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Crabtree thinks only 49ers can beat 49ers

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff

WIDE RECEIVER MICHAEL CRABTREE

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Super Bowl XLVII – Thursday, January 31, 2013

 

QUOTES FROM SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS MEDIA SESSION

 

MORE WIDE RECEIVER MICHAEL CRABTREE

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Willis says 49ers can’t make mistakes against Ravens

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff

LINEBACKER PATRICK WILLIS

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Gore brings “old school” running style to Super Bowl

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff

RUNNING BACK FRANK GORE

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Super Bowl XLVII – Thursday, January 31, 2013

 

QUOTES FROM SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS MEDIA SESSION

 

MORE RUNNING BACK FRANK GORE

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Super Bowl XLVII – Thursday, January 31, 2013

 

QUOTES FROM SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS MEDIA SESSION

 

MORE RUNNING BACK FRANK GORE

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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49ers WR Moss still pursuing first career title

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff

WIDE RECEIVER RANDY MOSS

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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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QUOTES FROM SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS MEDIA SESSION

 

MORE HEAD COACH JIM HARBAUGH

 

(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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MORE HEAD COACH JIM HARBAUGH

 

(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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Rice says Niners defense similar to Ravens’ own

Posted on 29 January 2013 by WNST Staff

RUNNING BACK RAY RICE

 

(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.”

 

 

 

 

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MORE FROM RUNNING BACK RAY RICE

(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.”

 

 

 

 

 

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MORE FROM RUNNING BACK RAY RICE

 

(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

 

TIGHT END DENNIS PITTA

 

(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.”

 

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TIGHT END DENNIS PITTA

 

(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.”

 

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TIGHT END DENNIS PITTA

 

(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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49ers TE Davis knows old Maryland friends will be watching Sunday

Posted on 29 January 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGHT END VERNON DAVIS

 

(on what the team is focusing on during this week of preparation) “Just keeping the focus that we need to have because it’s easy to get distracted. We have to maintain a good level of focus.”

 

(on how he would describe Head Coach Jim Harbaugh in one word) “Energetic.”

 

(on what is the one thing about QB Colin Kaepernick that has impressed him the most) “His ability to maintain focus under pressure. He came in late in the year, and he can still maintain his focus. That was something that impressed me.”

 

(on how the 49ers can win the game) “The 49ers will win if we play to the highest level of our potential.

 

(on former 49ers head coach Mike Singletary playing a part in this team’s success) “I think that he did have a key role in helping to make us successful.  When Singletary was here, he helped mold us. That’s one thing that I appreciate about him is that he was always there for us and he stayed on us no matter what.”

 

(on how he felt about the quarterback switch during the season) “We pretty much had to support Harbaugh’s decision. He is the head coach, so whatever decision he makes we have to support it no matter what. Whether we like it or dislike it.”

 

(on QB Alex Smith) “Alex is a class guy. He’s been through so much. He’s been on an emotional roller coaster. I wasn’t worried about Alex because I know that he can handle anything. He’s been high, he’s been low, and he’s been through so much at a young age. So he can pretty much handle whatever comes his way.”

 

(on what he thinks of media day so far) “I haven’t really paid attention to it. My thing is just keeping my focus. That’s what I’m here for. I’ve been to [NBA] All-Star weekend, I’ve been to a number of Super Bowls. Just the atmosphere and the things that are going on don’t really impress me. It’s not new to me, so I can maintain my focus as well as my teammates. They can do the same thing.”

 

(on whether it matters that the Super Bowl is in a fun city like New Orleans) “I doesn’t really matter because we’re not here to have fun. The game will be fun for us.”

 

(on where he does his curling in the offseason) “In the weight room.”

 

(on WR Michael Crabtree) “I think that Michael Crabtree has done a terrific job as far as stepping up and becoming a leader. He’s been through a lot as well. It’s takes time for a guy to come in and be successful.  You have to go through some things first before you can reach your highest peak. So I think that he’s been patient as far as that.”

 

(on WR Randy Moss) “I’m happy for Randy. I’m very happy for him because he’s been in this league for years now and he still hasn’t had a chance to win a Super Bowl. He’s finally at the stage where he can really make some things happen with this team and I’m very happy for him.”

 

(on playing in the Super Bowl against Maryland alumn Ravens’ WR Torrey Smith) “Torrey is a Maryland guy and to come from Maryland- there aren’t too many guys in the league that are from Maryland. So to have Torrey, who is playing at a high level and most of the guys that are in the league, I can name them but it’s a few, I’m very pleased to see that. Because most of the guys that I played with, to have them and especially Torrey, play in this game is truly a blessing.”

 

(on whether or not he was a Ravens fan growing up in Baltimore) “I was always a Washington Redskins fan, but I would see the Baltimore Ravens all of the time. I know that Ray Lewis had a brother that played with me in college: Keon Lattimore. So I would see him come through. But the Baltimore Ravens being my home team is pretty significant because everyone back there will be watching and they’ll get a chance to see me and my teammates playing as well.”

 

(on facing the Raven’s defense and LB Ray Lewis) “They’re a tough defense, very tough and physical. Ray Lewis is playing at a high level. I know he’s up in age put still playing. They’ve got a lot of guys over there. I know from playing them last year that they are really going to bring all that they have. Despite some of the injuries that they have they will play hard and fast. As an offensive unit we know that and so we have to start fast as well.”

 

(on the connection with QB Colin Kaepernick versus QB Alex Smith) “I was not frustrated when they made the change from Alex to Kaepernick because I knew that Harbaugh will make the right decision. As far as the adjustment to Colin Kaepernick, it took a little while at first. But as far as practice, we had to continue to work on our chemistry, building chemistry and just learning one another because Alex had been there since day one and it took years to build what we had. But it didn’t take too long to learn that with Kaepernick.”

 

(on the team’s multi-dimensional offensive weapons) “With this offense, you never know. One week it can be me, next week it can be (WR Michael) Crabtree, it can be (RB) Frank Gore. That’s what makes this offense unique is that you never know who’s number is going to be called each week. It’s a good thing because we’re winning. We’re here so how could you complain about it?”

 

(on the type of person that WR Randy Moss is) “My locker is right beside Randy’s. Randy is a great guy. I think that people view him the wrong way. He’s a terrific guy in the locker room. He’s funny, he’s energetic, he’ll always put a smile on your face and a lot of people don’t know that about him. I’m very thankful to have him as part of this team. I think that this has been a great year for him. Probably, after it’s all said and done, it’ll be one of the best years of his career.”

 

(on if he’s surprised at any of Randy Moss’s hobbies) “Randy’s favorite hobby is probably fishing. It did surprise me at first. I thought that he’d be one of those guys that played basketball during the offseason, but he likes to fish.”

 

(on winning the Super Bowl for Randy Moss) “I don’t think that we’re going into this game as far as winning for Randy. It would be great to be a part of this with him but our biggest thing is winning it for the team, the franchise, and our community because it’s been a long time. We’ve put a lot of work in just like Randy. He put a lot of work in throughout the years and he’s never won a Super Bowl. Our hopes are high for the team and for the community.”

 

(on how the 49ers could win in a close game) “In a close game, we would win because our defense doesn’t give up. Our offense is always aggressive and eager to win.”

 

(on how he feels about luck being on the 49ers side due to the hotel that they’re staying at) “I don’t think that this is a game of luck. I don’t really believe in luck, I believe in God. I believe that He’s always the way, He’s the answer, so prayer is important to me. So as far as luck, it doesn’t really stick to me.”

 

(on his message to service members overseas) “Good luck to all of the soldiers overseas. I’m honored to have you all as part of the United States of America and good luck out there.”

 

(on if he was concerned  on the offense’s use of the read-option) “As far as the read-option game, I wasn’t worried because this game is not about me, it’s about my team. I once read something that said, ‘In order to be great you have to be a servant, you have to be a slave.’ It’s a way of saying that you have to be humble and that’s something that I’ve learned here. I’m not worried about statistics and things like that. When I was younger I was. It was all about statistics. I had to get this number of catches, this number of yards. I don’t really care about that anymore. I’m more so worried about making it to the playoffs and making it to the Super Bowl.”

 

(on how special it is to be in New Orleans playing in the Super Bowl) “I was walking down the street the other day and I was looking up and I was like ‘Wow, the Super Bowl! This is incredible, man.’ Just being a part of this franchise is legendary (WR) Jerry Rice, (QB) Joe Montana, (QB) Steve Young and to be able to bring a ring back that’s something that you can cherish for the rest of your life.”

 

(on his own personal testimony) “As far as my story, I think that it’s important for young guys to see what I’ve gone through and the way that I view things, and what’s important and what is not important because they can learn from that. Because when I came in I was looking up to guys that were before me. The (Terrell Owens) and the (Chad Johnsons), I looked up to those guys. It is very important for guys to listen to the story of people like myself and learn from it.”

 

(on how his faith helps him stay focused both on and off of the field) “My faith as far as keeping me focused kind of works hand-in-hand. When I’m playing the game my faith is what keeps me going, keeps me humble, it makes me a leader. As far as off of the field I can stay away from the negativity that life brings you and that transforms me into a leader as well because I can go back and implement what I do off of the field to my teammates.”

 

(on his testimony) “I want people to remember that I was a man of God, I was a leader and that I was dedicated to this game. I also them to remember that I gave this game everything that I had as a tight end. I gave it everything. I gave it my all.”

 

(on QB Colin Kaepernick’s amazing start) “I was surprised at first, but when you look at Colin he wants to be great, he wants to be successful. He’s one of those guys that will give up anything to be great at this game and at his position. He’s alwaysd in the weight room, he works hard each and every day. That’s something that people don’t know about him that he’s always in the weight room, always. And it’s rare to see a quarterback in the weight room as much as he’s in there.”

 

(on Kaepernick’s physical ability) “I would call him a freak.”

 

(on the motivation it brings him seeing Kaepernick working out) “It does a lot. It motivates us because you have this quarterback, which is rare, in the weight room for a guy like him. It motivates us because I was walking in from practice one day and saw Colin doing abs and then he went over and started doing curls. I was like ‘I’m not going in. I’m about to go in the weight room myself.’ He doesn’t need to get too much bigger because he’s already throwing faster than anybody I’ve ever caught balls from.”

 

(on comparing himself from previous seasons) “The difference between me now and when I first came in was that it was all about me. I came in with the attitude to catch balls and get statistics and things like that. I didn’t care about the team. I was about Vernon, always but now I could care less about catching balls and getting statistics because I understand that the team is much bigger.”

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Niners OT Davis excited to face former Rutgers teammate Rice

Posted on 29 January 2013 by WNST Staff

OFFENSIVE TACKLE ANTHONY DAVIS

 

(on playing in the Super Bowl) “It’s a big deal. It’s our hopes and dreams coming true. You work so hard all year. It’s more than just the Super Bowl. It’s a way to finish off a great season.”

 

(on getting hot in the playoffs) “With the talent that we have, this is where we should be, and with the coaching staff that we have. Anything else would be considered a failure.”

 

(on whether he noticed a change on offense when Colin Kaepernick took over) “We didn’t change anything as far as scheme. There wasn’t much of a difference.”

 

(on facing another former Rutgers player in Ravens RB Ray Rice) “It’s a big deal. I talked to him earlier this week. I’m sure his guys will play the game of their life and that’s what we’re trying to do over here.”

 

(on what makes Jim Harbaugh special) “He’s an interesting guy. He is a great leader. He has to make difficult decisions.”

 

(on what allows players to accept tough coaching) “It’s how you’re brought up. Going to Rutgers, my mom wanted me to go to Rutgers because of Coach (Greg) Schiano. She was strict, too. You learn how to receive the message while ignoring the tone of it and trust that they want what’s best for you.”

 

(on what makes QB Colin Kaepernick special) “That Bears game, watching him make all those difficult throws and not hesitating one bit. Some of those throws some guys wouldn’t take, especially being their first start on Monday Night Football.”

 

(on the pistol offense) “I love it. They (the defense) try to figure out who has the ball and which way the ball’s going. It’s just fun to watch them try to figure it out with 350 pounds leaning on them.”

 

(on how facing the Ravens now is different than facing them last year) “We’re a more mature team. Some of our players are more experienced.”

 

(on the Ravens defense) “Big guys, they are all big. It will be a good time.”

 

-SB XLVII-

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Niners LB Bowman says Lewis deserves attention he’s receiving

Posted on 29 January 2013 by WNST Staff

LINEBACKER NAVORRO BOWMAN

 

(on how Penn State University prepared him for where he is today) “Penn State’s prepared me in a way that’s definitely made me mature. Just going through Joe Paterno’s program, he’s definitely made me understand life a little better, I think, and a lot faster than a lot of guys that come into this league. It’s taught me how to treat this league – this job – as a business and treat your body and the whole body of work like you’re a professional because that’s what the coaches are really looking at.”

 

(on going up against Baltimore’s offense) “They’re a good offense. They wouldn’t be in this position if they weren’t. We just have to go out there and play our game. They do a good job getting the ball to their playmakers, scheming against good defenses. We just have to go out there and execute the game plan that (San Francisco defensive coordinator) Vic’s (Fangio) prepared for us and I’m sure we’ll be OK.”

 

(on what San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh has meant to the team in terms of keeping them focused on the game) “His message was simple: sacrifice the partying, the leisure time that we’re going to have, the family members. Sacrifice all that because this opportunity comes one time. If you can’t sacrifice all that, you’re just really wasting all the work that you’ve put in for this long throughout this season. So, this team is very veteran-like, understands the opportunity that we have. Coach just gave us the heads up, but he wasn’t worried about the distractions or anything because of the guys we have on this team.”

 

(on if San Francisco has a curfew for its players) “Yes, we have a curfew. Don’t know the time right now, but he gave us two days without curfew. Starting today, we’ll have a curfew and he’s zoning in on the game.”

 

(on if he thinks that San Francisco has an advantage because they played in New Orleans previously this season) “I don’t know if it gives us an advantage, but I definitely think it gives us less things to worry about. When I say that I mean the distractions. I mean we’re familiar with the area. We’re not going to let anything grab our attention and take away our mindset from the game. I think it’s a sense of comfortability here. We’re really keyed in our assignments.”

 

(on how it makes him feel when he hears himself being described as an elite linebacker) “It makes me feel great, but it’s nothing. I still have a lot of football left to play. I’ve seen guys talked good about and they continue playing and if they’re not playing well, they’re talked bad about. The success is great right now. The attention is great, but I just want to continue on and continue getting better and see where I end up at the end of this whole thing.”

 

(on his message to everyone back at home in the Washington, D.C. area) “My message to everyone back at home, I just want to say thank you. Thank you for affecting me in every way. Thank you for teaching me everything that I’ve learned. Thank you from making me who I am. No one around where I’m from, or my area, would ever imagine anyone would be in this position. I just want to say thank you to everyone that had anything that had anything to do with supporting or really actually doing it. Just thank you.”

 

(on his thoughts on NFL Media Day) “It’s exciting. I figured it’d be like this, everything that I expected. At the end of the day, my high school coach use to say on things like homecomings, ‘Everyone comes out and wants to go to parades and do all the festivities, but at the end of the day they remember who won or lost the game. At the end of the day that’s the most important thing and that’s what I’m focused on.”

 

(on how important defense will be in the game) “Defense is always important when you’re on the road, when you’re not at home where you’re comfortable at. Defense is important because you don’t know the struggles the offense is going to have early in the game. It’s two great quarterbacks in this game. I’m looking forward to it. Joe (Flacco) got us once before last year, but I think we’re a better team, a better defense and the stakes are much higher.”

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Super Bowl XLVII – Tuesday, January 29, 2013

 

 

QUOTES FROM SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS MEDIA SESSION

 

MORE LINEBACKER NAVORRO BOWMAN

 

(on if Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis has received too much attention for his final game) “Ray deserves the attention that he’s receiving with him leaving this game. It’s a great thing for him. Like I said, he deserves it. We’re not mad about it or feeling like we’re not getting enough attention. I want to say thank you to him for putting this game and the linebacker position at the level that it is.”

 

(on what problems the read-option presents and how does a defense counter it) “A lot of quarterbacks can’t run as fast as Colin (Kaepernick). He’s a guy that’s very good with his feet and also can stand in and deliver a great ball. So, having Colin on our team is a huge challenge for opposing defenses. I’ll be the first one to tell you, you think you’re up on him when he’s running, but he’s running faster than what it looks like and he’ll get past you. He’s a guy that we’re glad to have on our team.”

 

(on how surprised San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith was when he won the team MVP award and what that does for him) “I don’t know how surprised he was, but I voted for him. I think he earned it. I think when he received the award. You have a way to go, either continue getting better, hold yourself even higher or you can stay the same. Aldon’s the type of guy that will continue getting better. As you can see he’s gotten better from last year. We’re excited about it. Hopefully he can win it again.”

 

(on what it’s like playing with linebacker Patrick Willis and how they feed off one another) “We feed off each other a lot. Throughout any game, me and Pat are always on the same page. We’re always just talking about anything. I think when it comes to it, our defense having any type of success, me and Pat have to be on our job and we’re always on it. That’s what our team requires with both of us and we enjoy doing our job.”

 

(on how much Patrick Willis has helped with his development as a player) “He’s helped a lot throughout anything that this level has brought to me. Pat’s been there whether I needed to just talk or have a question. He’s always had the answer. He’s just a humble guy. You’d think coming into this game a guy that’s held at such a high-level would accept a young guy like me and really show me the ropes and give me every opportunity to get as far as he has in this league, if not close to it. I’m just blessed to have him as a teammate.”

 

(on what he likes about playing for defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and what he’s meant to the team) “I love Coach Fangio. He’s just the coach/coordinator that you want. He’s never mad, never too happy. He’s always just being the coach that he is whether we did something wrong and not playing the way that he knows that we can play. He’s always got words of wisdom and doesn’t make you feel like you’re playing bad or doing something wrong. He just gives you a way of understanding and knows that you can do it and get better. Just him understanding the type of players that he has – guys that can run. His calls are chosen with knowing the type of players that he has in certain situations. I think Vic’s the perfect fit for us. Everything’s just been working out for us this year.”

 

(on how the defense meshes together and plays off one another) “We just play together. We push each other. Anytime anything happens out there on defense that we don’t feel comfortable with, it’s our jobs – Ahmad (Brooks), Aldon (Smith), Pat (Patrick Willis), me –to get it right and get it stopped. I think that’s the reason we’ve been having our success. I think that’s the type of guys that you need on a Super Bowl team, is guys that anytime adversity comes you find a way to overcome it. That’s what we’ve been doing all year.”

 

(on if San Francisco is a team that can be good for the next decade) “Yes, I think so. We have an opportunity to be great, but we have a huge game on this Sunday. To get to what you’re talking about, without a doubt, we have to win this game.”

 

-more-

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Super Bowl XLVII – Tuesday, January 29, 2013

 

 

QUOTES FROM SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS MEDIA SESSION

 

MORE LINEBACKER NAVORRO BOWMAN

 

(on what will be key to stopping the Baltimore offense for him and the entire defensive unit) “Me specifically, I’ve been trying to prepare the way that their offensive coordinator is thinking. If they’re having success at one thing, will they come back to it in a different look or things like that. Me just staying focused, recognizing the situations in the game, understanding what my defensive coordinator is thinking at the time he calls a play, that will put me in the best position to defend the offense.”

 

(on how familiar he is with the team’s history) “I’m very familiar. Those guys set the bar pretty high for us guys who’ve come after them. We’ve been hearing about it, crush for six, bring that ring back. So, the pressure’s on and this is the team that deals with pressure in a very good way.”

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