As you prepared for this game, how much was the focus just on getting their bodies right and more mental than physical?
“It was both, both those things.”
Just the fact that I know you kind of worked the schedule a little bit different for earlier practice times, you haven’t done that in the past on Eastern games have you?
Why did you do it this week?
“Just felt like it was the thing to do this week.”
Does this game to you have sort of a throwback feel? Two teams that like to run the ball, two teams with good defenses. Did you get that sense with this game coming up?
“Throwback, no, I think you see that often this time of the year.”
Cold-weather games, that sort of thing?
How important is it during this time of year to not only get your work in, but to keep the environment loose and a little bit more relaxed and have fun, especially this time of year?
“Well, I think loose and focus is what we always strive for.”
How do you feel about the week of preparation for your offensive line?
“How do I think it was?”
Yeah, how was it?
Did you guys have to challenge them a little bit more this week based on what happened in Week 10?
“In terms of our offensive line?”
“I don’t know what the percentage would be, but suppose there’s a chance. He’d be questionable for the game.”
You guys already have CB
“Very good. I thought they played extremely well in the secondary last week. Those five guys that played darn near every play of the game did some outstanding things and I think they prepared themselves very well this week. So, we have a lot of confidence in our secondary players.”
“Yeah, very similar to what [FB]
Will you have a guest speaker address the team Saturday night?
“Not one that’s planned.”
Do you often do that?
You had mentioned that you had thought about this scenario and keeping the team back east. What ultimately played into the decision to come back?
“Well, the question was asked, ‘have you thought about staying out after the Green Bay game?’ Did I think about it? Yes, I thought about it. Not very long, and felt like the better thing to do for us was to come back here. So, I think when you asked me, ‘did I think about it?’ I said, ‘yes I’ve thought about it.’ Maybe you thought that I thought about it a lot more than I did. There was a possibility. It was a very quick thought and made the decision it was better to come back here.”
Beat Writer Breakdown on SF-CAR
- READ: Panthers Expect Improved Kaepernick
- VIEW: Wild Card wrap, Divisional Preview in Playoffs Report
- GALLERY: Crabtree's 2013 Season in Shots
Top Defenses to Meet in Carolina
Reviewing Teams' Week 10 Matchup at 'Stick
NFC Divisional Round Infographic