Wednesday October 3, 2012
On having the better rushing attack:
Yeah, I mean it is something that is going to control the game. If we can go out there and get a ground game established it will take the pressure off a lot of people. Also it will be a good thing for us to do. We know we are going to go up against two good running backs out there. I think that Brandon Jacobs says that he is healthy so he will come in and so will Frank (Gore). We know what he is capable of doing and it will be a good challenge for our defense, but we feel that we can run the ball too.
On his thoughts about matching up with their physical front seven:
Yes, it is the best for a reason. They do some tremendous things so for us to go out there and be able to move the ball effectively, running the ball, is going to be huge for us. It is a challenge I’m looking forward to.
Wednesday October 3, 2012
On having a bounce back game this week as a defense:
Yeah, we have to have a bounce back game. That was a tough loss, like I said a tough two halves. We have to bounce back and have a moral victory for us. We need something.
On his thoughts about improving from Sunday and having a stand out game against the run:
We really just have to focus in all eyes on the run and pass, just them all the way around. They have a lot of run plays that we have to defend against and we are going to do our best. We are going to do the best we can to stop them.
On his thoughts about playing a physical San Francisco team:
Well you know I am a tough guy and guys around me play tough. I rise to the challenge. I don’t care whatever they got. We are going to do the best we can to be ready for them.
On his thoughts about playing the next 4 out of 5 games on the road:
We don’t look at it we just play; don’t really look at it just go out there and do the best you can and play. Don’t put too much thought into it.
Wednesday October 3, 2012
On if staying on the west coast will be disruptive:
It is not going to be disruptive. Every team has done this before so we know it is nothing new. We just have to go out there and take care of business at the end of the day, no matter if you’re traveling to San Francisco or traveling to New York City to play the Jets. It is still another game that we have to play.
On if it will feel special playing in Candlestick Park:
Yes, I have never played there but I have been there two times. I think it is going to be something cool just for when I come out onto the field, but after that it is all done.
On if his friends and family will be attending the game:
Yes, if they are not there they will be watching. I know everyone in the whole area will be watching the game. Hopefully, I can do what I do and we bring a win and I have the bragging rights.
On his thoughts about playing a tough road schedule:
It is a great opportunity for us. It is not going to be easy; no one said it is going to be easy. It is going to be tough, but you know at the same time we look at it as an opportunity to elevate our status and in this division and overall as a team. We got these tough opponents, first the (San Francisco) 49ers then Arizona (Cardinals). If we win them then we will be back where we want to be, back where we need to be.
On the 49ers defense:
They are fast, they are aggressive. They’re not too complicated as far as mixing things up with blitzes and all that. They are pretty confident in their schemes and stuff, but they don’t make too many mistakes as a defense. It is pretty much the same people on every play. They are a smart defense and we have to be able to be on the same level if not better when we go out there and play on Sunday.
Wednesday October 3, 2012
On if he knew the fine was coming on Monday:
I figured it was but I mean at the same time I asked the official during the game ‘what do you want me to do?’ He didn’t say anything and I wasn’t exactly calm when I asked him. But I am trying to figure out when you are getting blocked down and you are going down and the guy still has the ball… I didn’t dive into the side of his leg or spear into the side of his leg... I hit him with my forearm in his calf and he went down. I mean you have guys out there hitting (
On rebounding from last week and defending against a good running attack:
Well you know I think it is a little different running game. These guys more are going to come off and try to knock you off the ball and out play you physically and give it to the guy downhill and let him get his yards. They have a lot of different running games that you have to be prepared for. We have to be pretty sharp on what we are doing. It is going to be a big game and a big challenge.
On if their running game is pure power:
A lot of it is. They line up and they will come off on double teams and try to knock you off the ball. They try to be physical. They want to run the ball no matter what you are in and to step up their pass game. It will be a big challenge.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
On shutting down the 49ers rushing attack:
We have to get back to our assignment football, playing our keys and being in our gaps when we are supposed to. Get after it.
On the 49ers trying to copy the run plays New England found success with:
Yeah, it is a copycat league. As long as we go out and fix the mistakes of being in the proper gaps and assignments we can handle it.
On if he is satisfied with his play:
I have to have more impact, more of a role in things and get back to playing like I used to play. Just get back there. Being able to use my hands and stay healthy. Just get better.
On what is wrong with his wrist:
Just a little deal going on, but we have already mentioned that before and it is just lingering a little longer than expected. Just have to get back out there, try to deal with and play better with it.
On what his wrist limits him from doing:
I am a hands-on player. It is all about power with my game. It has just been a little odd having a little nick or not being able to use it to the full extent. You have to play. When you are out there on Sunday you have to play regardless of what is going on the field. You have to make it happen. The biggest thing in just finding ways to heal and get out there and play at full speed.
On how long his wrist in going to hinder him:
I do not expect it to hinder me all year, but it has already been almost six weeks now. It is a little longer than normal. I did not expect it. It is what it is and we have to find a way to get through it. Be able to play like normal.
On if it is frustrating:
Yeah it is definitely frustrating for it to happen when it did happen and not when anything counted. That was the biggest thing. Coming out of the fourth preseason game and that happening with the whole wrist and everything. But it is fine. Like I said, it just limits you and it is kind of frustrating.
On how much pressure he puts on his wrist:
I put a lot of pressure on it. It comes down to finding a way to do it and try to overlook it. It is a big part of my game and I just have to go out and do it. If I am playing on Sunday, I have to go out there and do it. At the end of the day, that is the way it is.
On if his torn pectoral muscle (from last year) is still bothering him:
No. That is fine. That is fine. That is not a big deal.
On how frustrating Sunday’s game was:
When you sit there and you go out play assignment football, respond to turnovers like we did in the first half and for the second half to be totally different. Across the board, we did not play assignment football. We did not respond to turnovers. Even though there were more turnovers in the second half, we were on the field a lot more but did not respond well. We have to find some way to respond like we did in the first half.
On Coach Gailey stressing a need for mental toughness:
I think in the first half we definitely had it. We came out there, we handled the transition and had a sense of urgency to stop them and make them kick a field goal. Second half I think the biggest thing was assignments hindered us. I think that also led to us not being able to stop the turn of things that were going on in the second half.
We are 2-2. We have a lot of football left. It is good for us to get out there on the road against these two great opponents. They are top of the league and they run the ball. The biggest thing for us is it is a great challenge for us to go out there and play some sound football. See what happens.
On if mental toughness means being able to bear down within a game:
I think the mental toughness he was referring to is guys were being jittery. You do one thing and then you peak your head, see something else and get out of your gap. Execute our scheme. I think a lot of times with the things that were going on we lost a little aggressiveness because we were thinking ‘Do I spill this? Do I go over the top of that?’ We kind of slowed up across the board. I think that was the biggest thing.
On as the face of the defense, how much falls on him when things do not go well:
At the end of the day, you play on Sunday you have to perform in my eyes. Definitely us across the board and especially at the end position we have to have more of an impact regardless of what is going on. Regardless of what is happening as far as turnovers or not getting turnovers on defense. We have to have more havoc across the board. Play off of one another because there is so much talent up front. We have to do that. We have to capitalize more on getting to the quarterback. The biggest thing right now is stopping the run, with what happened and these backs coming in.
On playing on the other side of the line of scrimmage:
That is minimizing thinking and just being overly aggressive as far as getting up field, making contact and pushing guys back. That will help with the run obviously but also the pass.
On if he feels the pressure put upon him:
I feel my pressure. I know what is here and I know what I need to do. I just have to bear down and fix things that are wrong with me health wise. Just get after it regardless of everything else.
On why he is not on the injury report:
Because I play and I practice.
On New England putting everybody on their injury report:
They do that every year. Tom Brady is on it every day if I am not mistaken.
On if it is a sprained right wrist:
No. It is my left wrist. (Laughs)
On people criticizing his lack of emotion:
I could care less about criticism. I care about what we do. I am always angry, but I do not show a lot of emotions. It is not just football, I am just not an emotional person that you see on the outside. But I am pretty much always angry. If you know me, you know that.
Wednesday October 3, 2012
On his thoughts on the 49ers offense:
They are physical in the run game. They do a great job of not putting too much on Alex’s (Smith) back. They run play actions and boots off of the run game and they do a great job of getting the ball to their playmakers. They don’t try to get away from their identity and that is why they have been so good. They stick to their guns and they have been consistent in doing it. We have to do a great job of controlling the line of scrimmage and not giving up the run plays like we did last week and force them to win the game on Alex’s arm.
On if the defense’s goal is to make San Francisco change up their offensive strategy:
Yeah, we have to. That’s what good defenses do. They take you out of what you do best and they force you to do something that you don’t typically do. We know that they love to pound the ball in the run game and play action off of it, but if we can stop their run game and not give up big plays it will force Alex to win the game with his arm.