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Offensive Player Transcripts: Jan. 27

Posted Jan 27, 2013



QB Colin Kaepernick, C Jonathan Goodwin and T Joe Staley addressed the media on Sunday in New Orleans.

QUARTERBACK COLIN KAEPERNICK


(on the Ravens defensive line) “They are very physical, very big and take up a lot of space.”

(on if playing in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome earlier this year was beneficial in getting ready for the Super Bowl) “It is always good to be familiar with where you are playing. How beneficial is Sunday? It’s just being familiar with it, but you still have to go out and play.”

(on how playoff pressure is different from regular-season pressure) “I’ve said this before. Pressure, I feel like, comes from lack of preparation. This isn’t going to be a pressure situation, it is going to be a matter of going out there and performing physically.”

(on his routine during Super Bowl week) “The same routine we had when we were back in San Francisco.”

(on the difference of regular-season flights and this one to Super Bowl) “Just a bigger plane.”

(on the best advice Randy Moss has given him during the season) “Just go out and play like yourself. Randy has been in my ear about going out and playing like myself and making sure I am relaxed out there.”

(on if the possibility that the Super Bowl might be Moss’ last game is being overlooked) “Yeah. Randy is going to be a Hall-of-Fame player, and he is someone who deserves a Super Bowl ring. We want to send him out the right way.”

(on if the 49ers were told to ‘take it all in’ during their previous trip to New Orleans) “No one said anything about that. We were focused on that time at that moment.”

(on 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh facing his brother, John, in the Super Bowl) “That is a great thing for their family. I think it’s the first time in history, so that is something special for them.”

(on if he imagined himself starting at the Super Bowl at the start of the season) “At the start of the season, I was just hoping to get on the field some way, somehow.”

(on his progression to the starting job at quarterback) “When I first started starting, I was just trying to do well and make sure we were winning games. Things have gone right while we have been playing. We’re here.”

(on maintaining positive attitude when he was not playing) “That is just being focused on what you are trying to achieve. My dad was always in my ear, saying ‘Stay focused, and keep working hard.’ That is what I try to do.”

(on his relationship with Alex Smith before and after he became a starter) “It is the same. We are both trying to help this team get better and be the best team we can be. Anything we can do to make this team better, and help us win this game, we are going to do.”

(on when Jim Harbaugh and GM Trent Baalke came to see him at Nevada, and the throwing contest between him and Harbaugh) “We had a few competitions, different drills and different accuracy things. Just head up and see who could compete and win. We had different goal-post throws, who could throw a better spiral, things like that. I let him win the first one, and I won the rest.”

(on how beneficial it is to have a head coach who was a NFL quarterback) “It is very beneficial. He knows what you are looking at, and he knows what you are going through. It makes it easier for him to relate.”

(on how he would describe the locker room right now) “It is really like a family. We are around each other more than we are around anybody else. The time we spend together, and the hard work we put in together, it is going to build a close team.”

(on what his greatest Super Bowl memory as a fan was) “I don’t know. I can’t pick one out. I just remember growing up watching the Super Bowl and being a big fan of it.”

(on who was his favorite quarterback) “I was always a (Brett) Favre fan. I was born in Wisconsin, and my whole family was Packers fans, so I grew up watching him.”

(on his preparation for the Super Bowl) “It is just head-down, keep working. This isn’t a time to relax and get out of your routine or stop working hard. This is when you should be working your hardest.”

(on how much he sees of himself in head coach Jim Harbaugh) “I think both of us are very competitive. We want to do whatever it takes to win, so that is where the emotion and the excitement comes from.”

(on if too much is made of the quarterback play in the pistol and read-option) “I think people have put too much focus on me. I don’t think they realize the other weapons we have on this team. I don’t think they realize the great offensive line that we have. There are a lot of other parts on this team that do great things to make it easy for me to go out there.”

(on what he remembers about Ray Lewis as a player and person) “I have never met him, but his intensity that he brings to the game and the passion that he plays with is very admirable.”

(on why he liked Brett Favre growing up) “The passion he played with. He went out there and played like a kid. He was never afraid to take a chance making a throw. He was going to lay it on the line.”

(on risk-taking as a quarterback like Favre did) “I think it is being smart and taking calculated risks. You don’t want to just be throwing balls up, but there are also times where you have to take chances.”

(on what his biggest adjustment was during his rookie season) “The biggest thing in my rookie year was the terminology of the playbook was completely different from what I was used to. Just picking up on that was the biggest task.”

(on what his biggest memory of the 49ers was as a fan) “My biggest memory of the 49ers was when they beat the Packers in the playoffs (in 1999) with T.O. (Terrell Owens) down the middle.”

(on if there was a question if he was going to be the primary backup at the start of the season) “Yes, there was.”

(on what the competition was in training camp for the backup role) “It was hard work, and it was a competition. I was trying to do everything I could to prove that I needed to be at least No. 2, and that I could go out and play.”

(on if he thought that the college offense would work in the NFL) “I thought it would work to some extent. I didn’t think it was something you could run every play. There are too many good athletes on defense at this level. Not so much the speed, just the fact that everybody is good on defense. There are not really too many people you can just pick on in the NFL like there is in college.”

TACKLE JOE STALEY


(on the 49ers’ team history and being reminded of it) “You walk through the facility and all the past Lombardi trophies we have won. They are proudly displayed. It is a great tradition there. You are reminded of that with the fan base as well. The 80’s—a lot of the people you meet in the community say that they became fans of the 49ers in the 80’s when they were young. Right now we are trying to establish our own identity. You do not want to live in the past and we are trying to create our own tradition and things that everybody can be excited about.”

(on the quarterback switch and if he had loyalties to QB Alex Smith) “It was one of those things where I am obviously very, very close to Alex (Smith). He is one of my best friends. I felt for the situation that he was going through. It was hard for him. As a team member and a member of this team that we are all part of, whatever Coach Harbaugh decides we went with. (Smith) knew how I felt as far as a friend—being there for him and supporting him. It was also one of those things where if Coach Harbaugh feels it is the best way and this is the direction we are going then I am all for it. I think one of the things we have in this football team is we have a lot of trust in the coaching staff to make the great decisions. That is what they worry about, all that kind of stuff. We just go out there and play football.”

(on if QB Colin Kaepernick had to win the team over) “Anybody that is out there on the football field you want to see them produce and get results. With Colin (Kaepernick) his first couple of starts, you did not know what to expect because we had not seen him out there as a starting quarterback. He did amazing and he has all season as well as the playoffs. I think it was one of those things where we saw him in practice and we just wanted to see how he was going to handle the situation in the games. He has done that.”

(on the team buying into Coach Harbaugh last season) “I went to his press conference when he was introduced as the head coach and I could just feel the energy and the passion he had for coaching football. Then when we hit the meeting room for OTAs, actually we did not have OTAs that year since it was the lockout year. When we were at training camp, it was all business all the time when we got into the football facility. I think the energy he brings—all of that stuff rubbed off on us pretty early. Then you get around his coaching staff and his people that he brought in—our offensive coordinator Greg Roman is one of the best I have ever been around. I have heard that from a lot of the different people he has been affiliated with throughout his career. Just really, really bright minds. Coaches that really, really enjoy coaching and bringing passion to the workplace every day.”

(on keeping the core group of guys together) “I think we were just all hungry for change. Myself, I went through four losing seasons. I had never seen any success. Seeing all the hard work and talent we had in the locker room, we were all just hungry for a change. I think (Coach Harbaugh) came in and really set the mindset of once we step in this building it is all about business and all about football. We are not going to mess around with any kind of other things that do not get us better. We all bought into that pretty quickly. Just the hard work.”

(on the top highlights of the plane trip to New Orleans) “We had this huge plane. It was the bed seats. That was probably number one. Number two, I got to watch How to Make It In America. It was a canceled show on HBO, which I really, really enjoy. Number three, probably the 10-minute nap I took. It was pretty fantastic.”

(on the pistol offense and if it is different) “It is different in the sense of it is not traditional. Come downhill. It is a lot of different parts that are going on with it. It puts a lot of pressure on everybody to be on point and know exactly what we are doing. Everybody on the football field really has to be dialed in. I think in that aspect (it is different). We do not just run the pistol offense. We do a lot of different things. We do a lot of different things well so it is really hard to prepare for our offense because of that fact.”

(on Coach Harbaugh being fueled by negative criticism) “(Coach Harbaugh) does not bring that up or address really anything that is going on outside our football room. It is all about what I was talking about earlier, getting in that building and to our meetings or film study. All of that stuff that goes into what we can control for that day. He does not really pay attention to any criticism that we have.”

(on Colin Kaepernick’s performance in the NFC Championship showing that this stage will not be too big for him) “I do not think that was the moment that opened my eyes. We have seen that throughout the second half of the season when he has been out on the football field.  He has proven he is a very, very capable quarterback and does amazing things out there on the football field. No moment is too big. I think his first start in the NFL, Monday Night Football, to come out and play the way he did—that right there shows you the kind of guts that guy has. It seems like every single situation you put him up with it is like ‘Well let’s see how he responds to this one.’ Colin answers the bell and does amazing. It was not like ‘Oh my gosh, I cannot believe we came back.’ It was what we expected and what we had seen the whole entire season from him.”

(on what he saw from Colin Kaepernick and the team when they were down in NFC Championship) “Our whole entire football team, there was nobody panicking. We were really focused in that game. Really we had a lot of confidence that we were going to be able to get things going. That drive that we had down 17-nothing, getting those seven points really put us in a position to come back and make that a ball game.”

(on having already played in the Superdome and how important that could be for Colin Kaepernick) “I think he is familiar with the surroundings and especially playing in a dome, I hear a lot of quarterbacks and receivers talk about a lot of domes are different as far as the lighting. No dome is the same. I think it was big. We will see how much of an importance that plays. You always want to be near some level of comfort there. Knowing you played there and had success there. You did all that. When it comes down to it, it is a football game. The same field and all of that stuff.”

(on if the Superdome being the site of the Super Bowl being mentioned before their game against the New Orleans Saints) “We kind of said after we would like to be back there and this is our goal to be back here at the end of the season. It was not a rallying cry or anything. Still a lot of the season left to play.”

(on keeping a practice schedule) “I think it is a little bit different—just the circumstances and all of this. I do not do this too often on a Sunday night. As far as the scheduling and it is what you do during the week. We talk about just keep it and do not change anything. Do not go outside yourself and do something that you have not done all season. Try to treat this week as normal as you can. I think that will go a long way as far as calming any nerves or anxiety you have.”

(on the offensive line having played better this year than last) “I think we are playing better. I think a lot of the guys have been playing together longer. This is my third year playing next to Mike (Iupati). Anthony (Davis) is in his third year. The other piece that we inserted was Alex (Boone) from last year’s line. He has done a terrific job. Being more familiar with the offense, the coaching staff—all that continuity and all of that chemistry that you build over a couple of years goes a long way on the offensive line just because we have to play together a lot of time. I think we are hitting our stride right now. We are peaking at the right moment.”

(on his favorite Coach Harbaugh antidote and if he uses a lot of quotes with the team) “Yeah he does. We did a quote board this year where we did a different player from the team. Kind of went with a quote and wrote it up on this dry erase board. That is something he does all the time. What you see with Coach Harbaugh is exactly how he is with us. Probably not as candid with us as he is with you guys. I think one of the things that is a funny story with him is the first time I met him was when I went to the press conference when he was introduced in San Francisco. I was the only player that went and I walk into the room and introduce myself. He comes down and just starts punching my gut. Starts telling my about I need to do more sit ups or something like that. Just kind of the personality he is.”

(on the team’s hotel being so close to Bourbon Street and avoiding those temptations) “We addressed it but did not make a big deal about it because we know the players that we have on this football team. Like I was saying earlier, all of the high character guys. We know that we are not down here to have a good time. We are down here for a business trip and to compete for the Lombardi trophy. We are going to do all we can to prepare and make sure no turn is unturned. I do not think that is going to be an issue with our football team.”

(on the 49ers having so many first round picks on the roster) “You want talented players. Cannot have a bunch of great guys who stink at football and win games. Obviously have to have a lot of talented players. You have to have the right kind of talented players. You look for that combination and we found a great combo with a lot of the players. I think sometimes you want to have some characters. I think it keeps it interesting. We have players like Justin Smith, Frank Gore, Vernon (Davis), Patrick (Willis) and myself. Older, veteran leaders that really speak up and make sure there is no issues.”

(on adding players through free agency) “Yeah, definitely. You look at the people we brought through the draft when we built through the draft, but also free agent players that we have brought in, it is exciting to see that everybody is excited to come to San Francisco and be a part of what we are doing here. Hopefully we will continue with that.”

(on Coach Harbaugh facing his brother) “I think it is pretty sweet. I think if I had a brother I think it would be pretty awesome to compete against him at the highest level. What better stage than at the Super Bowl to do that. It is awesome for their family. The focus is not on ‘I have to beat my brother in this Super Bowl.’ We have to win this Super Bowl for the city of San Francisco, this franchise and this organization.”

(on facing LB Ray Lewis in his final game) “I played against him one time last year when we played them and (Ray Lewis) was hurt. My rookie year I played against him. I remember blocking him one play and I had a block where I was like ‘Holy crap, it is Ray Lewis. I just blocked Ray Lewis.’ He is a player that is obviously on top of his game and one of the best to ever play this position. He brings a ton to that franchise and that team. He is the heart of that team. It is going to be great to compete against him for the trophy.”

(on seeing an oversized picture of Colin Kaepernick pulling up in the garage of the hotel) “I did not get to go to the garage, but I am sure it is awesome. Real good looking face.”

(on Coach Harbaugh keeping everyone level and how he does not let the team get to high) “Nothing ever changes. It is the same. He is very, very consistent as far as from day one when he got here to now. He is not different as far as his approach and the focus, attention and detail—all those things that we talk about. He is very consistent and I really appreciate that as a player. Not ease off the pedal.”


CENTER JONATHAN GOODWIN

(on what he remembers from the last time the San Francisco 49ers were in the Super Bowl) “I remember it pretty well. I was a 49er fan growing up. Steve Young got the Super Bowl ring so that's the main thing that stands out to me. Back then, that's when each and every year they had a shot of going to the Super Bowl. A great team and a great group of players. Hats off to them.”

(on how long it has taken the 49ers to get back to the Super Bowl) "This league is a tough league and it changes from year to year and every team gets better. I'm not going to say I'm surprised but I'm glad it’s happening."

(on playing in the Super Bowl for a team he was a fan of as a kid) "You get to go to the Super Bowl with your childhood team, so that's something that's special to me. Hopefully I can find a way to win the Super Bowl with my childhood team."

(on leaving New Orleans as a Saints player) "Definitely one of the toughest decisions of my life. I really loved being here. I love the city of New Orleans. Even that day on, I changed my mind twice. It was definitely a really tough decision. I had to do the same thing when I came to New Orleans; I had to take a leap of faith. Fortunately, up until this point it has worked out.”

(on making the decision to go to the San Francisco 49ers after the lockout) “I flew out there with my wife. I was at one of their practices and I went out to eat with Coach Harbaugh and Greg Roman. That night I decided I was going to come and in the morning I changed my mind. Then on my way to the airport to fly back to New Orleans, I ended up changing my mind again.”

(on why he decided to go to San Francisco) “Being a guy that was over 30 the contract offered me more security long term. I didn’t want to get into the movement every year.”

(on talking to Coach Jim Harbaugh about being in a Super Bowl) “I just told him it’s an unbelievable feeling, a feeling that’s hard to put into words. Winning the NFC Championship is great, but winning the Super Bowl is probably a 100 times better. I shared that we want to come down here and it’s a business trip, not necessarily to have fun. It’s to win a football game. We have to be able to stay focused throughout the week and try to accomplish the goal we said we wanted to do in training camp.”

(on seeing Colin Kaepernick’s face in the hotel garage) “It’s amazing. He was the backup quarterback a couple of months ago. Now he is the guy that’s going up on the walls in stadiums. Hats off to him. In the two seasons I’ve been in San Francisco, he’s been a hard worker. He’s a guy that just about every morning when I pull up to the facilities he’s already out on the field doing extra stuff. He works his tail off and he deserves every bit of success.”

(on being back in the Superdome) “I love the city of New Orleans. It’s definitely a place I want to come back and visit often. To be able to go in the Superdome where I already have a lot great memories and a chance to make another great memory, is something I would always cherish. Hopefully we can get the job done but it’s definitely a special feeling to be back here in New Orleans playing in this game.”

(on where his Super Bowl XLIV ring is) “My ring is in South Carolina. It’s locked up in South Carolina. Last year when I first got to San Francisco a couple of guys got to see it but it has been in South Carolina. Hopefully I can pull it out with another ring in a couple of months. It’s something I take a lot of pride in but at the same time it feels weird being on another team with another team’s logo on it (the ring).”

(on playing Sunday) “From my experience, the first three plays, when I played a couple of years ago, was kind of a blur. After that first three, it just became football again. Everybody was playing as hard as they could but at the end of the day it’s still football. Just preparing during the week and focusing on the task at hand. At the end of the day it’s still a football game.”

(on teammates asking the difference between a normal game and the Super Bowl) “A lot of eyes will be on you this week. Once you get to the game you’ve got a longer halftime and a longer pregame. The main thing is coverage (of the game).”

(on his brother Harold Goodwin being an offensive coordinator) “It gives him another reason to get on me. He’s always trying to coach me even though he’s not my coach but I appreciate it. As a little brother I’ve always looked up to my big brother. He’s always been there for me and he’s always helped me in any way that he can. Even though when I feel he’s wrong as a coach sometimes I just take it.”

(on imagining if he’d play a Super Bowl in New Orleans after leaving) “No, not really. Going into San Francisco I knew we had a lot of talent; it was just a question of how fast we could put it together. To now, playing in the NFC Championship game and then into the Super Bowl, can I honestly say that I thought that’d happen? No. It’s definitely a team I had a lot of respect for, especially in terms of their defense playing against them. Fortunately we’ve been able to put the talent together and become a winning team. Hats off to these guys. Can I say I could have predicted this right away? No.”

(on Colin Kaepernick) “I think the Chicago game, great defense and the way he played that game, it said a lot about him. Even in a couple of other games. We lost to the Rams and had a couple of negative plays happen, and Colin came right back. It seems like anytime something bad happens he comes right back and does something great. Look at the Green Bay game. One thing I’ve always said about him from the start is he comes off as a guy that has a lot of confidence. I’m not just saying that, you can feel it by the way he acts and talks.”