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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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Jim Harbaugh says Culliver’s statement will impact him moving forward

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff

HEAD COACH JIM HARBAUGH

 

(on Chris Culliver’s statements) “We reject what he said. That’s not something that reflects the way the organization feels, the way most of the players feel.”

 

(on if Chris Culliver’s statements will impact his playing time in the Super Bowl) “I think it’s going to impact him going forward. I think it’s something that he will learn about himself. You saw his statement; he pledged to grow from it. It will affect him. Hope and pray that it affects him in a positive way going forward.”

 

(on Frank Gore’s evolution within the pistol offense) “Nobody does it better than Frank Gore. Nobody. Have the greatest respect for Frank because he has the greatest respect for the game. It’s evidenced by how he plays, every single game, every single day. Nobody does it better than Frank Gore. I really believe in his talent, but the greatest share is his love for the game; his love and respect for the game of football.”

 

(on what motivation approach he’ll use before the game) “I don’t have anything in mind to really answer that question. Very excited for today. I would really love to have a photocopy of yesterday. That’s what I would most like to have to get out of today. The energy we had at practice, the execution we had at practice, if we could go to the machine and get a photocopy of exactly what we had yesterday and come back and get that today would be outstanding. If I could just elaborate a little bit, we had a lot of things go good for us yesterday as I said, execution, the energy. Outstanding by our scout team players. I’d just like to talk about that for just a little bit because it was so striking. Our young players, our future starters on future championship teams have progressed and it’s been wonderful, wonderful that we’ve gotten five extra days of practice than 20 other teams have gotten. There’s been some guys, Ricardo Lockette was outstanding. He was flying around the field. Ricardo Lockette, Tony Jerod-Eddie, Cam Johnson and Al Netter are four guys that are on our squad had a chance to go to other teams during the season, they got offers to be brought up to other teams’ 53 (man roster) but chose to stay with the San Francisco 49ers. I believe it speaks volumes for the way they enjoy being on this team and being with their teammates. Guys like Michael Thomas. Michael Thomas has been just a stud this entire year. He plays safety, he plays corner, he plays receiver. He just keeps getting better and better. Trenton Robinson is our scout team player of the week in some form or fashion, whether it’s on offense or special teams, or defense, pretty much consistently every single week. Kenny Wiggins is doing an outstanding job. Scott Tolzien just busts his butt every single day. I notice in some of the clips that he was talking about writing an essay about the quarterback room and the example that Alex Smith has shown this year. We’re going to make that be a real essay, too. We’re not going to let that be just an empty suggestion by Scott Tolzien, we’ll look very much forward to getting that essay. Michael Wilhoite is a guy that was that kind of player for us last year and the first part of this year and now he’s out there playing, and playing in the Super Bowl this week. I just can’t tell you how exciting and how wonderful it is to see these players grow. I can’t wait to see them come back out today. A guy like Ian Williams has been fantastic, not to mention Ricky Jean Francois. We couldn’t block him yesterday; we could not block him. So there were quite a few positives going and like I said, we’ll see if we can’t get a photocopy of that today.”

 

(on if he’s developing his young players like a college bowl game) “Yes, it does feel that way. It just reinforces what you believe as a former player and as a coach, that you get better at football by playing football, by practicing football. There are other ways, the conditioning, the weight lifting, the hours and hours that the men do that, but the playing of football and the practicing of football. These guys have a great attitude and work extremely hard, you just know it’s going to work out for guys like that. To see it working out, it’s just a tremendous feeling for us and no question, the bowl week preparation, that’s always three extra weeks but we’re getting five. I believe this is week five with the bye we had going into the first round, then the first round game, then the second round game, and then a bye and then this week. Week five, maybe six. It’s just fantastic, wonderful, wonderful. See if we can’t get a photocopy of that today.”

 

 

 

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(on what he has seen from David Akers) “He did have the offseason surgery. It was a struggle for him in the offseason, not that I knew that. I wasn’t aware of that, but teammates and talking to David, it’s something that he worked very hard at, rehabilitating in the offseason. Came into training camp ready to go and got off to a wicked hot start at the beginning of the season. Then had some missed field goals in the middle, but was just grinding. The true competitor that he is kept working and kept grinding at it. Not over-kicking, but grinding with the process. He’s been hitting the ball really well. He’s had some really good hits on the ball that haven’t gone through and we’ll live with that. We know what he’s capable of doing. He’s going through his process practicing, working at it, and we’ll get the results. We’re very confident he’s going to have a big day in the Super Bowl.”

 

(on whether there was a moment he decided to stick with David Akers) “That’s a multiple choice question, but I think several factors. What he’s done, what he’s capable of, the way he’s worked at is rehabilitation, and the way he’s hitting the ball. We even threw in some competition there three or four weeks back and he prevailed in that environment. There are several factors.”

 

(on if he believed that Colin Kaepernick was the best player in the 2011 Draft) “I’ve said this a couple times, but we’ll address those draft stories and different decisions that took place a couple years ago at a different time. All those questions and answers lead to shameless self-promotion. This is Colin’s time. He’s worked extremely hard and he’s done a tremendous job. This is time for the players that are playing in the game. Rather than veer off onto that path, I would rather avoid that at this time.”

 

(on whether he spoke with Chris Culliver personally) “We had a conversation, yes.”

 

(on if running the wishbone at Michigan helped open his eyes to running the option in the NFL) “Yes, I’m sure. Bo Schembechler talked about it before, Lou Holtz has said it, maybe in the best way that I’ve ever heard it, said was that by running option football, it allows you to play 11-on-11. Football without an attack is basically playing with 10. A quarterback that doesn’t block anybody, isn’t an ineligible pass receiver basically leaves the defense with one more than you have. But when you have a quarterback that can run in the option attack, or give, or pitch, you get the numbers back to even, 11-on-11. Long had an appreciation for that type of football.”

 

(on Bill Walsh being involved in the Stanford job) “Coach Walsh did call me and left a message on my phone to see if I would be interested in the Stanford coaching job. I was intending to leave that message on my phone for the rest of my life, but I lost that phone or dropped it in the toilet or something. I can’t remember which it was, I lost it or dropped it in the can, but I don’t have that message anymore. Truly one of the most memorable things was getting that message.”

 

(on what he learned from Bill Walsh) “So many different things. When we first got to Stanford, Coach Walsh was working at Stanford. He would come in and one of our favorite things to do was to sit down and watch recruiting tape with our offensive staff. There was one day in particular that we had all of the quarterbacks lined up, there were seven or eight quarterbacks. There were a lot of names that you’d all know that are playing big-time college football and professional football. Coach Walsh was with us and we ranked them. My memory is that Andrew Luck was his, and our, favorite.”

 

(on what was said in the conversation between he and Chris Culliver) “I wouldn’t walk you through. I treat those conversations as private conversations. But, I do believe that there wasn’t malice in his heart; he’s not that kind of person. He’s not an ugly person; he’s not a discriminating person. He may have heard talk like that and may have thought that that was what his opinions were that he learned, but he regrets that. That’s not who he is, that’s not what he really  believes in. I think it took this incident to hear those words being said by home and to see them written down on paper, for him to realize that they were hurtful and ugly. I know that he takes that to heart and I really think this is something he’ll learn and grow from.”

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(on Chris Culliver’s play) “He’s been a very valued member. He’s been a trusted agent and known friend to our team.”

 

(on how he would feel if he beat his brother in the Super Bowl) “If we are to win this game, it’s going to be earned. That would be the adjective I would use. This is a tremendous Baltimore Ravens team offensively, defensively and special teams. Strong, tough, big men who play in the lines. The quarterback is playing outstanding football. Joe Flacco has done it his whole career. When you’re watching him in playoff games, last year in the AFC Championship game, he made the big throw at the end of the game. It didn’t go their way, but he’s done that again this year in the high-pressure situations. That’s an offense that has the ability to attack with multiple weapons, the receiver position, the tight end position and the running back position. Our defense is in for a very formidable challenge. Defensively, the same thing. This is a team that is extremely talented on defense. They’re healthy, they’re a veteran group. They’re very well-coached. You see them adjust from team to team, whether it’s the Broncos, the Redskins, week-in and week-out this team has the ability to play at a high level from multiple looks. Special teams, they are consistently a top-5 in the National Football League. I’m repeating this, and maybe I’m a little biased, but an extremely well-coached team. The two things that worry us the most is it’s a talented team that plays with a lot of heart. If we were to win this game, it would be very well-earned and that would be the great thrill of winning. The wonderful, wonderful feeling of winning.”

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Aldon Smith says no Ravens scare him

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff

LINEBACKER ALDON SMITH

 

(on how well the defense has been playing) “We’ve just been able to put games together and go out there and play good football. I think everybody is playing at a real high form right now, so we’re all in a pretty good spot.”

 

(on the transition from college to the NFL) “It was really just developing as a player. I think in college I could do certain moves and get (to the quarterback) a little bit easier, but at this level, you have to have a repertoire of moves and countermoves for your moves. It was really just developing new moves and new ways to get back there.”

 

(on whether he would say his speed-rush is hit go-to move) “I like power. I pride myself on being physical and punching people in the chest, so I play power. Then I can move on from there.”

 

(on which one of Baltimore’s players scares him) “Nobody scares me. They have some guys that might cause threats, that may make big plays – (Joe) Flacco, (Ray) Rice and Torrey Smith, so we’ll keep our heads up.”

 

(on if he cares what Beyonce sings at halftime) “No, I don’t really care what she sings. She’s a great artist. She does a great job. I kind of wish I could watch it, but I’m alright.”

 

(on whether he likes playing on field turf) “Definitely. You can feel the speed a little bit differently and you don’t have to worry about slipping as much. It’s football, so we’ll see.”

 

(on facing Bryant McKinnie) “He’s a big guy, so you have to make sure he doesn’t get his hands on you.”

 

(on if the Super Bowl atmosphere is what he expected) “I’ve been enjoying it. It’s what I expected. A lot of people are here. It’s an exciting time (and) one of the biggest moments in sports, so it’s a good time.”

 

(on defending against Joe Flacco) “(We have to) make his throws hard, confuse his looks, take away his options, (and) of course, hit him and get pressure on him.”

 

(on if they can take advantage of Joe Flacco’s lack of mobility) “I think that’s definitely something we can take advantage of, not playing somebody who runs as well as the quarterbacks we have faced – get back there, make him uncomfortable and knock him around.”

 

(on the similarities between Baltimore and San Francisco’s linebacker groups) “There are a lot of playmakers. They have a lot of playmakers. We have a lot of playmakers.”

 

(on whether he sees himself as similar to Terrell Suggs) “We both can get to the quarterback. I think I stole his stance. I think we can both get to the quarterback and I think we can both make plays out there.”

 

(on yesterday’s practice) “Yesterday, we put a really good practice together – I can honestly say one of our best practices of the whole year. If we keep putting practices like that together, I’m feeling great.”

 

(on what made yesterday’s practice so good) “It was just the energy, the vibe and everything was done really well. I’ll say it was like the perfect day. Everybody did a good job.”

 

(on his 5.5-sack game against Chicago this season) “Everything was working. Everything was going right. I was working moves, got in the zone and everything I was doing was working. It felt good and I felt like I was honestly doing something right. It was working out.”

 

(on what he will do on Sunday prior to the game) “I’ll probably play some video games, see if I can find a good movie – something to keep my mind calm and stay focused at the same time.”

 

(on if he has had a lot of downtime with the week off) “Not really. We’ve been so busy with practicing, media, and all kinds of things, so it’s not like there’s been a lot of downtime. It’s been a long time since we’ve stepped on the field, but it hasn’t really been that long.”

 

(on whether Joe Flacco’s ability to throw the ball deep makes the pass rush more important ) “I think it makes it that much more important. With a quarterback that can stretch the field like that and the receivers he has to throw it to, it’s definitely important that we get pressure on him.”

 

(on stopping Ray Rice) “Ray Rice does a good job being eusive back there. (He is) able to use his shifty moves to get away from a lot of tackles, so we have to make sure we gang tackle and play as a team.”

 

(on what Ray Lewis has meant to the game) “A lot. He’s definitely been that man at his spot that has done it and changed it for a lot of years. He’s good for the game. He’s made a lot of plays. He’s Ray Lewis.”

 

(on if he dreamed of playing in the Super Bowl as a kid) “Yes, I did actually. Now that I’ve been here, it’s a dream come true. The next step is just winning it.”

 

(on how they came back from a 17-0 deficit at Atlanta in the NFC Championship game) “We never gave up on each other. We knew what our goal was, and that was wanting to get to this game. Everybody was really focused and believed that we could really win, so I think us just going out there and putting a full game together was a thing – not just a couple quarters. We started the game a little rough, but we were able to finish it strong.”

 

(on if he saw that some of the Atlanta players get flustered during their comeback in the NFC Championship game) “You could see it. We were coming back. I think they could feel that we wanted it a little more. They just noticed that. It probably contributed to why they lost the game.”

 

(on if he feels Atlanta choked in the NFC Championship game) “We’re a good team, so it’s not like they got beat by some chump team. We’re a team that plays hard. We work and we’re a good team.”

 

(on what makes Head Coach Jim Harbaugh a good coach) “I think he gets us all ready to play. We enjoy playing for him. He puts good game plans together and the results just come out like that.”

 

(on what aspects are important in stopping Joe Flacco) “You have to make sure you get some pressure on him because he has a good arm and some receivers who can make some big plays.”

 

(on how Ray Rice helps Joe Flacco) “I think Ray helps him out a lot because not only can he hand it off to him, but he can throw it to him on that last checkdown. They can make plays like that.”

 

(on how he can affect the quarterback without sacking him) “The quarterback feels the pressure, every time. He might not go down with the ball in his hands, but he might throw a bad throw, throw it to the wrong receiver, force something bad, or if I’m not getting to him, someone else (might).”

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Kaepernick says Niners offense no “gimmick”

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff

QUARTERBACK COLIN KAEPERNICK

 

(on emphasizing the deep pass) “I think it’s just part of our offense. Our receivers have been making plays deep. You want to work on every throw on the field. You have to be accurate everywhere. Part of it is that your receivers have to be aggressive to the ball.”

 

(on the variety of the offense) “It’s going to depend on the gameplan. There are things that we ran at the beginning of the year that we are going to continue to run; there’s new things that come up. There is a lot in this offense.”

 

(on potentially joining the 49ers storied history) “It’s a great opportunity to get a win and to bring back the legacy to San Francisco that great teams and great quarterbacks have before.”

 

(on how close he was to playing baseball over football) “Basketball was my last option. That was something that if football and baseball didn’t work out I would have played basketball.”

 

(on playing against New Orleans Hornets forward Ryan Anderson in high school) “It was the first round of the playoffs. I think we lost by like 10 points to them. I think I scored 34 and he scored 50.”

 

(on dealing with the media) “I try to stay low-key. I do what I have to do with the media. Other than that, I am all football.

 

(on his comfort level with the media) “It’s not that I’m not comfortable with it. To me, I’m here to play football. That’s what I want to do.”

 

(on the offensive line) “They are willing to work every day. They are going to do everything it takes to make sure they are ready mentally and physically. They go out and perform on Sunday.”

 

(on LaMichael James) “He’s developed a lot. He has become a playmaker for us. He is someone we want to get the ball in his hands. He is fast. He’s quick, but he also runs with power for how little he is. There are a lot of things they have to defend.”

 

(on the receiving core) “Our receivers have done a phenomenal job this season, knowing their routes, knowing the combinations we have going for them, and then making plays. They come to work every day.”

 

(on the gameplan for the Super Bowl) “I think the coaches are going to do whatever we need to do to win. The coaches will call what they think the best play is and what they think will help us get into the end zone.”

 

(on running a ‘gimmick’ offense) “Any offense is an offense to try and put points on the board. You can call it a gimmick, you can call it a ‘trick-em’ offense, you can call it whatever you want. If it is putting points on the board it is effective.”

 

(on his charitable donations) “Camp Taylor is a foundation that I’m connected with right now and anything I can do to help them and help those kids is something I’m going to do.”

 

(on Frank Gore) “He’s a great player. He’s a great leader. He’s a workhorse. He’s going to do whatever it takes to win and we need Frank Gore to be Frank. That will be good enough on Sunday. I think you can put Frank in any offense and he will be successful. He’s the type of running back that can adapt. He can do anything we need him to do. I think that’s why he has been doing so well.”

 

(on having patience when running) “I think it’s very important. You can see Frank waiting for a hole to open, waiting for a crease or a seam. Once he finds one, he’s going to hit it.”

 

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QUARTERBACK COLIN KAEPERNICK

 

(on the experience of playing against the Bears on Monday Night Football) “Getting my first start, getting a win, being successful in that game – it helped me moving forward from there.”

 

(on being drafted by the Chicago Cubs) “They drafted me after my third year in college, based on what I did in high school.”

 

(on playing with patience) “I think you need patience at every position. At some point you are going to have to be patient and wait to make your move. Whether it’s quarterback, receiver, linebacker, DB (defensive back), it doesn’t matter.”

 

(on being the potential Super Bowl MVP) “My only focus is on the game plan and trying to win. I haven’t thought of any possibilities or any scenarios other than just going out and playing.”

 

(on the expectations of the 49ers) “There are great expectations in this franchise. We have had great quarterbacks and great Super Bowl teams. We want to be a part of that.”

 

(on working with Alex Smith during last season’s lockout) “It just helped me get more comfortable with the offense, rather than going in to training camp and trying to learn it. He (Smith) helped a lot, going over the different routes, different combinations, things like that.”

 

(on transitioning from college to the NFL) “Ultimately it’s just going out and playing football. The biggest difference is the playbook and terminology. Everybody is faster, everybody is stronger so it equals out.”

 

(on joining former 49ers quarterbacks Joe Montana and Steve Young as Super Bowl champion 49ers quarterbacks) “It would be a great honor. They played well for so long and have such great regard with their names, and people speak so highly of them, to be mentioned in the same breath would be an honor.”

 

(on if Alex Smith could take back the starting job) “That’s not something I think about. I’m just worried about going out and trying to win this game.”

 

(on Randy Moss) “Randy has been great. I have nothing but great things to say about him. He’s one of the true leaders on this team and he really brings this team together.”

 

(on his high school football team) “We had a good team. We had a good offense. We put up points.”

 

(on his athleticism leading to success) “I think a lot of the success I have had has come more from the hard work than just pure talent.”

 

(on the unpredictability of football) “You’re just going to work hard and see what happens. You’re not really thinking what if this happens, what if that happens.”

 

(on high school all-star games) “I didn’t get to play in any. I went straight up to Nevada and started training. I went up to Nevada as soon as my high school year was over and started working out with them.”

 

(on having to choose between football and baseball) “If I got a football scholarship, I was going to be a football player.”

 

(on being compared to Cam Newton) “We can both run and throw. That’s the similarity. For me, I want to be my own man, I want to be my own player.”

 

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Super Bowl XLVII – Thursday, January 31, 2013

 

MORE QUOTES FROM SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS MEDIA SESSION

 

QUARTERBACK COLIN KAEPERNICK

 

(on his development as a passer) “Geep (Chryst) has been great. He is always in our ear, talking, making sure we know every situation that might come up. He’s previewing situations during the game, he has been phenomenal. It’s a constant conversation. It’s constant work, trying to game plan trying to make sure we have every detail ironed out.”

 

(on his being passed in the draft) “Any time someone says someone else is better than you it is going to motivate you.”

 

(on advice for Chris Culliver) “I’m not here to give advice. That’s not my job. I’m here to play football. That’s what we have a PR department for.”

 

(on the Harbaugh brothers coaching against each other) “Any sibling rivalry is big. It’s bragging rights. Beyond just winning the Super Bowl, it’s bragging rights for the rest of your life.”

 

(on the offensive gameplan for Sunday) “I think they (the coaches) are going to call plays that they think are going to be successful. Anything that is going to move the ball they are going to try and call.”

 

(on the changes from the regular season through the playoffs) “Things haven’t changed that much except that more people want to talk to me now.”

 

(on the preparation for the Super Bowl) “I think our team is ready for this. Our team has won in these situations; our team has won games, so we are going to do whatever we can to make sure we are ready for this week.”

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

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff

CORNERBACK CHRIS CULLIVER

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Like Lewis many years ago, Flacco can define legacy at Super Bowl

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Like Lewis many years ago, Flacco can define legacy at Super Bowl

Posted on 31 January 2013 by Luke Jones

NEW ORLEANS — If you go back far enough in time, you’ll find a point when the greatest in NFL history weren’t nearly as accomplished or decorated in their respective careers.

Joe Montana wasn’t always a four-time Super Bowl winner for the San Francisco 49ers. John Elway was long considered the quarterback who couldn’t win the big one before two Super Bowl rings to end his long career in Denver.

In Baltimore, Ray Lewis and the Ravens defense weren’t always associated with the league’s all-time greatest. The soon-to-be-retired linebacker may have been the team’s best defensive player immediately as a rookie in 1996, but the rest of the world didn’t understand his greatness until a victory in Super Bowl XXXV in which he was voted the game’s most valuable player.

That moment in time propelled Lewis into the conversation as one of the greatest defenders in league history and the Baltimore defense into more than a decade of dominance and respect in NFL circles. It’s the shadow quarterback Joe Flacco will try to escape once and for all as the Ravens compete against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday evening.

Even if the fifth-year quarterback doesn’t look at it in the same way, Sunday’s game will be his defining moment.

“This team has had such a great defense for many years, such big faces on that side of the ball,” Flacco said. “That’s what we’re known for. Us guys on the other side, we don’t have any problem with that. We know that in order to win football games we have to go out there and do our job. We’re kind of humble guys on our side of the ball and don’t really care what people say about how we won it.”

Of course, a single championship won’t bring Flacco into the discussion of the all-time greats, but it would forever transform how outsiders perceive both him and the Ravens. With Lewis retiring and safety Ed Reed’s return in doubt, this era of great Baltimore defense is coming to an end. The numbers this season reflected that despite a stalwart performance from Lewis and the defense in three postseason games.

The opinions about Flacco have already been altered as he’s thrown eight touchdown passes and no interceptions in playoff wins over Indianapolis, Denver, and New England. Teammates believes he has nothing left to prove, but the critics and doubters will remain if the Ravens are unable to finish the job against San Francisco.

No one said it was easy — or even fair — to take that final step, but a win against the 49ers is what’s really needed to close the book on one era and open the door to another, presumably with Flacco leading the way. A new-found respect has been penciled in by even his biggest critics this postseason, but his performance on Sunday will be what’s written in permanent ink.

He may not be able to do it alone, but this postseason has fallen heaviest on the broad shoulders of the Baltimore signal-caller.

“This postseason has done that,” tight end Dennis Pitta said. “I don’t know if it will be on one game or not, because we’re going against a really good defense. It’ll be a challenge for us. I think our defense needs to play well, [but] I certainly think the offense has come a long way. That stigma — that perception — that the Baltimore Ravens are only defense has certainly changed through the course of this season and through this postseason.”

Truthfully, there isn’t much more you can ask of Flacco. A loss to the 49ers wouldn’t erase what he’s already done in his first five seasons in the league. Many will debate where he ranks in the quarterback hierarchy, but there’s no disputing his impeccable ability to remain calm in pressure-filled situations.

But a loss would still be a disappointment, leaving him outside a premium group of quarterbacks.

He’s knocking on the door of greatness, but one final push is needed, just as it was when Lewis came through the tunnel and danced in Tampa with the entire world watching on Jan. 28, 2001. In the meantime, those closest to him will continue to sing his praises until the rest of the world finally catches up — at least in their opinions.

“Joe Flacco’s done a hell of a job,” running back Ray Rice said. “He deserves all the credit. Every quarterback out there gets respect, but you’ve got to mention Joe up there with them now because of what he’s done. He just outplayed two Hall of Famers. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will be Hall of Famers. Joe Flacco outplayed them both, and that doesn’t happen often.”

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A. Smith, Brooks limited participants for 49ers on Wednesday

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013
San Francisco 49ers Practice Pool Report
By John Clayton
Pro Football Writers of America

NEW ORLEANS—Winds from the aftermath of a Wednesday storm sent the San Francisco 49ers into the New Orleans Saints indoor practice facility for their first full practice in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII.

But the 49ers also breezed through the 95-minute session so efficiently that head coach Jim Harbaugh got through all of his team’s work with approximately 15 minutes to spare. To say the least, the practice was spirited and focused.

“We were going to go outside and practice but the winds were a little too much,’’ Harbaugh said. “We were worried about taking the lifts (for team photographers) too high. The winds were 20 to 25 miles an hour and we don’t want to send our guys up there in those conditions.’’

The weird site was seeing the practice with a Sean Payton “Do Your Job’’ picture overlooking every 49er play. Harbaugh, in fact, stood near an endzone in which a Saints World Championship picture hung proudly above him, and Harbaugh had no problem with that.

“We’re in their house,’’ Harbaugh said. “We try to respect their hospitality.’’.

Despite the winds, the 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens got a break when the rainy weather cleared up before noon. Lines of storm cells went through Southern Louisiana with heavy rain and threats of bad winds Wednesday morning, causing the NFL to make arrangements for indoor facilities for both teams if needed.

The 49ers are training at the Saints headquarters in Metairie, La, but they had no worries because the Saints have an indoor practice facility. Because Tulane University doesn’t have an indoor practice area, the Ravens would have been forced to practice at the Saints complex, which would have put both Harbaughs in the same practice facility on the same afternoon five days before Super Bowl.

Thanks to the improving weather, each Harbaugh had their separate practices on time. The 49ers would have had to move their practice up an hour to accommodate but that wasn’t needed.

“The Ravens had access to it,’’ Harbaugh said. “That would have been no trouble at all.’’

The 49ers had all 53 players on the field, but linebacker Ahmad Brooks (shoulder) and  Aldon Smith (shoulder) were limited. Tight end Garrett Celek, who missed some time last week with a foot injury, practiced without limitation.

Responding to reports from the Wednesday interview session that Brooks has an AC Joint sprain, Harbaugh said, “I don’t get into what those guys have. If they want to give that information, that’s fine. I always feel uncomfortable saying what a player has.’’

The 49ers worked on all aspects of their game – offense, defense and special teams.

“I thought our guys were excited to get out here on the practice field,’’ Harbaugh said. “`The team understands a lot more about the Super Bowl. But they were excited to get out there on the field and do what they do.’’

Harbaugh once again praised the focus on this team.

“That is something we don’t coach them up on, not bringing cameras or video cameras, no doing it or not doing it.’’ Harbaugh said. “We trust our team because that’s who we are. This is the most focused group on unity and winning I’ve been around.’’

A similar practice is scheduled for Thursday.

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49ers defensive coordinator Fangio believes shorter backs like Rice have advantage

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR VIC FANGIO

(on the matchup between Baltimore and San Francisco) “The matchups in this game will be pretty tough obviously with Ray Rice. We’ll be challenged, which will be a big part of the game to see if we can cover those guys.”

 

(on using a 3-4 defense versus a 4-3 defense) “When I first came in the league, there were only three or four teams running the 4-3 and everybody else was using the 3-4. Then by the mid to late 90s it kind of flipped and now it’s in a slow ascension back to where it’s about 50-50. I don’t know what the count is right now, but maybe next year it will be tipped in the favor of the 3-4. It does offer you flexibility because you have a fourth linebacker who knows how to drop. It gives you flexibility to determine who the fourth rusher is. Those outside linebackers become defensive ends usually so you still have four linebackers out there in a nickel package which gives you some flexibility there.”

 

(on if 3-4 defense is better suited to defend a read option quarterback) “Some people think it is. The angles in the running game become a little bit more difficult than a traditional 4-3.”

 

(on the matchup between the linebackers) “Obviously our group is very good, and they’ve got Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs. Just saying Lewis and Suggs tells you that you have a good group and our group is good too. I think there’s an unusually high talent for linebackers in this game.”

 

(on what advantage it gives to them to have great linebackers) “It’s always an advantage to have good players and if you’re playing a 3-4, you particularly have to have two good outside linebackers. We do since it’s a key position in this defense. We are able to keep those guys on the field the whole time regardless of who else is on the field. It allows us to have flexibility and gives us a little bit more athleticism on the field. You have more guys out there who know how to drop so you can do a little more zone pressures out there.”

 

(on the competition for players who can play a 3-4 defense) “Seven or eight years ago, wherever I was at that time, we felt that we had an advantage because not a lot of guys were looking for the same guys that we were. Now, it’s evened up and next year it might be tilted the other way, so you get more guys looking for the same type of players.”

 

(on his relationship with Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine) “Mike is a great coach. He will do a great job up there in Buffalo. He understands the game and he will add to the flexibility. If they play a 3-4, it will be a flexible 3-4 and it will look like a 4-3 a lot of times. He has coached in that division for four years, so he knows the division well. He will do a great job up there. Buffalo should be happy and feel lucky they got him.”

 

(on what makes Baltimore running back Ray Rice so special) “He’s extremely quick and fast, number one. He has the ability to jump cut and cut the ball back at any moment. He’s only 5’8” but he’s a very strong 5’8”. He’s very tough to cover. Joe Flacco likes to throw it to him and he has been one of their leading receivers every year since he’s been in the league. So he’s a dual threat with both run and pass, and he’s a confident pass blocker when they leave him there. He doesn’t have a weakness. He’s a real threat, and he’s a guy we have to be ready to handle in the passing game.”

 

(on seeing more players like Ray Rice in the game nowadays) “The shorter guys have an advantage if they’re strong enough. They’re hard to find and kind of hide behind the offense a little bit because of the size difference. They’re built lower so guys aren’t used to tackling guys that short. If they’ve got a lot of power in them, they can surprise bigger people because of the leverage. Short is ok if you’re still strong and powerful. The most famous short and powerful player in the NFL is right here in New Orleans, Sam Mills. I thought  many times his height was an advantage.”

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San Francisco WR Crabtree calls Moss “older brother” in 49ers offense

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff

WIDE RECEIVER MICHAEL CRABTREE

(on what motivated him this season) “I wanted to be that guy. I wanted to be the number one receiver in the league. It takes a lot of hard work.”

 

(on one of his main goals as a wide receiver) “To take the offense to another level. Around here it’s more like everyone is talking about our defense. We really just took on that role, getting better and trying to make our offense number one.”

 

(on which receivers he looked up to growing up) “I had all type of guys like Terrell Owens, Randy Moss and Michael Irvin. There were a lot of people. I looked up to running backs and quarterbacks. I played quarterback my whole life. I didn’t play receiver until I got to college. I just like football.”

 

(on which wide receiver best resembles his style) “I used to just try and put everybody together to create my own identity. That’s probably the beauty of football.”

 

(on the greatest receiver of all time) “I would say as a playmaker, Randy Moss.”

 

(on what he thought of Randy Moss joining the 49ers) “Whatever it takes to help the team. I had Isaac Bruce when I first came in the league. It’s always good to have one of those legendary guys around you. It’s not going to do anything but better your game.”

 

(on the offensive weapons that the 49ers possess) “There’s a lot. I could go on talking about the talent that we have around here. On the tight ends, running backs, you have to remember we have three people injured that played a major part in our offense. But I would say that with all of these weapons, I don’t think that you can go wrong.”

 

(on the team’s quarterback change during the season) “It was a process, but I think that with practice where the quarterbacks are getting so many reps we would go with (Colin Kaepernick), (Scott) Tolzien and we would go with Alex (Smith). I’m sure that it’s not way far off, but it worked.”

 

(on Alex Smith) “He’s a football player. Guys like that, you can’t faze them too much. We still have that one goal in mind and that’s to win.”

 

(on thinking of his linemen as weapons) “Yes, that’s football. Offensive linemen and defensive linemen, that’s NFL football, high school football, college football, they run the whole team. Without a great offensive line I don’t think that too many wide receivers or running backs would be making plays like that. So that’s good for us.”

 

(on the camaraderie with his linemen) “I enjoy them a lot, I talk to them every day and I mess with them every day. We have fun. They’re big, goofy guys; big people are usually the funniest people. They are my friends.”

 

(on what practice is like with Kaepernick) “We just really have fun at practice and try to get better every day. We talk a lot. He talks to everybody. I think that he’s getting better with the tight ends, he’s getting better with the running backs, not just with me. I feel like the offense as a whole that the sky’s the limit for us so we’re just trying to get better every day.”

 

(on what the team hopes to accomplish today during practice) “What we’re trying to accomplish? We’re trying win. We’re taking practice as we always take it – step-by-step, going over our play, and watching film. Just really trying to get the win.”

 

 

(on Coach Jim Harbaugh being fired up for this week) “I guess that’s just his lingo. That’s how he talks, but I would say that everybody is fired up. Everybody  is ready to play. It’s something that you dream of when you’re a little kid so now that you’re here you’ve got to take on the opportunity and come out with the win.”

 

(on Vernon Davis and the other team’s tight ends) “He’s a tight end. That’s what tight ends do; they block and they catch passes. I think that he’s doing his job. I wouldn’t say he’s unselfish, I’d say that he’s really a professional at his position. So is (TE) Delanie Walker, those guys can do both catch and block. Delanie does a lot. I would say that he’s like a fullback at tight end and he can run after the catch. I’d say that everyone as a whole in the offense is getting better with Kaepernick. All of us are together as one trying to make plays for each other.”

 

(on the quarterback Colin Kaepernick) “A lot of people say timing, but I guess the timing was him coming in the game. It’s really just him throwing the ball and giving us a chance and really pushing us with his arm. The guy can throw so hard, so far – it really just makes you step up – your speed, your focus. It brings the best out of all of us.”

 

(on if the change in the offense’s production factored into the QB change to Kapernick) “No, I don’t. I don’t really make any decisions and I really don’t know how it works out, but you know the story. As Alex (Smith) got hurt and Kap came in, he had the hot hand. Same story.”

 

(on Kaepernick’s throwing style) “He’s like a pitcher. The guy’s got a cannon. You just have to focus all the time on his ball.”

 

(on if Kaepernick throws the hardest football he’s ever caught) “Yes, probably. Him and Troy Smith. Troy Smith – he had a cannon too.”

 

(on if he’s having fun this week) “Yes it’s cool. It’s a little early (in the morning) right now, but it’s cool.”

 

(on if he feels that his game was taken to another level this year and what went into that process) “I think each year I got better each year. I started out a little slow, then the next year they gave me more opportunities, more targets. I did the best I could do. And this year I got more targets and I’m feeling like I’m on my way.”

 

(on what goes into trying to be the best receiver in the game) “It’s a lot of stuff. For a receiver, you need a quarterback, you need targets and then you also need to take advantage of all of your opportunities. Like I said, I’m on my way and I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing and keep critiquing myself and really just trying to be the best.”

 

(on if at any point if he thought that he might be drafted by the New York Jets) “No. Not at all.”

 

(on playing with Randy Moss) “Randy’s like my older brother. An older brother you would have that’s been through a lot that you just can learn from just talking to him, watching him. You just can learn a lot of stuff. He’s a legend and I hope he’ll be here next year. That’s my guy and every day we’re just going through the motions trying to make something happen.

 

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49ers tackle Staley calls offensive line “physical weapon”

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff

TACKLE JOE STALEY

(on Head Coach Jim Harbaugh saying the offensive line should be considered a weapon) “I think we are a physical weapon, a blunt-force object. It’s one of our strengths, all five of us, and we’re playing at a pretty high level this year. We take a lot of pride in what we do, so I feel honored that he’d call the ‘big uglies’ up front a weapon.”

 

(on the amount of credit the offensive line should get for helping the team transition to Colin Kaepernick) “We don’t really care where the credit goes. We just want to win football games. I think that this whole entire team has really taken it in stride and is doing a great job of making it seamless, really buckling down, getting in the playbook and making sure everybody is on the same page.”

 

(on what Vernon Davis means to the 49ers) “A ton, he means a lot and he does a lot of stuff. Everybody sees his stats and his numbers. He had a huge game last week. His numbers were down towards the end of the year, but his contribution to the football team is huge. He does so much for us. We watch him in the run game when we watch film, he does a lot of different things. I was happy to see him get his opportunities last week because he has been working extremely hard and it’s been a great year for him.”

 

(on players from Central Michigan being able to adapt to new positions) “I think they recruit a lot of guys who are underdeveloped when they go to college because it’s a smaller school. I only had one scholarship offer, which was (from) Central (Michigan). I think (current Central Michigan tackle) Eric [Fisher], only had one or two (offers). J.J. Watt, I think he only had one scholarship offer initially out of high school.’ They convert them like they did with me and Eric. They tried to do it with J.J., but he left. He didn’t want to play offensive line.”

 

(on the other offensive linemen describing him as having a wild personality) “I don’t know. I’m just myself. I think we all are. We don’t try to force our personalities. The way we play football is the way we are in our life. I’m wild and I love having a good time. I play football the same way.”

 

(on crying after he was moved from tight end to offensive line at Central Michigan) “I was a freshman and you have no idea how much I just did not want to play offensive line. When I was freshman in college, I was the liability in the run game as the tight end. I was the guy you did not want to have out there blocking everybody. I was terrible. I hated blocking. I just wanted to go run downfield and catch passes. Then they (said), ‘You’re just going to block everybody for the rest of your life,’ and I (thought) ‘Awww, no.’ I (said) ‘Okay.’ I remember leaving. I got out of earshot of the coaches office and (started crying). Then I go over to my ex-girlfriend’s dorm. I show up and I have tears in my eyes. She said, ‘What happened?’ I (said), ‘They’re putting me at offensive line, I want to leave (crying).’”

 

(on how he found a love for blocking) “It came about slowly. I really enjoyed the camaraderie and the team within the team of the offensive line when I first started playing – that whole concept of working together with and being accountable for those five guys, and just the work. I always had a really strong work ethic. That comes from my parents and my high school coach. I always just really enjoyed working and I was really challenged by our strength coach to get big and do it the right way. I gained about 20 pounds a year (in college). My first year (stunk). I was probably the most miserable offensive tackle in the history of football.”

 

(on how his hands were in college) “They were really good when I was in high school, but when I got to college they kind of (stunk). I fumbled three times my freshman year. I dropped one pass against Central Florida that went for an interception. To say I was average was a (heck) of a rating for myself.”

 

(on whether there are a lot of fun personalities on the 49ers offensive line) “There are. I think we fit well together. We enjoy each other. (With) the amount of time we spend together, it would be torturous if we all hated each other. So we’re really fortunate that we all get along. It’s like a group of brothers, basically. We get along for the most part (and) there are squabbles and fights every once in a while, but Goody (Jonathan Goodwin), he’s the father figure in there and he sets us in line. Goody is like the old dad. He’s just old and he’s ‘dadly.’ He’s the mature, has his (stuff) together kind of guy. Then we have AD (Anthony Davis). I’d describe him as the quiet assassin. He’s a quiet, kind of keeps to himself kind of dude, but you put down that tape and he’s really physical. Mike (Iupati) is just goofy. He loves to have fun. He’s like a big kid, the biggest kid you’ll ever see. (Alex) Boone, he wishes he was on this riser. He loves the spotlight and I do as well.”

 

(on the difference between blocking for Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith) “We don’t really think about that way, to be completely honest. The quarterback still requires a clean pocket and it’s our job to do that for them. It’s the same as the difference between Frank Gore and LaMichael James. You don’t think of it as players and this is what they need. You think about it as what the play-call calls for, how can we best do our job and try to create lanes for them.”

 

(on the motivation from last year’s loss in the NFC Championship game) “It was something we talked about. We noticed all the talent that we had on the football team. It was motivating for us going into the season to not waste the opportunity because we essentially came back with the same team that we had last year. We knew that these opportunities don’t come very often, so (we knew we had) to take advantage of the opportunity. Once the season started, we realized it was a new season and you plant your own motivation throughout the season. It was something we talked about during the offseason, but as the season played out, we had new challenges to overcome and new games to win.”

 

(on what the team learned from their game against 6-16 loss at Baltimore last Thanksgiving) “Last year was last year. They’re a different football team than they were last year and we’re a different football team than we were. We had a short week. It was a lot of things. I think going in, we’re familiar with the personnel they have now. It was the first time a lot of us had gone against them. We have a better idea of what to expect.”

 

(on what his ranking was coming out of high school) “I was a two-star (recruit). The sad thing was on one site I was actually ranked, but I was the absolute last-ranked tight end. They didn’t even get to look at me, so I could have said, ‘Yeah, they just didn’t get to look at me, so I would have been ranked higher.’ I was ranked and I was the worst.”

 

(on his ‘fun-loving’ personality) “I have no personality (joking). I hate ‘fun and loving.’ I think it comes from my dad and my mom, too. I grew up in a household that never stopped laughing, so I had two great examples.”

 

(on whether the 3-26 loss against the Giants this season helped the offense grow) “That was part of the game where we performed the worst as a football team, especially on offense. We just weren’t on in that game. I think it was a learning experience. We moved forward. It was still early in the season. We were still kind of trying to get an identity as an offense of who we were. It was a game that we kind of put to bed really quickly. It seems like a long time ago. I don’t really remember exactly where we moved on from them. Throughout the whole season, we’ve learned a whole lot from out wins and losses and have done a good job of trying to work to this moment and peak. At this moment, I think we’re doing that.”

 

(on Alex Boone) “He’s been here the second-longest as far as offensive linemen, it’s just his first year starting. We’ve been very comfortable with Alex. We saw the progress he made from when he was a rookie to now and he’s done a terrific job of improving year after year in becoming the player he is right now.”

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