1.12: 49ers practice -- Matt and Mindi
Matt and Mindi answer questions from Twitter about the 49ers upcoming playoff game vs. the Saints.
At -- coming back here at 49ers practice facility on Wednesday and is -- ready for the Saints on Saturday were to take the questions via Twitter today Matt. Asked viewers to respond and he did we get questions today outside of the Mike humored it. Do you think -- and -- We'll get any information on the Saints from John finger at one. Well I think the one thing we've heard that India is not from great barometer as to whether act on it and also given me information on things Stevenson that. The film tells honor they need to see me get into obvious talk about what they've done. Offensively that things are gonna change and and the Saints have a great lines that regardless and -- here at all times fundamentals and give them positive and you know a little bit. But more so it is on the coaches -- dating all they. -- they have. On the film they vacancy with the need him yeah I don't know that really helps him as a matter of your players aren't studying tendencies -- I think even players. -- -- 49ers team if they were to go to another team I don't know that they can help the next week really prepare because every game plan is different. It did. Jonathan Goodwin doesn't know what the Saints offense with the Saints defense is going to do to combat what 49ers it is I really don't see it being any sort of factor comes down really to the coaches do their job to mean what did Michael -- say yesterday don't over cook it they -- keep it simple for the players they have enough on their plates and they want the players to focus on. Would they need to do and I'm on the coaches do their jobs so. That question might bring it up but I mean -- overall now it that the coaches get what they need from the film and no question this is DC play 327. -- all the Smith get more playing time on Saturday my answer is absolutely. Yes. And the reason for that is because the Saints like to throw a lot of of multi receiver sets out there I think that's gonna force the 49ers to be in nickel or dictate that foreigners in the nickel defense and went in nickel defense is out there. All the inspectors out there and it is the second part of that question appears -- line he's been doing it all season. And I think there's Harrelson as the Deion -- -- -- -- -- -- very very can't pass rusher in the one thing they have to be careful about is. Is that their running game is very get to not to be overlooked so I can see the Saints try to take advantage of all -- being out there and actually doing his way. With the run -- big matchup all the Smith against your mom but -- The left tackle that will. Go a long way to determining if Drew Brees gets time in the pocket to make plays on the field. Not a question. As from hi Ricky and how important is Roman Harper to the Saints defense answer. Very important very important I mean for a couple of reasons that I mean we know that he is it the team's leading sack leader at seven and a half but I mean fifteen players on defense that sacked. He's also one of the key cogs in their run defense. But also more importantly Vernon Davis it is -- on the film that Ernie Davis expected to see a lot of harper. And coverages that you really covers a tight -- a lot so with his ankle injury that affect the -- -- -- yet today is Wednesday and Roman Harper did not practice we don't know the extent of it that the Saints are very much like Jim Harbaugh something Jim -- don't. Exactly go out -- way to share injury information so. The -- wanna keep the 49ers guessing. 49ers like to keep the Saints guessing where there's. Don't really have any issues really with injuries we know -- walker isn't gonna play we do you know that. That Ray McDonald returned to practice he's gonna play but -- Roman Harper is limited. Then that is a big bullet that Saints defense. Okay let's go for another question let's go -- This is from top chef 58. -- old adage defense wins champions -- still applies. Yes absolutely BC -- greens I mean do I and so this in this game it's really going to be the 49ers defense they need to stop the Saints offense. And and and keep the 49ers offense and it I think this 49ers offense can do enough I think they can play well against the Saints defense. But it's all going to be about 49ers defense stopping Drew Brees like I can disagree Q I don't know that yet I don't know that he had his does apply I think it's the combination. Of best offense the best defense wins championships and I think the Patriots have a decent enough chance to win a championship to be very bad defense. I think the Packers have a chance to win a championship they not a Mary did defense and I I think the Saints are not a very good defensive team either so. Anyone of those teams can win it. But. Maybe you'll be proved right I mean if defense does indeed win championships. We're gonna see a repeat of the horrible yeah in Indianapolis on the first Sunday of February and a lot let's put it and men that the defense wins championships for this game on Saturday I was focusing on you're -- -- -- national and. I I think he could if they can -- reason disrupt him calm and I think certainly think they can I do think the defense here. In this game is -- went to be okay. Here's one from our biggest race. Think Joseph Hastings might get some action needs to Saints after all there's not a lot of film on this guy and the answer that altogether. -- -- -- Your question yeah yeah I don't think you're -- see number thirteen. Out there on the field and the reason is because he was active he's -- for the practice but that last game. What Kyle Williams and -- again were injured 49ers needed a body there and had even put. Colin Jones from defense on to the offensive side of ball he got a snapper to. You know -- Joseph -- I can't see him sitting out because right now the 49ers are full strength at wide receiver. Obviously Josh -- -- out for a long time he cannot return he's on injured reserve to cut Braylon Edwards but you're still looking at obviously Michael -- -- number one wide receiver -- you and Kyle Williams and Brett -- will be the number four guys I don't I don't see your role for Joseph -- I can understand the question means that of course you know the Harbaugh likes to have surprises and -- often disintegrate Grumman but I think at this point of the season you have the surprises with the players. That have been their policies in your key players your best players and -- can bring -- player for for super you. Got she brought that surprise in there I got to -- a question on Twitter and I I did it. Right it downside to apologize for the person -- said it the question was do you think Colin cap Burnett might have a role some sort of specialty plays that they might. Rose up and out there and completely surprised the Saints. I you know I talked to Colin -- this week. He says that he's ready to go. You know he certainly has -- that to happen out -- than acceptable what about it is -- string breaks and Alex talked about it you have to go into the game and he says he'd be ready to do the same things that. Alex does because it talk it through so he would you know he could just be plugged in and way to go. I think it's too risky go to put him on the field. For those kind of hustle plays a wildcat type place so I don't expect to see happen but with Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman. I mean I wouldn't be absolutely shocked if -- happen either. -- we've seen just daily as a supply and I remember John finger and also caught a pass that was. Called back into the end zone even so I I -- I could see something like that if they need yeah. -- here's this is the last throw from Jimmy V 727. If the 49ers lose do you see them making a play for bigger free agents such as -- the blow. -- I answer Valiante. I don't think so -- law mean. What the -- -- -- did successfully this offseason and I think it's a pretty good formula is that they it's sort of leading goal. In that first wave of free agency where all the big spending is taking place and -- -- -- it they either guy is but. -- guys again have to make some sacrifices that's why things can be very difficult for them to re sign Carlos Rogers to go I think they're gonna re signed. To -- goals -- making big plays and we know that Alex Smith is coming back. There's some free agencies that they have free agent players that they have to -- that they wanna keep. A -- Brooks is and -- one. So I don't know that even with the offensively it is that they're going to be paying big money to a wide receiver. You wanna you wanna take care of your guys but I don't think you can I don't think you -- market value for. Awful lot of different players Resop Patrick Willis Frank Gore Al lot of those players gain under market value is stay with his team and that certainly going to be the goal to keep those key players here there -- -- take a little bit. Less than market values dimensions and other big free agent would want to come in and -- a free to says hey I want when I see this team do well and Dwayne -- or somebody like that is willing. To go for reduced rate that's going to be the big question but I don't see them offering top dollar. As you mentioned and you free agent and I think what -- to try to do at their try to build through the draft and trying you know that they're not. They don't I'm pretty well so far lot of ill only start on the entry for Sosa now because if you trade you're giving up Japanese in the for a lot too. How that nice mix of veteran players -- young players. So I I offseason needing to change anything because what -- ball he did him in. This year in particular in the offseason was remarkable and -- thirteen to three record. And in NFC divisional playoff game against the Saints on Saturday is the proof of that.