T. Smith tried to copy Flacco’s mindset in dealing with brother’s death

January 30, 2013 | WNST Staff


(on 49ers tight end Vernon Davis) “He’s a wide receiver in a tight end’s body. He doesn’t play like a tight end. When it comes to blocking he definitely gets down. He’s very physical. He can make all the plays as a receiver. He is fast – you can put him out there and line him up against a corner and he can beat him. I think that shows the type of talent that he has.”


(on his game following his brother’s death) “I play the same regardless. Even though my brother passed, I’ve always gone out and played my heart out for my family every time I step out on the field. That’s my brothers, my sisters, even my mother and my grandmother. Those are the people that helped me get to this point and depended on me.”


(on whether the talk about the Harbaugh brothers makes him think about his brother’s death) “No, I have brothers, I have two sisters.”


(on the 49ers secondary giving up big plays to Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones) “They were able to make some plays. One of them looked like busted coverage on the post. He was just a little flat footed and a little miscommunication. Julio was able to make some plays against them and other wide receivers too. That’s just part of the game. You win some battles and lose some battles. Julio played a great game last week. I think that’s a credit to him because they’re definitely a tough secondary. That isn’t easy to do.”


(on whether it gives him confidence knowing that Julio Jones was able to have a big game against the 49ers ) “I approach each team the same, regardless if they’ve allowed zero passing yards all year or a million. I feel like I can go out there and make big plays against everyone. You just have to go out there and do it.”


(on being a balanced offense) “I feel like we can run and throw with anybody. They are one of the best defenses in the league, but we play against the Steelers and they’re one of the best defenses in the league. It’s an NFL defense. They’re tough. They have some playmakers and they are great in all phases – especially up front. They are stout against the run and they can rush the passer. When you have that it makes it a lot easier for the guys in the back end, not to mention they’re already talented. We’re not looking past them by any means. If we go out there and play our game, we feel like we’ll be alright.”


(on handling his brother’s death) “That’s just life. That’s just how I am as a person anyways. I don’t really get caught up in an emotional roller coaster, I just try to stay steady. Part of doing that is staying consistent in what you do. Being part of this team and part of this family, we’re focused on one task at hand. Regardless of my brother passing or Mr. (Art) Modell or injuries, we all stay focused at the task at hand and that is trying to be the best team we can possibly be and make it to New Orleans. We’re here and we have an opportunity to win it all. That’s what we want to do.”


(on the challenges of staying focused on football after his brother’s death) “There are ups and downs in everything. That’s the beauty of this game. There are always going to be a lot of different challenges. It’s about how you overcome them. There are going to be a lot of highs, a lot of lows. You have to stay steady through it all. That’s why I think our quarterback is a great person for it. He’s really a testament of us. He stays level headed. We could be down by 100 and he could have the same facial expressions as if we were winning. I think that’s how our team is built.”


(on the 49ers defense) “I think they’re a great group. They’re very solid; All playmakers, very physical in the run game as well. Combine that with that defensive line and linebackers that they have and it’s a recipe for success. They’re very talented.”

(on his chemistry with Anquan Boldin) “Anquan means a lot to me. He’s like a big brother. He’s very smart. He’s like a quarterback on the field. You combine that with me coming in – I was a little bit raw. I needed to get better and more consistent with route running and things like that. ‘Q’ already had the work ethic and he’s a great pro to be matched with. There aren’t too many guys that will take you in as a rookie. For me, I could make plays but I wasn’t as polished. Anquan is very polished. To be around him, it’s helped me out so much over this past year.”


(on Anquan Boldin’s ability to be physical as a receiver) “Oh man, Anquan is physical. He’s (outrun defenders) several times this year. He’s huge. He has a linebacker’s mentality at receiver. You see corners running from him sometimes. I think that the way he plays the game at receiver, you can admire it.”


(on if he’s learned how to come down with the ball from Anquan Boldin) “You just have to have that anyways. I wouldn’t say necessarily that he taught me to go up and get the ball. I know if the ball is in the air, it’s either that guy or me. In order to benefit our team, I need to come down with it. I’ve always had the mentality that if the ball is in the air, it’s mine.”


(on the difference with Jim Caldwell as the team’s offensive coordinator) “I think it’s the same. It is a different guy calling the plays – that’s not knocking (former offensive coordinator) Cam (Cameron) or Jim. I always feel like I can get my baby brother to call plays and if we’re out there executing, he’s going to look like a genius. I just think that Coach Caldwell has done a great job mixing it up, being consistent and having a game plan and sticking with it. He has a vision and a goal for us – an objective, really – and he’s been able to accomplish getting that across.”


(on throwing downfield more in a dome)  “I don’t know. It just all goes with the flow of the game. We’re definitely going to take shots. We’re an aggressive offense. I think it all just depends on the flow of the game. (Offensive Coordinator Jim Caldwell) doesn’t just line up and say, ‘Hey, I’m going to throw 20 deep balls and just see what happens.’ It’s all part of his plan and we’ll see what he whips up.”


(on Joe Flacco’s personality) “I don’t think he’s necessarily boring, but if you didn’t know him, he could definitely come off that way. Once you interact with him and see how he goes about his everyday life and see him in the locker room, he’s not boring at all. He’s very sarcastic. He’s pretty funny. He has a lot of personality, but if you just look at him under the helmet, he has the same facial expression and it comes off that way.”


(on whether he can outrun Joe Flacco’s arm) “I’ve just learned to keep running. Never underestimate that it’s not going to make it. Just keep digging and you can always go back to it, but more often than not, he throws where it needs to be.”


(on Joe Flacco’s deep passes) “I think he throws a catchable ball, regardless of where it is on the field. There are times where you see a throw and you’re like, ‘Wow, how did he fit it in that window?’ He has a huge arm. He can make every throw and I think people really underestimate that.”