Niners LB Bowman says Lewis deserves attention he’s receiving

January 29, 2013 | WNST Staff



(on how Penn State University prepared him for where he is today) “Penn State’s prepared me in a way that’s definitely made me mature. Just going through Joe Paterno’s program, he’s definitely made me understand life a little better, I think, and a lot faster than a lot of guys that come into this league. It’s taught me how to treat this league – this job – as a business and treat your body and the whole body of work like you’re a professional because that’s what the coaches are really looking at.”


(on going up against Baltimore’s offense) “They’re a good offense. They wouldn’t be in this position if they weren’t. We just have to go out there and play our game. They do a good job getting the ball to their playmakers, scheming against good defenses. We just have to go out there and execute the game plan that (San Francisco defensive coordinator) Vic’s (Fangio) prepared for us and I’m sure we’ll be OK.”


(on what San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh has meant to the team in terms of keeping them focused on the game) “His message was simple: sacrifice the partying, the leisure time that we’re going to have, the family members. Sacrifice all that because this opportunity comes one time. If you can’t sacrifice all that, you’re just really wasting all the work that you’ve put in for this long throughout this season. So, this team is very veteran-like, understands the opportunity that we have. Coach just gave us the heads up, but he wasn’t worried about the distractions or anything because of the guys we have on this team.”


(on if San Francisco has a curfew for its players) “Yes, we have a curfew. Don’t know the time right now, but he gave us two days without curfew. Starting today, we’ll have a curfew and he’s zoning in on the game.”


(on if he thinks that San Francisco has an advantage because they played in New Orleans previously this season) “I don’t know if it gives us an advantage, but I definitely think it gives us less things to worry about. When I say that I mean the distractions. I mean we’re familiar with the area. We’re not going to let anything grab our attention and take away our mindset from the game. I think it’s a sense of comfortability here. We’re really keyed in our assignments.”


(on how it makes him feel when he hears himself being described as an elite linebacker) “It makes me feel great, but it’s nothing. I still have a lot of football left to play. I’ve seen guys talked good about and they continue playing and if they’re not playing well, they’re talked bad about. The success is great right now. The attention is great, but I just want to continue on and continue getting better and see where I end up at the end of this whole thing.”


(on his message to everyone back at home in the Washington, D.C. area) “My message to everyone back at home, I just want to say thank you. Thank you for affecting me in every way. Thank you for teaching me everything that I’ve learned. Thank you from making me who I am. No one around where I’m from, or my area, would ever imagine anyone would be in this position. I just want to say thank you to everyone that had anything that had anything to do with supporting or really actually doing it. Just thank you.”


(on his thoughts on NFL Media Day) “It’s exciting. I figured it’d be like this, everything that I expected. At the end of the day, my high school coach use to say on things like homecomings, ‘Everyone comes out and wants to go to parades and do all the festivities, but at the end of the day they remember who won or lost the game. At the end of the day that’s the most important thing and that’s what I’m focused on.”


(on how important defense will be in the game) “Defense is always important when you’re on the road, when you’re not at home where you’re comfortable at. Defense is important because you don’t know the struggles the offense is going to have early in the game. It’s two great quarterbacks in this game. I’m looking forward to it. Joe (Flacco) got us once before last year, but I think we’re a better team, a better defense and the stakes are much higher.”






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(on if Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis has received too much attention for his final game) “Ray deserves the attention that he’s receiving with him leaving this game. It’s a great thing for him. Like I said, he deserves it. We’re not mad about it or feeling like we’re not getting enough attention. I want to say thank you to him for putting this game and the linebacker position at the level that it is.”


(on what problems the read-option presents and how does a defense counter it) “A lot of quarterbacks can’t run as fast as Colin (Kaepernick). He’s a guy that’s very good with his feet and also can stand in and deliver a great ball. So, having Colin on our team is a huge challenge for opposing defenses. I’ll be the first one to tell you, you think you’re up on him when he’s running, but he’s running faster than what it looks like and he’ll get past you. He’s a guy that we’re glad to have on our team.”


(on how surprised San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith was when he won the team MVP award and what that does for him) “I don’t know how surprised he was, but I voted for him. I think he earned it. I think when he received the award. You have a way to go, either continue getting better, hold yourself even higher or you can stay the same. Aldon’s the type of guy that will continue getting better. As you can see he’s gotten better from last year. We’re excited about it. Hopefully he can win it again.”


(on what it’s like playing with linebacker Patrick Willis and how they feed off one another) “We feed off each other a lot. Throughout any game, me and Pat are always on the same page. We’re always just talking about anything. I think when it comes to it, our defense having any type of success, me and Pat have to be on our job and we’re always on it. That’s what our team requires with both of us and we enjoy doing our job.”


(on how much Patrick Willis has helped with his development as a player) “He’s helped a lot throughout anything that this level has brought to me. Pat’s been there whether I needed to just talk or have a question. He’s always had the answer. He’s just a humble guy. You’d think coming into this game a guy that’s held at such a high-level would accept a young guy like me and really show me the ropes and give me every opportunity to get as far as he has in this league, if not close to it. I’m just blessed to have him as a teammate.”


(on what he likes about playing for defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and what he’s meant to the team) “I love Coach Fangio. He’s just the coach/coordinator that you want. He’s never mad, never too happy. He’s always just being the coach that he is whether we did something wrong and not playing the way that he knows that we can play. He’s always got words of wisdom and doesn’t make you feel like you’re playing bad or doing something wrong. He just gives you a way of understanding and knows that you can do it and get better. Just him understanding the type of players that he has – guys that can run. His calls are chosen with knowing the type of players that he has in certain situations. I think Vic’s the perfect fit for us. Everything’s just been working out for us this year.”


(on how the defense meshes together and plays off one another) “We just play together. We push each other. Anytime anything happens out there on defense that we don’t feel comfortable with, it’s our jobs – Ahmad (Brooks), Aldon (Smith), Pat (Patrick Willis), me –to get it right and get it stopped. I think that’s the reason we’ve been having our success. I think that’s the type of guys that you need on a Super Bowl team, is guys that anytime adversity comes you find a way to overcome it. That’s what we’ve been doing all year.”


(on if San Francisco is a team that can be good for the next decade) “Yes, I think so. We have an opportunity to be great, but we have a huge game on this Sunday. To get to what you’re talking about, without a doubt, we have to win this game.”






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(on what will be key to stopping the Baltimore offense for him and the entire defensive unit) “Me specifically, I’ve been trying to prepare the way that their offensive coordinator is thinking. If they’re having success at one thing, will they come back to it in a different look or things like that. Me just staying focused, recognizing the situations in the game, understanding what my defensive coordinator is thinking at the time he calls a play, that will put me in the best position to defend the offense.”


(on how familiar he is with the team’s history) “I’m very familiar. Those guys set the bar pretty high for us guys who’ve come after them. We’ve been hearing about it, crush for six, bring that ring back. So, the pressure’s on and this is the team that deals with pressure in a very good way.”

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