This year on 49ers.com’s Niner Talk podcast, we’ve spoken with Joe Staley, NaVorro Bowman and Dashon Goldson – three well-known contributors to the recent success of the San Francisco 49ers.
In Week 4, we’ve found an unheralded guest who’s been earning a lot of praise in recent days. He also just so happens to be from the state of New Jersey, site of the team’s next road matchup against the New York Jets.
This week, it’s time to get to know starting right tackle Anthony Davis, who will return to his home state to play in front of friends and family. He’ll also be playing in front of Jets head coach Rex Ryan, who called Davis, “one of the premiere right tackles in the game.”
Davis spoke about the praise he’s been receiving and how it has sharpened his focus heading into a big road game. He also discussed how much fun he’s having blocking for Frank Gore and being around his teammates all week in Ohio. The topic of East Coast vs. West Coast pizza also came up.
To get the New York perspective, we welcomed Eric Allen of NewYorkJets.com to discuss the opponent’s view point of a pivotal Week 4 contest. Allen spoke about the ramifications of losing All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis for the season and how the Jets have responded since the devastating injury to a locker room leader.
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Here are some of the highlights from both interviews.
[1:00 –Davis’ thoughts on the praise being given to him this week, including comments from Frank Gore.]
“Knowing how hard Frank works and the way he goes about his business, to hear him say that, it means something because you know he wouldn’t say something he didn’t mean. But that’s just more motivation to keep stepping my game up because they haven’t said I’m the best yet. Nobody’s said that yet, you know? It’s more motivation to keep getting better and keep, I would say prove doubter’s wrong, but nobody really cares what doubters have to say.”
[2:00 – Davis’ thoughts on watching Frank Gore run the ball.]
“He’s the best to ever do it here, so I think that’s a big deal. I feel like I got the best seat. He can do things with his body and his balance that you can’t teach. It’s either you have it or you don’t and it probably doesn’t come around but once every 10-20 years. It’s special.”
[5:00 –Davis’ thoughts on playing in front of friends and family in his home state.]
“It’ll be cool for them to get to see me play. I hope they enjoy it. The away game tickets are not that great, so I hope they don’t put them in the nosebleeds. But it’ll be a good time for them to experience the atmosphere.”
[6:55 –Allen’s thoughts on the Jets coping with the loss of Revis to season-ending injury.]
“It was a devastating injury. To equate that to the 49ers, I would say that’s like losing Patrick Willis for the season. I think Darrelle Revis is the New York Jets best player. But the locker room, obviously they feel bad, to a man, the guy’s feel bad for Darrelle, but the attitude around here is ‘next man up.’ The Jets are going to have to shuffle some things around. Antonio Cromartie is going to assume the role of No. 1 cornerback, the Jets have always thought that their tandem of Revis on one side and Cro’ on the other, they’ve always thought both the guys were No. 1 corners to begin with. Now, Cro’s going to be asked to step up his game even more. Kyle Wilson, who was manning the nickel spot, he’s going to have to move to the outside. Ellis Lankster and Isaiah Trufant are going to be depended on even more and running back Joe McKnight has actually switched roles to the defensive side of the ball where he’s going to see some time at cornerback. As far as the effect on the locker room, I think guys feel bad for Darrelle, they understand what he means to this football team. But they understand that there’s 13 games to go and there’s still talent here and they got a job to do. They have to go out and win some football games.”
[8:00 – Allen’s thoughts on the Jets winning ways at MetLife Stadium.]
“Last season the Jets were actually 6-2 at MetLife Stadium and this year they routed the Buffalo Bills in the opener, they put 48 points on the board. They’ve won seven of their last nine games at home and Rex Ryan has implored the fan-base this week, because he knows this is a big-time challenge with the 49ers coming into town. San Francisco has one of the most complete teams in all of football. Rex implored the fan-base to get loud and the Jets will need that this week against Alex Smith and company, especially when the 49ers have the ball and they’re trying to make this a crazy environment. They’re going to need all they can to beat this team.”
Tags: Alex Smith, Anthony Davis, Frank Gore
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