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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/49ers

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/49ers

Posted on 05 February 2013 by Glenn Clark

Following every Baltimore Ravens game this season, Ryan Chell and I will take to the airwaves Tuesdays on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net with a segment known as “The Five Plays That Determined The Game.”

It’s a simple concept. We’ll select five plays from each game that determined the outcome. These five plays will best represent why the Ravens won or lost each game.

This will be our final analysis of the previous game before switching gears towards the next game on the schedule.

Here are the five plays that determined the Ravens’ 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sunday in Super Bowl XLVII…

(Note: not all pictures are always of actual play)

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Jacoby Jones 108 yard kickoff return TD (3rd quarter)

4. Jacoby Jones 56 yard TD catch from Joe Flacco on 3rd & 10 (2nd quarter)

3. Colin Kaepernick pass intended for Randy Moss on two point conversion attempt incomplete (4th quarter)

2. Joe Flacco 15 yard pass to Anquan Boldin on 3rd and inches (4th quarter)

1. Colin Kaepernick pass intended for Michael Crabtree on 4th and goal incomplete (4th quarter)

(Ryan’s Plays on Page 2…)

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Super Bowl brilliance brings Flacco’s offseason comments full circle

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Super Bowl brilliance brings Flacco’s offseason comments full circle

Posted on 04 February 2013 by Glenn Clark

NEW ORLEANS, La. — Remember that time when I asked Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco that thing?

I’m sure you remember it. If not, I’m happy to refresh your memory…

Oh right. NOW you remember. I asked Joe Flacco if he thought he was a “Top 5″ NFL quarterback (which had been a hot offseason debate), and he responded by telling me he thought he was THE BEST quarterback in the National Football League.

I bring this conversation back up because it seemed like everyone ON THE FACE OF THE PLANET wanted to remind you of those comments every time Flacco had a moment this season that may have been slightly more “down” than “up.”

During the week, Flacco’s comments to WNST were featured prominently in the coverage NFL Network and ESPN gave in New Orleans. On Sunday, the comments were part of the pre-game package that aired on CBS.

The comments became such a prominent part of the narrative surrounding the Ravens’ fifth year starter that it almost reached the point where you couldn’t make commentary about Flacco without including them. You would either hear “sure, Joe Flacco had a good game-but let’s not forget he thinks he’s the best quarterback in football and he most certainly wasn’t today” or if he struggled perhaps you’d hear something along the lines of “when Joe Flacco plays like this it becomes more and more laughable that he considers himself the best quarterback in football.”

Instead of judging Joe Flacco on his numbers or the Ravens’ record, it became increasingly popular to judge him based on a legitimate answer to a throwaway question presented in the context of a charity radio event at a local bar.

Joe Flacco told me something else that night back in April over in Perry Hall that didn’t get nearly the same amount of publicity. It’s equally worth remembering, however. Fast forward to the 7:30 mark of the above video.

“Everybody wants to go back and forth-’we’re this kind of team, we’re that kind of team.’ Well, you know what kind of team we need to be? We need to be a Super Bowl champion team.”

Wow.

He added “I love winning and I’m going to continue to win no matter what our numbers are.”

I’m starting to think we should have taken this sentence and carved it into stone for prosperity.

Joe Flacco very much so continued to win this season after making those comments. He won double digit regular season games once again, a second AFC North title, a first AFC Championship and Sunday night capped it with a SPARKING Super Bowl MVP performance to win his first ever Vince Lombardi Trophy. Of course, the numbers in the postseason came WITH the winning, as Flacco put together a Joe Montana-esque 11 touchdown, zero interception stretch over four games. The final three TD’s came against Montana’s former team, the San Francisco 49ers, inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sunday night in Super Bowl XLVII.

So now I put it right back to you, Baltimore Ravens fans? Is Joe Flacco a Top 5 NFL quarterback? Is he the best quarterback in football?

Or perhaps you’re really thinking to yourself “this doesn’t even matter.” That’s essentially what your quarterback is thinking.

“I’ve never cared. I don’t ever want to feel like I’m in a position to defend myself” the quarterback said after hoisting the Lombardi Trophy Sunday night. “It’s not right. I don’t have to do that. We’ll have (the Super Bowl win) forever.”

That’s the answer. It doesn’t matter. It didn’t matter in April. It didn’t matter when the season started. It absolutely didn’t matter in the postseason. It will not matter at all moving forward.

Joe Flacco is a great NFL quarterback. There’s simply no doubting that at this point. Whether that means he’s Top 5, Top 10 or the best quarterback in the game-I’ll leave that for you to decide.

The comments everyone in Baltimore and around the country should have cared much more about were the comments about needing to be the type of team that can win a Super Bowl title. The comments everyone in Baltimore and around the country should have cared more about were the comments about a guy caring much more about winning than numbers.

It shouldn’t have taken a magical postseason run for Charm City to fall in love with this quarterback. It shouldn’t have taken a magical postseason run for many national commentators to realize the guy could really play quarterback and had changed the culture of one of the more successful franchises in the league.

Perhaps Monday would be a good day for those of you in Baltimore that haven’t started fawning over your quarterback yet to start doing so. I’d stop a bit shy of “hero worship”, but I’d make your love known.

I haven’t even bothered with throwing out the word “elite” yet. That one doesn’t matter either. (But the answer is now YES for those scoring at home.)

I’m grateful Joe Flacco had the bravado to step up and tell me he thought he was the best quarterback in football last year. I think that bravado served him well in leading the Baltimore Ravens to their first Super Bowl title in 12 years.

I’m significantly more grateful that Joe Flacco always cared so much about winning. It made for an unforgettable weekend on the Bayou for this particular Baltimore native.

-G

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See Harbaugh, Flacco, Lewis and more react to Super Bowl win here

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See Harbaugh, Flacco, Lewis and more react to Super Bowl win here

Posted on 04 February 2013 by WNSTV

Our WNST.net staff took some video of Baltimore Ravens players offering their reactions to the team’s 34-31 over the San Francisco 49ers Sunday for their second Super Bowl title in franchise history.

Head Coach John Harbaugh…

Super Bowl XLVII MVP QB Joe Flacco…

Retiring future Hall of Fame LB Ray Lewis…

New Orleans native and future Hall of Fame S Ed Reed (Part 1)…

Ed Reed Part 2…

WR Torrey Smith…

DL Haloti Ngata…

(We apologize for the quality of the video at times. As you can imagine, the postgame scene was mobbed and our crew was multitasking to say the least.)

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49ers make final prep for “bright lights” of Superdome

Posted on 02 February 2013 by WNST Staff

NEW ORLEANS— The lights of the Super Bowl appeared a little brighter for 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, as the team went through 15 minutes of stretching and playing catch at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The 49ers held their final get-together, a light workout on the eve of Super Bowl XLVII against the Baltimore Ravens, in front of 11 bus loads of family and friends. As the coaches and players walked onto the playing field, one person in the crowd prompted the group to perform the 49ers’ traditional victory cheer. The man shouted, “Who’s got it better than us?” And hundreds of 49ers supporters replied in unison, “Nobody!”

That brought a smile to Harbaugh’s face and he applauded the fans’ efforts. Afterward, the large contingent was invited onto the field to pose for pictures and get autographs. The brief walk-through practice had a football purpose, too.

“We wanted to come over,” Harbaugh said. “And the football part of it is getting used to the lights. They looked a little brighter than the last time we were down here.”

The 49ers played Nov. 25 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, a game in which quarterback Colin Kaepernick made his first career road start in a 31-21 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

Harbaugh said he wanted the players to visit the locker room and put on their game cleats to check out the playing surface with “pat-and-go” drills. Harbaugh joined the three quarterbacks in throwing passes to players at all positions.

“Also, wanted to get a stretch, get the blood moving a little bit,” Harbaugh said. “And get some new blood going. Then, afterward, enjoy it with your family. Get some pictures and make it possible for everybody to come down to the Super Bowl field.”

The most popular player on the field was Kaepernick. He was surrounded by a large circle of people seeking photos. Harbaugh said Kaepernick appears to remain unfazed by his new fame.

“I don’t see any change, one way or the other,” Harbaugh said. “He is who he is. He has been pretty steady with his demeanor.”

The 49ers are scheduled for their normal night-before-game routine of meetings at the team hotel, Harbaugh said.

“I feel good,” Harbaugh said. “The preparation has been outstanding, very focused. The players care about winning. They care about this team, and that’s complimentary to the players and the way their focus has been. And that’s not something that’s been just this week. That wasn’t just created this week. That’s been all season and the offseason. It speaks very highly of the players.”

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LB Bowman says he’s Ray Lewis fan

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff

LINEBACKER NAVORRO BOWMAN

 

(on whether he was a Washington Redskins fan growing up) “No, I was a Cowboys fan. I think that’s because I wanted to go against the grain. Being the youngest in the house, being the baby, my mom, my brother, my aunts, everyone liked the Redskins; so I decided to go to the rivals with the Cowboys. It’s always been a great time whenever those two play each other.”

 

(on whether he remembers a game when there was so many great linebackers playing on the same field) “No. The first game we played against them last year, they were able to get us. That’s the only game I can recall. It’s going to be a great matchup. It’s been talked about for a long time. People have been hoping that the Ravens and 49ers got into the Super Bowl, now it’s here. Both teams have to go out here and put on a show and play lights out.”

 

(on whether the 49ers or Ravens have the best linebackers) “We’ll see on Sunday.”

 

(on the best Ravens linebacker) “I’ll go with Ray (Lewis). Ray’s been doing it a long time. We’ve definitely modeled some of our game after him. He was able to put the linebacker position at such a high standard. It’s helped everyone at the linebacker position. I’m a fan of Ray’s and excited about him and hope that he felt like he gave the game everything he had.”

 

(on his relationship with Patrick Willis) “We’re always by each other, always talking. On the field we do what we do. Off the field we’re brothers. Any time I need to go to him or talk to him about anything, he’s always willing to listen or give me an answer; and vice versa. That’s the type of person you want in a teammate. I admire him off of how humble he is and how down to Earth he is. I tell him all the time that that is going to carry him a long way. If he can just stay the same, stay down to Earth and treat people the way they need to be treated; and he definitely does that.”

 

(on what makes the 49ers linebacker core so dangerous) “What makes us dangerous is our confidence is through the roof. Our work ethic is through the roof. Anything that we have to do in regards to the 49ers, we’re willing to do it. Some teams and coaches may not be on the same page. We’re all on the same page with our coach. We understand what he wants and what he’s trying to get accomplished every single week, and it’s just been working out for us.”

 

(on why he chose Penn State) “I went to Penn State when I saw a video of LaVar Arrington. He mentioned that ‘If you play linebacker you’d be crazy not to go to Penn State.’ I always thought of myself as a really good linebacker, at different levels, but I always thought I was pretty good. I didn’t want to let this opportunity slip up. It always stuck in my head throughout the whole process. I chose Penn State and when I got there it was linebackers, linebackers, linebackers; doing everything right. That motivated me to play my game or pick up little things from guys who had already been there. They put linebackers in the league and that is where I’m trying to go. I hold a standard in my game to represent Penn State and where I come from, and how hard and how much coaching I received in playing linebacker. It’s just been working out for me.”

 

(on the 49ers linebackers) ‘I believe we have to win this game. I think a lot of doors will open for us, all for of us, at the linebacker position. Right now is the game that will solidify any type of talk or hype. It’s kind of like a sense of security. If you want it, if you want to be held at the top, then we have to win this game. That’s what it comes down to.”

 

(on how they will approach the Ravens) “Getting them (the Ravens) off their rhythm. Teams come out and they try to start a rhythm and if they have success then it will be pretty tough for you to stop them. Just breaking their patterns, getting them off their rhythm, making them do something they really don’t want to do and putting them in long-distance situations and I’m sure we’ll be fine. Last year, the game was so amped up, due to the brothers playing in it. It was just a distraction. This year, we’re down here, we’ve been down here earlier this season. We’re familiar with everything and we’re just focusing on the game.”

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Super Bowl XLVII – Thursday, January 31, 2013

 

QUOTES FROM SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS MEDIA SESSION

 

MORE LINEBACKER NAVORRO BOWMAN

 

(on how the team has handled the postseason ) “The postseason is win or go home. None of us wants to go home yet. I think that’s how we’ve prevailed through the Falcons. The work that we’ve put in and how far we got last year, we just don’t want to let it happen again. We don’t want to feel that feeling again. We’ve definitely zeroed in just a little bit more than the regular season.”

 

(on what Joe Flacco is able to do at the quarterback position) “He’s able to run an offense, an offense with a lot of weapons that he has. Joe does a great job being very patient and realizing the look that a defense is trying to give him, and he finds the guy he wants to give the ball to. We are going to have to be patient also, on defense, disguise as long as we can and see if we can get a big play on them.”

 

(on whether he is concerned with his teammates injuries affecting their play on Sunday) “I’m not concerned. It’s the Super Bowl. At the end of the day, when you wake up that morning, all pain goes away, every pain. You don’t feel anything but your adrenaline rushing and you just want to go out there and give it your all. I’m not worried about it. Half of the guys in this league have been playing hurt since Week 10. It’s part of the game. Pain and all of that will be out of their system by the time Sunday comes.”

 

(on Jim Harbaugh improving his press conference performances) “You guys (the media), probably about eight or nine weeks, have been commenting on his podium technique. I think he’s starting to get the hang of it and being patient with the questions and giving you a good answer. It’s good, now that he’s facing his brother, so you don’t know what the two are going to say on each side.”

 

(on how bad Jim Harbaugh wants to beat his brother) “He wants to beat him. I know he does. If it was me, I would want to beat my brother, especially on such a big stage with such media attention. You know you’re going to have bragging rights for awhile. He’s been coaching very well, not too much talking about his brother, but making sure that we practice well and that we’re focused and that we’re the best prepared the way we need to be prepared.”

 

(on having to see his coach have to congratulate his brother if the 49ers lose) “That’s pretty bad. There is only going to be one person happy in this game, and that’s the Harbaugh family. Jack and his wife will be happy, but someone is going to go home with a sad face.”

 

(on two brothers competing against each other) “Brothers compete the most when their parents are watching. Parents are going to be like, ‘Y’all calm down now,’ and try to break it up to keep everyone happy. At the end of the day, it’s your team versus his team, and you have to win. Brothers always have been competing since day one. He can deny the questions all he wants, but if you have a brother, you know that he wants to win and beat his brother very bad.”

 

(on what impresses him most about the Ravens defense) “They’re a physical football team, just like us. A lot of the Ravens are similar: character, the people that they have on their team is really similar. What’s going to separate us is the commitment we’ve made to this year and their commitment, and who’s going to go out there and play the best.”

 

(on Ray Lewis) “He is respected by me tremendously. Coming from the D.C./Maryland area, I’ve been hearing about Ray since I came out of the womb. I’m a fan of his. He’s coming to his last game. I know he is going to go out there and play his heart out. The guy has really set the linebacker position very high, set it at a high standard. I’m blessed to be in this era and be able to play this game with the things that Ray has done in previous years.”

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Crabtree thinks only 49ers can beat 49ers

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff

WIDE RECEIVER MICHAEL CRABTREE

 

(on a good practice on Wednesday) “We had a good practice. I think I had a bad practice. I just cannot wait for the big day.”

 

(on what went wrong for him at practice) “I just feel like I had a slow, sluggish practice. Everybody else was out there flying. I think I need to catch up today and do the job.”

 

(on where the team is offensively) “I think we have stepped up a little bit. We always knew that we could be up here and be in this game. It was just going to take the offense (stepping up). Last year, it was slow with offense but we always knew we could be up here. All we had to do was connect the dots. Make it happen.”

 

(on what they need to do against the Ravens’ defense) “Just win. We just have to go do our job.”

 

(on his opinion of Wednesday’s practice) “I think we had a good practice. It was one of the best practices I think we have had, but one of the worst practices for me personally. It is always challenging with practices during Super Bowl week. I just cannot wait to go back to work today.”

 

(on how the 49ers get ready for their games) “It is football. We just get excited about the opportunity we have—especially right now playing in the Super Bowl. That was the goal from day one. I think that is what motivated us.”

 

(on dealing with the media) “I usually do not even talk to the media in my town. I do probably one or two times a week, but it is what it is. It is the Super Bowl. It is the big dance. Whatever comes with it, I am ready for it.”

 

(on quarterback Colin Kaepernick always having a lot of media around him) “Yeah. It is the Kaep show.”

 

(on his feeling leading up to the game) “I am just taking it easy right now. We know how many days we have left and I am just taking it easy. I am really ready to play, but you have to do what you have to do.”

 

(on his rapport with Colin Kaepernick compared to with quarterback Alex Smith) “I do not like to compare like that. I just feel like Kaepernick came in and did what people really have not seen. I am just running along with it.”

 

(on being the benefactor of Colin Kaepernick playing) “Yeah, it is a difference. The difference is that Kaepernick is just coming in balling. Making plays with his feet, arm and I am just trying to catch everything he throws.”

 

(on his expectations of Sunday) “I expect us to all go out there and do our job. Come out with the ‘W.’ That is the goal.”

 

(on who will be the non-obvious MVP of the Super Bowl for the 49ers) “I have no idea. That is the best thing about the Super Bowl, you never know.”

 

(on who worries him most from the Ravens) “I think we are our biggest concern. Nobody can beat us, but ourselves. That is a bold statement, but I feel like that is how I feel.”

 

(on what it means to be in the Super Bowl) “We always talk about the Super Bowl. We always dreamed about the Super Bowl and it is something you always wanted to do since you were a kid. Just happy right now. I cannot wait to get to the big game.”

 

(on what makes Colin Kaepernick being a special player) “I played against him in college. We beat him, but he put up numbers. I talked to Coach (Mike) Leach about him and Coach Leach was always saying (Kaepernick) should have been in the Heisman race. He got looked over. Always knew we had the weapons and he had the tools to do what he is doing now.”

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Super Bowl XLVII – Thursday, January 31, 2013

 

QUOTES FROM SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS MEDIA SESSION

 

MORE WIDE RECEIVER MICHAEL CRABTREE

 

(on what makes Colin Kaepernick so good) “The arm, how fast he is and he is not just one of those crazy runners either. He slides and goes out of bounds, which is great.”

 

(on how hard Colin Kaepernick throws the ball and trying to catch it in practice) “He has the arm. Some guys are scared, but it is not like that. We do with him what we are supposed to do. When he used to back in the day, his first year here, I do not think he could control his arm and he was just throwing fast every play.”

 

(on having to really focus to catch such hard throws) “Right. That is what I have been telling everybody, ‘We have to focus on this ball. We have to see the ball in.’”

 

(on if Colin Kaepernick has more touch this year) “Yeah but he still throws it. He has not played that many games, but he still is growing. Just like me. The whole team, we have a young team, we are still growing, maturing and trying to be the best we can be.”

 

(on what it is like to have so much attention since college) “I would not say all eyes have been on me, but I feel like I did a lot in college. Did more than most, but still have room to get better. I really do not like the eyes on me like that. I guess that comes with if you want to be the  best, that is what is going to happen. I am still grinding.”

 

(on the pressure that comes with his role) “No pressure. I just believe in my game; rely on my game on the field to get me by. That is all it is, being a football player.”

 

(on if the accusations of last week had messed up this week for him) “No, I guess it comes with the territory. I have talked to a lot of people and it is happened to a lot of people. Just the word allegations—it is just a word.”

 

(on if things have changed in his life this year) “Really the same people and the same things are going on around me since day one. I am comfortable about what I am doing.”

 

(on how things have changed for him on the field) “Quarterback. There has been a big quarterback change, but that is about it. Everything else is smooth. The defense is still balling, guys are still running their routes and Kaepernick is delivering.”

 

(on how the coaching staff has been using him differently) “Really just putting me out there and getting me more targets. It is no secret, when I first came in it was three or four targets to now when I am getting eight. A lot of first downs and getting the ball on third down. It is a football game and I am getting older, but I am still young. That is the crazy part about it. I am just trying to get better.”

 

(on if he feels like he is getting older) “I do not even feel like I am getting older. I have been through so much, it just feels like I am getting older. I am still young. My body feel like I am 19 or 20. It is all good.”

 

(on his mind feeling like it is older now) “Yeah. A little more experienced.”

 

(on if it bugged him being called a diva receiver early in his career) “No, not at all. That is just opinion. I do not really read the media or the news and do all of that. That stuff will bother you, but I know who I am. The guys around me know who I am, so that is all that matters.”

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Willis says 49ers can’t make mistakes against Ravens

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff

LINEBACKER PATRICK WILLIS

 

(on in-game communication) “Communication is always valuable. It’s something that we talk about in our defense all the time. We talk about if we communicate well, we feel like we can play well. Sometimes on the headsets, if that thing goes out, I’m looking at my coach, Coach (Jim) Leavitt, and I’m just waving my hands like I don’t have a call because that’s how important it is to have that communication throughout the board.”

 

(on Ravens running back Ray Rice) “I think he’s a good football player because he runs the ball hard. He runs the ball hard. He runs in between tackles well, outside well, catches the ball really well. I’m excited about the challenge. I really am. I’ve heard that he’s been saying a lot of good stuff about us. I’m being sarcastic right now. It’s going to be a good football game. They didn’t get here for no reason. They’re a good football team, but we didn’t get here for no reason either. So, we’ll see on Sunday.”

 

(on injuries on the defensive line) “I’m not worried at all. I’m not concerned at all. Obviously, it’s the longest any of us have played in one season, but Coach talks about it all the time that we have no excuses. We just show up and do the job. We understand what’s at stake this Sunday. This is a game that none of us have played in, but even through the regular season, we understand that when we’re out there on the field, we do our job. We’re doing it at a high level, so we’re certainly going to do that.”

 

(on Baltimore being a very intense and physical team) “I like to say that our division has stepped up a whole lot. At one time, the NFC West was a stepping stone for other teams to play. They kind of licked they’re chops to play us because they saw us as an automatic win, but now I really think we’re changing that. As far as the physicality goes in the game, we played Baltimore last year and it was a physical game. I like to think that we play physical games all the time, so we’ll see on Sunday when it’s over with because we’re going to give it all we’ve got.”

 

(on struggling against the St. Louis Rams) “I don’t know. Give credit where it’s due. They won the game. They made more plays than we did and we didn’t make enough. It’s never good to play five quarters, but if you play five quarters, then you must want to win and we didn’t. Just to sum it up, they made more plays than we did.”

 

(on how the team has been since arriving in New Orleans) “Yesterday was probably one of our best practices. It’s something Coach talks about all the time. It’s about us getting better every day. You never want to stay the same otherwise you’re not getting better. Today, we have to come out with that same focus we had yesterday, the same intensity we had yesterday and just put it back-to-back and let this week carry us into Sunday, let the momentum (carry) into Sunday.”

 

(on yesterday’s practice) “We were executing on all cylinders. Our defense was competing. Our look team guys were giving us a heck of a look. Our offensive guys were completing and catching passes, blocking well. It was just an all-around good practice special teams wise and that’s what it’s going to take. Anytime you can have all three phases having a good practice, that’s a good thing. And we have to be able to carry that over from practice into the game.”

 

(on Chris Culliver’s comments about gay teammates) “That’s something I don’t to get into, hypotheticals, questions. He said what he said yesterday and I know that’s not his heart. Culliver is a great kid, great guy. I love having him on our team. He’s really helped our team be what we are. He’s just young and it’s unfortunate that he came off the way that he came off. But like I said, I know he didn’t mean it in his heart.”

 

(on being an elite linebacker) “Ever since I’ve been a kid, I always wanted to be the best at whatever I was doing. But as I’ve always wanted to be the best, I’ve known there is always going to be opinions, opinions of who’s the best. For me, I just want to continue to play the game and continue to play it hard and know that each time I look in the mirror, if I can ask myself, ‘Did you give it everything you had today?’ And if I can truly answer that question because I’m the only one that can, then I’m OK with that. It’s just going out there and just competing, and hopefully some day when I’m done playing and people are talking about linebackers, hopefully my name will be mentioned in that. Some day when I’m done playing, hopefully I get to be enshrined in that Hall of Fame as an inductee. That’s my ultimate goal. It’s not about the fame. It’s not about the fortune. I just feel like if I go out there and play the game and play it in the right way and give it everything I have, the most gratifying thing would be to get inducted because no one can ever take that away from you. Money will go, but nobody can ever take that away from you.”

 

(on how he stays focused this week and not letting comments said to the media distract the team) “Because one, I don’t think it takes us away from our goal, where our mindset is. In this business, it’s always going to be something, and we know those guys. We know those guys hearts. We know that those things that come out of their mouths aren’t intended to hurt anyone or intended to make it about them. We understand what our goal is, and our goal is to win a football game. When there is a whole lot of media involved, it’s easy to take a word that doesn’t mean what they might mean it to mean and make it come off another way or it’s written another way. Our mindset is still what it is. Our mindset is still focusing, and we understand the task at hand.”

 

(on his close relationship with Mike Singletary) “It was a combination of things. When I first got in this league, it was a little bit different. I came from a 4-3 to a 3-4. I was just used to being a middle linebacker and just spilling and kind of getting on the edge of blocks and things like that. Like I said, I’ll never forget my first practice. Frank Gore ran the sweep, and Larry Allen was coming off the block, and I thought I could just make a move on him and go around him. That didn’t happen. I felt like Larry Allen pushed me from one side of the field to the next, but that wasn’t the bad part. The bad part was hearing Coach Sing – he didn’t call me by my name, not in the Senior Bowl or training camp. I think it was one of those things you had to earn his respect for him to call you by your name. He called me 52. He would call me 52. He’d call me Mississippi. As a man, I’m thinking to myself, ‘Man, I have a name. Call me by my name.’ But I didn’t know what I didn’t know then, and Coach Sing was one of the types of people that you had to earn his respect. He always said respect was earned. I said that to say that he was a guy that taught me no matter if I weigh 235 pounds, 240 pounds, it’s about coming down and it’s about letting the other man know that you’re not about the run around me. It’s about letting the other man know that you’re coming right down the middle, and he taught me that. He taught me that that’s possible. I worked with him every day. Now, it doesn’t matter who it is, he can weigh 240 pounds or he can weigh 185 pounds. If my objective is to get to that ball, then I guess I have to go through you, find a way to go through you somehow. That was just the physicality of it, and really just mentally having somebody on your back all the time it can be tough. But at the same time you can grow from it.”

 

(on what he learned from playing the Ravens last season) “I just learned last year that it’s going to be a 60 minute game. There is going to be very little room for error. They’re a good football team. We can’t allow them to get up on us, and we can’t allow mistakes to happen. I understand that some things will happen during the game. Make no mistake about it, it’s a football game and some things will happen, but we have to make sure we are able to bounce back from it fast and not let it get the best of us.”

 

(on what about the Super Bowl has surprised him) “Honestly, I really don’t know. People all week have been saying, ‘I bet you’ve been having a blast down there. I bet you this has happened.’ But what they don’t understand is that for me, every game I play in, whether it’s the first game of the season, the middle of the season or it’s the last game of the season, I’m the same person. I still get those same nerves the day before the game, the day before the game, but during the week, I don’t try to do anything different than I would do for a regular season game or a playoff game. I just always want to make sure I’m staying who I am. Who I am is just chilling, laid back, watching film, getting some sleep, eating, and just relaxing. This is the same thing I do during each week. We don’t have so much media, but other than that, I love you guys. You’ve all been pretty good, so I appreciate that. I’m just chilling. I don’t see a big difference other than in the media, per se.”

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Gore brings “old school” running style to Super Bowl

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff

RUNNING BACK FRANK GORE

 

(on the emergence of Colin Kaepernick) “He is very special. (Colin) Kaepernick can run the ball, throw the ball. And what I like about him most is that under pressure, he stays calm. That’s why he is so special.”

 

(on how tough the transition was to the read option offense) “It was something different. I have been in a pro style (offense) my whole career, even in college. I am dealing with it and I am having some success. And I like it.”

 

(on if he fully understands the read option) “I am good with it. I just have to learn to be patient and know when I am getting the ball or not.”

 

(on what getting to the Super Bowl means to him) “It’s big. It’s big, especially going through so much with this organization. I was drafted in’05 and I had a lot of struggles. We had some players in the locker room, but now we have a chance to play in the big game, so it’s big.”

 

(on what impresses him about the Ravens defense) “They play well together. The D-line is very big, fast and strong. Their linebacker, (Ray Lewis) they have one of the best linebackers to ever play the game.”

 

(on playing against Ray Lewis) “It’s big, especially coming from the same school. Coming from Miami, we are a big family there. To play in the Super Bowl against a guy who is the best at his position and has played 17 years and played at a high level is big.”

 

(on Jim Harbaugh complementing his game) “I’m happy that he has a lot of respect for me. He knows that I love the game of football. I’m not one of the high-maintenance guys. I come in and do the work and do extra work and do whatever it takes to try to be the best on the field.”

 

(on if his success is to do natural ability or skills he learned) “It’s hard work to just continue to work hard in the offseason and continue to compete against the young guys that they bring in like LaMichael (James), they keep me going.”

 

(on how he would define his running style) “Old school.”

 

(on LaDainian Tomlinson saying that ‘Frank Gore runs the way I used to run the football’) When L.T. was at San Diego and I had Norv Turner, I had my best rushing year. I had 1,600 yards, we had a similar offense. When I watched him I learned so much. I used to love when he would play a team and I would come back behind him and play the same team because it’s the same blocking schemes and we are similar runners and running style. We are good between the tackles and cutting and going, and we also run very low to the ground. When I would watch the League, I would watch him No. 1 because I felt like he was the best at that time. I also loved watching Edgerrin James. That’s probably about it.”

 

(on if he stays in touch with Edgerrin James) “Yeah, I talked to EJ (Edgerrin James) after that Atlanta game. He is happy for me and he wants me to go do it.”

 

(on his offensive line) “They are the best. Without them I wouldn’t be up here right now. They work very hard during the week and they love what they do. I’m happy they are on my team and I love how they work.”

 

(on how his week is going) “It’s great. It’s the last game and we are playing for what everybody wants to play for, and that’s the trophy. I am happy.”

 

(on if there are any weaknesses in the Ravens defense) “We are just going to have to keep chipping away and keep getting the ball to the offense. And whenever we get an opportunity to make a big play we need to capitalize and get it.”

 

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Super Bowl XLVII – Thursday, January 31, 2013

 

QUOTES FROM SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS MEDIA SESSION

 

MORE RUNNING BACK FRANK GORE

 

(on if the Ravens defense is the best they have faced this season) “Well I go up against my own defense in training camp, so this is probably the second (best).”

 

(on his running backs coach Tom Rathman) “That’s why we love each other. Coach Rathman is like a dad to me. I am happy he came into my life and my career. By the time he came into my career it was a blessing that he came in there. When he first came in, he sat me down and told me that he doesn’t care what I have done in the past. He told me that I had to get tougher, that I had to block better. I love challenges and he just got me to keep going.”

 

(on the having coaches that are encouraging and make you work) “Yeah, especially a guy who was a great player and played the game tough and great coach and I just wanted to prove that I can do it.”

 

(on what has surprised him about being here) “That there is so much media. It’s good. Before we got here I used to always look at it on TV and always wanted this moment. I am enjoying it and I am happy to be here.”

 

(on Ray Rice) “He is a complete back. He plays the game right and very tough. He can run the ball, catch the ball, and he blocks. He can do it all.”

 

(on if he is concerned about his long-term health) “Not at all because I really don’t get hit like that like people think. I am very low to the ground and a defense can’t really get hits on me.”

 

(on if there are any more ways that the players can be protected from injury and long-term damage) “No they can’t. It’s football and football is a physical sport. I think they are doing the best that they can.”

 

(on Colin Kaepernick saying that Frank Gore can fit into any offense and has evolved into the pistol offense) “With the pistol, it’s really having be patient because you don’t know if you are going to get the ball or not. That’s the only concern about the pistol. I have always been a patient back. If you watch me run the ball before this, the pistol, it’s just knowing you are going to get the ball, that’s it.”

 

(on big holes to run through) “It’s big, especially having a quarterback like Kaep (Colin Kaepernick) who can take it for 60 or 70 yards where everybody has to watch out for. I love it.”

 

(on if he is surprised that a running back has not been a Super Bowl MVP since 1997 and if a running back could win it this year) “No, because the league has changed and a lot of guys love throwing the ball. Everyone wants the quarterback to be the MVP. There is a chance for me because they have to respect (Colin) Kaepernick. For Ray Rice, he can do everything in their offense. He can catch and run so he has a chance too.”

 

(on if there is pressure on him to have a big game) “I’m just going to out there and be me. I have done a great job for eight years now and if I just go out there and be Frank Gore, I can have a successful day.”

 

(on why they had a great practice yesterday) “We are just happy to get back to football. We know what we came down here to do and what we came down here for, and that’s to win a football game. We feel that if you have great practices you have a great chance to win on Sunday.”

 

(on talking to the media everyday) “It’s different, but I am enjoying it. I used to always look at it on TV and wonder how it was, and now I am enjoying it.”

 

 

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Super Bowl XLVII – Thursday, January 31, 2013

 

QUOTES FROM SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS MEDIA SESSION

 

MORE RUNNING BACK FRANK GORE

 

(on how physical practice was yesterday) “You just have to be smart. I look at it like, at this point in the NFL, if you don’t know how to hit or block you shouldn’t be here. You have to keep your players fresh and our coaches do a great job with that. We had a great practice yesterday.”

 

(on switching to the pistol offense) “I didn’t like the pistol at first, but I am a team guy and it helped us get here. We are doing great things with it so I am with it now.”

 

(on if the pistol offense can work long-term) “It depends what type of quarterback you have. I think Kaep (Colin Kaepernick) fits the pistol offense well. I’m not saying that he can only run the ball, he can also throw the ball. He fit’s it well.

 

(on if it’s hard to share rushing wards with a quarterback) “As long as we win. Kaep (Colin Kaepernick) outrushed me a couple of games this year and we got the win. We are at the Super Bowl, so I am happy. Whatever it takes to win the Super Bowl, I’m with it.”

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49ers WR Moss still pursuing first career title

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff

WIDE RECEIVER RANDY MOSS

 

(on advice to kids hoping to play in the NFL) “I think just keeping a positive attitude first and foremost, because as a kid you go through a lot, a lot of ups and downs from school, in the house, just everyday life. Keeping a positive attitude and wanting to get out there and play.”

 

(on Donald Driver’s retirement and his career) “I didn’t really pay attention to a lot Donald Driver or really his career. For him to announce his retirement, I think a lot of people saw it coming. You won’t play forever in this league. There’s high schoolers that are going to get to college and then to the professional level, so there’s always a replacement for you. He won him a Super Bowl. He got to play with two Hall of Fame quarterbacks, so I don’t think he can really ask for more.”

 

(on where he would rank winning a Super Bowl in terms of priorities he would like to accomplish in his career) “Well, by (football) being a team sport, it would be sitting right at the top because you play for a championship. I think I said yesterday there’s a lot of people that have played in this league, past and present, and have never been on this stage before. So you really get to enjoy the moment and you prepare all week with media requests and practice and all the other stuff. Then you go out here and you try to relax your mind on Friday and Saturday to get ready for a hell of an event on Sunday. So to do be able to win a championship really would complete my career, but, like I said yesterday, I love the game of football. Who knows what the future holds. I’m just living in the moment right now.”

 

(on what it’s like being at the Super Bowl at this point in his career) “I’m not really overexcited. I’m really not. I’m really not that type of person. I’m blessed, very lucky, very fortunate to be in this position. Just trying to stay grounded and do my work each and every day and just prepare and get ready for Sunday. That’s about all you can do.”

 

(on if he had any memorable matchups with Donald Driver) “No. My memorable matchups are against Brett Favre. That’s about it.”

 

(on reactions to his ranking on the all-time receiving list) “Everybody has their personal opinion. My own personal opinion, you’re going to have two sides and I really don’t care what people think. I just know what I’m able to do and how I dictate and how I think I’ve revolutionized the game of football at wide receiver. A lot of people think that I’m a very cocky person, but I’m not cocky. I’m very confident. I’m blessed to be in this position. Throughout my whole life, I’ve always wanted to play football. None of that football stuff, that’s been very secondary for me. Like I say, I enjoy. I go each and every day, prepare to be the best. That might not always be the outcome, but that’s my motivation, is just to be the best each and every day. I don’t really go and stroke my own ego or anything like that. Like I said, I was blessed to be able to have the talent that I have and I just utilize it the best way I can.”

 

(on what the game of football means to him and what he wants his legacy to be) “My legacy is just more of how I treat people, it doesn’t really have to do with football. Football’s just a game, you know? I think a lot of people, especially the sports fans, really take this to heart. They die for their team. They get tattoos for their team. They’ll fight in the club over their team. I think that the game – the sport itself – I do love the game, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t love it enough to really come out of element to do anything crazy. So, I love it. I do enjoy playing the game, but at the end of the day it’s just a game. I was telling a guy yesterday, for me and him to play a game of Monopoly, it’s just a game and football is sort of similar to that. It’s just a game and people get bent up out of shape over a loss, a sports comment or something like that. Not all athletes in this world are alike, but at the same time we do the same time, we prepare to go out there and try to win. If it’s an individual sport from tennis to golf, or a team sport from basketball, baseball and football, hockey we try to go out there and win each and every day. If you’re not preparing yourself to go out there and win each and every day then you’re in the wrong profession.”

 

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Beyonce won’t let on who she’s rooting for Sunday

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff

BEYONCE

 

(on what happened last week at the Inauguration and if the attention is taking away from her moment at the Super Bowl) “Well, I am a perfectionist and, one thing about me, I practice until my feet bleed. I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. It was a live television show and a very very important emotional show for me, one of my proudest moments. Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the President and the Inauguration, and I wanted to make him and my country proud. So I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry and I’m very proud of my performance.”

 

(on there being a lot of rumors about a Destiny’s Child reunion during halftime and who to expect to perform with her) “I can’t really give you any details. I’m sorry.”

 

(on if people will hear from Destiny’s Child any time soon) “Well, we just had a new release – the love songs Destiny’s Child album. We did a new song. It was so exciting to hear us together again. I just kind of dropped on the floor and felt like a little teenager again when I heard us harmonize. There’s nothing like our connection and the sisterhood we have. So it’s always such a pleasure to be around them professionally and personally.”

 

(on if she’s excited to perform at the Super Bowl) “Oh my God, I’m so anxious, yes.”

 

(on if she was nervous about putting out her new documentary) “I’m very nervous. I’m still very nervous. It was really interesting directing and editing myself, seeing all the mistakes that I made and still putting it in the film and seeing life as if it wasn’t me and I feel like it’s time. It’s time for people to really get to know me and to see a different side. I’m really curious and scared and every night I’m like, ‘Now, it’s too late. It’s coming out,’ and I’m happy with it.”

 

 

(on who she’s rooting for in the Super Bowl) “Man, I can’t say that either. I can’t say that. I can’t say that.”

 

(on if she’ll be singing live during halftime or if she’ll be singing along with the track) “I will absolutely be singing live. I’m well-rehearsed and I’ll absolutely be singing live. This is what I was born to do and what I was born for.”

 

(on why she decided to show a video of her baby right now before the Super Bowl) “Oh my God, I feel like my daughter has changed me and changed my life, and has given me so much purpose. I feel like this movie is, like I told A.J., it’s very necessary and I think it shows a human side. We’re all human. I feel like, at some point, (with) my child, my job is to protect her and I’m happy that I could tell my story on my terms.”

 

(on how she mentally prepares to perform live on this big stage) “Like I said, I’ve had a 16-year career and all of the things that I’ve done has prepared me for this. So I’m ready.”

 

(on if she says peace to the haters) “I love haters. No shame. No hate.”

 

(on if she feels pressure for the halftime show) “It is nerve-racking and it is something that we’ve been preparing for about four or five months. So, of course I’m nervous and I think, when I was driving up, I just got chills because I saw the SuperDome and there’s so much history there. My family is from New Iberia, Louisiana. It really makes me emotional to have a halftime performance. I think of all my heroes, and it’s the one thing when I’m no longer here (that) it’s what they’re going to show. It is something that I’m so honored to be doing at 31-years old. When I got into the SuperDome, I took my shoes off and I planted my feet into the ground and I just ran. I’m trying to learn to live in every moment because these moments are not promised to us and I’m so, so happy right now in my life. I feel so full, and this is such a huge opportunity. I take it very serious, so I’m excited.”

(on if she is using social media more right now because of the attention she received after the Inauguration) “No, I have been taking pictures and tweeting, not tweeting, but using Tumblr and focusing on my website for the past six months. I feel like the fans are a part of this and I want them to be a part of every step of the way.”

 

(on the difference in the pressure that she felt singing during the presidential inauguration from singing at halftime of the Super Bowl) “I feel like this weekend I am performing at the halftime show, and I feel like before, the event was not about me. So, I am excited to have done both, but now I am on to the halftime show. Thank you.”

 

(on whether all of the criticism from her performance at the Inauguration affected how she will perform at half time of the Super Bowl) “I always sing live. This inauguration was, unfortunately, a time where I could not rehearse with the orchestra, actually, because I was practicing for the Super Bowl. It was always the plan.”

 

(on what she will be performing at the Grammy’s) “Well, who said I was performing at the Grammy’s? I don’t have that much going on (laughing). I don’t know if I am performing at the Grammy’s.”

 

(on whether she was singing along with a pre-recorded track at the inauguration or whether she was lip-sinking) “Typically, they have you sing a pre-recorded track because anything could go wrong. So, I did sing along with the pre-recorded track.”

 

(on whether pre-recorded tracks are just a part of craft that she is in) “Absolutely.”

 

(on her regular football viewing routine with Jay-Z) “Well I can’t take you through what Jay-Z does. He will have to tell you himself, but I can tell you for the past few months I am usually on the computer pulling references, looking at my rehearsals, and I have been so focused on this halftime show. But, I do fall asleep and wake up with a lot of football. I know every little detail because of fantasy football, and I have the upmost respect for the players.”

 

(on what she will do to relax after the Super Bowl) “Oh my God, I can’t wait. I am going to enjoy my daughter. I am going to enjoy my daughter. I miss her. I am working so hard, and I keep saying, ‘Mommy will be done Sunday at nine o’clock.’”

 

(on her halftime set and how quickly she and her crew have to move it) “There (are) I think seven and a half minutes for the volunteers to put the stage together, and it took so many months to decide just what the stage was, because so many things that were in my head just wasn’t possible to put together in that amount of time. So I met the volunteers, and they are so incredible. We’re working together, and I can’t give too much away, but I can say that every little second matters and we’re working.”

 

(on how she decides what songs to perform at half time) “That was one of the hardest things. I have so many songs, and trying to condense a career into 12 minutes was not easy, because all of my songs are like my children.”

 

(on when she will be going back on tour) “When am I going back on tour? I would say, soon, and I may have an announcement after the performance, so the fans should stay tuned to see.”

 

(on whether this has ever been an aspiration for her, and where it ranks for her) “This has been an aspiration for me. I just thank God that I am given this opportunity. Like I said earlier, you work very hard for these moments, and I am just hoping that all of my life lessons and all of my experience I can feel and I can use in this performance.”

 

(on what color her toothbrush is and why she chose that color) “I love that question. It’s truly multi-colored. It’s blue, and white. Blue and white, I think. Blue and yellow, maybe.”

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