SANTA CLARA – Aldon Smith spoke at his locker Tuesday afternoon. Here’s what he said.
Q: What’s the advantage of playing you both on the right and left sides?
ALDON SMITH: It gives me a chance to move around a little bit.
Q: Does it give opponents to think about in a week, that you could be on either side?
ALDON SMITH: Yeah, it gives them something to game plan for.
Q: Are you as comfortable playing next to Ray McDonald as you are playing next to Justin Smith?
ALDON SMITH: We all know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Being able to move around helps out.
Q: What did you see on film from the Seahawks in their first game of the season?
ALDON SMITH: We’ve just got to make sure we’re on top of our stuff – defending the run, defending the option and then defending the pass. This week we’ll make sure we focus on those things so when game time comes, we’re ready.
Q: What are your recollections from last year in Seattle?
ALDON SMITH: We lost the game.
Q: They were very physical last year. Does that stick out? Your team doesn’t get pushed around very often and that seemed to be happening.
ALDON SMITH: Yeah, I don’t think we got pushed around. We didn’t play our best football. This team we’ll have two physical teams meeting up, we’ll have enough time to prepare for each other so we’ll see the results after the game.
Q: You didn’t have Justin Smith against the Seahawks Week 16 last year. Do you think having him back and being fully equipped will be a big difference?
ALDON SMITH: The more time you have to game plan, the more it increases your odds of winning. We’ve got a good week to prepare, everybody is focused so we’ll see how it goes in the game.
Q: What kind of challenges does Russell Wilson present you?
ALDON SMITH: He’s a mobile quarterback who can run around and he can throw the ball also.
Q: Does having B.J. Daniels in practice give you a nice Russell-Wilson-type player to go up against this week?
ALDON SMITH: I think so. B.J. and Russell are kind of similar. They both use their arms and their legs. I’m sure we’ll find a way to get B.J. to give us a good look this week.
Q: Obviously every game is important, but is it cool to have the two division heavy-weights slug it out early, maybe set the tone a little bit?
ALDON SMITH: I think it was just kind of seeing where we were at, coming out and playing an opponent that was really good, a quarterback that was really good, a team that is two years removed from the Super Bowl.
Q: I’m talking about this week, you guys and Seattle going at it Week 2.
ALDON SMITH: What about it?
Q: Is it cool to have the two division heavy weights…
ALDON SMITH: It’s just another game.