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49ers QB Troy Smith Discusses The Offensive Game Plan

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49ers QB Troy Smith spoke with the media yesterday (transcript after the jump) and he was asked about whether the offense would change with the loss of Frank Gore. That's certainly pertinent information to know, and I bring it up in part because I've lost count of how many people have talked about how this is a blessing in disguise and how the offense can mix things up and all sorts of stuff like that.

On whether the offense is changed now due to the loss of Frank Gore:

"Now for four weeks we have been trying to get something set in stone. It's incredible to me how the media has a way to change and morph some things the way that they want it to be. Things won't change. We definitely have something in place to where we have been battling, trying to get it out there and put it out there that it's a run first, slash, offensive line, slash, now let's get into the pass game type of offense, and things aren't going to change because of our leader going down. If anything we have to be able to step up and definitely put guys into places where Frank definitely did the things that we needed for him to do, but our identity is not going to change, definitely is not going to change. If anything we are going to fine tune the things that we've been doing before and move forward."

The team looked fairly solid operating a heavy rushing attack against a fairly crappy Arizona Cardinals defense. They mixed things up a bit, but I honestly thought we were seeing a fairly similar offensive attack that just happened to finally find some success. Although the Packers rush defense has some question marks, it's nowhere near as awful as the Cardinals.

The 49ers do need to establish the run to have success against the Packers, but is anybody else as concerned that we'll see the team operating the same offense and just using Brian Westbrook and Anthony Dixon in the traditional Gore role? Even though they bring different skill-sets to the table, I fear we'll just see the team hammering away with what they've done all season long. Maybe the o-line will gel and they'll find success, but given how the season has gone, odds are not high that this will happen.

For all the folks who are thinking the loss of Gore is some kind of "blessing in disguise," given how the season has gone thus far, am I missing something?

QB Troy Smith
December 1, 2010
San Francisco 49ers 

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On what Troy thinks of the new "thunder" (RB Anthony Dixon) and "lightning' (RB Brian Westbrook) combination in the backfield:

"It's always been thunder and lightning if you think about it like that. We just haven't had the chance to put it all out there on the field together, but we've been mixing it up and obviously what Brian Westbrook brings to the game and what Anthony Dixon brings to the game is something that we can definitely take advantage of. Two extremely good players in a good situation."

On how you feel with those guys in there as far as pass protection:

"Just as comfortable with those two as I am with [RB] Frank [Gore]. You know along the line, the guy who has been here the longest, that's had the most amount of pressure on him, has definitely been Frank, but you don't want to take away from guys like Brian Westbrook who for years, has been known as one of the most explosive offensive weapons in the league. The new guy, in Anthony Dixon, he wants to learn. Very excited about his chances and his opportunities and I think everybody should feel that way, he's definitely an up and coming guy."

On whether the offense is changed now due to the loss of Frank Gore:

"Now for four weeks we have been trying to get something set in stone. It's incredible to me how the media has a way to change and morph some things the way that they want it to be. Things won't change. We definitely have something in place to where we have been battling, trying to get it out there and put it out there that it's a run first, slash, offensive line, slash, now let's get into the pass game type of offense, and things aren't going to change because of our leader going down. If anything we have to be able to step up and definitely put guys into places where Frank definitely did the things that we needed for him to do, but our identity is not going to change, definitely is not going to change. If anything we are going to fine tune the things that we've been doing before and move forward."

On whether you have to become more of a playmaker with the loss of Frank Gore:

"Well my thing is being accountable week in and week out and continuously building on the progress that we've made so far. It's a definite blow to the offense losing a leader in Frank Gore. You know everybody is going to collectively step up. I think everybody feels the same way; we want to do these things for Frank from here on out. It means that much to all of us, we are definitely going to have Frank in mind when we're doing things."

On whether there is a different mindset when you go into cold weather games:

"Well Lambeau Field is a heated field so that's going to help. We don't have to worry about the ‘frozen tundra' anymore. You definitely have to have an understanding that games in colder places are going to be a different type of game. It's going to be a different type of day, but it definitely takes me back to my roots being from the Midwest. Living in Cleveland my whole life and being right there on the lake, I have an understanding to what cold really means. Back home we called it "the Hawk". My uncle used to always tell me ‘you do anything else, get into anymore trouble and I'm going to throw you outside to the hawk.' So I understand exactly what that gust of wind is going to feel like on the back of my neck, so I'll be ready."

On whether there is a sense in the locker room of what you can accomplish this week by beating an elite team:

"I think so. You know everybody is definitely talking and the team is chattering about rising to the challenge of the elite teams. We get a chance to lace them up and suit them up against them Sunday and that's the only important thing. That's the main thing. It doesn't matter who is coming into our stadium or if we are going to theirs, we attack everybody the same way. The stuff that happened in the past is in the past, we are moving forward. Definitely keeping that in mind, one game at a time, and that's exactly the way that we're going to approach it. Green Bay's an incredible opponent and we have to treat it that way."

On whether you attribute the good play of the offensive line to the rookies getting more experience:

"Could have been that, could have been that. Obviously experience for anybody is going to do nothing but make you better, but I think the offensive line has been doing great things in the weeks prior. Running wise, we obviously just kind of put it all together and passing wise we plan to do the same things. It's ever evolving, I've said that time and time again, and we're going to continue to get better as an offense. Sometimes you know the run is going to compliment everything else that's going on. So whichever is working that day, the offensive line is going to step up and rise to the occasion."

On what stands out to you about Green Bay's defense:

"So far the athleticism. I mean you have guys all around the board that can make plays. It's too early to single guys out because I still have to finish film study. Very very athletic. I've been watching crazy film on number 50, so it's about time to get after him so that will be fun."

On whether you have ever played in the snow given the fact that current weather reports say that it is supposed to snow:

"That would be a blast from the past. It will be something that I was used to, you know growing up back in Ohio. So now that you've let me know, it will be one to remember hopefully."

On whether you have to remove yourself from the emotions of the game as a quarterback:

"Well my emotions are through the week. Definitely on game day you have to remain even keel. You know everybody's watching you to see how you are going to react to certain situations and I understand that. That's why I put so much of an emphasis on the things that I do prior to Sunday coming. I believe that Sunday is the day to which you have fun. All the crazy looks and the different things that you'll see hopefully came throughout your week of preparation, and hopefully Sunday you can just go out there and have fun."

On whether it is hard to remain even keeled with such emotional teammates as TE Vernon Davis and a head coach like Mike Singletary:

"That's exactly why Vernon is Vernon, the coach is the coach, and I am who I am. I've been his way my whole life and things aren't going to change. You just have to stay the course and understand that you know through the course of the game, some things are going to go right for you, some things aren't going to go so right, and you have to be able to maintain and stay who you are."