SANTA CLARA – Here are selected quotes from Anquan Boldin’s Friday morning press conference in the 49ers’ auditorium.
Q: What gives you confidence that you guys can achieve what you set out to achieve last year and the year before?
BOLDIN: We still have a lot of talent in this locker room. That hasn’t changed. The thing I’m excited about is all of the young guys who had to play last year because of injury. Just seeing them have a year under their belt, I think they’ll be a lot better this year. So I’m excited. We still have a lot of talent. I don’t see why this year will be any different from what we expected in the past.
Q: Do you give Torrey Smith tips on the type of quarterback Colin Kaepernick is, and try to accelerate that chemistry between receiver and quarterback.
BOLDIN: Yeah, we talk a lot. He asks questions and I try to answer them the best I can. They seem to be on the same page. But those guys are two veterans. It’s not like either one is a rookie. They’ve been around, and they understand the game of football. And Torrey has played with Joe (Flacco), so he understands the quarterback position. So they have a good rapport. They seem to have a pretty good relationship.
Q: Are there similarities between Flacco and Kaepernick?
BOLDIN: They both have big arms, and that’s something Torrey is used to.
Q: Do you detect a lot of changes in Kaepernick? Can you tell the adjustments he has made to his game?
BOLDIN: There are little adjustments here and there, but I just want him to play ball. Don’t listen to the outside people, just come in and be yourself and play ball.
Q: What kinds of changes have you noticed with the coaching staff, in terms of how Jim Tomsula handles things as a head coach, to the new position coaches, etc.
BOLDIN: I mean, I don’t know. I’ve been through probably too many head-coaching changes. I guess I’m used to, whenever you get a new head coach, expecting something different. And that’s what it is, it’s different, for better or worse. I guess you’ll find out when it’s all said and done. I think everybody around here is happy with the way things are going. I think everyone is pretty much satisfied with Coach Tomsula and the way he does things around here. And we’re just excited. It’s a breath of fresh air. We’re ready to get back going and prove a lot of people wrong. Like I said earlier in the offseason, (Tomsula) seems to have a pretty good rapport with everybody. That bodes well for us. Guys are looking forward to coming and working and getting the job done.
Q: Regarding Vernon Davis, can you account for why he wasn’t a huge factor in the offense last year, and do you expect that to change this year?
BOLDIN: Honestly, I don’t know. I can’t say why last year went the way it did for him. I just see him bright-eyed and excited about this year. The coaches are going to make it an emphasis to get him back to his old form, to make sure he’s playing up to his standards. He’s looking forward to it. You see it in practice – he has a bounce to his step. He seems like the old Vernon, which is a good thing for us.