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January 16, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Kam Chancellor: “If you miss it, I’m going to make it”

Seattle safety Kam Chancellor spoke to reporters before practice today. Here’s what he had to say:

(On the 49ers receiving core and the challenges they present for the Seahawks…) “I think the challenge is more of the fact that Colin Kaepernick is a guy that can throw and run. I think that is a challenge for any defense when you get a quarterback who is double headed, one that can throw and run at the same time. It keeps you a little off balanced and you have to be aware of him running the ball and him scrambling and throwing downfield. At the same time he has a good group of receivers and a tight end. I think Colin Kaepernick does a good job at keeping the ball alive and those guys get up field and try to get open. Overall I think they’re a good group.”

(On how would he describe this rivalry…) “I think everybody’s perception about it is different. I like the team. I like that team just because it’s a challenge and I’m always welcoming challenges. It brings the best out of you, and it makes you a better player so I mean any time you can get a team that comes in and plays hard and competes, anything like that in competing, I’m all about it.”

(On his communication with Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman and when did it start clicking…) “I think it started clicking a lot more this year. I think it was starting to happen towards the end of last year, but this year sometimes man it’s like we don’t even say anything, but the movements are just right. It’s like you can feel one another out there on the field, or out here at practice, especially with me and Earl with the way that we funnel the ball to each other. We always talk about that. We always talk about both of us running to the ball. If you miss it, I’m going to make it, If I miss it you’re going to make it. That’s just the mentality we have.”

(On why is it difficult to tackle Frank Gore…) “I think the hardest part is because since he’s a smaller guy he gets real low, and he’s downhill. He runs downhill and behind his big tackles and guards. He does a good job of that, finding the holes, picking and choosing which hole to go in, in and out of holes, and then he’s straight up field. I think he does a great job at finding holes.”

(On what went wrong on the 51 yard run play against the 49ers…) “It’s just a matter of being gap sound because as a defense if you’re not gap sound good running backs like Frank Gore will find that hole. So we just have to be gap sound on defense and learn from the mistakes that we’ve had in the past.”

(On if he hears any of what Anquan Boldin is saying when he gets emotional and starts getting chippy…) ‘I hear it, I hear it, I never hear anything directed to me, but I hear it happening out there. I’m always going to look at it and try breaking it up because I feel like if you’re focusing on yapping and trying to get the best of this person with words, it could be a distraction. I think if you just focus on playing football and playing with your teammates, let that guy talk and let him be a distraction to himself and his team, I think we’ll be successful.”

(On the mood of the team after the Saints game…) “We were happy. We came off of a win, we have a chance to play in the NFC championship so we’re definitely happy, but on defense people on the outside can’t really see the little mistakes that we make, but it’s on film so the other team can see it. Right now we’re just going over issues where we made mistakes in the game they didn’t capitalize on. So we’re just going back right now and fixing all of the mistakes that we had in previous games.”

(On what other safeties in the league inspired him…) “I watch Sean Taylor. That’s a guy that I always watch. Before every game I always watch his highlights, just the way that he approaches the game. the physicality that he brings to the game. He’s a big safety, he can run, cover, unfortunately we don’t have him now may he rest in peace, but that’s a guy that I always try to simulate my game after, and I also watch Earl Thomas. Believe it or not that’s a guy beside me that goes hard all of the time, so little things from his game that I try to put into my game are making me a better player.”

(On if it was harder to learn to play the front half or the back half…) “Neither was hard actually because at Virginia Tech I was doing pretty much so it wasn’t too hard to pick up on either side.”

(On if the rule changes has taken things away from his game…) “I don’t think they took away from my game at all. I think with the rule changing it kind of made me a better player as far as just finding that target zone, and the fact that you have to put your body on that guy and make that tackle. I want to be known as being a tackler instead of being a big hitter and the big hits come with being a tackler

(On if Vernon Davis ever said anything about his hit on him last year…) “Nah. He hasn’t said anything at all.”


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