SANTA CLARA – John Skelton spoke at his locker Wednesday afternoon. Here’s what he said.
Q: What are your thoughts about coming to this team and initial impressions?
SKELTON: I’m excited. When I first talked to the coaching staff about the possibility of coming here, I got super pumped, just being able to work with Coach Harbaugh and the rest of the staff. I think his track record, especially for quarterbacks, really speaks for itself. I’ve been really looking forward to that.
Q: For this last month has it been hard to sit out and watch?
SKELTON: Yeah. I’ve been watching games on TV and seeing how they do everything and just trying to get as much as I can just watching film on TV. Coming here and just the few hours I’ve been here, I’ve already soaked in a lot.
Q: What’s your familiarity with the 49ers’ offense?
SKELTON: They do all the checks and motions and stuffs to try to get them in the best possible play, but the terminology is a little different as it is with everywhere else. I think Geep put it best. He said, “We’re in the middle of a book right now. You’ve just got to hop in. You’re not starting from the beginning.” I’ll play catch up and I’ll get there.
Q: What was your mindset after your workout with the 49ers?
SKELTON: They were truthful with me. They said they’d take it a week at a time and see what happens. They just asked me to be truthful with them if any other teams showed interest. When I talked to my agents and then they talked to the front office, it was all positive.
Q: You tried out with the Titans?
SKELTON: Yeah, I had a workout with the Titans. I think when people here caught wind of that, they flew me back out. Started in El Paso, went to Nashville and ended up here in two days. Happy to be here.
Q: Did you get an offer from them?
SKELTON: No, I don’t think they were going to make a move immediately. I’m not going to speak for what they were thinking, but they didn’t sign me. I’ll just leave it at that.
Q: You had one of your best games against the 49ers a few years ago. What do you remember from that game?
SKELTON: I remember when I first got here, Coach Harbaugh asked what were the better defenses that you’ve faced? I think 1 and 2 were San Francisco and Seattle. It’s fortunate for me that I don’t have to face one of those teams any more. This is a great staff, great players in the locker room. Everything I hear is positive. Being 2-2 right now, everyone is positive and ready to get back to work.
Q: Have they told you specifically what areas they want you to improve your game?
SKELTON: Not right now. Right now it’s just learning the offense, get as much as you can, get it absorbed, get it to a place where you can function in it. Right now that’s where my focus is.
Q: This offense has some read-option elements to it. Have you done those in the past? What’s your comfort level with those?
SKELTON: I did them in college. We did some read plays in Arizona, but more run/pass type stuff. It will be different here. I think the great thing about being in this offense is they’re going to play to the strengths of the quarterback. I’m fairly confident I’m not going to do the stuff Kap can do.
Q: More like what Alex Smith did last year?
SKELTON: Yeah, probably more like that. Even him, he’s probably more mobile than I am.