Dorsey on Tomsula: “He picked me up from the airport and was talking a hundred miles per hour.”

The newest 49er, defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, spoke on a conference call Wednesday afternoon. Here’s a transcript.

Q: What was your reaction when you heard the 49ers were interested in your services?

DORSEY: I was excited. I really look forward to the opportunity. I got the call from my agent, and I hopped on a flight first thing.

Q: Where do you make your offseason home?

DORSEY: Baton Rouge, but I’ve been in Pensacola training.

Q: What do you like about the 49ers?

DORSEY: Just the way they play, their passion for the game and the success that they’ve had. I think everybody can see that they have a winning formula. I’m excited to be a part of that.

Q: What was your interaction with Jim Tomsula like? Did you guys hit it off?

DORSEY: Oh yeah. He’s got a lot of energy. He’s a great guy. He picked me up from the airport last night and he was talking a hundred miles per hour. I was ready. He took me to the facility last night, and we talked about a lot of stuff. He knows a lot and I’m excited to get the opportunity to work with him.

Q: Did he give you an indication of how exactly you’re going to be used on the defensive line?

DORSEY: He told me I’m going to have an opportunity to compete and play. That’s all I need. That’s all I’m really looking for.

Q: Are you OK with playing nose tackle?

DORSEY: Yeah, I’m OK with anything. I knew coming here that I could play anywhere. Whatever they say feet, I’ll try my best at that position.

Q: Which 49ers were you able to meet?

DORSEY: I sat down with Justin Smith. He’s a funny guy. He’s got a lot of passion. Hopefully I can learn from him, we can work together and he can give me some pointers.

Q: Are you pleased with your career so far?

DORSEY: I don’t really buy into everybody else’s expectations. I have my own expectations to come in and work hard and compete the best that I can. Everybody is entitled to their opinion.

Q: What do you like about the atmosphere at the 49ers?

DORSEY: It’s a positive atmosphere. Everybody is working hard and talking to each other. You can just feel it when you walk in the building. It’s like a big family. Everybody is high-fiving each other, talking to each other. It’s a different environment than what I’m used to. I’m excited to get going.

Q: Did you run into Charles Woodson today?


Q: You played a lot of defensive end with the Chiefs. Do you think you’re better suited to be an inside player, like you were in college?

DORSEY: I don’t limit myself. I’m just thankful I can come in and compete.

Q: They still list you as 297 pounds – that’s what you were coming out of college. How much do you weigh now?

DORSEY: I’m close to it. That was six years ago. I’m still a work in progress.

Q: It’s still around the 300 mark?

DORSEY: It’s still close.

Q: What were some of the things Justin Smith told you?

DORSEY: He just said get ready to work hard. You can tell he’s passionate about what he does. He loves to talk football. He lives football.

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