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Five Questions with Adam Snyder

Posted Oct 13, 2011

Adam Snyder has started the past two games at right guard, helping pave the way for consecutive 125-yard efforts from Frank Gore. Snyder faces a stiff task this week with the Detroit Lions and All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, but is confident in the development of the 49ers offensive line. 49ers.com spoke with Snyder about the unit’s success and the new attitude coach Jim Harbaugh has brought to the team.

Q: Your unit was recognized by John Madden as the NFL’s best offensive line last week. Is it nice to see that people are noticing the team’s success?
A: It’s always nice to get recognition, but that doesn’t change anything. We’ve still got to get better because we’re not where we want to be. We’re used to not getting any attention as an offensive line, so when we do get it, it doesn’t change anything. We have another game this week with the Lions and we’re totally focused on that.

Q: Do you feel like your unit is meshing together?
A: We’re getting better. I think it’s more that we’re understanding our scheme better. Like I said, I know it sounds cliché, but we need to get better. There’s obviously more things that we can do to help this team win games . With coach Mike Solari and Tim Drevno teaching us, we’re improving every day. I can’t say enough about them.

Q: You shed a few pounds this offseason, how has that affected your play?
A: I lost some weight. I don’t know if that has any merit to it or not but my body does feel better. But it helps to be a little bit lighter and be able to move better when I’m pushed into different roles. It helps to have that extra mobility.

Q: What are your impressions of the Ndamukong Suh and the rest of the Lions defensive line, which rotates nine players throughout the game?
A: Suh is a good player. Big, quick, agile, athletic. He presents a nice challenge. But it shouldn’t matter how many guys are in their rotation, we have a job to do and we have to execute that job. It really doesn’t matter who lines up in front of us.

Q: How would you describe the level of preparation the coaching staff has for the team?
A: The preparation is unbelievable. The amount of detail and focus that they give to us during the week is unlike anything I’ve experienced before. But at the same time, they keep it loose and allow us to play the game. That helps a ton with attitude. I think that’s among the reasons why this locker room is so excited with where we’re headed. There’s a nice buzz going on in here.

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