SANTA CLARA – Jim Harbaugh was interviewed by Bay Area reporters Friday afternoon. Here is a transcript.
Q: What do you think of the rookies and undrafted guys so far?
HARBAUGH: So far so good. They’ve done a great job studying. Coaches have done a great job bringing them up to speed in the last two weeks. Excited to see then competing out here today.
Q: What is the status of Marcus Lattimore?
HARBAUGH: He’s working through something. It’s not a knee. It’s something else that he’s working through. We’re going to go at the speed his doctors allow him and his body allows him to go.
Q: How has he looked?
HARBAUGH: The days that he was full speed he looked very good.
Q: How has Jerry Rice Jr. done?
HARBAUGH: He’s done a great job with his assignments. I’m excited to watch him and all of the guys compete. This as excited as I get. It’s a great thrill to walk out here on the practice field any time, but especially this time of the year when you have these youngsters. It’s like a horse race – they’re all starting from the gate. They’re surging out and running and competing. It gets me more excited than I can tell you. This is really fun to watch. They’re receptive to learning. They’re bright-eyed. They have an opportunity in front of them that they just don’t want to let get away. I can’t blame them a bit for it. It really helps the competition in the practices.
Q: Aldon Smith was successfully prosecuted for three felony counts. Does he remain a member of this team in full?
Q: So, what’s your standard then? Is ten felony counts the standard? Do you have a standard?
HARBAUGH: I know you probably worked really hard on asking that question, probably stared in the mirror and thought about just the way you could ask that.
Q: That’s wrong.
HARBAUGH: You can write your story how you write it. If you want me to answer the question, I would be glad to. It’s part of a legal process. I am not an attorney or a judge. I’m a football coach. I’ll let that go through the legal process. There is nothing more that I can add to it. He’s a part of this team.
Q: Is he a starting linebacker?
HARBAUGH: We’re too early to tell who the starters are.
Q: He was your starting linebacker two days after his DUI.
HARBAUGH: There is nothing further I can add to that, Tim.
Q: Last year at this time, we were asking you about Seattle, how a lot of their players had gotten in trouble for using P.E.D.s. and you said you wanted your players to be above reproach. Do you want your players to be above reproach legally?
HARBAUGH: I want our players to strive to be above reproach in all ways. I can’t imagine anyone wanting youngsters to strive for anything less. Certainly wouldn’t promote that they strive to be below reproach. Would you, Tim?
Q: No, but are all of your players above reproach right now?
HARBAUGH: No. We’ve got some things we’ve got to resolve. We are always in a process of striving to be above reproach.
Q: Is there any negative to a team to have players in trouble? Does it take an effect on the locker room?
HARBAUGH: You tend to put a lot of things on a locker room. A locker room isn’t all encompassing, can take care of all of the world’s problems or each individual’s problems. There is a process that he is working through individually. That is his accountability, just like all of us. If we do things right, there is going to be consequences. If we do things wrong, there are going to be consequences. All of our actions – there are consequences.
Q: His sentencing comes after you start training camp. Will he be with the team when you start training camp?
HARBAUGH: As I said earlier, there’s nothing further I can add to it.
Q: We know that sentencing hearing is the 25th. We know that. That’s a fact. That’s after you start training camp. In your mind, is he starting training camp in pads with everyone else?
HARBAUGH: I’m not going to get into speculating on what’s going to happen, what could happen, what will happen. There is nothing further I can add to this line of questioning. You can take bamboo shoots and stick them under my fingernails, and there still wouldn’t be anything I could further add to this discussion.
Q: Has a decision on that been made, or are you saying you just won’t say if a decision has been made?
HARBAUGH: There’s nothing further I can add right now without speculating. I don’t know why you can’t understand that.
Q: He’s still here, participating in the program?
HARBAUGH: Yes, he’s coming to work. He’s showing up. He’s working hard. He’s listening. He’s doing what he says he’s going to do. We give him that opportunity, yes.
Q: What have you seen from Kory Faulkner, and is he your only quarterback out here?
HARBAUGH: Yes, he’s the only quarterback who will be taking part in this minicamp but we can get Bruce Ellington involved as an emergency quarterback. He played in high school. He’s got a pretty good arm.
Q: What do you like about Kory?
HARBAUGH: He was seen taking drops in the hallway of the Marriott hotel the last couple days. He is really diligent. He’s really into it. He’s very conscientious. And it shows up. When he comes out here, he’s calling the plays in the huddle. He’s moving the offense up to the line of scrimmage and making very few mistakes. You can tell he’s studying, he’s listening, he’s taking it back to the hotel and doing drops in the hall way.
Q: Did he not play under center very much at Southern Illinois?
HARBAUGH: He did both.
Q: What is Lattimore’s condition? What might keep him out a little bit?
HARBAUGH: He’s got something he’s working through. We will give him a couple of days.
Q: Is it a leg?
HARBAUGH: It’s something he’s working through right now. It’s not the knee.
Q: Does he look better?
HARBAUGH: He is improved from where he was the last time we saw him during those practices during the season. He’s quicker, faster.
Q: Will Jimmie Ward be able to participate this weekend?
HARBAUGH: Right now, just in the walkthrough type of sessions, but he is scheduled to be healthy for training camp. No change in that.
Q: Is it realistic to think Marcus Martin could be your starting center?
HARBAUGH: Right now he’s in the under study role. That’s the expectation that we put on him – to learn and get up to speed as fast as possible. We put no timetable on it. That’s his expectation right now. Learn the offense.