Linebacker Chase Thomas is feeling right at home with the San Francisco 49ers.
He’s able to look over at the sidelines and see his former Stanford head coach, defensive coordinator and offensive coordinator in the same roles with his new team.
Thomas, an undrafted free agent in 2013, spent that season bouncing between organizations. After being signed by the New Orleans Saints, Thomas also spent time with the Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers.
Now, Thomas is in the best situation possible, familiar with the scheme and what the 49ers coaching staff is asking of him.
49ers.com caught up with Thomas for an exclusive 1-on-1 inerview prior to the team's third preseason game against the San Diego Chargers.
In addition, we also fielded questions from fans on Twitter.
Here’s the complete Q&A.
He’s a little more laid back now. He’s still got that enthusiasm that he had at Stanford and it’s carried over to here. He still knows how to get his players to win. He’s done a great job here, just like he did at Stanford. Both. It was great coming into a situation where I knew the defense. It allows me to play faster. I don’t have to think about the play, just react to what I’m seeing. I also try to carry over those same leadership skills that I developed while I was at Stanford. It was awesome. We had no idea how good we would be when we signed up to play at that school. We turned that program around with coach Harbaugh and all the guys they recruited. We had some great players on that defense. I’m thankful to play with one of them here in Shayne Skov
. It’s awesome. I get to sit in a meeting room every day with Patrick Willis
and Aldon Smith
. NaVorro Bowman
is there too, even though he’s not playing. Aldon is a freak athlete with some of the things he can do. I just try to pick up some of the things that he does and implement that into my game. Patrick is such a leader on the field and knows how to get his troops going. He always has words of encouragement. Joe Staley
is one of the best tackles in the league, if not the best. It’s great just to hone my craft by going against one of the best in the game. I don’t think I look like Chuck Norris, but he’s a stud. It’s a great nickname. White chocolate is great. It’s tough to pick a favorite. When I was at Stanford, sometimes they would call my “Grumpy” too. No, I don’t actually. I’m usually just by myself, listening to music and getting ready to go. I feel like that’s so engrained for USA Soccer. I’m not opposed to it, but I think we can come up with something more original. I went to the NFC Championship when the 49ers played the New York Giants. The “Tony Montana” song was really big for them that year. It was cool and it definitely got people hyped. I’m not here to change anything though.