SANTA CLARA – Colt McCoy spoke to Bay Area reporters Tuesday afternoon. Here’s what he said.
Q: What do you think Eric Mangini can bring to the offense?
McCOY: I was with Coach Magnini for a year. He’s brilliant, one of the smartest coaches I’ve been around. I think he can bring a lot. It’s good to see his face. He’s been around the game for a long time and has got a lot of knowledge.
Q: Did he work much with the offense when he was the head coach in Cleveland?
McCOY: Not a whole lot, but he knows the offense. He definitely knew what we were doing. Probably more-so behind the scenes than actually on the field coaching. Like I said, he’s a brilliant football coach.
Q: Why do you say that?
McCOY: Just X’s-and-O’s-wise, situational football – he’ s very smart at situations. Two minute drills, what do, kick it or go for it, those situations I definitely learned a lot from Coach Mangini.
Q: How are you picking up the offense?
McCOY: There’s a little bit of carryover from systems I’ve been in, but unique as well. We’ve got our own twists. Every day I try to approach it as a game – the reps that I get, I really have to focus making the calls and the checks.
Q: Did you expect to have the No.2 job handed to you?
McCOY: I’m learning. My focus right now is to learn the system. That’s my approach. I feel like I’m doing well with the twos, but still, I’ve got a lot of room for improvement. There are good things and bad things at practice every day. I’ve got to continue to learn. Kap’s helping a lot. Being able to watch him do the quarterback-driven-run-game stuff, that’s a little bit new. And then the passing game, I think that’s coming along. I’m a competitor, so when we’re out at practice I want it to work, I want to do right, I want to see the success. Sometimes it gets frustrating, but for the most part you just have to continue to work.
Q: Have any of the offensive players stood out to you?
McCOY: Vernon is fast. He is definitely a weapon on offense that we can use in a lot of different ways. I can’t say I’ve ever played with anybody like that. When he’s out on the field, in your read and your progressions, in the back of your mind always know where Vernon is, because he’s definitely a playmaker.
Q: What are your thoughts on Kaepernick?
McCOY: Hardworker. He comes prepared every day. He has fun. He leads the offense. In my role, I’d love to help him in any way that I can. We communicate on the field. I ask questions. He’s smart in what we’re doing. He understands the system. This is a game-plan-specific offense. He’s been very helpful. He’s an amazing athlete – fast, strong.
Q: Is this offense more game-plan-specific than others you’ve been in?
McCOY: I haven’t played any games in this system yet, but yeah. We have the potential to do a lot of things.
Q: What about Kaepernick’s athletic ability jumps out to you?
McCOY: Kap is just fast. His ability to make a play happen is at the top of the list. Broken plays, scramble drills, his ability to get out of the pocket and run or pass – that’s a part of his game that a lot of guys don’t have. I’m certainly not as fast as him. I’d like to say I’m creative, but watching him in practice, watching him work in the weight room, he’s doing a great job.