“It’s a bit like a game of chess that takes place in six seconds.”

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo answers questions after an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)

SANTA CLARA — This is the transcript of Jimmy Garoppolo’s Wednesday press conference from Week 16, courtesy of the 49ers public relations department.

I watched your yards by take.

“What is it, something negative, right?”

Six, I think.

“I had a completion with some positive yards last year though. So career ones are fine.

Do they go over that scenario with you, like what do you do if the ball gets thrown back to the quarterback?

“No. I think it’s more just a reactionary thing. I thought I could go a few yards obviously. It turned out to be a bad decision.

What’s the chemistry in the locker room at the moment?

“I think we have a very good dressing room. I said it from the first day I arrived here; they were very open and accepted that I come in mid-season like that. It makes everything so much easier for me when you have guys around who are all like you.

You spoke after the game on Sunday, taking advantage of the type of blitz and the holes that opened up. The Jaguars don’t blitz. How different will this challenge be for you this week?

“I think every week is a different challenge in the NFL. Every team is a good team, regardless of their record. These guys have a very talented defense. It’s just a different type of diet. A lot of teams are adapting the scheme these guys run and it’s becoming quite popular in the NFL.

You’ve studied the patterns for four years now in the NFL. How does this rate or what makes it truly unique?

“It’s not that unique. Like I said before, a lot of teams are adapting to that and you see that now across the league. Seattle launched it and now teams are adapting it. I think the players they have make it unique. They have very talented players at all levels of defence. It will be a good challenge for us on Sunday.”

Does this remind you of studying the Seahawks before the 2014 Super Bowl that year?

“Yeah. Even that last Super Bowl, the Falcons. It’s a very similar style. It has its upsides, it has its downsides, like every other defense. It’s our job to do the best we can against that. .

Do you see an opening in the racing game this week? This seems to be the only stat they aren’t as good at.

“Yeah, they’re pretty good at all the others. We like to launch the racing game every week. I think the O-Line did a great job for these guys. [RB Carlos] ‘The bone [Hyde], [RB] Mast [Breida], [FB Kyle Jusczcyk] Juice, all those guys did a great job there. It’s one of those things, you gotta keep working on it, have a good week of training and it’ll be fine. on Sunday. “

Do you have a common theme of why you weren’t able to complete rides in the red zone, specifically what you saw? Is it a common theme or different things?

“Not one thing in particular. I have already said it; this is probably one of the most difficult areas in football to execute offensively. Everything must be perfect there. If you have a negative game, a penalty, it’s hard to overcome them in general, but especially in the red zone like that. Your percentages go down when this happens. We just have to avoid these situations.

What’s the key to getting rid of the ball quickly, to feeling confident that you can get the ball out quickly when you’re under pressure?

“I think knowing what everyone is doing helps with that, obviously. You have an idea of ​​what you are going to do and react to what the defense gives you. And so, it’s about maintaining the balance of the defense.

As a competitor, do you like the chance to see how you fare against a defense that ranks so high in so many categories?

” It will be good. It’s a big challenge for us on Sunday. Like I said though, every week we came up against a great defense from Tennessee. Each week is a different challenge and a different type of challenge. We have to change our mindset and think about how we attack this defense versus this defense and go through our week like we did those last two and have a good week of training.

What is the thought process on the play where you kicked the ball to the right sideline? Looked like it was going to be an interception until WR Marquise Goodwin came across it. When you let him go, is it like…?

“Yeah, I was trying to throw it and I got hit throwing it, so the ball kinda flew out of my hands. But, ‘Quise, talk about an amazing play that just helped your quarterback “I owe him one for that. It could have easily been intercepted, but he made a hell of a play on it and it turned out to be a big play.”

You will take this completion on the sidelines in the box score.

“It’s people helping people, I guess.”

ME: Between when you get to the line of scrimmage and when the center kicks the ball in, what are the different things you need to do in general?

“Mentally or physically? »

ME: Mentally.

“Everything. In the span of maybe five or six seconds, the amount of stuff you think about is, it’s insane. I don’t even know how to describe it to people. My family asks me about it all the time. ‘What are you thinking about?’ You literally watch 11 guys and you have your guys 10. It’s kind of like a game of chess that takes place in six seconds, I guess.

ME: Do you have a checklist of things you need to check?

“You have a base on which you deviate. Every game is different, the situation is different. Whether it’s the two minutes at the end of the game or the first quarter, everything is a little different. There are so many variables that come into play.”

Are you a chess guy? Do you play chess?

” I can play. I wouldn’t say it’s one of my hobbies.

How do you adjust your game and your style for this team?

“It’s a different kind of offence. Of course, you have to adapt to it. You have different teammates that you have to adapt to and they have to adapt to the way you play. But, I think last month or so we’ve done a good job of that, just getting it from training ground to playing field is a big part of that and just getting ready week by week.

Just a few weeks ago we were talking about you not having a lot of practice reps with Marquise or any of the other starters. All of a sudden he’s catching 10 out of 12 balls. Does that chemistry only happen in practice or do you work on that chemistry in the locker room, on the sidelines, wherever you can?

” That’s all. We’re here for so many hours of the day that naturally you’re often with a guy to learn his body language, how he’s feeling that day. You spend so much time with them that it’s kind of strange how well you know someone. I just think of the reps we put into practice, the extra stuff we do, the extra meetings, talking about what he sees, what I see. It’s all skill position guys. They really bought into it and I think we’re doing a good job with that.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan said he never likes to be too high or too low. I think you’ve said over the past few weeks that you feel the same and if a few kicks had been different in the last game, the result would have been different. Does it hit you at all or is it one of those things you have to keep tunnel vision?

“You can only really control what happens when you’re out there, I guess, that’s the best way to put it. There are three different phases. When the defense is out there, half the time I don’t even watch it to be honest. You review what you do for the next series. It’s part of team play. The three phases complement each other. I think we’ve done a good job over the past few weeks. Keep points on turnovers and special teams helping us get a good position on the pitch, converting kicks It’s all connected and I think we’re working in the right direction for that.

How is this actually related?

“That’s the magic of football.”

You’ve created minor hysteria here. I don’t even know if minor hysteria makes sense, but anyway. You said you slept and played football. Did you feel the excitement? If yes, how ?

“Obviously my family, they go to the games. They were there last week and they were as excited as anyone, I can tell you. I felt this excitement. But other than hearing about it, I really haven’t been out and experienced it, if that’s what you’re asking. It looks like we have a good thing going. The fans are delighted. Levi’s was, the stadium was on fire Sunday. Hopefully it will be like that on Sunday and we will give them another good performance.

It’s that time of year that we see offensive linemen flaunting and showing off the gifts they receive from their quarterback. I know it’s only been a few weeks, but are you participating?


What did you take from them?

“Come on man. It’s a surprise for the grown-ups. They’ll be mad at me if I mess it up right now. You’re going to find out.

ME: When you first came here, we asked you if you saw yourself here long term and you said, “I just got here, I’m taking it week by week.” Do you still feel this or do you see yourself here long term?

“If we manage the Jaguars well, it will be a good test for us, and if we finish the season well, we will be fine after that.”

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