SANTA CLARA – Carlos Hyde was interviewed by Bay Area reporters in the 49ers’ press trailer Thursday afternoon. Here is a transcript.
Q: Is the offensive philosophy the same at the 49ers as it was at Ohio State?
HYDE: I think it’s actually a little different here. They run the ball a lot more here. Being a running back here is awesome. I think it’s going to be a little different, but then again it’s going to be kind of the same because we have a running quarterback here, also. There will be plays where you have to run block for the quarterback.
Q: You described your running style as violent. What do you mean by that?
HYDE: I run with anger. I don’t shy away from contact. I’m a relentless runner, a guy who’s always scratching and clawing for those extra yards.
Q: You don’t seem like an angry guy right now. What’s your transformation like on game days?
HYDE: I’m only angry on the field. That’s when guys are trying to hit me. Off the field I’m a nice guy.
Q: Are you glad you played for Urban Meyer?
HYDE: I actually got recruited by Coach Meyer when he was the head coach at Florida and I decided not to go there because I had seen the spread offense. I didn’t really see any big running backs back there running the ball for them. The only big guy back there was Tim Tebow, and I don’t think I’m playing quarterback. So, I didn’t go there. I went to Ohio State because it was a traditional offense. Big backs, they flourish in that offense. It’s crazy how it worked out – Coach Meyer ended up there. I saw him in the locker room one time, and he said, “Isn’t it crazy that I’m here now and we’re together?” We laughed. In that offense, we actually ran a lot of power and a lot of spread – it’s just out of the gun. It wasn’t too different from being in the I formation or being behind the center.
Q: What do you think of the 49ers’ running game?
HYDE: I think their running game is great. It’s a huge success in their offense. I really pay attention to Frank Gore. That was a guy that before I got drafted I was comparing myself to him and Marshawn Lynch. Those guys are relentless with the ball and they run tough. Being able to watch Frank Gore and to have an opportunity to learn from him is awesome. Not too many people get to learn from a guy who probably is going into the Hall of Fame. I’m going to really pay attention to him and take notes.
Q: Have you had a chance to talk to Gore?
HYDE: No, I haven’t had a chance to talk to him yet. He’s in here early in the morning getting a workout. When I get here, he’s leaving. So, I haven’t had a chance to talk to him yet.
Q: How can you take your game to the next level?
HYDE: Learning from Frank. Becoming a better run. Seeing what he does right. Just learning from other guys’ mistakes so I don’t do that. Taking my weaknesses and turning them to strengths.
Q: How much pass protection did you do at Ohio State?
HYDE: A lot. That was a huge thing at Ohio State. If you can’t pass protect, there is a good chance you won’t play there. You have to learn it. I’ve done it a lot.