SANTA CLARA – Mike Iupati was interviewed next to his locker Monday afternoon. Here’s a transcript.
Q: How’s your leg injury doing from last year?
IUPATI: It’s getting better a little every day.
Q: But it’s not totally at full strength yet?
IUPATI: Well, I mean, it’s good.
Q: Was it a technique issue for you yesterday?
IUPATI: Yeah, I think it is. You watch film. You lose some you win some. It’s mainly technique. I’m not going to worry about it. It’s something that is an easy fix.
Q: Did you get the sense that your quarterback is worried about it?
IUPATI: No. He said, “Come on, Mike,” you know? “Be better.” It’s just part of playing football.
Q: Was it a reminder to get back to basics, things like that?
IUPATI: Yeah. It’s preseason but it’s football. You’re going against someone else so you’re competitive and you don’t want to have that happen, especially a sack or a QB hit. But it’s an easy fix, that’s what it is.
COHN’S ANALYSIS: Iupati always has had poor pass protection technique. He’s a giant. He tends to bend at the waist which gets him off balance. But he still is a freak when it comes to pulling and clearing out defenders in the running game.