San Francisco 49ers security Jimmie Ward spoke to the media Wednesday afternoon to debate being the longest-tenured 49er, how he can enhance as a participant, who will take the following step of their improvement, and far more.
With Staley gone, do you’re feeling such as you’re the previous man within the room, or how does that strike you?
It’s actually shocking. I didn’t understand that till the media began blowing it up. I truly don’t really feel any totally different. I’ve Sherm in my DB room, and I really feel like he’s the oldest man within the league, and that’s on this staff. I really feel prefer it’s a giant deal having the ability to say I’m the longest-tenured participant on the 49ers, and I believe it’s superior.
Are you able to affirm which staff supplied you extra money in free company and what it was in regards to the Niners that made you wish to go forward and keep?
I can’t affirm that staff for you, sorry about that. I’ll say this in regards to the Niners. It’s the place that I’m snug with. That is the place that drafted me, and I do know the blokes and have constructed relationships with them, in order that’s one purpose I wished to remain. I noticed the cash, and the Niners got here out with a good sum of money that I used to be snug with, so I made a decision to remain.
Throughout free company, you mentioned Tarvarius Moore needs to be the security to exchange you. At that time, did you’re feeling such as you’d be going to a different staff?
You already know, something is feasible within the NFL. In relation to the enterprise aspect, you by no means know what is going to occur. I knew it will be different groups that will have extra money than the 49ers. I needed to put it on the market [about Moore being his substitute] as a result of the media began blowing up this man and this man and I’m a participant, so II know what the 49ers are on the lookout for, and we have already got that within the constructing.
Do you’re feeling such as you gained’t miss a beat on protection with the brand new guys coming in?
I really feel like Defo is a tricky loss. He was a giant a part of that protection final 12 months. I really feel like Kyle and John did an incredible job within the draft getting Bucks substitute. No person’s like Buck. I really feel like we’re nonetheless loaded on the defensive entrance, and we’ll be simply wonderful. Proper now, it’s a bunch of speaking. You’ll see Recreation 1.
At this stage in your profession, can you’re taking your sport to the following degree, and if that’s the case, what’s the following step for you?
I’m considering turnovers. I’m solely getting higher. I’m wanting again on my profession, and I simply see all of the totally different positions I performed, totally different coaches annually, totally different playbooks, that harm me. To not point out accidents. That undoubtedly harm me. Anytime you’re not on the sphere, you’ll be able to’t get higher should you’re on the sideline, simply by me taking part in 16 video games that acquired me so significantly better. On high of that, I really feel like I can get much more turnovers. The brand new DB coach, Coach Toney, I like a few of his strategies and methods he thinks I can get extra concerned as a substitute of sitting again there within the put up [deep safety] or masking a man man-to-man, they’re going to get me extra concerned within the protection.
Why do you assume it’s labored out for you, with the whole lot that’s gone on, that you just’ve remained with the 49ers for this lengthy?
It’s a mindset. All through your profession, you’re going to undergo some kind of adversity. What will get you thru that kind of adversity is the mindset. I’ve been via lots, however all people’s been via lots. You’ve acquired guys which might be undrafted, like Raheem Mostert. Piggybacking on him, look what he’s been via and what number of groups he’s jumped round to. He simply had this nice 12 months final 12 months, and now he has a beginning function on offense, and he’s our high man on particular groups. Similar to Sherm, he was on the high of his sport, and subsequent factor you realize, he has an Achilles’ tear. Me, Quaski. It’s simply your mindset. Not quitting whenever you get your first bump within the street and having the ability to persevere via that.
Whenever you discuss taking your sport to the following degree and creating extra turnovers, what have you ever been doing so far as figuring out, learning, to get you there?
Caring for my physique. Maintaining a healthy diet and simply stretching. Ensuring I don’t have any comfortable tissue, I’m attempting to keep away from comfortable tissue accidents, breaking bones, and this and that, hopefully, I keep wholesome, however that occurs—comfortable tissue accidents I can keep away from that. I do yoga and simply figuring out and ensuring I keep conditioned and placing the proper issues in my physique. Various kinds of drills, too, simply to remain on it. Each time we get that telephone name, I don’t know once we’ll report again, however every time we do, I needs to be prepared.
Final 12 months Fred Warner took the leap to stardom, who on the protection do you assume will take that leap this 12 months?
I really feel like Kwon can have an incredible 12 months. I really feel like Dre Greenlaw can have an incredible 12 months. It’s so many guys. E-Man [Emmanuel Moseley] can have an incredible 12 months. It’s so many guys that I can simply title due to our chemistry. Final 12 months was my first 12 months seeing that chemistry with all people. Yearly a few of the coaches or gamers will come out and say how nice the chemistry is, however I really feel you’ll be able to inform the chemistry by profitable video games, and that’s what we did.
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