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Niners CB Culliver hopes comments weren’t distraction ahead of Super Bowl

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff

CORNERBACK CHRIS CULLIVER

 

(on his experience the last 12 hours) “Just emotional, sensitive, and apologetic. There’s a lot of words I can [use to] describe [it].”

 

(on his mindset when he made the comments) “[I was] really just not thinking. [It was] something that I thought. Definitely nothing that I felt in my heart.”

 

(on when he spoke with 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh) “We talked, and that’s between us. I’d say we talked about the whole situation, and learning and growing from it. Like I said, that’s not what I feel in my heart. He understands that and I told him that as well.”

 

(on whether he would accept a homosexual teammate) “If it is, then it is. Everybody is treated equally in our locker room.”

 

(on whether he has said anything to his teammates about his comments) “No, my teammates didn’t try and talk about it. We are trying not to have any distractions to the team. We’re trying to win a Super Bowl.”

 

(on what he can learn from this experience) “Just learn and grow. Like I said, just talk to the media and when people come at me with questions, answer to the best of my knowledge.”

 

(on whether this has affected his preparation for the game) “No.”

 

(on whether the NFL is ready for an openly gay player) “I don’t know. If it is, it is upon that person to do whatever he or she feels.”

 

(on whether he realizes how far reaching this is) “I understand.”

 

(on whether he knew who he was talking to when he said this) “Yes, a comedian.”

 

(on whether he knew something was different based on the other questions that he was asked by Artie Lange) “Yeah, he was really disrespectful. Really disrespectful.”

 

(on whether he was tempted not to answer his questions and walk away) “Yeah. There were just so many people around and so many different questions and things like that.”

 

(on what he would like people to learn about him after all of this) “I don’t have [any] differences with other sexualities, just like that. Like I said, that’s not what I feel in my heart and I treat everyone equal in any type of way. It’s not how I feel.”

 

(on whether he was dreading facing the media) “I just wanted to face the situation and let everyone know how I feel in my heart. Just to tell them [that] I’m not that type of guy.”

 

(on whether he expected so many people to react to his comments) “Yes, because of our state and being in the Super Bowl with all of the other hype that goes around it.”

 

(on what would he say to the people of San Francisco) “I’m sorry that I offended anyone. They were very ugly comments, and that’s not what I feel in my heart. Hopefully, I can learn and grow from this experience and this situation. I love San Francisco.”

 

(on whether he realized the seriousness of his comments despite the questions being in a joking format) “It was never in a serious matter. Like I said, it was a matter that I should have took time and thought about it. What I just went through and what I just said, it was nothing that I felt in my heart.”

 

(on what he learned from this) “I definitely learned to keep my composure and not do any interviews like that. I know that.”

 

(on whether he talked to his family about this) “I talked to quite a few of my family [members]. Mainly my mom – that’s the closest to my heart. We had some deep conversations and she knows how I feel. Like I said, I love my mom and thank her for all the advice in the world.”

 

(on what his mom said to him) “Really, she knew I was going to have to come forward, just to be strong, and [with] my statement this morning. That’s what I’m doing.”

 

(on why he said this despite it being the opposite of what he believes) “You get hung up on so many people coming at you in so many different directions and so many different questions. Like I said, it was just something that was just not what I felt and I just said, kind of like just get of here or something like that. It’s not what I felt, and that is why I’m addressing the situation today and this morning.”

 

(on whether he understands the outrage his comments caused) “Like I said, I support gay people, gay communities, and different racial [backgrounds]. It was just something I feel apologetic to, and I’m sorry that I made a comment and that hurt anyone – that I made a comment that might affect anyone in the organization, NFL, or anything like that.”

 

(on what his family members said to him) “Like I said, I just cleared it up with them. We talked about it. They understand me. I have quite a few relatives that are homosexuals. I talked to them about it. Some people contacted me, and I just talked about it with them and moved on. They understand where I was coming from and they heard everything. That’s why they called me directly. They heard from me.”

 

(on whether he found out over the course of the last few hours that he had gay family members) “I knew that before.”

 

(on whether comments like his make it more difficult for a teammate to go public that they are gay around him) “I don’t really know how to address that situation. If it was someone in the locker room who was gay, and then [all] 53, 60, or 90 men we have on our team, I’m close to, so I don’t think that would be a problem.”

 

(on whether he agrees with Ravens S Brendon Ayanbadejo, who has spoken out in the past for gay rights) “I believe that. Anybody has any entitlement to what they want to do and what they want to believe. That’s like saying somebody wants believe in Jesus or somebody wants to believe in a different race. That’s what they want to do and that’s how they were raised, then they have to take that upon themselves. Everybody has different beliefs and different feelings about what they believe in certain situations, and I just take it like that.”

 

(on whether he thinks his comments were a big deal) “They are a big deal. What I said is just something, like I said, that I’m addressing this morning to not escalate the situation and not bring any distractions to my team, the organization, or the NFL.”

 

(on how this affected his game preparation) “No, it didn’t take away from anything. The game plan is still the same, and just go forth from there.”

 

(on whether he thought that the questions were off-putting at any point) “His first question was very disrespectful. I felt a little offended, but there was just so many people around. I couldn’t get away from everybody.”

 

(on whether he considers the comedian as a member of the media) “No, I just consider him a comedian. Guys like that shouldn’t harass players like us [during the media session]. Hopefully, something will happen but I don’t know.”

 

(on his conversation with 49ers safety Dashon Goldson) “I’ll just keep that between us. We had conversations, but I’m not trying to approach many guys or talk to many guys because I don’t want that to be a distraction for the team and for an incident like this to cause us to not win the Super Bowl or something like that. That’s what these guys are here for, that’s what I’m here for, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

 

(on whether he is concerned that he will be known as the guy who does not want a gay teammate) “No because, like I said, I’m approaching this and talking about it with you guys now and explaining how I feel. If anyone has questions about that, that’s why I’m talking about that now.”

 

(on whether he will have to speak about his comments for many years to come) “I don’t know. Hopefully not.”

 

(on how accepting he would be to have an openly gay teammate) “Like I said, [I would] be accepting of it. If someone did come out and say that they were gay on a team, then oh well. I’m accepting to it, like all of the guys that I have a relationship with. It’s not a guy that dislikes me or something like that, because I have relationships with everyone on the team. We’re all friends.”

 

(on what he wants to say to people in his community) “I apologize and I’m sorry. That’s not what I’m feeling in my heart and that’s why I’m addressing the situation now. Like I said, I know I will learn and grow from this situation.”

 

(on whether any gay or lesbian people that he knows reached out to him) “Yes. Like I said, I talked to one of my relatives and we had a good conversation – that’s why they called me.”

 

(on how those conversations enlightened him) “They enlightened me because they knew how I felt. They knew that it was taken out of turn. It was something that I had to address and something that I’m apologetic for. That’s not how I feel in my heart and that’s why I’m talking about it now.”

 

(on whether he feels that a lot of football players agree with his comments) “I don’t know what other people believe in. Like I said, everybody has different beliefs like in Buddhism or God or anything like that. We’re all different races and things like that. Like I said, whatever you support is whatever you support.”

 

(on whether he knows that he has a gay teammate or not) “No, I don’t know about anything like that. I don’t know.”

 

(on who the relative he talked to was) “It was just a person that I talked to. I don’t want to share that information.”

 

(on clarifying any misimpressions that people have about him right now) “[The misconception] is that I don’t like homosexuals and I don’t support the gay community and things like that. Like I said, which I do. I have gay relatives and I talk to them like not on a daily basis but a couple of times [a week]. I do support that.”

 

(on whether he has thought about reaching out to the gay community) “I’ve talked to a number of people already.”

 

(on whether he has spoken to any gay organizations) “I did not speak to any gay organizations, no.”

 

(on the context of the interview) “If you hear the whole interview, it was disrespectful questions at first. If you hear my voice and what I said, I don’t have anything against gay people and I don’t have anything against homosexuals.”

 

(on how the interviewer was dressed) “Like a regular reporter.”

 

(on whether he thinks there is a problem with the legitimacy of the media day format) “It does take away from the legitimacy of it. Like I said, it’s overwhelming for a lot of players. Hopefully something can be done about real reporters and not real reporters, but that’s not under my control and there is nothing I can do about that situation.”

 

(on whether he has experienced pain in the last 24 hours because of this) “It has been really painful for the last 24 hours, yes.”

 

(on whether his mom was mad at him at first) “No, my mom is always open to anything. She didn’t take a side and she didn’t take anything. I think we had a 38 minute conversation about it. Like I said, we just talked about a lot of things.”

 

(on whether his mom asked why he said it) “Not necessarily why I said it, but just ways that it was said. She knows how I felt and what I mean because she knows that I know that we have homosexuals in our family.”

 

(on whether he is aware that the league and teams have taken action about these kinds of things in the past) “I just believe that if you shouldn’t be asking certain types of questions in that atmosphere. If it’s not dealing with football and it’s not dealing with anything like that. When you come at somebody and you start off a conversation with something like he said, hopefully we can have some [difference between] real reporters and not real reporters.”

 

(on whether he had anxiety about coming down here to talk to the media) “I didn’t sleep that much. I tossed and turned thinking about it. It affected me, yes, and that’s why I’m addressing it today.”

 

(on whether he can put this behind him ultimately) “Yes. I have [49ers director of public relations] Bob [Lange] and a lot of the PR guys helping me out with the situation and talking with me about it – keeping me level headed, to be on track, and trying to help me out as much as possible.”

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Parents say John, Jim got passion from mother Jackie

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff

QUOTES FROM JACK AND JACKIE HARBAUGH PRESS CONFERENCE

 

Opening statement:

Jack: “Before we open up for questions, I’d like to tell a quick story. Back in 1957, Jackie and I were freshmen at Bowling Green State University. One of the great college coaches, his name was Doyt Perry. He’s a Hall of Famer, he was our college coach there. Our second year there, he held a class. It was Football 101. There were 35 guys in the class, all purporting to be coaches. That’s what they wanted to do, high school coaches and possibly college coaches. On the first day of the class, Doyt stood up and he said ‘How many of you here want to be coaches?’ and of course 35 hands went up. And he said ‘To start the class, I’m going to tell you the three things that are going to be necessary for you to be a coach. Number three, you have to have a love and passion for the game of football. Number two, you needed to outwork the people that you were coaching against.’ He said, ‘The reason I say that, I’ve been around you for about a year and there’s not many of you here that are going to outsmart anybody so you had better be prepared to outwork them.’ And he said ‘Number one on the list, if you want to be a coach someday, marry wisely.’ I guarantee the only advice that I know I listened and followed from the great coach Doyt Perry was the marry wisely part. Jackie Harbaugh is the foundation of this Harbaugh family. She is the rock of our family. She’s the one that moved us 17 times in a 43 year coaching career. She sold houses at every stop and she bought houses at every stop. She took them in to school and out of school. She went to school when things didn’t go well. This is my hero right here, Jackie Harbaugh. You’re going to ask us how we feel on this historic day? Jackie, who has it better than us? Nobody!”

 

(on when the last time they watched a Super Bowl together was)

Jack: “I would say every sporting event, every big sporting event was a big occasion at our house. I can remember back when we were watching the Boston Bruins play in a hockey game way back where Bobby Orr had that great shot where he flew across the net and knocked it in. John, to this day, still holds us responsible because he was on a refreshment run. He was about halfway up the steps when Orr knocked that puck into the goal and he has never forgiven us for not seeing that. They had no replays in those days, so I don’t know if he ever did see the shot.”

Jackie: “No, not really because I don’t think back in the 70s, it wasn’t as big of as an event as it is today. We kind of took every day as it came. So, no Super Bowl parties.”

 

(on where Jim and John got their colorful animated demeanors from)

Jack: “I think anyone that knows the family and knows Jackie and myself, and I think John and Jim would be the first to describe the emotion, passion and love comes from Jackie.”

Jackie: “I think we both feel strongly about certain things in life. We’re so excited for John and Jim to be in this situation but we’re also really excited for the players and their families. This is a huge event for them and I just am thrilled that some of them, this is their first time in this situation, so I can imagine how all those mothers and fathers feel about their sons being in this situation.

 

(on if there was ever a time where they talked to their sons about toning it down)

Jackie: “No.”

Jack: “The one thing that we watch and take great pride in is that both of them are themselves. We were around Bo Schembechler for a long time and there were a lot of coaches that tried to emulate him. The first time you weren’t yourself, you were exposed and somewhat of a fraud. So, always be who you are and not follow anyone else.”

 

(on whether all of the ‘J’ names are on purpose)

Jackie: “No, we aren’t very creative. John for Jack, because his given name is John. So John is after Jack. Jim is actually after my doctor. Dr. Frasier in Perrysburg, Ohio. They came in and said ‘What are you going to name this baby?’ and I said that I liked the name Jim. Joanie Marie is after my mother’s middle name and Jack’s mother’s first name.”

 

 

 

 

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(on when Jim and John understood that Jack was a football coach)

Jack: “Again, I have to point to Jackie. In coaching, a lot of times I left before the sun came up and came home after the sun went down. Jackie has a great philosophy and that is that she wanted her children to know what their father did. She wanted them to understand who he was and what he did. I can remember when they could just barely walk, John and Jim, that she’d bring them out to the practice field. We’d be practicing and they’d be around jumping on the dummies and then they learned they could throw the ball around. Then they learned they could get into the locker room and meet the players and those kinds of things. We would invite our players at Iowa and Michigan when they were growing up to come to the house on Thursday. That was the day we had off. Jackie would cook a great meal for them and then pretty soon they were wrestling on the floor. Jackie always involved our children in the job that we were involved with.”

 

(on whether Jack sees his own coaching style in his sons)

Jack: “I really believe they’re both who they are. I don’t think you have to watch very long or be a psychologist just to watch and see who they are. The beauty of it, they allow themselves to be who they are. I think Jackie and I are most proud of that.”

 

(on whether John picked on Jim)

Jackie: “I think that brothers both do this and so do sisters. So everyone out there that has a brother or sister, you all have had your little ins and outs with one another. So that’s not unusual.”

 

(on if either son has called to ask what the other has said about leading up to the Super Bowl)

Jack: “Bo Schembechler had two great sayings. One was, ‘if you’re going to play in the North Atlantic, you have to practice in the North Atlantic.’ The other was ‘loose lips sink ships.’ They both have subscribed to that philosophy, so no one talks to anyone. Jim is very quiet and guarded and John is very quiet and guarded. That’s exactly the way we want it.”

Jackie: “And so are we.”

 

(on how much Jim and John consult with Jack regarding football questions)

Jack: “The story that’s been told is on draft day in 2011 after the first day of drafts was over, Jim called on his way home and he asked what I thought about the draft. We didn’t have much to talk about as it relates to the draft, but he had not expressed to me who they were thinking about drafting at the quarterback position so I said ‘Jim, tomorrow in the second round, surely you’re going to draft a quarterback, but which one is it going to be?’ and it was dead silent. He said ‘are you talking to anybody?’ and I said ‘I swear I’m not talking to anyone.’ He said ‘we’re drafting Colin Kaepernick. Do I not only think that he’s the best quarterback in the draft, I think he’s the best football player in the draft and we’re going with Colin Kaepernick.’ And I thought to myself, ‘wise decision.’”

 

(on where this Super Bowl ranks amongst all Harbaugh moments)

Jackie: “I would honestly have to say that the birth of our own children and then the birth of our grandchildren are the most important to me and this is like frosting on the cake for our whole family, our extended family which includes a lot of relatives. I might take this time, if I may, to thank all those friends and families and all those ex-football players that have called us to congratulate John and Jim. They’re so excited for this because they feel they’re part of this, too. It’s fun hearing from them and sharing this moment with them.”

Jack: “All those millions of people that are parents out there, this is just a fantastic, fantastic experience and really no one has it better than us. But when you’re in the process of going through parenting, the day that they made the junior high school football team, they said we made our high school team. You have that feeling of being thrilled for your children. They go to high school and they make the high school team. Then they are lucky enough to get a college scholarship. Then every one of those stops along the tremendous journey. The thrill that you feel, I know this is on a big stage, but in parenting, those don’t rank any differently.”

 

 

 

 

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(on if they have any apprehension about after the game)

Jack: “For me, I jump in there—the one thing that I do think about is after the game. There is going to be one winner and there is going to be one that is going to be totally disappointed. My thoughts go to that one that will not experience the thrill of victory. That’s where our thoughts will be. We had a little bit of a dry run on this last year with Thanksgiving. We watched the game and I know this has been reported before, but we watched the game in an office in the Ravens stadium. They were so kind to give us that privacy. During the three hours and 15 minutes, this lady was comatose. There was no expression. Her face was totally lifeless. Her eyes were glazed over watching the game. Then the game was over and you just dropped your head and we went down an elevator and opened the door to the Ravens locker room—I mean, the excitement of victory. We’ve all experienced that excitement of victory—guys jumping up and down, the smile on John’s face. They were just ecstatic and that thrill of victory, there is nothing like it. Victory, the thrill of victory. Then you realize that you’re not needed here. They had so much going on for them. You walk across the hall, and you went into the 49ers locker room and you walked and you saw the players walking about. That look in their eyes, that look of not being successful and coming up short. We opened up a couple doors and finally saw Jim all by himself in this room, just a table and a chair. He was still in his coaching outfit. His head down in his hands and you looked into his eyes and you realized that this where you’re needed as a parent. Every single parent can identify with that. That thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. On Sunday night, we’re going to experience both of those great emotions. Our thoughts will be with the one that comes up a little short.”

 

(on if they are worried that their feelings for the son that loses will diminish the thrill for the son that wins)

Jackie: “No, I don’t think so because we will see both of them after the game. We’re going to hug both of them and tell them how proud we are of them and their teams because those teams are going to prepare well for this game. All of the players are going to prepare well. It’s going to be a cleanly played game. It’s going to be a fairly officiated game. That’s, to me, what we’re looking forward to in watching this game.”

Jack: “We’ll have plenty of time after, to tell them how thrilled and excited we are for them.”

 

(on what Jack remembers about giving John his first job as a GA in 1982)

Jack: “It was one of the joys of my life. John lived at home with us. He wasn’t making any money I don’t think. He was getting a scholarship to get his master’s degree, which he did from Western Michigan University. I don’t think he had a car. It was just John and myself. Every morning, we’d wake up and jump in the car and had a half hour drive to work. We had a chance to talk football and talk about strategy and talk about all the things that a father and son would talk about. We worked all day and sometimes things went well; sometimes they didn’t. After work, around 10 o’clock, 10:30 at night, we’d jump in the car and drive home. For like two years! Finally, I think we were able to give him enough money where he got a car of some kind and eventually moved out on us. Those years that we were with John were really a joy for us.”

 

(on what kind of coaching John did for him)

Jack: “Let me tell you a story about how he got into coaching. Political science, a good student, a three-plus plus student. He was right around a 3.5 student at a great academic school. Political science and possibly going into law school and all those different kinds of things. Jackie was so excited about it. She loves political science and loves politics. He came home one day and we’re sitting around the table and we’re having dinner. Jackie says, ‘John, what law school will it be?’ John said, ‘Mom, I think I want to try coaching.’ Which Jackie, I’m embellishing this story a trifle, to which Jackie went facedown into the mashed potatoes. She said, ‘What? Coaching? You’ve got to reconsider this!’ He decided to get into coaching and to come to Western (Kentucky). Our thought was one year he was on the offensive side of the ball. The next year, he was on the defensive side of the ball, so he could experience both sides of the ball. Then he was off to the University of Pittsburgh, where he worked with Mike Godfried at Pittsburgh as a graduate assistant.”

 

(on what Jackie thought about John becoming a coach)

Jackie: “Yes, may I tell the truth? There were no mashed potatoes and that’s what we thought John probably was going to do, but then when he came home and talked about it and I saw that look in his eyes, my feeling was you have to do what you want to do. If you want to try this and see where it takes you, that would be great.”

 

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(on if he thinks John will pull any tricks on Jim)

Jackie: “No.”

Jack: “One more thing about this Thanksgiving game in Baltimore between San Francisco and Baltimore. Looking at that game in retrospect and watching it playback a couple of times, I thought that was one of the finest played football games that I had ever been a part of. I’m not just talking about the way it was played strategy-wise and the intensity of the offense and defense and special teams. I’m talking about the players. The players—that’s what it’s all about. Those guys, on that particular night, they played this game the way it’s supposed to be played: blocking and tackling and running and chasing. A great, great display of football. I believe that’s what we’re going to see on Sunday night.”

 

(on the family vacation at Gettysburg a few years ago and if they talked about the brother vs. brother scenario back then)

Jack: “We did a little bit because we knew the game, the Thanksgiving game was scheduled. We knew that was on the schedule, so we talked about it a little bit, but it was such on plowed ground. We had never experienced it and wouldn’t know how we would feel. I’m sure John and Jim wouldn’t realize how they would feel. So we really didn’t have any kind of a blueprint for what it was going to be like. Now, we’ve seen a little bit and so we have a little bit more of an understanding about how to handle it emotionally.”

 

(on what plans do they have for a potential rematch next year in New York City)

Jackie: “One game at a time.”

Jack: “If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard her say that, I want you to know that I would be rich.”

 

(on the differences in personality between John and Jim)

Jack: “I refuse to go to that ground, to that particular place. I’ve heard John and Jim both explain this and I think it’s a philosophy that we have in our family, anytime you compare, you have a tendency to demean with any kind of question like that. So we try to stay as far away from those kinds of comparison as we can.”

Jackie: “Really, they’re more similar than they are different. The media and people out there, they may have judgments about their personalities because of how the media might focus on them during a game and catch them in a moment of jubilation or sadness. That’s where the outside people get this feeling about the differences in them. They are more similar because they are both very caring individuals. They are both very good fathers. They love their children very much. That really makes us proud, to see them with their own children. They are very caring because they have done a lot of community work in every city that they’ve ever been in. A lot of work that really is unrecognized and that’s the way they want it. For us, that’s what we’re proud of. They are very caring individuals.”

Jack: “Just a quick follow up on that is for the game last week, the Ravens and the Patriots game, the picture on my mind right of that game is pregame, when the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ was being played. John was there and his daughter Alison, she does some work with him on the sideline there. She runs some photographs, I guess to the coaches. Alison was on the field and he had his arm draped around her shoulders and they were cheek-to-cheek. He had his hand over his heart as the national anthem was being played. For me, that’s moment of that game that I’m just going to remember forever. Family and country, how beautiful that message was. For Jim, it was a little bit different. About an hour and a half after the game, Jim calls on the telephone and he’s going, ‘Dad, tell me what’s going on. I’m getting on the airplane. I have no idea what’s happening.’ I said, ‘Well, they just fumbled. The Patriots just fumbled!’ Two plays later, ‘Touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin! We have a two-score game here.’ He says, ‘Dad, do you realize where this thing is headed?’ I said, ‘I think I do.’ He said, ‘Oh, by the way, I wanted to tell you Jack,’ we all know Jack, baby Jack, the four-month old. I think we’ve talked about him over the last couple days, big-headed Jack. He said, ‘Jack, you won’t believe this, but he cut his first tooth on the field in Atlanta.’ He said, ‘We noticed after the game he opened his mouth and there was first tooth.’ Now, can you imagine, not talking about he and John going to the Super Bowl, but talking about Jack cutting his first tooth. Family, family, family.”

 

 

 

 

 

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(on if this is going to be the longest three and a half hours for both of them)

Jackie: “I think that the NFL changed that rule. I think if it ends in a tie, then it will be a tie.”

Jack: “There are no emotions during the game. Last year at Thanksgiving, it was emotionless. There wasn’t any cheering. There wasn’t any emotion. It was just watching the game. Archie Manning, before the game last year at Thanksgiving time on Tuesday, he called and I can’t tell you how thrilled we were to receive the call. He just called out of the clear blue and he said, ‘My wife and I are just sitting here talking and we’re talking about how this going to be for you on Thursday. For us, it’s a little bit different. When Peyton is on offense, we root for the offense. When Eli is on offense, we root for the offense. He said, I can’t imagine how it’s going to be for you and Jackie when the head coaches are in charge of the game on both sides.’ He said, ‘I’m going to give you a piece of advice.’ He said, ‘Listen to me, a piece of advice.’ I’m thinking this is really going to be something profound, right? The advice was this, ‘This will be over on Friday. I promise you it will be over on Friday,’ and sure enough it was great advice and that’s exactly how it happened.”

 

(on if the anticipation of the game to be over is most difficult)

Jack: “I think so. I never really thought about it, but I think so. You wait for the end. You’re waiting for the end.”

Jackie: “Really, I guess, we can’t tell how we’re going to feel because we’re not in that situation yet. It’s like a football game. You really can’t predict who is going to win because in a football game, the situations change and they go back and forth. It’s not perfect. Even the video game of football isn’t perfect.”

Jack: “The one thing that both John and Jim have told us, this is over the past week. We haven’t talked anything about football. We haven’t talked strategy, but both of them have shared this with us. ‘Mom and Dad, please promise us that you will enjoy this. Enjoy this experience. That’s all we’re asking. Please, please enjoy this experience.’ We’re trying. I promise you we’ll try.”

Jackie: “I was going to say, they’re telling their teams the same things. Enjoy this moment. Really, truly enjoy it. They’re going to prepare but they’re going to take it all in, as they should.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(on Jack’s relationship with Muhammad Ali)

Jack: “That’s a fantastic thing. I go back to the ‘70s, and my dad was a big fight fan, and in those days we had a fight on Monday night, we had a fight on Wednesday night, we had a fight on Friday night, the Gillette fights and the Pabst Blue Ribbon fights. (St.) Nicholas Arena, I think it was, in New York and my dad and I would sit at nine o’clock at night and watch fights, so boxing was something that we kind of grew up with. Muhammad Ali was such a hero for me, and a lot of things in the ‘70s I really didn’t understand, and then it kind of all came together. Muhammad Ali used boxing as a platform for love, especially with children, and especially with downtrodden people who were at a little bit of a disadvantage and he became my hero.  It started about 10 to 12 years ago with our teams talking about Muhammad Ali and Ernie Terrell and that fight. I had a chance to express it with John’s team and Jim’s team and Tom Crean’s team, anybody who had a team I was there to talk about Muhammad Ali. This year for the Bengal came, Muhammad Ali is coming to Baltimore. John had put this whole thing together that I would once again tell the Baltimore Ravens this Muhammad Ali story, but they were going to drive Muhammad Ali out (to the team), and as I was telling the story he would be there for the story. And you can just imagine the thrill of being in his presence, and the story of how we grew up with Muhammad Ali in boxing. Then, about two weeks later I go to San Francisco, and practice is over and Jim says, ‘Dad, let’s take a ride. Let’s go home and have some dinner with the family and then I will come back to work and you can stay with the family.’ And I said, ‘OK, great.’ So we are in a truck, we’re driving down, I recognize where we’re going, we’re going every which way, and all at once we make a turn and I say, ‘Jim, where are we going?’ and he says, ‘Well, it’s a little shortcut.’ So we went a little bit and all at once we come up to this house and we pull on into the driveway and he says, ‘There’s somebody here we have to stop and see.’ So we go to the front door, and we knock on the door, and they say come on in. And we walk and we follow into the study, and there sits Willie Mays. Willie Mays – my baseball hero, (and) the greatest baseball player to ever play, in my judgment. We sat there and watched the third game of the Giants and the Reds in the presence of Willie Mays. I’m a great Cleveland Indians fan. 1954 – Number 53, Vic Wertz, (with) Larry Doby on second base, he hits a shot to deep center field in Polo Grounds. Back goes Mays. He catches the ball over his shoulder. He spins around and fires the ball back to the infield, holding Larry Doby to third base. And I said to Willie, ‘Willie, I had that figured out. From the time the ball hit the bat, you knew you were going to catch that ball, and what you were thinking about was how you could get that ball back to the infield so Larry Doby couldn’t score from second.’ I think it was 2-2. And Willie looked at me and said, ‘Exactly. I had it from the time the ball hit the bat.’ I hope I’m not giving any secrets away.”

 

(on their sons following Jack into coaching)

Jack: “I go back to what I mentioned earlier. When they went out for Pop Warner football in the fifth grade, the thrill of a parent, that your youngster chose to play football, they asked to be a part of a football team, brought great, great joy to me as a father. All of those different experiences up to this are just boring. It’s so thrilling to know that your children, John and Jim and Joanie, as a coach’s wife, have chosen to do what you have done for 43 years of your life. This experience is so great, (it’s a) big, big, big stage, but it’s just another fantastic part of this great journey that Jackie and I and our family have been on.”

 

(on if they will see their sons this week and their plans after the game)

Jackie: “Well we are not sure about that, but we have visited with both briefly. That’s as much on John as Jim, as they are busy practicing now, but we have seen Jim’s children here and some of the other families are coming in on Thursday. That’s what we’re looking forward to. After today, we’re going to spend our time with our families who are coming in and all of our grandchildren. There are no dinners set or anything like that. We have no idea what we are doing (after the game). Like in life, when you plan everything out, which I learned after 10 years of marriage, if you try to plan everything out, it does not turn out that way.”

Jack: “One story I want to mention is Jay Harbaugh, how many know who Jay Harbaugh is? Anybody know Jay Harbaugh? Jay Harbaugh is Jim’s oldest son and he’s on the coaching staff for the Ravens. He’s doing the grunt work there (as the) assistant strength coach. It’s kind of an interesting story. He does video and works in the weight room and he just graduated from Oregon State. There, he was a student-coach on their staff at Oregon State with Mike Reilly, and now he’s with John over there. You’ve got father and son competing on Sunday night as well.”

 

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(on what they will wear to the game on Sunday):

Jackie: “Well we are neutral in this situation. And actually, my daughter and a friend of hers helped me. I mostly wear Life Is Good (brand) shirts around and they said, ‘Mom, you can’t wear Life Is Good shirts around there.’”

Jack: “We will not have anything purple or anything red.”

 

(on Bo Schembechler’s influence on these two teams)

Jack: “I’m really glad you asked that question. There was a great article about Woody (Hayes) and Bo that I had a chance to read, and I want you to know it literally brought tears to my eyes having experience the ‘70s. I was there for six of the 10 years of the ’10 Year War’ with Woody and Bo, and the great joy that I get is that John, when he did his first press conference with the Baltimore Ravens, the question was asked, ‘Tell us the first thing you’re going to do as the Head Coach of the Baltimore Ravens.’ He said ‘The number one thing will be the team. The number two thing will be the team. And the number three thing will be the team.’ Then in San Francisco, in their meeting room, you look into that room and you see Joe Montana might have sat right there, Jerry Rice was over here. The great players in this meeting room in their facility, and one the back wall, about three feet high is, ‘The Team, The Team, The Team.’ And then at Indiana, with the Hoosiers, you go into their practice facility and (you see) ‘The Team, The Team, The Team.’ Every single time that I see that expression, there is one man that I think about, and that’s Bo Schembechler. Every single day I was at the University of Michigan, his program was about the team. What is best for the team? What is going to help our team? We do it. If it’s not going to help our team, we don’t do it, and it’s not a difficult decision. The Team, The Team, The Team – that all came from Bo and Woody. To answer your question, I see Bo’s fingerprints all over the Raven football team and all over the San Francisco 49er team, and there could not be anyone that you could better emulate.”

Jackie: “I might add to that, it carries over to family, too. Everybody in their family is a part of that family and so I think, unknowingly, we took that philosophy into our family and our daily lives; that we are all a part of one family and we’re doing what’s best to lift everyone up in our family.”

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Bowman says Ray Rice underestimating San Fran LB’s ability to cover him

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff

LINEBACKER NAVORRO BOWMAN

 

(on how competitive he was with his brothers growing up) “We were very competitive. We’re still competitive to this day. Anytime you get a chance to go up against your family member, it’s a little bit more personable, but at the end you can laugh about it. Before it happens we definitely want to win, so I know how (Jim) Harbaugh is feeling.”

 

(on if it was good to get back to football and practice today) “Yes. We started off yesterday walking through, but today we can run around a little bit.”

 

(on if he felt like he was out of rhythm with all of the time off) “No, not at all. Everywhere you walk, you see the Super Bowl. You see 49er helmets. So you’re always going to be in rhythm when you see that.”

 

(on how he and Patrick Willis contrast one another on the field) “I think we complement each other well due to the fact that we’re very similar in athletic ways. We have a chance to disguise a lot of our defenses because we can do a lot of the same things. I just think that gives us an advantage. When going against opposing offenses, they really can’t get a read on what type of defense that we’re in because we’re staying put. We just benefit from it.”

 

(on stopping the run on Sunday and how important the linebacker corps will be to ensure a win for the 49ers) “The biggest thing is to stop the run. Whenever you can make a team one-dimensional, it gives you a better shot to win the game. That’s our job in the middle, up-front, front seven, just to stop the run and once we do that we’ll be able to let them loose on the outside.”

 

(on emerging as an every-down linebacker and his ability to cover in the passing game as well as stopping the run) “I just pride myself covering guys, whoever it is – fast, quick, whatever – and I think that’s what you need to separate yourself in this league. You have to be able to do something different or unique and a lot of guys can’t do that at my position.”

 

(on what to expect from him in this game) “Me to leave it all out there on the field. It’s the last game of the season. We can rest later.”

 

(on who the best athlete on the team is) “Probably Isaac Sopoaga. He’s about 350 (pounds), can throw the ball probably 100 yards, can catch, can run, can lift whatever he wants to lift and can eat whatever he wants to eat.”

 

(on how much responsibility he needs to have when Ray Rice is coming out of the backfield considering Rice’s unpredictability) “We’re always matched up on running backs, so I’m not too much worried about it. You have to realize what’s at stake and focus up a little bit more, key in on what to expect. Ray’s a great athlete also. I know they’re going to try to get him the ball as much as possible, but Coach (defensive coordinator Vic Fangio) has done a great job with calling the defenses at right time. So, I’m sure we’ll be in the right defense in the right situation.”

 

(on if Ray Rice is the most dangerous player on Baltimore’s offense) “They use him a lot on their offense, even on third down. You don’t see too many running backs that’s a go-to guy on third down and they definitely try to get him the ball.”

 

(on his ability and Patrick Willis’ ability to cover tight ends one-on-one and how it provides an advantage for the defense) “Half of it goes to our ability to do it and half of it goes to Vic’s (Fangio) feeling of what type of situation it is. If they’re running short and intermediate routes or if they’re going deep. So, all of that comes into play when you’re covering a tight end or wide receiver. You have to know the situation, the down and distance because if you think something’s coming and it’s something else, you could get beat. So, it’s not just about the athletic part, it’s the knowledge of the game. All three of us – me and Pat and Coach Vic working together – we just take a lot of pride in covering the tight ends and wide receivers.”

 

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(on if he and Patrick Willlis’ positions are interchangeable) “Yes. If the game speeds up, we go to what we know, 100 percent, no mistakes because it’s going so fast. But, if the team’s tempo is slow and we’re understanding, and we’re in a rhythm, we’ll mess with their heads and sit still.”

 

(on how difficult it is to pick out a guy like Ray Rice who can hide behind offensive linemen) “It’s not that difficult. I don’t know, I can see him.”

 

(on if Ray Rice is underestimating the 49ers linebackers ability to cover in the passing game) “Yes, he’s underestimating. We’ll have to go out and show him on Sunday. I’m looking forward to it. We’ve all worked hard to get this far. There’s going to be one winner in this winner and it’s going to be the Harbaugh family.”

 

(on his high school experience at Suitland) “It was a great experience. I was able to play varsity since I was a freshman – basketball and football and I was able to have success in both. My junior year I decided to just stick with football just because I wasn’t getting any taller and the letters were coming in for football. I was just able to let the fans, my classmates and teammates fill me up and say I had an opportunity to be great. I was just playing the game back then. I was blessed with some talent. I was able to earn a scholarship to Penn State and that just went well for me. I was able to earn my degree and make it to this level.”

 

(on putting the last two seasons into perspective as well as his relationship with Patrick Willis during that time) “It’s like you see what you can get in front of you. We refused to just let it disappear. We refused to take a day off. As far as me and Pat, we don’t take days off. We’ve been working hard ever since we’ve met. Pat had a rough four years while he was with the 49ers and we were able to get this thing rolling together and we want to win this thing together.”

 

(on if he was frustrated waiting for his opportunity or if he knew that in 2011 he would get his chance) “I was young. I don’t know. I didn’t really let it get to me. I was very patient. Whenever you’ve got guys like Takeo (Spikes) and Pat (Willis) in front of you, you can’t really complain. You just have to make sure you’re working as hard as them, you’re preparing like them and you’re just sitting back. They eased me in there on third downs my rookie year. I’m a fan of Takeo Spikes. I’m a fan of Pat. I got placed in a unique situation where I know I can get better in this rookie year because Takeo and Pat are going to take all the snaps. I know I can get better off the field without playing and just see little things that can help my game next year because next year I’m going to come back and I’m going to really be ready to play a 16-game season. All those things were in my head. My rookie year, I enjoyed it. It was the best, but my second year I came back and I wanted to play and I was able to get in a right situation to be able to do that.”

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Patrick Willis looking forward to challenge of facing Pitta

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff

LINEBACKER PATRICK WILLIS

 

(on Ravens fullback Vonta Leach) “Vonta Leach is a good fullback. He is an All-Pro fullback, a Pro Bowl fullback, and really I almost feel like he is the last of the dying breed of what you can call a real fullback. He is a tough guy and a guy that every play you have to come with it.”

 

(on not letting Vonta Leach into the second level to block) “Really it’s just recognizing what’s going on and recognizing the play and just going after it. You have to understand that you have 10 other guys on the defense and if you do the job that you are supposed to do and let the guys help you with the rest.”

 

(on his relationship with Michael Oher) “That relationship is good. Every offseason we try to get together and hang out. I love Big Mike like a brother man and he is an awesome guy. Like I said, in the offseason we try to get together and hang.”

 

(on if it will be odd to see Michael Oher on the other sideline) “No. I don’t want to use the word odd. It’s going to be a blessing to play against someone that you played college ball with and someone that you admire as a person. You wish him well, but at the same time too, we want to win. We are going to do everything we can to go out there and compete at a high level and we want to win.”

 

(on if he has met up with Michael Oher yet in New Orleans) “No, we haven’t met up yet this week. It’s just crazy with everything and the media stuff we have to do. We have our own teams and we have our own practices, but we are going to try to get together one night this week and see if we can get something to eat if we can.”

 

(on the growth of Ahmad Brooks this year) “Ahmad is one of those guys that we have been together now for the last four or five years. Just to see how far he has come since the first time he came with us as part of this team has been amazing. It’s been a big change of how he goes about his work and wanting to understand and show us how much it means to him and how much he cares, and showing that the previous things that he had that might have held up his head didn’t matter anymore. He was with us to make a new home and to be better and to make this team a better defense. He playing outside linebacker the way it’s supposed to be played. To play linebacker in our defense you can’t be just a run-around guy. You have to be a stout guy and be able to take on blocks and set the edges, and he does that for us week in and week out. That’s the kind of guy I want to be in the middle with because they set those edges and keep us from having to run a whole lot.”

 

(on where he is in his career compared to Ray Lewis) “I never have been a person to talk about myself. I tend to let others do that. My job is to go out there and compete all the time at a high level and be the very best football player that I can be. People always make comparisons of me to other people. I have the tattoos I have for a reason. On the inside when I flex, it says ‘I’m me.’ What that means is I have all of the respect in the world to the guys that they compare me too. Those are guys who have been there and done that and guys who are doing it right now at a high level. I just hope that someday I can have that kind of name when people talk about linebackers; I can be one of those guys that are talked about. At the end of the day, I can only be me and I can only be the best football player I can be. I hold myself to a high level and I hold myself to a high standard and each day I want to be able to look myself in the mirror when I come off that field, or come off the game field, ‘Did I give it my very best?’ If I can do that, then I am OK with me. I am never satisfied but I am OK with knowing that I can answer that truthfully because only I know if I did. At the end of the day, I can only be me.”

 

(on becoming a leader on the defense) “I have never been a big ‘ra-ra’ guy. I have never been a guy that gets up in people’s face. There are all types of different leaders in this world. Some people lead by example and others lead by words. Some people lead by not saying anything and people just feel it. I am the type of person that has always been taught to work for what you want and to work for what you want to accomplish. I am a lot better worker than I am a talked. Just let me show you and you just watch. I will show you want we are talking about. To have the kind of guys I have played with over the years and the kind of guys I am playing with now. It’s not hard to go out there and show them because those guys care and they want to win. Anytime that you have a group of guys like that, it makes your job a little bit easier.

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(on how much media he is consuming) “Obviously, when you are walking by the TV right now there are only two teams. There are only two football teams left. It’s just us and the Ravens. When you walk by the TVs you see them talking about the Super Bowl. I don’t like reading the papers a whole lot. I don’t like to sit down and listen to what people have to say. At the end of the day, everyone is going to have an opinion and if you get caught up in what they are talking about and you are not a strong-minded person then you can let it bother you. I try not to pay too much attention to it.”

 

(on why the 49ers will win if it’s a close game) “If it comes down to a close game it will be because we made more plays and we executed more. It will be because we wanted it more.”

 

(on what the biggest challenge on Sunday will be) “Our biggest challenge on Sunday will be going out there under the bright lights and playing a complete football game from across the board, offense, defense, and special teams. It’s hard because sometimes you might have two phases, sometimes you might just have one, but if you can get all three phases then a lot of time that guarantees you a chance to win.”

 

(on playing in the Super Bowl) “It’s going to be crazy man. I never really been a super bug emotional guy when it comes to making a play or winning the game, but right now we are here at the Super Bowl and it’s a normal week to me with a whole lot more media. I’m doing nothing that I wouldn’t do at home during a regular season game. I don’t like using the extra energy that I don’t have to use. Why change anything? Why change your routine and the things that got you to this point. This week I really don’t think it’s going to hit me until the night before. I’m usually like, ‘It’s game day tomorrow, let’s go.’ All during the week it’s just preparation and getting yourself in tune. It’s just getting yourself mentally there and physically there and then the night before the game, I think that’s where my nerves start moving and it’s hard to sleep. I’m like, ‘OK, it’s coming.’”

 

(on the pending case between former NFL players and the league regarding player safety) “That’s something that I don’t really want to get into. Like I said before, if people have something wrong with them, then I guess they are going to say what they have to say. That’s the talk and subject right now. I have nothing to do with that right now. I am doing alright. I don’t know. I don’t want to touch on that subject.”

 

(on how he will calm his nerves before the game on Saturday night) “Really man, the biggest thing that I try to do is before I go to sleep on Saturday nights. I just sit down and I will pray. I just ask the Lord for peace and say, ‘Lord, let your will be done.’ At the end of the day His will will be done regardless of what we want the outcome to be. I just pray and hope that when I go to sleep at night that he will give me peace. I wake up in the morning and am ready to go.”

 

(on the problems that Dennis Pitta presents) “Dennis Pitta, he has emerged to be a good tight end for them. He is a guy who is very elusive and can stretch the field. He is one of the guys that I’m sure I am going to have my times of covering and I am looking forward to the challenge. I really am. I still say that there are very few linebackers that go out there and they cover the way that I do in our packages. It will be a great challenge to go out there and showcase not only play the run and play in the box, but I can play outside of the box as well. It’s going to be a key point I’m sure when I am on him. I am looking forward to the challenge.”

 

 

 

 

 

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(on how Ray Lewis has influenced him as a linebacker) “He has influenced me in the sense that he has played the game for so long at a high level. He plays with passion and he plays with enthusiasm. I call him the Mufasa of middle linebackers. He is just that type of guy that when you watch him you just say, ‘Wow.’ The legacy that he is leaving is a legacy that I feel like will never be forgotten for as long as football is around. He will be one of those names that for as long as people talk about linebackers people will say, ‘Wow, that Ray Lewis.’ That’s the kind of passion that I try to play with. That’s the kind of passion that I strive to play with. That’s the kind of passion that before I even knew who Ray Lewis was, I have always tried to play with. To see him do it at this level and be recognized the way he has, and to see his play, when people talking about passing the torch, that’s the kind of torch that I want to see and I’m sure other linebackers are also. When you watch him play you say, ‘Wow, that’s a bad dude.’ That’s what I have been a fan of, his passion for the game, his heart for the game, the way he plays every snap and the way he plays every play, play in and play out. That’s for real. I just hope that someday, when I am done playing this game, that when I am done playing that they can say those same things about me as well.”

 

(on why he wears number 52) “It’s one of those things that when I was drafted they asked me and said, ‘What number do you want?’ They gave me 51, I think these are the numbers, 57, 58, 59. Honestly, I’m an even number guy one. Two, 52 just looks so much better than 51, 58, 57 and 59. Maybe that’s just me. Not only did that number 52 look better, I also knew that a guy that I know right now and at that time was wearing that number. It’s one of those numbers that if you wear that number you have to represent. I said to myself that this will be a number play into. This will be a number to represent. At the end of the day, there are expectations behind this number and for this number. You have to show what this number is about and since the time I was drafted I was saying that I have to have 52. If I could have had my college number of 49, then I probably would have had 49. That’s where it is six years later.”

 

(on how he has adjusted to living in California) “Living in Bruceten (Tenn) and then going to Mississippi, then going to California, it was a big change. You don’t know what you don’t know. Coming from the small town I grew up in, when I went to Ole Miss, I thought, ‘Wow man, this town is huge.’ Other guys would come from Florida and Louisiana and I played with some teammates that would laugh at me and say that this town is small and complain about how small it was and I was talking about how big it is. Then I got out to California and I will never forget that when they picked me up from the airport, and all of the sudden they took me city, I don’t know if we went into San Francisco first or San Jose first, but either way, both are just very, very big places. I just remember being like, ‘Wow, this is a lot of cars. How am I going to drive in all of this traffic?’ Little by little you learn to adapt and now I call San Jose and San Francisco my home. That’s where I bought my house and hopefully that’s where I will be for a long, long time.”

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Vernon Davis won’t bite when asked if Ray Lewis can cover him

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGHT END VERNON DAVIS

 

(on how competitive he was against his brother) “We were very competitive, me and my little brother. He always wanted to get the best of best of me, but I wouldn’t let him because I was the older brother. It’s great having a brother because you keep that competitive edge, you never lose it. I know what they are going through, the Harbaugh brothers, because I have a brother.”

 

(on getting back to practice) “It will be great to get back to work. It seems like it has been a little while because we have been doing so much with media and things like that. I’m excited to get back to work and put the game plan in.”

 

(on Colin Kaepernick being so calm) “There is something about Kaep (Colin Kaepernick) that no matter what happens he always keeps his composure. That is what I like about him. He is always under control, no matter what. It’s a great thing. I am just happy to have him be a part of this team.”

 

(on when Colin Kaepernick became the starter) “How did Kaep (Colin Kaepernick) find me in that last game we played Atlanta? It’s all about how the defense plays you. In the past, during the regular season, the defense would turn into coverage and it wouldn’t allow me to get open. What happened in the Atlanta game was they took their eyes off of me and I was able to get open numerous times and he found me. That’s what it is about. It’s about each and every week, you never know what’s going to happen, but you always have to be prepared.”

 

(on what he remembers about last year’s Thanksgiving game against Baltimore) “I remember we lost. I strongly believe we should have won that game. We travelled. We had one day. We didn’t rest. It’s probably the amount of rest that we got in that game. I strongly believe that.”

 

(on whether Ray Lewis can cover him) “We’ll see. I guess we’ll find out.”

 

(on the development of the offensive line) “That group, the offensive line, they have come a long way. We’ve been building the offensive line since I’ve been here, trying to get it right. All of a sudden, it pops just like that. (The offensive line is a) great group. (They are) very competitive and guys who want to be great, every last one of them. You have Joe Stanley, Mike Iupati and Anthony Davis. (It’s) a young group destined to be great.”

 

(on high expectations as a rookie) “A lot was expected out of us coming in, but it takes time. You have to build, work your craft and mold yourself. It’s rare for someone to come into the league and make an impact like that, unless you’re Colin Kaepernick.”

 

(on appreciating Colin Kaepernick) “He knows that we appreciate him. Look at where we are now.”

 

(on growing as a man and a player) “Growing as a man, I had to go through some stuff first. I had to figure this thing out, find out who I was as a player. (Mike) Singletary helped me channel my emotions and really find out the best route to go. Putting my teammates first was the best thing I could’ve done. Once I did that, things started to happen for me. I started to see the game differently. It wasn’t about me anymore. It was more about my team. I enjoyed it. I still do. Everything that I do, I put my teammates first. To me, that’s the mark of a true leader. That’s what I want to be. I want to be a leader and have guys continue to follow.”

 

(on whether he has seen a change in Michael Crabtree) “For (Michael) Crabtree, he had to grow. He had to find his niche, just like anyone else. He has done a great job for us in terms of making plays and being there when we need him. It’s truly a blessing to have him be a part of this team as well. Michael Crabtree has turned it on. I’m happy for him and I’m happy for his future.”

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Justin Smith says Niners must gang-tackle

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff

DEFENSIVE END JUSTIN SMITH

 

(on his time in Cincinnati) “I enjoyed my time there; I’ve got a lot of friends (there). We didn’t win a ton of games there, but I learned a lot about football from Dick LeBeau to Marvin Lewis and Jay Hayes and those types of guys that I learned from. It was definitely part of my growing process.

 

(on Ahmad Brooks’ growth as a player) “As a football player he has matured, as well as a person. His ability to make plays and change direction is something you don’t see in a lot of people, he is a crazy athlete. It’s all started to come together in the last couple of years for him.

 

(on playing against the 49ers offensive line) “We do it in training camp, it’s no fun. They are a good group across the board; they’ve got the right amount of nasty dudes, and they’ve got the right mix. They’re smart guys, they always give us crap because they say we always go right or left, and they have to know a bunch of stuff. They are the right mix of dudes. I thinks getting Alex Boone in there, really cemented it, with his mentality, the way he goes about stuff. Joe Staley, really leading the group, the way he plays. Mike Iupati, (Jonathan) Goodwin, that mentality on that side sets that offensive line apart.

 

(on preparing for Tyrod Taylor) “We worked on the pistol, the option, in case he was to get in and in case they have him in certain packages. We worked on those adjustments and what we do and how we would stop them.

 

(on how much his tendon is torn) “I’m not sure the exact percentage, I think 50 or something. A little bit over maybe.

 

(on surgery and rehab) “I really haven’t gone to the doctors yet. I figure I will do that after the Super Bowl.”

 

(on retiring) “I’m not going to retire after this year; I would like to come back and try to get here (the Super Bowl) again. I realize my career is definitely winding down. I’m not saying I’m going to play another eight years or something like that. I want to play at a high level. I don’t want to just be a back-up guy a mentor-guy. I want to help the guys as much as possible, show them all of the stuff I’ve learned from other guys. It’s all just passing the torch, everything you learn from the coaching staffs. I want to do that while I’m playing. These guys will be in good hands. I mean, that room is a good group of guys, good football players and a good football coach in (Defensive Line Coach) Jim Tomsula. Any time you’ve got a Ray McDonald in your room, you’ve got Issac (Sopoaga) in there, Ricky Jean (Francois) coming up, they are in good hands.”

 

(on how much being at the Super Bowl means after a long career) “I think I appreciate it more, being older than if I was younger. If you’re younger you’re just like ‘Ok, get in the league, play a couple of years then you go to a Super Bowl.’ I think everybody has a different experience, a different process and this is mine, so I appreciate it a little bit more. I know how hard it is to get to this game; getting to the NFC championship last year, then being able to get back, appreciating the whole process and how much goes into it as well, how much work, how much work we have done as a team. Not only the talent level that is in that locker room, but the coaching staff as well that brings it all together to get to these spots.”

 

(on stopping Ray Rice) “I think the main thing is you’ve got to gang tackle the guy, not let him get through the line of scrimmage. Once he gets on the smaller guys, it’s kind of a mismatch in the secondary, because he’s so powerful and elusive. They do a lot of things with him, catching out of the backfield, throwing to him, he’s a big checkdown route for him. They get him the ball in about every poissible way they can.”

 

(on getting to practice today) “It will be good. We went over there yesterday and got a workout in. It will just be good to get back in the normal routine.”

 

(on this team’s mentality) “It’s a good group of guys who just pulled together and kept that momentum going from last year and rode it in to this year and got back to the NFC Championship Game and we were able to get over the hump and now we are here in the Super Bowl.”

 

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(on who will win) “This game is going to be about physicality. The winner is going out-physical whoever they are playing. I think it’s just going to be about the physicality of the game.”

 

(on the challenge of playing in the Super Bowl) “I think it will be just like any other game. We will be going over our pictures, seeing what they’re trying to do, how they attack us, and how we can stop the offense and not really worry about all of that other stuff.”

 

(on his technique of rushing the passer) “You are working in a phone booth in there. You’ve got to deal with the center, so you don’t have a lot of room for moves, which works out good for me since I don’t have any. I try to go right through them.”

 

(on going against the Ravens offensive line) “They are a talented group of offensive linemen. They are about as similar to our group as it is. They are big. They are physical. They come off of the ball. They run their zone scheme exceptionally well. The running back knows how to cut off of them. It’s just a group effort and they play well together.”

 

(on the last two years) “Football is all about winning. I’ve enjoyed the last couple years, we’ve won a lot of games over these two years. It would be hard not to enjoy.”

 

(on converting from a 4-3 defensive end a 3-4 defensive end) “I gained some weight, the abs are gone. As you get slower they keep moving you in. If I’m ever playing nose guard it’s probably the end.”

 

(on getting on the practice field) “It’s good, we get done with this stuff (media) and get back to football and get back to what you’re down here for.”

 

(on having two weeks to prepare) “I don’t think it’s beneficial since both teams had the week off. It is what it is, you go with what they give you. This is the schedule. This is what we’re both on and both teams will be ready to play on Sunday.”

 

(on Ahmad Brooks’ work ethic) “Ever since he got here, he has worked hard. I remember in Cincinnati he was a talented guy and he worked there, but he has really taken it up to a different level when he got to San Francisco. He said getting cut was the worst thing that ever happened to him and was really an eye-opener for him. He has used it for motivation. He has busted his ass every day, got in the starting lineup and been going full-speed ahead ever since. He’s a big part of our lineup.”

 

(on getting pressure on Joe Flacco) “I think there are different things you can do. Being prepared for how they are going to attack us and do some stuff to counter.”

 

(on the 49ers advantages over the Ravens) “The advantage of knowing what we have to do to stop them. We know their game plan and we know how we are going to attack it. We are just going to try and shut the run game down.”

 

(on getting turnovers) “It’s something that (Defensive Coordinator) Vic Fangio and (Secondary Coach) Ed Donatell talk about all the time. It’s no secret if you win the turnover differential you have a better chance of winning. I think it’s something that if you put in the front of your mind you have a better chance. When you are going to make a tackle, consciously (trying) to go for that strip, go for that punch out. When you go for that sack, don’t just get that guy down, but go for the ball. You’ve got to be careful how you go for the ball around the quarterback, but go for the ball and try to get it out. They put a stat on the board yesterday that winning the Super Bowl, a plus-three (turnover) differential is 100 percent.”

 

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MORE DEFENSIVE END JUSTIN SMITH

 

(on what changed the team into a Super Bowl contender) “We go to Philadelphia, they are up 20-0 at halftime, and we are able to come back.  I think it just kind of cemented this group, like ‘OK, we’ve got something here, let’s keep rolling. We are not feeling our way through the season anymore. We are starting to believe.’ That winning attitude starts coming out. Even in Atlanta, we are down 17-0, the sideline never wavered. It’s just a testament to the guys and the confidence and ability of this team to come back; score, stop them and get it fixed.”

 

(on Baltimore’s offensive scheme) “They are pretty similar to what Indy used to do. They like to run the stretch scheme, make the corners and safeties have to come up and make tackles, really get on the perimeter. Those guys make a couple of tackles then they go over their head with the play action. I don’t see them changing and I don’t see us changing. We know what they are going to do and we are going to try and stop the run with a little bit lighter box. If we can do that we are going to have a good day, and if we can’t do that, we are going to have a rough day.”

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Manningham missing chance to face Ravens in Super Bowl

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff

WIDE RECEIVER MARIO MANNINGHAM

(on talking to the younger players who have never been to a Super Bowl before) “I’ve talked to a couple guys. Just don’t blink. Cherish these experiences that you’re going through. [Not] too many players come to the Super Bowl and win it. Go out and play your heart out on Sunday, that’s all I can tell them.”

 

(on what he remembers about going to the Super Bowl with the Giants last year) “Just being new to it. Last year was my first year even making the playoffs. I never played in a playoff game until last year. Just go out and do what you have to do. We didn’t get [any] younger, so go out there and play your heart out.”

 

(on how long it takes to come back down to earth after winning the Super Bowl) “The first game of the season next year. You’re not playing games, so they’re not doing anything but talking about it anyway. We talked about the Super Bowl last year going into the season. You’re thinking about it, but you’re just trying to get back to that same position.”

 

(on his catch in Super Bowl XLVI) “I was on the left side, New England’s side. I re-did my route because it was Cover Two. I stayed in bounds and Eli [Manning] just threw a perfect ball.”

 

(on how tough it has been the past couple of weeks being injured and watching the team run through the playoffs) “Yeah, especially when you know that you can make an impact on the field. Plus, when you know your team is good and you can see the road that they’ve taken, you can see everything unfolding. It’s crazy.”

 

(on what lured him away from the New York Giants to come to the 49ers) “I just wanted to make an impact and come in and contribute to this team knowing that I played against them last year and I knew how tough they were. I wanted to come bring my toughness with me so that we could be right where we are right now.”

 

(on how 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh compares to Giants head coach Tom Coughlin) “They are always going to have their teams ready to play and ready to play hard, and keep a disciplined team. The mentality ­–  you have to go out there and go get it – they’re not going to lay down for you. Go get the W, that’s all that matters.”

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Moss believes he’s helped Crabtree grow ahead of Super Bowl

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff

WIDE RECEIVER RANDY MOSS

 

(on wide receiver Michael Crabtree) “I think first and foremost Michael really has all the skills to be a complete wide receiver. If he did not have him so high. I just think that he just needed somebody really older that has really been through what he has been through to be able to get him down that path. Not look at me as a father figure or anything like that, just more as a friend and a teammate. Like I said yesterday, the first thing that I told him was that I am not here to replace him or do anything. I said (to him), ‘Man, I want to play with you and let things happen together.’ He has had a hell of a year man. I think it is his best year in his professional career. Only thing I can hope is he continues to be the person he is. Keep making plays.”

 

(on if he enjoys playing with Crabtree) “Yeah, because I think that I can speak for the whole offense, Crabtree has made some phenomenal plays this year. I think it starts out in practice really. I have not been here, I just came for camp. I do listen and I do read. The things he was doing in practice—and I told him ‘The things you do in practice you have to be able to let them roll on over to the field.’ Like I say, speaking for the whole offense he has got us out of some traps this year with his hands and run after the catch. He has had a hell of a year. Only thing you can do is just tip your hat off to him and hope it keeps going.”

 

(on getting back to practice) “I think that we have been here the last couple of days and we have been out walking streets and out eating. Sort of what I am saying is we have gotten our fun out of the way. We are here to do a job and that is to play football. I think that (Coach Harbaugh) said it right, I am excited to get out there and practice today. We have a defensive back, Tramaine Brock, and he gives us hell each and every day. I actually am ready to go out there and compete with him today. So I am excited, I really am.”

 

(on helping the 49ers defensive backs)  “I think that I have seen enough football to kind of know that what I see is what I see. I have given some input. Have they used it? I really do not know. If they see something going on out there, I expect them to come over and talk to me about it. That is what teammates do. That is what football is all about. It is very important for us to get out to a fast start and be there for one another. We have one game left. After that, it will be a long offseason. I think it will be a long offseason if we lose, but a short offseason if you win. Like I said, we are teammates and I think whatever we can do to help each other out. Let’s win a game.”

 

(on writing a book in the future) “I have not really figured it out yet. I just know that I think for people to understand me a little more, to understand what I have been through, I would like to write a book. I really do not have a title for it right now. I think once it is all said and done and everything settles down for me, slows down a little bit, I think I am going to write a book. A lot of you guys at this table, I have never seen you before and I know you do not me. You just know what you read. I think for you to really understand me and what I come from and how I do things, you need to read it.”

 

(on what people do not know about him) “Well right now, I am playing in the NFL. When the book comes out you will be able to sit down and read it. I am not trying to write a book that is going to be disrespectful and like that. I think it is just something like when you go to Starbucks to get coffee or you go to see people and read a book, I would like for people to really sit down and enjoy my book. Get to know me a little better. Like I said, I have been through a lot and I put a lot of heart, soul and dedication into this. Sacrificing each and every day to make sure I go out here and prepare myself to be the best. I think that is going to be one of the main focal points of my book. The approach that I took to be how I am.”

 

(on the importance of the 49ers locker room getting to know him) “Yeah because I think that they already had their perception of me already made up. Good or bad, I did not really care. I just wanted to let them know I am all the way in. I told Coach Harbaugh back during the OTAs and minicamp that, first of all, I wanted to make the team and then be able to go out here and make plays. The playmaking has not really been there this year, but, like I said, everything else has really been there.”

 

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(on quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s improvements) “I really do not know. I would say his preparation I guess. (Kaepernick) has come into being our starting quarterback with his eyes forward. Not looking on either side of the road. Just keep it straight forward. I would say his preparation because when he came in, everybody makes mistakes, but you could see some of the mistakes he was making and now he is ready to lead. That is something you can appreciate in a quarterback.”

 

(on Colin Kaepernick’s toughness) “I think his inner toughness is as tough as his outer. I like him. I really do. I like everything that he does and everything that he stands for. The kissing of the tattoos and all of that. I like him, I really do. I am a fan of his.”

 

(on what he has learned from the team’s younger guys) “I think being around a group of young guys does not make me feel so old. What I mean by that is there are days I have come out, been a little achy or a little sore and not really ready to go out there and practice. Then you get the jokes and stuff coming from Aldon Smith, Michael Crabtree, Carlos Rogers and C.J. Spillman. It is really something that motivated me to loosen my bones up and get myself ready to practice.”

 

(on what the young guys say to him) “You name it. Really, you name it. It is nothing that I have not heard from them just as far as my age. Like a lawn mower—you know how you start a lawn mower up and you have to pull the string to start it up? They are talking about, ‘Moss let’s get ready. Go ahead and start your lawn mower.’ It is all in fun. It is not out of disrespect. They have to have somebody to pick on. It goes both ways. We have a great time. Being around those great groups of guys who are young and keep me young too.”

 

(on Jerry Rice disagreeing that Moss is the greatest receiver of all-time) “Everybody is going to have their opinion. I do not live on numbers. I really do not. If you sit here and just said who is the greatest running back? Statistically it is Emmitt Smith. People would say Barry Sanders, Gale Sayers or Jim Brown. Their numbers do not match Emmitt Smith, but people would say Emmitt Smith is the best running back.”

 

(on how to judge the best receiver) “You make your own judgment. You really do. I know what I think. I am not going to sit up here and tell you how to look at it and how to judge it. I think when it comes to going out there, making plays and helping the team do the things that they are able to do to win the game—I think I am the greatest receiver ever, point blank. Next question.”

 

(on people’s reaction to him calling himself the greatest ever) “I think that it speaks of the impact that I have made on this NFL football league. If Joe Blow would have said it, I do not know if it would have been in USA Today. Since Randy Moss said it, it is front of the sports page. Like I said, I just try to stay humble and do my job. That is what I am able to do. I am able to come out and try to say these things, but I do believe in my heart and my mind I am the greatest to ever do it.”

 

(on the 49ers offensive weapons) “It goes on. We have a lot of weapons really. I think it is really true to say there is not really enough balls to go around on this offense. I do not mean that in a disrespectful way. I just think that we have so many weapons. We have tight ends. We have receivers. We have running backs, and injuries do occur. When Kendall Hunter went down, LaMichael James came in and stepped up. (Mario) Manningham went down and we have a young A.J. Jenkins. He has bloomed and been able to go out here and make a couple of plays for us this last month. This team is very talented. When it comes to salary caps in this league, it is hard to really keep a talented team together for so long. Hopefully the 49ers can keep them a good team together because it is a great core of guys and they love to play football.”

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Kaepernick says Jim Harbaugh vital in preparing him for Super Bowl

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff

QUARTERBACK COLIN KAEPERNICK

(on how it will feel to be back out at practice today) “It will be good to get back out there. That’s where we need to be in order to get ready for Sunday.”

 

(on how much head coach Jim Harbaugh has helped him since he is a former quarterback) “He’s been a great coach. He’s done a lot for me – making sure that this team is going, this offense is going, and making sure all of the quarterbacks are ready.”

 

(on what he has done to better himself since getting into the NFL) “I think there is a lot of experience under my belt now. [I’ve had] a lot more time in the offense and on the game field. I think that’s the biggest difference between now and then.”

 

(on the development of WR Michael Crabtree and Kaepernick’s relationship with him) “Crab is a great player. He does a lot of things well and he’s a very physical receiver. He wants to get in the end zone every time he touches the ball. As a quarterback, that’s something you love.”

 

(on whether the coaches and receivers have talked to him about when to throw his ‘fast ball’) “In practice, they do. Come game time though, nobody says anything. Any way that we can get the ball in their hands, they’re going to be happy.”

 

(on distributing his allotment tickets) “I have all of my 15 tickets and I gave them all to my parents to distribute to the rest of the family. That’s not my business.”

 

(on how the 49ers offensive line makes his job easier) “They have been doing a phenomenal job blocking people. In pass protection, I’ve barely been touched. In the run game, they’re opening up huge holes for our running backs. They open up the edges for me when I’ve been running. As an offensive line, they’ve been playing lights out.”

 

(on the transition from not playing to becoming the starting quarterback of a Super Bowl team) “It was tough watching this team do well and not being able to contribute. For me, what kept me going was the fact that I might get an opportunity to get out there. When I did, I need to take advantage of it. I think that is the biggest thing.”

 

(on whether his relationship with QB Alex Smith has gone as well as it could) “I think it has gone about as well as it could. Alex has been phenomenal and he’s done nothing but things to help this team. He’s done nothing but help me. I mean he’s been great through it. To me, I’ve just been keeping my head down and trying to keep working.”

 

(on how crazy the week has been for him) “It’s a little bit weird for me. It’s not necessarily crazy, but it’s something different.”

 

(on his experience being recruited to go to college out of Pittman High School) “My recruitment was very minimal. I had one scholarship offer and that came one week before National Signing Day. To me, it’s something where you just have to hope for an opportunity and do anything you can to get one coach to like you.”

 

(on the challenge of losing WR Mario Manningham and LB Kyle Williams to injury) “It has been tough. I think (RB) Kendall Hunter has been another play that we’ve lost and he was a big contributor to our offense. I think all three of them played major roles and were tough losses. This offense and this team has to adapt to it.”

 

(on what pushed him to pursue a football career over baseball) “I was a better baseball player in high school and a lot more heavily recruited. To me, football is what I love and it’s what I wanted to do.”

 

(on how important it is to have an additional week to get ready for an opponent) “It gives us another week to really scheme up their defense – get extra looks at what they’re doing. We’re really trying to detail them out. Any extra time you can get looking at something, the more comfortable you’re going to be with it, and hopefully, the more prepared you are.”

 

(on working at the Manning Passing Academy and his connection with TE Vernon Davis last week) “I was at the Manning Passing Academy. It was a great experience. I got to meet Peyton and Eli, and get some tips and pointers from them. In terms of Vernon coming alive last week, he’s a matchup nightmare. When he’s against a linebacker or safety, we expect him to win every time. He is really gifted out there.”

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S Whitner says Niners have to know where Rice is at all times

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff

SAFETY DONTE WHITNER

 

(on if it’s easy to stay focused on football this week) “Well, when you have the type of guys that we have, we really like to play football. We’re really not here for everything else. We’re here to play football and to come back with a ring. So, yeah, it’s easy for us to switch off and on.”

 

(on the biggest way LB Ahmad Brooks has grown this year) “He’s just tremendously focused out there. And you can tell it – he was second-team All-Pro. He’s out there getting to the quarterback. Even if he doesn’t get sacks, he’s putting a lot of pressure on the quarterback, setting the edge on the run, getting all of the blocks, being extremely physical, tossing a lot of tight ends around, and that’s what we like him to do. So, that’s why he was second-team All-Pro.”

 

(on the successes of Brooks and DT Ray McDonald that gets overlooked) “He and Ray are extremely physical on that side, teams do not run the football to that side. Really, teams can’t really run the football on us at all. We have four guys up there that are extremely physical, extremely talented, and they really make this defense. That’s why we play like we do, because those guys go out and work the way that they do. All four of them are top guys in the National Football League.”

 

(on a unique challenge that Ravens RB Ray Rice brings to the game) “Well he’s a smaller guy, so he can hide behind some of those linemen and pop out at the last minute. Extremely shifty, and they like to use him in the pass game also. Try to work your linebackers. Joe (Flacco) can go deep, and (if) the second or third receiver isn’t open, you better believe it’s coming down to Ray Rice – and Ray Rice makes a lot of plays in the pass game also. So we have to know where he is at all times.”

 

(on the challenge facing Joe Flacco) “Extremely, extremely strong arm. Likes to take chances, but he’s extremely accurate on the deep ball, also. Some other thing we’re going to have to do is understand that when he’s being pressured in the pocket, the play can sometimes be extended. If you’re not continuing to stay deep in your deep zones, then that’s when you’ll get beat. We understand that, it’s something that we haven’t really seen, and we just have to keep those guys in front of us and not allow them to get behind us.”

 

(on the different strengths of the Ravens wide receivers for Flacco) “They start off with Anquan Boldin. Extremely physical guy – they move him in the slot. He’s really their possession receiver, but he also goes over the middle, breaks tackles. Fearless guy. Extremely strong, extremely quick. Not the fastest of guys, but extremely quick and can get behind the defense. Then you go to Torrey Smith. Torrey Smith is extremely fast, probably top five in the National Football League as far as pure, straight line speed. And that’s his deep throw. When he wants to go deep, he’s going to Torrey Smith. He can run other routes, but his specialty is going deep. And then you have (Dennis) Pitta. Pitta is starting to emerge as a top guy for them. He’s getting behind the defense, he’s scoring in the red zone, and he’s becoming just a reliable, all-around guy for them. Developing into a top tight end in the National Football League. It’s hard to jam him, so we’ll have to be physical with him. He’s pretty good. And then Ray Rice. He uses Ray Rice also in the pass game. Everybody knows what he can do in the run game and the plays that he can make, but as far as getting up into receivers and making them miss, catching the football and making big plays, he’s probably, right now, one of the top running backs in the National Football League in terms of being able to receive the football out of the backfield. So, they have a total group of weapons for him, and he’s been utilizing them well.”

 

(on the importance of San Francisco’s secondary against the Ravens’ deep game) “Our secondary is going to be huge. Not allowing his guys to get behind us and keeping them to a certain amount of big plays in the football game is going to be huge. And it’s huge each and every week, though. It’s not just because of the Super Bowl, it’s each and every week. But they have, arguably, one of the fastest guys in the National Football League in Torrey Smith. He’s been getting behind the defense all year long, especially over the last four games. You’ve seen a lot more (Anquan) Boldin going a little deeper, and they have tight ends that are getting behind the defense. So we have to be disciplined in what we’re doing and have to understand that sometimes, when the rush looks like they’re getting there, he’s still going to be able to extend the play and he still has a strong enough arm and accuracy to throw it deep and get it to where it’s going. And we just have to be aware of that.”

 

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MORE SAFETY DONTE WHITNER

 

(on what San Francisco’s secondary needs to do to keep the Ravens receivers in front of them) “Well we can be very detail-oriented, and that starts with everybody in the secondary, from the nickel to the outside corners to both safeties. If we’re in a cover-two and the corners are supposed to get a really, really good jam on them to break the rhythm of the play, he has to be detail-oriented and do that. If the safety is supposed to be two yards from the top of the number, 14 yards deep, with a good pace on the inside receiver, then he has to be detail-oriented and get that done. A lot of times when you see mistakes happen on the back end, it’s because guys aren’t really detail-oriented. They don’t really know their responsibility, they’re probably guessing, or they want to do something on their own. Every play you see happen out on the football field, there’s somebody that didn’t do something right, and that’s why it happened.”

 

(on if it’s a coincidence that two hard-hitting teams like Baltimore and San Francisco are in the Super Bowl) “I don’t think it’s coincidence. I think that when you play the game the way we play the game and the way that the Baltimore Ravens play the game, good things happen for you. We play an old school style of football, we play a physical style of football. Stop the run, and then we get after you in the pass game and get pass rushers. That’s how you win football games. It’s won up front, really, with the offensive and defensive line, and really with us affecting quarterbacks. So, it’s no coincidence.”

 

(on the tough reality that injuries can play a big role in players, such as Alex Smith, losing their jobs) “It’s tough. I don’t think I’ve ever had to deal with that. I might have had to deal with that once, when I was in Buffalo and Perry Fewell, the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants now, was my defensive coordinator. I think I might’ve hurt my hamstring or something and Jairus Byrd, who was a first year free safety went in, and I think we were playing the New York Jets, and he had two interceptions. Next game he had two interceptions and the next game he had one, and then he had two again. I kind of went through a similar situation myself, with then having to be a role player and probably play some nickel and come in on third down, something like that. So it was extremely tough to deal with, but knowing the guy that Alex is, Alex will get out of this and he’ll go somewhere and play football and he’ll win some games. He’ll let this fuel him, and that’s the way he can deal with it. He’s been dealing with it great so far, Kaep (Colin Kaepernick) has had a great year, but I believe this is not the end for Alex Smith and he’ll do great things.”

 

(on if he worries that injuries may cause a change in football in the future) “I don’t worry where football is going because I know a lot of money is involved in this to where people can come up with the research and come up with the plan and come up with an idea to keep the game going. I do worry that moms are not allowing young kids to play now, who might have an opportunity to learn something from the game, be able to use it as a tool to further themselves educational-wise, and not really allow them to enjoy something that can be wonderful to you. I know that a lot of people worry about the brain and the neck and all that, but there are ways to play the game the right way and not be injured. There’s a lot of players out there on defense that think they’re flying in and diving headfirst and showing toughness. That’s not the way to play the game. There’s a way to play the game of football, and you know, we’re not perfect. We can’t really prevent injury. It’s going to happen sometimes. That’s why people love this game, it’s like gladiators out there. That’s why people love the big hits on ESPN and all that, it’s like gladiators. Not too many people can go out there and endure this to do this. That’s why people love it.”

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