SANTA CLARA – Starting center Daniel Kilgore spoke at his locker Wednesday afternoon. Here’s a transcript.
Q: You hear it from Blaine, you hear it from Curtis Modkins as well – this line needs to get back to fundamentals. What does that mean?
KILGORE: It means trusting your technique, honestly. Last week against Carolina, we were doing some things that were pretty good, but our main focus the past couple of days has been footwork and techniques. That’s the biggest part of our game. Starting with the running game and going back to the fundamentals, working on our techniques.
Q: What kind of challenge do you face against the Seahawks?
KILGORE: Again, facing another great front-seven. That’s a big part of it, just like you said. Going back to our fundamentals, making sure that we’re all dialed in on the same page with any front that they give us. Their defensive line is very good. They move around very well. We’ve just got to make sure that we know what’s coming and that we’re all on the same page.
ME: What kinds of things were you doing in practice up to now if fundamentals weren’t a priority or an emphasis?
KILGORE: Fundamentals are always a priority. Maybe, uh…I don’t have an answer for you. But when bullets start flying, it gets tough. Carolina did a good job sending edge pressures and stopping our run game. When you don’t establish the run game, it’s hard to build off anything as an offense. Going back to the fundamentals of what we were doing before and establishing the run game, that’s what we’re going to focus on this week.
Q: A lot of new faces in this locker room. Is there an expectation that you will improve as the season progresses?
KILGORE: Yeah, definitely. No matter who is on the line, I feel like our first group is working well together. Feel like we’re all dialed in. Again, it’s going back to what we do, what we worked on so hard in the offseason. Not to say that we’ve slacked on those things, but making sure we’re all 100-percent dialed in.