SANTA CLARA – Alex Boone spoke in the media tent Friday afternoon. Here’s what he said.
Q: What have you seen from Cliff Avril?
BOONE: He’s a great player, quick off the ball, fast, explosive pass rusher. He can be utilized a lot on third down. Good hands. Good motor. Tough guy.
Q: It’s going to be a very physical game. How do you plan to set the tone with your run blocking? How important is that?
BOONE: It’s huge. In all games run blocking is huge. I think the one thing we have to do is just be ourselves. Don’t go out and get fancy. Let’s not try to get cute with it. Let’s just go out and run the rock and know that it’s going to be an all day event. Tough place to play. Great defense. We’ve got our workload ahead of us.
Q: After Clay Matthews’ hit on Colin Kaepernick on the sideline last week, the audio showed you were upset about on the sideline. He got fined $15,000 today for the hit. If you could fine, what amount would you give him?
BOONE: I would probably just punch him in the face. I don’t want his money.
Q: Last year you only score two touchdowns against these guys and both were passing. Does that motivate you?
BOONE: Absolutely. Any time you get blown out like that on Sunday night football it’s a disgrace and an embarrassment. I think they just got the better of us that day. We were trying to do some stuff that we shouldn’t have been and as an offense, that falls on us. I think this week, it’s going to be: “Let’s going out and just do us. Let’s have fun and play 49er football.” It’s going to be an all-day four-quarters event. Their offense is great. Their defense is great.
Q: You said you guys tried to do some stuff you shouldn’t have been doing in the second game. Like what?
BOONE: Just not playing the way we play. You can tell when we’re just not playing like us. We go out there and we’re not pounding the rock like we should be, Frank’s not getting the yards he should be getting, that’s not Niner football. We pride ourselves as an offensive line in being tough and being able to move big guys. Any time that we’re out there getting stopped or not making holes, that falls on the offensive line.
Q: How much did having to play in New England the week before play into that second Seattle game?
BOONE: It didn’t play into anything. That’s being a pro. You have to be ready every week. Sometimes we’re going to have to go to London to play, that’s just the way it falls.
Q: The fact that your offensive line has played together so long, does that help in a game like this where communication is going to be…
BOONE: Very minimal? Absolutely. The important thing is that we gel together well. We all kind of know what each other is thinking. These are the kinds of games where you need that. When you can’t hear each other, you’ve really got to rely on, “I know he knows what I’m thinking so let’s just do it.” It’s going to be fun.
Q: I understand at the line you guys are spread out and you can’t hear anything. Can you hear in the huddle? Is Kaepernick screaming?
BOONE: He’s screaming pretty loud. You can hear him, though.
Q: Are there fewer words he says?
BOONE: No, same words. But, it’s one of those things where you have to keep the huddle nice and tight that way you try to block out the sound. You’ve really got to focus. This is a game where you cannot be off in space or you will get hurt.
Q: You guys didn’t run the ball as well as you would have liked against the Packers. What do you take away from that game and what adjustments do you make?
BOONE: Being offensive linemen, we always want to just run the ball. It’s more fun. But I think Kap and G-Ro did a good job of putting us in the right plays at the right time. We exploited what they gave us. Kap always knew what to look for and they kept giving it to us.