figure out my goals and do what I want to do. I know how I want to be viewed. I’m a guy that loves this game and I want everyone else to know how much I love this game.”


(on the matchup with Baltimore tackle Bryant McKinnie) “He’s a big guy. I just have to play my game and make sure I’m on my a game.”


(on how he feels he has been performing) “I’m happy because I feel like I’m doing a lot of other things well. I am covering guys really well and making a lot of plays. I’m still making a difference out there. We’re getting a lot of wins so as long as we’re winning I’m happy.”


(on what he expects of his teammates this week) “We just need to focus and put in hard work, that’s what we’re about. We’re where we wanted to be and I know we’re all going to take advantage of this opportunity.”


(on how key the defensive line will be in the game) “I think it is key in every game we play. Especially when you face good quarterbacks, it’s important to put pressure on them.”


(on how important it is to focus this trip) “I think we want to enjoy the trip, but we’re at the Super Bowl. We’re having fun but we all really know our goal. Our goal is to win the game. It’s cool being at the Super Bowl but we’re here to win the Super Bowl.”


(on what the key is to containing Ray Rice) “We just have to play our defense. We’re a defense that stops the line. We need to do what we have been doing all season which is stopping the line.”


(on how he and defensive tackle Justin Smith feed off of one another) “We have a friendly competition. When playing with a guy like that you have to bring it every game and you feed off of him.”


(on how much Smith has been a mentor to him) “He has made my transition a lot easier. We came from the same college and are from the same area. I know it’s a hard transition to the league but he has made mine easy and he’s been a great help since I’ve been here.”


(on keys to stopping Flacco) “Hit him. We have to create pressure on him and make his throws harder. We need to play good defense and be consistent at what we do.”


(on what made him a Tennessee Titans fan growing up) “I just liked everyone on their team. They played really physical and fast. They had guys on their team on both sides of the ball who could make plays and were exciting to watch.”


(on if it fuels him to not have had a lot of sacks in the past couple of games) “It fuels me. I just stay consistent in what I do. I’m getting double teamed a lot, but it’s alright because somebody else is getting sacked and making a play.”