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Niners OL Boone expects trash talking from Ravens

Posted on 28 January 2013 by WNST Staff

GUARD/TACKLE ALEX BOONE

(on quarterback Alex Smith being a great teammate) “That could have gone sideways in a hurry, absolutely. I think a lot of people forget how great of a teammate that is. I applaud him every day for making Colin (Kaepernick) better and teaching him and still practicing as hard as he does. That’s a tough situation. I love Alex to death. He’s like a brother to me. He handled it well.”

(on why Alex Smith continued to be a good teammate after Kaepernick was named starting quarterback) “That’s not who he is. He’s not that kind of a guy. He would never want a distraction to separate this team. I think he saw where we were going and to divide that team would be a horrible thing.”

(on Jonathan Goodwin) “He’s like the dad of the offensive line. He takes care of everybody. We’re all a bunch of goof balls, and then there’s Jon, he’s so serious and calm all the time. Jon has played in so many high pressure situations that he understands what this game means. To have him out there is a big deal for us.”

(on Kaepernick’s influence on opening up the run game) “It’s been huge. You line up in that pistol and you never know which way it’s going.  Even when he’s throwing the ball, something breaks down and he takes off running. Frank (Gore) gets the ball and he’s pounding the ball. It just exploits the defense in so many different ways.”

(on if he notices that the defense plays differently with Kaepernick at quarterback) “Oh yeah. Absolutely.”

(on if it’s easier on the offensive line with Kaepernick at quarterback) “Sometimes. Sometimes not, but that’s just part of the offensive line to have fun and just get physical. A lot of it has to do with the read game. That will change up the defense and then the guys will kind of start to read us and we can come off the ball more and it just changes the game a little bit.”

(on President Barack Obama saying he wouldn’t let his son play football) “I’d let my kid play, absolutely. It’s a physical sport nonetheless. You grow up knowing it’s physical and every year it gets different. It takes a different kind of guy to play this game, I think. There are going to be injuries, and there are going to be problems. We’re looking to try to correct them.”

(on making changes to football to help make it safer) “I don’t understand how you do that. I’ve just never understood how you change the game when you’ve got guys who are getting bigger, faster, stronger every year. The technology and the equipment just has to keep going and going.”

(on if he’d be concerned letting his son play football) “No, no. Not at all. If he wants to play, he can play. He’s his own man. With little kids, you don’t have to really worry about them that much, but as you get older, you have to learn how to play the game a little better. I think the NFL is trying to do a great job with that right now trying to teach the little kids to understand. It’s just football. It’s going to be physical.”

(on if the Ravens are a trash talking team) “Most teams don’t really talk that much, but I’ve heard stories about these guys talking a lot. Guys have told me not to get into it with them. We’re not going out there to get into a yelling match. Just go out there and play football.”

(on the how physical the Ravens defense is) “I watched the game last year and just noticed how physical it was. Anytime you watch this defense, you know they’re going to be a physical defense. That’s what they’re known for. It’s going to be one of those full day suckers. You just have to be ready for it. You have to pack a lunch, and you have to know it’s going to be 60 minutes all out.”

(on if the read option offense changes the blocking technique) “Different angles. It changes in the sense that we’re known as being a power offense, so it changes that aspect of it.”

(on offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s offense being considered Old School) “Absolutely. When we call traps and stuff, I think, ‘Man, when was the last time you ran a trap? High school or something?’ You never really run them in college. I think that’s what makes G-Ro so great. He understands football to another level. He understands when things will work or when things are good and when we have to start backing off on this or start hitting this. That’s what makes him the best offensive coordinator.”

(on what makes a trap unique in the NFL) “It’s so hard to trap a guy in the NFL because they’re so much more aware in the NFL. They understand that if I’m not being blocked, somebody is going to come hit me somewhere, so you really have to know when you’re ready to run the trap. Because if you don’t, you’re just going to kill the play, and that’s not what you want. G-Ro is on top of it all the time.”

(on if he was surprised at how well Kaepernick played in his first game) “I’ll tell you this, I was a little surprised until he came in the huddle and said, ‘We’re going in right now. Let’s do this.’ I think everyone was like, ‘OK, let’s do this.’ No questions asked. He went out and had a phenomenal game and has been taking steps every week.”

(on the distractions in New Orleans) “Just staying in the hotel. Coach said it before. We’re here on a business trip. Randy (Moss) even said it. We’re here on business. We’re not here to party. We’re not here to have fun. We’re here to work, and when you’re done, you can do whatever you want.”

(on being down 17 points to Atlanta in the NFC Championship game) “We went in at halftime and everyone said, ‘OK, let’s not panic. Let’s not freak out. Let’s just be who we are, and let’s get back to football. Defense, you stop them. We’re going to go out and drive the ball.’ I think that’s the one thing about this team is we have kind of grown to have a confidence about us and everybody understands it. We can put points up. We just have to be calm. Things aren’t always going to go our way. That’s football, but the key is not freaking out on the sidelines, not getting too upset, not worrying about anything. I think this team did a great job of that.”

(on when Moss talked to the team) “Earlier this week. He made some great comments. To have a guy like that on this team is huge. He said some things that were totally right. We’re here for business. We’re not here to play. We’re not here to have fun. We’re not here to go out.”

(on if he’s surprised Kaepernick has stayed as calm as he has) “No, I’m not surprised at all. I’ve never seen that kid break a sweat. Have you? I’ve never seen him get rattled. He threw an interception the first series in the Packers game. He came over to the sideline, kind of looked down for a second and was, like ‘Alright, let’s go.’ I was like, ‘OK, if you say we’re going, we’re going.’ That’s what I love about him. He’s always so confident, so in the moment, never gets high-jacked, never out of it. That’s what makes him such a great quarterback.”

(on if he was aware of the San Francisco 49ers being 5-0 in the Super Bowl) “I am now. Thanks for that. I appreciate that. We know that we’re 5-0 in the Super Bowl. Those were those teams, and this is our team. And we’re going to try to make it 6-0 by giving it our best shot.”

(on practicing against defensive tackle Justin Smith) “An eye opener. That guy is unbelievable. That guy will rip you apart. He’ll do it again over and over. I feel like I’ve grown so much in this league by understanding football through his eyes. He tells me all the time, ‘Do this. Don’t do this. Don’t ever do this no matter what anybody says, and if they pay you don’t do it either.’ He’s a great mentor, a great friend, and getting a year under playing against him has made everything else slow down.”

(on what Smith has told him never to do) “He always says don’t ever do the same thing the whole game. Don’t ever short step anybody the entire game. Don’t ever step back on them. Everything you do has to do with changing it up. They have to be thinking just as much as you are. The less they think, the more you get affected by it, and it’s helped me tremendously.”

(on if they still have a lot of work to do this week) “We went over something. We went outside, got a nice little jog in, sweat in. For the most part, every day you’re working. You’re always trying to build on more and more and what the game plan is and what their defense is going to do. This week will be very key for us – everyone focusing in, dialing in. There are a lot of distractions out there. I think this team is up for the challenge.”

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