NEW ORLEANS – We’ve come full circle on the Niner Talk podcast on 49ers.com. Week 1 of the regular season featured Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley and now that the San Francisco 49ers have reached the franchise’s sixth Super Bowl, we’ve welcomed Staley back to the show.
Staley discussed a number of topics on this week’s show. The left tackle detailed the amazing meal he had Monday night with teammates as well his thoughts on this year’s American Idol, an admitted guilty pleasure for the offensive lineman. There was football talk, too. Staley said he’s looking forward to a rematch against the Baltimore Ravens who totaled nine sacks the last time they faced each other.
For the Super Bowl perspective, we welcomed Andrew Siciliano, the host of Total Access on NFL Network to hear his thoughts on his 13th Super Bowl, plus his takes on the local New Orleans cuisine and the keys to Sunday’s games for both teams.
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Here are some of the highlights from both interviews.
[1:00 – Staley’s thoughts on the 49ers offensive line winning John Madden’s Most Valuable Protectors Award.]
“It’s a cool award, definitely honored, but the main award is the game on Sunday. That’s what we’re concerned about. It was definitely cool to be recognized. Any time you have team success, individuals get highlighted and we’ve had a lot of success the last two years. I think that’s why there’s more attention on our play and the players on this football team. We’ve always had talent, we just continue to work and do the things we can control and do everything we can for this game on Sunday. This is the big one, the one that we work for, so boom, tough actin’ Tinactin.”
[11:30 – Staley’s thoughts on a second matchup against Baltimore’s pass rush.]
“We had a down game last year, but we’re a different offensive line this season, a different offense really. I’m sure they’re a different defense. Every season is a new season and they bring new challenges. We’re excited for this opportunity to play against them. I know, myself, I was always get up for these games where you get a second chance at an opponent. I had the game against Clay (Matthews) in the first game of the season where I didn’t play well, I was really excited for that game in the playoffs to have a chance to go against him again. I feel the same way about this game and this Super Bowl, a chance for our offensive line to redeem ourselves for the performance we put in against them last year.”
[14:00 – Siciliano’s thoughts on what makes New Orleans the best Super Bowl host city.]
“San Diego and New Orleans are flat-out the best. I wouldn’t care if we just went back-and-forth between those two. I know a lot of people would say Miami as well… New Orleans is just different for so many reasons. First of all, it’s a walking city. If you’re staying downtown you can pretty much go wherever you want to go. You’re not spending $50 to get in a cab to go somewhere, everything is down here. The food, the people, the culture, the music – New Orleans is quite possibly the most unique town in America. There’s nothing like New Orleans.”
[23:00 – Siciliano’s storyline of the game to track at Super Bowl XLVII.]
“I think the Ravens are going to take their shots early, I think they’re going to try to get the ball downfield like the Falcons did. I think they might have some success doing that. This is more for me than just stopping Colin Kaepernick, I think a lot of it as well comes down to putting pressure on Joe Flacco. If Joe Flacco has time, he will make plays downfield. He has dangerous tight ends. Ray Rice out of the backfield is very dangerous. Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith, that’s a good combination. If the Ravens can protect Joe Flacco, I don’t have a doubt he won’t be able to keep up with Colin Kaepernick… Don’t forget about Joe Flacco is what I’m saying.”
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