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Press Pass: 49ers LB Patrick Willis Talks About the Offense and Defense

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June 12, 2012; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh talks with linebacker Patrick Willis (52) during 49ers minicamp at San Francisco 49ers training facility.  Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE
June 12, 2012; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh talks with linebacker Patrick Willis (52) during 49ers minicamp at San Francisco 49ers training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE

The San Francisco 49ers held press conferences on Tuesday in Santa Clara. Jim Harbaugh, Patrick Willis and Vernon Davis all made their way to the podium to address the media. It was a good day for pressers as these three men are leaders and faces of the organization.

The Niners' All-Pro linebacker had some interesting comments, as he spoke about both the offense and defense. Willis is a 5-time Pro Bowler entering his sixth season in the league, and many look to him for guidance and leadership. Most fans, writers and analysts with an interest in the 49ers care about Willis' perspective.

When addressed about both sides of the football, here is what Willis had to say.

On the defense:

I really, truly do believe that our defensive guys on our team have-- we're not conceited by no means. Are we a confident group of guys? Yeah, but we've been confident for a while. Just because we didn't have the stats that we had last year doesn't mean we didn't have a group of confident guys. You have to have that, and when you have it, you have to believe in it and walk with a swagger, as I guess they say. That's all we try to do, is enjoy the opportunity with the guys we have and just stay positive and continue to work together and we'll see.

At the end of the day, that's all we're trying to do, is just go out and be the very best we can be. And I feel like, if we go out everyday with that intent, then I think we'll be all right. We're not going to be perfect on everything but I think we'll be close to being an even better defense than we were the year before, but it's going to take us coming out everyday and work.

On the offense:

It's the type of offense you look at it on paper, and it's like, wow. From every position, from the running backs to especially the receivers, to our tight ends. Back in the day, just as it looked good in front of you, you have to go out and you have to put it on display on the field. And our guys have been working on doing that and I know that when it comes time for that first game, they're going to pull some stuff out of their back pocket. At the end of the day, it's up to us to believe in one another and have total confidence and faith in both sides of the ball; in all three phases, and that's what training camp is all about, continuing to build.