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

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff



(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.”





Super Bowl XLVII – Wednesday, January 30, 2013






(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


(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



(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.”




Super Bowl XLVII – Wednesday, January 30, 2013







(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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49ers QB coach Chryst says Kaepernick not likely to take huge hit

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff



(on the read option) “It’s unique in the sense that you’re requiring the quarterback to be an element in the run game. The NFL, everyone has big boy pads. Everyone is going to hit. Everyone is going to try to hit. What we’ve found over the last decade with running backs is you like to have more than one running back because of the physical nature of tackling, the physical nature of running the ball. Fortunately for us – I don’t think I can make a sweeping statement – (Colin Kaepernick) Kaep has done a great job of knowing where his lanes are to run the ball and also avoiding those blowup shots. We saw what happened in Washington. We don’t want people hurt at the back end of a long run of a gainer.”


(on how to avoid big hits as a quarterback) “Just the innate feel for, ‘Where is my first down?’ It’s great to get a first down. Where is the out of bounds? When is the appropriate time to slide? Again, these playoff games, you’re going to do whatever you can to win, but it’s during the course of a long 16-week season. What are you going to do to protect yourself and protect the ball and also score points?”


(on the amount of information going through Colin Kaepernick’s head during a game) “First off, he did a great job at Nevada, so I think we benefitted. He’s been doing this for more than just the last 10 games. The decision-making process that goes into a split seconds is really as attribute that he has. Kaep does it well. You see other people do it well. If it spreads, you have to find the right kid to do that. They have to have the right speed and athletic ability to have that quick mind to make the read and then capitalize on that. I’m sure you can find others, but how deep is that talent pool.”


(on how you find a good running quarterback) “When teams were coming out with the wildcat look, there was a quarterback that Miami drafted, Pat White from West Virginia. There are other people who are on rosters, Tyler Thigpen from Coastal Carolina, a quarterback that has that run ability. You have to understand the evaluation in college because teams are moving the ball in college doing it that way. Can it convert into the NFL? I think that will be an interesting thing to follow, especially with Chip Kelly with the Eagles and see where this goes. I don’t know if we know right now because we’re just at the entry point of this. I don’t know where this is going to take us.”


(on running quarterbacks being great athletes) “I think that their athletic ability is really great. Andrew Luck is a great athlete. Kaep is a great athlete. (Ryan) Tannehill is a great athlete. He played two years at wide receiver. But again, can they kind of package that, their athletic ability? And their teammates around them, do they have good teammates then when the appropriate choice is to give it to a teammate that they can make hay as well? I think the learning curve is shorter. I think the college game continues to evolve and is well taught at the college level. Also how the league is, there is an expectation that these guys do come in and play and not just park them on the bench and sit around. I think that’s all comes together to create the situation we’re in right now. It’s really exciting actually because you’ve got so much young talent.”


(on the his brother, Paul Chryst) “Like any family, he’s three-and-a-half years younger than me, so we don’t always listen to the same music. We probably wouldn’t chose to drive the same car, but a lot of ways we’re a lot the same. Paul is great because he’s so low key. He thought it was great that he could go to a Steelers game because the Rooney’s invited him and he put on a Mike Webster jersey, go to brunch and then go to the game and feel perfectly at home. He loves the city of Pittsburgh because I think that’s his personality. He doesn’t want to try to impress people in any way, shape or form, but he’s a really great guy and really loves football. I really think the good thing that happened is he has a lot of good guys around him on his staff. You get to know the staffs and they’re all different. They’re shoulder to shoulder. They’ll find good players, and players will get it. You bring them in for a recruiting weekend and there is a certain vibe that you get, a certain feel. I think it’s very consistent with how the city of Pittsburgh sees itself. I really do. He was thrilled because the Penguin coaches kept coming over. He was like, ‘Can you believe this? This is great.’ Because they felt at home. That’s the overriding feel. He said, ‘This is great. You wouldn’t believe how nice the people are to me. It’s been a great fit.’ I know he’s excited, not just about the recruiting for this year, but down the pipe that the team will continue to improve. I know that for a fact.”


(on switching from Alex Smith to Colin Kaepernick) “First of all, Jim has such a great feel for the position, as you would expect, not just on gameday or not just during the week with the quarterbacks doing drills, but getting the right guy in the room. He came in the door, we evaluated a large crop of quarterbacks, and we had a really good feel for him and that he was a guy that would fit our culture. As a result, we’ve got the right guys in the room the begin with, ultra-competitive but not in a scorch the earth policy that if things aren’t going their way they’re pouting. The team is still the most important thing, but they’re allowed to compete within that and then go shoulder to should on gameday. That’s a credit to Jim. Once the guys are in there, I know we have to work really hard with the game plan and preparation. Our schemes are as creative as you can find. It’s important to run the ball. There is a lot of throwing offenses, but that’s hard to do week in and week out when every team is trying to stop you from running. That opens up your play action and you’re able to drop back element as well. The room is busy.”

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CB Brown says 49ers will have “multiple guys” play Ray Rice

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff



(on containing Ray Rice) “Just have multiple guys play him. We have linebackers who can cover. A lot of teams don’t have linebackers that can run like that. We have guys who can run sideline-to-sideline and they can also fill holes. The biggest thing for us is to just know where he’s at on the field, guys to know their responsibilities and guys to win those matchups.”


(on stopping Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta in the red zone) “It’s just a matchup game. Boldin is doing a great job of getting separation on guys, using his strength (and) using his body. (Joe) Flacco is throwing the ball pretty high to where only receivers can get it. Guys just have to challenge them to make plays.”


(on how the team stays so even-keeled) “We don’t sweat. I think the biggest thing about this team is that we don’t sweat. We understand the situation. We understand what got us here. To have confidence in ourselves, we will always have that and we understand that.”


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Boger’s SB officiating crew named

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff



Referee JEROME BOGER will lead the seven-man crew of game officials selected to work Super Bowl XLVII this Sunday between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the NFL announced today.


The other members of the Super Bowl XLVII officiating crew are DARRELL JENKINS (umpire), STEVE STELLJES (head linesman),BYRON BOSTON (line judge), CRAIG WROLSTAD (field judge), JOE LARREW (side judge) and DINO PAGANELLI (back judge). The Super Bowl XLVII officiating crew collectively has 77 years of NFL officiating experience and 50 combined playoff game assignments.


Boger, in his ninth season as an NFL game official, entered the league in 2004 as a line judge and was promoted to referee in 2006. He has officiated four divisional playoff games.


Under the NFL officiating program’s evaluation system, the highest-rated eligible officials at each position earn the right to work the Super Bowl. Super Bowl officials must have at least five years of NFL experience and previous playoff assignments.


BILL SPYKSMA is the replay official. The replay assistant is TERRY SULLIVAN.


“We congratulate Jerome and his entire crew on being assigned to work at Super Bowl XLVII,” said NFL Vice President of OfficiatingCARL JOHNSON.  “Just like the two competing teams, every member of this officiating crew has had an outstanding season and earned this honor.  We are confident that they will have a great game on Sunday.”











  Jerome Boger






  Darrell Jenkins




Head Linesman


  Steve Stelljes




Line Judge


  Byron Boston




Field Judge


  Craig Wrolstad




Side Judge


  Joe Larrew




Back Judge


  Dino Paganelli





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Gore says Niners also in New Orleans for “business trip”

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff




(on getting back on the field) “I’m ready to get back to practice and get ready for Sunday.”


(on getting being in New Orleans for the week) “You’ve got to know what you are down here for. It’s a business trip and you know what the most important thing is, and that is winning the football game.”


(on his first play with the ball) “I hope I can break it, that would be good, but everybody likes to get hit to get the butterflies out and to get going.”


(on if an NFL locker room would be tolerant of a teammate being openly gay) “I don’t know. It would be tough. If you are gay, you are gay, I don’t have a problem with it. If that’s what (you) want to do, I’m fine with it. That’s their business and you shouldn’t be in another man’s business.”


(on dealing with the media and how distracting it is) “There’s a time for everything. There’s media time, but you always think about the game no matter what so I’m fine with it and enjoying it. You know what you are here for, to win a football game. You have to have focus if you want to win.”


(on the secret to playing well in big games) “Just be yourself, whatever got you there, do the same. Do whatever it takes to win, blocking, running, catching.”


(on being a quiet guy). “I’ve always been quiet. I like to just chill and watch and let everybody else do the talking and not waste time.”


(on the watches he got for the offensive linemen) “(They were) about $4,000 apiece. I got them for the five linemen, I got one for Delanie (Walker) and Bruce (Miller).”


(on his anticipation for Sunday) “It’s a big game. I’ve dreamed about playing in this game a long time, I’m excited and ready.”


(on this team’s locker room personality) “They are one of the best. We have great guys in the locker room we all respect each other and no one looks at each other any differently. That’s one of the reasons why we are here today, we have no one selfish. Whoever’s week it is, we let them have that week and do whatever it takes to get the win.”


(on the young players on the team) “It’s great, seeing (running back) LaMichael (James) come in and seeing him change. When he first got in he was not playing that much and now he is helping us get wins. It feels good to see those guys out there making plays.”


(on getting kids active and healthy) “What I want to tell all of the kids is that when I was young I used to go outside, run around and play basketball, play football and it helped me a lot with my skills and getting to the level I’m at now. I want to tell the youngsters out there, you can do the same.”

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Ngata says Ravens treating Kaepernick preparation like RGIII

Posted on 29 January 2013 by WNST Staff



(on relationship with Ray Lewis) “Ever since I’ve been here, the communication level has been great.  Now, we don’t really need to say much to each other (on the field).  We know where each other is going to be on the field, and we know what we need to get done.  It comes with experience with each other and a lot of playing together. It’ll be totally different without him here next year.”


(on comfort level of having Ray Lewis playing behind him) “It’s huge. His leadership definitely changes the game and changes the way you play.  It’s just great to play with someone like that.  When he retires, it won’t just be weird for our defense but for our whole team.  He does a lot of things to help us.  He’s a great leader.  It’s definitely going to be different next year.”


(on what it’s like being in New Orleans) “I haven’t really had a chance yet to check the place out.  I’ll walk around today, look around and check out some of the sights.  It’ll be pretty cool. I’m excited to walk around here.”


(on what kind of defensive problems that 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick presents) “You kind of think of him as an RG III (Washington’s Robert Griffin III) type of player.  He can run the ball and he can pass it as well.  We’ve definitely got to do a good job of trying to contain him.  We need to get pressure on him.  It’s going to be a great task for our defense but we’re definitely up for it.  He can hurt you in so many ways passing and running the ball.  When we rush him on passing downs, we can’t just rush up the field because then he can find a lane and run.  With him, you’ve just got to be careful with a lot of the things that you do.”


(on strength of Ravens’ defense) “I think it’s definitely our coverage.  Our coverage has done a great job doing what they need to do, and it’s definitely helped us out as a defense.”


(on if he considers 49ers offense to be unorthodox) “No, they just really have a multiple offense with a power running game and they also have the option pass.  We kind of think about it as like the Redskins game.  Of course, the 49ers’ running backs are different and they have different type of athletes at wide receiver.  We definitely have to just play our style of ball and not try to do too much.”


(on his hit on Robert Griffin III in game against Washington) “I didn’t think I even hit him that hard.  His body just kind of fell underneath me.  Again, I didn’t think I hit him that hard, but when you see the replay, you can see that his leg kind of whipped around.  It kind of blew my mind that he actually got up and started limping off the field.  For him to actually come back in the game and play was unbelievable.”


(on having all members of Ravens defense healthy again) “We hadn’t really played much together all season, but now that we’re all healthy with me and Ray (Lewis) and Terrell (Suggs), and we’ve been playing together through the playoffs, it’s been great.”


(on if he think this is going to be the Ravens’ year) “I think that three-game losing streak we were on made us think about what we really wanted to do.  We just had to turn it around from there and I think we were able to get back on track.  I don’t think we ever gave up, and we didn’t lose sight of what we wanted to accomplish.”


(on the qualities of a good NFL defensive tackle) “Strength and quickness definitely helps, especially being in the middle when there’s so much going on.”


(on how he and his teammates are responding to being at the Super Bowl) “A lot of us are taking pictures and trying to record the moment of us flying here.  When our plane touched down, I think a lot of us realized we were here to do a lot of work and also to have some fun.”





Super Bowl XLVII – Sunday, January 27, 2013







(on the most “high maintenance” member of Ravens) “I don’t know about high maintenance but (Bernard) Pollard is kind of an OCD type of guy. He gets worried and kind of freaks out.  You’ve got to make sure that you’re doing the right things or he’ll freak out on you.”


(on the toughest guy on the Ravens) “You’re probably looking at him (laughs).  There’s a lot of guys on our team who are really quiet so you have to be careful around them.”


(on Coach John Harbaugh) “Coach Harbaugh has done so many things for this team by the way he wanted this team to be and the way he wanted to run it.  The first year or two, we definitely had some disagreements with him, but he definitely listened to some things that the players wanted.  He was able to put his feelings down and let some things happen.  This year has been totally where we’ve been able to communicate with Coach, and Coach has been able to communicate with the players.  He’s done a phenomenal job this whole year of communicating with us, and I think that’s been the biggest change.”


(on Coach Harbaugh competing against his brother in the Super Bowl) “We’ve played against them (49ers) before but I definitely think it is kind of weird and different (to compete against your brother).  But you’ve got to be proud of both guys for what they have accomplished. “


(on  the food on New Orleans) “I’m looking forward to it.  The Cajun food, the gumbo and all of that.  It’ll be pretty cool to try some of the food around here.”

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Rice says Niners defense similar to Ravens’ own

Posted on 29 January 2013 by WNST Staff



(on his feelings on being in the Superdome) “It feels great. Look at this place. It’s been cool. I can’t wait until the family comes down, but I’m going to enjoy it while I can. Tomorrow we get ready to work, ready to practice. It’s my first time here. I stood in our end zone. Hopefully, I’ll get me a little flexing there this week. It’s the Super Bowl. It’s the best event in the world. Everybody watches the Super Bowl, so to be playing in it is definitely special. I just go back to my roots where I was born up and raised, and it feels good.”


(on Jim Caldwell’s new role as offensive coordinator) “Coach Caldwell is a great guy. One thing about him is he kept things simple, but he has that way of saying something and getting it across to everybody. He coached the best, Peyton Manning, and look what he’s done with Joe [Flacco]. He was the quarterback’s coach, but now he took over the role of offensive coordinator. We all took that upon our shoulders to go in there and execute at a high level, but Jim Caldwell is definitely a great guy. That’s not something that you want, a change in between the seasons. One thing about it was our head coach made that decision. The players don’t make that. We go out there and make plays; that’s what we get paid to do. We don’t get paid to do anything else but go out there and make plays. That decision was solely upon the organization and the coach.”


(on his earliest Super Bowl memory) “I’ve never been to a Super Bowl, but the one I watched was in college when I watched the [New York] Giants play. I was actually coming out for the draft. I was coming out of college my third year to the draft. I remember going out to the little lounge. We were training for the combine and ended up watching the Super Bowl party. The game was over. I think [Giants WR] David Tyree made the catch, if I’m not mistaken. That was back in Jersey.  I brought all the guys I was training with down, and we watched the game.”


(on Ray Lewis) “The main thing that Ray Lewis has done for my career was he taught me how to be a pro. Me being a pro has everything to do with how you act, not only on the field, but off the field as well. He was a leader by example, but his words get across to not only us but everywhere in America. It feels good to know that he’s my guy not only on the field, but for life.”


(on his guilty pleasure during offseason) “Mom’s cooking and more of Mom’s cooking. I’m allergic to shellfish, so I don’t get a lot of sensations off seafood. I like a lot of grilled chicken. I like pasta. To me, I might be a little guy, but I’ve got to keep my weight on so I can absorb some of these hits. I’ve got to be the hammer and not the nail.”


(on why it’s hard to stop Ray Rice) “I wouldn’t say it’s hard to stop Ray Rice. I’m not saying it’s easy, but it’s the NFL. Every team comes in with a game plan. If the team wants to come in there and isolate Ray Rice, they can do that, and I can go off of pass routes. They won’t rush the defensive end. It just butchers you on the way out. I know these things, but it’s my job to go out there and make plays and not try to do anything that’s going to hurt our team. I think when you talk about stopping Ray Rice, you have to stop him in the pass game and you have to stop him in the run game. I’m just as dangerous in catching a pass as I am in running a ball as well. A pass to me isn’t anything but a long handoff, so once I get it, I’m good.


(on NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis) “NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis are sizeable guys. They’re the two best linebackers in football, and one thing about [the 49ers] is if you try to find a weakness, they really don’t have any. I’ll be honest; they don’t have a weakness. This is one of those games where you just have to keep sawing wood. One thing about it is, you don’t just keep trying those guys and think that it’s going to be all right. That 52 and 53 are going to be around a long time. They’re going to be a force to reckon with, sort of like our guys. I’ll just try to go out there and match up on them on coverage. That’s where I’ll try to get my advantages because I know,  in the run game, they’re very stout. So, I have to try to have a complete game plan and prepare to attack those two linebackers. They get downhill, and I know my fullback isn’t around, but he’s got his hands full. We know that.”







Super Bowl XLVII – Tuesday, January 29, 2013





(on San Francisco’s defense) “If you look at their structure, the defense is similar to ours with that 3-4, big nose guard and great pass rushes. We see that kind of stuff every day, and we’re successful against our guys. Yeah, they stop us, but we go at them and this year is one of those years where you can see the tide changing a little bit. On the offense, we’ll win a little more battles than we’re supposed to, but when you have that challenge in front of you, not to say the league is vanilla, but it makes you feel so prepared when you go out there to know that you’re going against one of the best defenses. You’ve just got to go out there and execute.”


(on how he wants to be perceived) “Our head coach told us to let our personality shine. When you’re at the level of where you’re at, you’ve got to let your personality shine. I’m 26, and I’ve got a lot left in the tank, but Ray (Lewis) always puts it in perspective: ‘How will you be remembered, and what will your legacy be?’ This is part of my legacy right here, my obligation to the media and letting my personality get out there. I’ve been through enough in my life that I’ve just got to smile when I’m out. People ask why I’m smiling, and it’s because I’m blessed. I’ve been through so much in my life that there’s nothing really to frown about. I want to be known as somebody that’s always smiling, even on gloomy days. You find a smile on a gloomy day. I put life in perspective. There’s people out there that’s really hurting, fighting cancer, all kinds of sicknesses and stuff, and here I am playing in the Super Bowl. What more do I have to complain about? There’s really nothing to complain about. You put money aside. I’m still breathing. I’m still healthy. I’m still doing what I love to do. That’s something that’s special about the NFL that gives you an opportunity. To me, that’s what it’s really all about.”


(on preparing for the Super Bowl) “I’ve been prepping my mind for it. I don’t think you actually get ready for it because it’s my first time. The only time you really have to get ready for it is through experience. My experience is only what I’ve learned from our guy, Ray Lewis. I’m going to try to keep this week as normal as possible. Today when I’m done here, I’m going to work out. I do my cardio and everything I need to do. Tomorrow, I’ll get after it in practice. Thursday, I’ll get after it. Then, I’ll start toning it down where I take care of the body to keep it as normal as possible.”


(on former Ravens owner, Art Modell) “Ray had a deeper relationship, but from the time I got to know Mr. Modell. One thing about it is there’s no Baltimore Ravens without Art Modell’s vision. Where would I be right now without Art Modell? That’s just a question you have to ask. To see him get into the Hall of Fame is something that I think this world deserves.”


(on if he’s satisfied now) “Coming out, I was told I wasn’t fast enough, strong enough, definitely wasn’t tall enough. I couldn’t run. I couldn’t jump high. I couldn’t do a lot of stuff. That’s been the story of my life. Am I satisfied now? Absolutely not… I’m not satisfied where I’m at. I’ve made three Pro Bowls, and I’m still not happy. I’m blessed and I’m humbled by the achievements, but I’m not to the point where I’m satisfied by my legacy. It has to keep going. These 1,000-yard seasons have to keep going. Sharing the load at running back is probably one of the greatest things that’s happened to me because I don’t have to put that wear and tear on my body. One of the things I do is spell myself. I have a great young running back who can come in and take some of that pressure off of me, and that feels really good.”


(on promoting anti-bullying) “You know how they say, ‘Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words shouldn’t hurt you?’ Words are killing people, and it’s happening over the web with cyberbullying. That’s just something I couldn’t believe. You know, I get it. Sometimes people tell me how terrible I am, and it doesn’t affect me because I know what it’s all about, but you get a vulnerable kid who takes these words to heart and feel like it’s not worth living anymore. I had to say something about it. I had to. I believe social media is great, but you get people out there who take so much advantage of it, and I use it as a tool to give back positive messages. One thing about social media is you can get your personality out there, but it shouldn’t hurt people. That’s where people get it twisted.”








Super Bowl XLVII – Tuesday, January 29, 2013






(on his team making it to the Super Bowl) “We were counted out the whole playoffs. We were not the team. People wanted to see Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. That’s what they’re used to, but we’re here. It feels pretty good. We’ve been close. Anyone who knows the Ravens knows we’ve always been close. I’ve been in the playoffs every year my professional career. I know what playoff football is about. I went to three AFC Championships. So, it just tells you that these opportunities don’t come by too often to play in the Super Bowl, so it feels pretty good.”


(on the running back position) “I have tremendous respect for every running back in the game, but [San Francisco RB] Frank Gore gets on you really fast. When he gets those shoulders going low, I tell you. I watch running backs. I study them. The reason I wear number 27 is because of [former NFL RB] Eddie George. It’s just one of those games where you think back on where we came from. [Minnesota RB] Adrian Peterson has done a lot for running backs this year. He brought our value back up. We weren’t seeing value because of the way quarterbacks are throwing the ball now. It’s still amazing, but when you get a guy go for 2,000 rushing yards, and the sole reason why his team was in the playoffs, how could you not value the running back? We’re like a big fraternity. I like to see all the running backs do well because it brings our value up for the next generation that comes in. I’m not saying my contract wasn’t great because my family is blessed, and I thank the Ravens for everything they’ve done for me, but running backs aren’t going anywhere. The football needs the running back. Obviously, I’m just one that does a little bit more. I catch, I run, and do a little bit different things, but I don’t have a problem taking it between the tackles as well.”


(on the fullback position) “Everybody who knows me knows that I’m nothing without my offensive line, but I’m nothing without my fullback. Last year when we played the 49ers, Vonta Leach cracked his helmet. He literally cracked his helmet. I have a picture… he cracked his helmet on [San Francisco LB] Patrick Willis. That’s a position that’s real and not being appreciated in this game. They’re skilled linemen, but they can catch the ball. Vonta Leach, without him, they say they like to go to that single-back offense. No, keep my fullback in front of me.”


(on assuming leadership after Ray Lewis’ retirement) “We had our leaders, and I never spoke over our leaders. When you have a guy saying he’s done, I don’t mind taking on that vocal leadership now. I’ve been taught under the best. I don’t need to speak if something doesn’t need to be addressed, but I will always be that guy now in the locker room that Coach looks to say something to the guys and get them going. I’m not going to shy away from that. It’s a blessing to be able to have something handed down from [Ray Lewis] who we call Mufasa around the building, and they call me Simba.”


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Pitta says better O-Line play responsible for improved offense

Posted on 29 January 2013 by WNST Staff




(on thoughts on 49ers media bias) “You know, I don’t know. I haven’t really been paying attention to what people have been saying. I know we just came from Baltimore and where theres a whole lot of Ravens fans. It’s kind of what we’ve been surrounded with.”


(on entering the Superdome) “I’ve played here before; I played here in college but never in the NFL. It’s an impressive stadium. It feels huge. You look up and you feel like it’s a mile high. It’s a great place to play and a great venue.”


(on having so much security around) “It’s a lot of fun having our guys around. It’s kind of sweet to have this monstrosity of media over there (reference to Ray Lewis’ podium). I feel like a kind of side show compared to what’s going on over there.”


(on John Harbaugh as a coach) “He’s a good football coach. He’s passionate about football, listens to his players on the team, and just knows the game well. He inspires his team and puts us in the best position to win, which is why he has been so successful.”


(on Vernon Davis as an opposing TE) “He’s a great football player. I’m fortunate I don’t have to go against him. I get to watch him on the sideline.”


(on team utilization of the TE position) “We utilize the tight end well. It’s a big part of our pass game. It’s something that we feel like we can create mismatches with the defense. I think we have tight ends that can run and get down field and catch a lot of footballs. That’s helped us.”


(on relationship with fellow TE Ed Dickson) “Ed and I work well together. I think we both have important roles on this team. It’s fun to play with him and to have been here these last few years with him.”


(on why the Ravens deserve to win) “You know, we’ve battled a lot this year. We’ve overcome a lot of adversity. We took a long road to the playoffs to get here. We took on some tough road games. We’re a battle tested team and we know what we’re capable of doing. We’re going to play our hardest and do what we can to win.”


(on feelings about being in the Super Bowl) “This is impressive. It’s kind of a lot going on. It’s a lot of fun and a great experience. You know, the first time I’ve ever been to the Super Bowl, let alone play in it, so I am just trying to enjoy the week.”


(on stepping onto the field Sunday) “Crazy, I don’t know what it’s going to be like. I have played in a lot of big football games and a couple of AFC Championship games but this is going to be probably a big step above that.”


(on Ray Lewis) “I think he’s been great. He’s gone as long as he can this year to the final game and has been huge for our football team.”


(on the changes by Jim Caldwell) “Jim is a great football coach, great leader for our offense. He’s done a tremendous job. I think a change was needed. I think we hit a plateau as an offense with Cam Cameron, for whatever reason. Cameron’s a great coach but I think we needed a change. It was a bold move to make the change in Week 13 like John did, but it ended up being a great decision for us. Jim has really got us to play some good football as of late.”


(on getting Ray Rice more involved) “Ray is a dynamic player and you always want to get him as involved as possible. We’ve tried that all year. It’s not like we’ve neglected to give him the football but we’re doing it in more creative ways now. It’s not just lining up in a pro formation and just handing him the ball. It’s getting him more on the edge and getting him involved in the pass game has really helped.”






Super Bowl XLVII – Tuesday, January 29, 2013






(on mid-season offensive coordinator change) “It was shocking at the time. Because of the time when it happened, week 13, you don’t expect a change in offensive coordinators. You know, you are sitting with a playoff on the horizon. It was a bold move but it was certainly the right decision. Jim Caldwell is a tremendous football coach and has been great offensive coordinator for us.”


(on Joe Flacco evolving with the offensive coordinator change) “The big part of Joe’s evolvement has been the play of our offensive line. They’ve been tremendous in giving him time. Anytime you can give a quarterback plenty of time to get comfortable and get in a rhythm that certainly helps. I think that has been huge for us in this last run.”


(on Juan Castillo) “He is good football coach. He’s got a great reputation. He has only been with us for a short time so it’s hard to assess right now, but he’s got a great track record and we’re excited to have him on board.”


(on advice from his father about playing) “He’s been an inspiration to me my whole life. He’s knowledgeable about football. He was a great athlete in his time and really helped me and supported me in my whole career. He’s always someone I could turn to for advice, support, and he’s been huge. It’s about effort, playing the game, never quitting, about heart, you know little things that he’s told me along my career that have helped out.”


(on impressions on Colin Kaepernick) “He’s a great football player and great athlete. I watched him a little in Nevada and knew he could run and knew he was a good athlete. I’ve been impressed by how well he throws the football. He’s a tough player and we have our work cut out for us this week to stop him.”


(on how to deal with distractions during the week) “We’ve only got a hand full of guys that have been through this experience before and they have given us a great deal of advice along with Coach Harbaugh. It’s about just staying focused and this is business trip. We’re here to win a football game. We have one game left and that’s got to be our focus. You have to be able to manage the distractions and do your best to focus on the football game. Obviously, that’s what we’ll try to do.”


(on advice from Ray Lewis about being in the Super Bowl) “They’ve kind of echoed the same sentiments. You just have to focus on the game and be able to put everything aside. There’s a lot to do, a lot to do at night here. You’re going to be pulled in a lot of different directions but there’s plenty of time to do that and then party after you win. You have to kind of buckle down this week and just focus on the game.”


(on safety concerns of the game and its future) “The nature of football is violent. I don’t think you will ever be able to eliminate some of those big hits. I understand the league is trying to limit some of those things, the big hits and concussions that are going on. Those are going to happen just by the nature of the sport. I don’t necessarily agree that the sport is going to be gone in 30 years. I think it’s too popular, too exciting for fans. I think they’ll find ways to revise it a little bit, make it a little safer, but as an offensive player, I am okay with that, as long as players aren’t launching at my head.”


(on the road to the Super Bowl) “I think during a season to get to this point you have to be good and you have to be fortunate at times. We’ve been fortunate enough to take the mistakes by defenses, fortunate to make plays that were critical in critical situations. You have to have players that can perform in those situations. We’ve got a quarterback that can make throws in tough situations and players that can make plays. So that’s really driven this team up until this point. We’ve had a lot of adversity. We are a better football team now having gone through all that.


(on expectations coming to the Super Bowl) “It’s tough to know what to expect. I’ve never been to the Super Bowl as a spectator, let alone as a player. You just kind of have to take it all in and enjoy the experience, enjoy the ride, try and focus on the game.”




Super Bowl XLVII – Tuesday, January 29, 2013






(on how it would feel on playing against a brother in the Super Bowl) “I would have to play against my sister because I don’t have a brother. It would be incredible to play against a sibling like that, someone you grew up with your whole life and know so well. To be on opposite sides where the whole world is watching, I can’t imagine what that would be like.”


(on involvement in the offense at onset of the year) “You know training camp, I did. I think I had some important games at the end of last season too that helped me contribute to the team a little more. So, going into this year I knew my role would be extensive. In training camp I broke my hand, so I missed all of training camp. I kind of had to start fresh again in Week 1. Obviously, as a team it’s been a great year.


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