You know him from the “Joe Show,” and as a two-time Pro Bowl left tackle for the San Francisco 49ers.
But if you watched Wednesday morning’s NFL AM show on NFL Network, you would have witnessed the thoughtful, yet humorous demeanor of
Staley continued the offseason trend of 49ers being invited to the network’s Los Angeles digs to talk about the upcoming season and the recent rise of San Francisco’s football team.
The 49ers left tackle made it clear where his mindset is heading into his seventh season: Staley wants to win the Super Bowl.
“That’s our goal going into this season, is to get back to that point and win that game,” the left tackle said months removed from the franchise's first ever Super Bowl loss at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens. “It’s not about being there, it’s not about having a good season – it’s about winning the Super Bowl, and that’s our goal this year.
“The guys are very, very hungry to get started again, get the bad taste out of our mouth from last season losing that game, and move forward to 2013.”
Staley joined the NFL AM crew for a number of segments, one included instructional dancing where he was taught ballroom dancing from Karina Smirnoff of Dancing With the Stars fame.
Staley was equally as entertaining when discussing the 49ers offensive future, now being led by third-year quarterback
“He has the whole entire offseason to be the starting quarterback, to go through the whole entire gamut of being the man, running the offense,” Staley said. “It’s his show now. I know him and I know how hungry he is to get back on the football field.”
Staley recalled how his quarterback has been training for most of the offseason. One week after the team’s Super Bowl XLVII loss, Kaepernick organized workouts in Atlanta with many of the team’s wide receivers, including 2012 first-round draft pick
“He’s chomping at the bit to get back working and like I said to get back to the Super Bowl at the end of the season,” Staley went on to say about Kaepernick.
The 49ers made great strides with Kaepernick under center as well as in the “Pistol” offensive formation.
“It’s a wrinkle,” Staley explained of the formation that allows the 49ers to run a variety of plays, both traditional and non-traditional.
Staley noted that the formation allows the team to run power-run principles and feature standard passing plays.
“It’s what we do and we’re very blessed to have a very creative offensive coordinator in Greg Roman who takes full advantage of the players we have and the skill sets we have on our football team,” Staley said. “There are a lot of different looks, there are lot of different things to prepare for as a defensive coordinator and a defense. There are a lot of different reads and it takes advantage of anybody that is out of position or not gap sound.”
Teams across the league have been focused on “Pistol” research all offseason. After the 49ers totaled 579 yards against the Green Bay Packers in the NFL Divisional Playoff Round, a franchise postseason record, all eyes were focused on how to limit Kaepernick’s production within the emerging offensive system.
In addition to studying San Francisco’s schemes, competing NFC clubs have bolstered their respective lineups through free agency. The Seattle Seahawks stand as one of the most aggressive teams this offseason.
Staley has noticed it, too.
“It’s becoming a great rivalry,” the left tackle explained. “We always have great games playing against them and they’re a real solid team.
“Look at all of the moves in the offseason; they’re making a lot of moves and really trying to take that title away from us.”
The 49ers have won back-to-back NFC West division titles in Jim Harbaugh’s two seasons with San Francisco.
Team leaders like Staley are making sure to do their part in making it a hat-trick in 2013.