8.16: 1-on-1 with 49ers Brian Westbrook
Chronicle Live host Greg Papa finds out why Westbrook chose the 49ers.
Brian Westbrook joins us from 4949 Centennial boulevard. -- a lot of easy error that -- had to deal with in Philly Bryant so don't worry about that Greg -- starting electronic alive and first of all I know you were going to make a choice today. Which team that was going to be a lot of people thought it was gonna be the St. Louis Rams when did you make up your decision and why ultimately did you choose to sign with the 49ers. Well I think the first thing was I wanted to go so -- an organization that was well coached. I think the St. Louis Rams is definitely aware of course -- notebook will cultural organization but. How when when I compared it to the 49ers and coming on him playing for -- cemetery at that this approach is still the better fit for me. Better opportunity for me to win some football games and for me to help this team with some more football games tonight I had to choose a 49ers. And your great player Bryant ended -- -- next few questions ago to deal with your with your physical condition the and your your mind right now after the concussion if you would bear with me because. You're great -- and you should've signed somewhere in the NFL months ago but obviously the NFL did not sign you until today. I think because of the lingering issue with a concussion so where's that at right now in if you could explain to me how. They go about passing a physical does that -- idea NFL. Given physical or niners team physical how did you get cleared to come back and play in the NFL this year. 1211 let me correct you there I had a lot of opportunities -- How much earlier in camp I am I had that -- -- just because not because my physical condition. -- -- didn't found the right situation that that I wanted to put myself into so you a little bit wrong about that but but as far as my physical standpoint. I'm accustomed to my concussions. Those symptoms have not lingered at all from all the doctors have talked to they say that all you need to do fresher body. How much did come back and play the last three games of last season so. I had opportunity to come back and participate and play and get hit it banged around a little bit without any symptoms without any anything re occurring from the concussion situation but. Felt physically my body feels great my knees feel great my ankles feel great. I just had obviously needed it to rest my body through rehab below as well as I get better and all season broke through workouts and things like that. And I've discontinued. -- myself your team prepare myself to play this year. Right after they get Eagles released Jordan Larson was there any point this offseason where you thought you would be forced into retirement. Not anything Gaza before separate into retirement isn't I didn't know where my future would it was an elite meet. But I did know that I would have a feature an NFL it has been nowhere would be -- definitely -- -- nose and obvious ever since bill but I am I had a few teams that were interested in me. Different different organization had offered contracts at this was not sure exactly where it was going to be -- What's changed and you don't mind me asking me wondering about Minnesota before they drafted -- Garrett Green Bay and maybe New Orleans and we'll just recently Saint Louis -- Weather event for a -- that I haven't found them to that they had an offer contract but you know from me is not so much about the past -- about. I'm becoming the best quarter and I that I can. Kobe this team win football games and they move before in the future -- of those 45 tainted anybody offer you a starting role in the NFL wouldn't -- the role that -- gonna be and where you kind of call up again with a great player like Frank Gore. What other -- most of the teams religious interest in the game in there. Allow me to compete in and been in this situation post told me that you sit -- frank -- the guy he's got a can go out there and get it done. But if he'd be something happens when he goes down an engineer to step in their play and that's why I came here wanna be it was a compete. But also wanna be able to step in their place -- ever have a different hopefully it doesn't but if it does RB Willie seven their help out you're still young man -- 31 years -- -- -- -- and -- and early September so. Did you talk brawls with the niners and -- to get in play football but the shoulder pads out of earned spots but today talk in theory. What role they would like to have with you it to have had you utilize this year. Well wouldn't you know -- we talk briefly about that -- didn't specify just third down role or anything but they -- me to come in here learn a couple of the total offense. And -- with the help -- participate when their own on all levels not just third down -- just. Is such a waste of time -- thing but on every play every down. What what is being the favorite formation you had with coach rated I've marveled at the way he used you I think he was your favorite play you viewers' favorite player when you were there -- found yet. The campus and Villanova they're not too far from the Philadelphia he was so creative in getting him in the flat and -- circle middle strange it was beautiful to watch. How what's the best way to usual as an I back a single back -- back to the side of a quarterback in the god what's the best way to use Brian west. Look to be honest with you I've I've done all of those things I've I've been I've back. I've been a -- and I've been a guy that just been split out totally outside. As a when the drivers who were position I've been a back that has been you know -- all -- from the quarterback. I've ran routes out of the back I've been there all those types of situations for me. Whatever situation argument has a ball that's a great opportunity for me and that's what I'm willing to do little relief waiting to do. -- you you you've played in the playoffs quite a bit you undoubtedly had a nice run in in Philadelphia there went to the championship game every year eleven playoff games in total. I don't get a chance to work out with the guys that I assumed a look at the roster pretty closely before you signed here. What do you anticipate the niners doing this year. But I another way to live better than we were last year I know that I know we're going to be competitive team. Another coats is gonna have a disciplined hard working hard nosed football team a team that is gonna go out there and get things done and we were -- made last year. And hopefully for us this year will continue to improve on their record. And then -- make it to the playoffs and continue from there. Our daughter's next pre season game is Sunday night on national TV Sunday Night Football John. That's John Madden Chris Collins worth an Al Michaels will be here you -- up and play against the Vikings on Sunday night right. You know what I'm not sure what coach has in mind Madonna as we as I get a little further into this I'll be able to answer questions they don't know -- -- I'm not at this when I'm aren't quite sure exactly what -- has in my apartment. All right Brian whispered thank you so much -- -- a big fan your game has -- a -- to watch from the Florida to get to watch up close welcome to the Bay Area. Thank you so much they care.