True Drew

Dallas quarterback Drew Bledsoe talks Cowboys and 49ers, along with discussing his first season in Dallas, his second go-around with coach Bill Parcells, playing against a 3-4 defense and his impressions of 49ers tackle Jonas Jennings - Bledsoe's bodyguard in Buffalo the last three years - among other subjects.

Q: How has the transition been for you to a new team?

Bledsoe:
It's been good. The transition happened pretty fast. I had a good offseason to spend down here. I think it was a little easier being that is was my second time switching teams. After wearing one helmet and one uniform for nine years and then going to a new place was a little bit of a change. But now that I'm making my second move it wasn't as big of an adjustment. Plus, coming into a situation where I already know the head coach, know the basis of the offensive system and have some familiarity with one of the receivers makes for a pretty quick transition.

Q: What is it about you that Bill Parcells liked?

Bledsoe:
I think what Bill knows about me is that I'm a smart player. I'm going to make good decisions for him and I'm not going to make big mistakes that will put us in bad positions. At the same time, I still have the ability to stretch the field and get the ball down field to make the big plays. He knows if he puts weapons around me and gives me a little protection that I'm going to be a productive guy for him. Hopefully that will continue to be the case and we will go on and have a lot of success here before we're done.

Q: Is he the same guy that he was the first time around?

Bledsoe:
I think so, for the most part. He's still is active in practice. He's still adamant and loud about the way he wants things to happen with the team. I don't think he's backed off a bit when it comes to his expectations and the level of play and level of production for his team. With some age and time he may have mellowed a little bit. He may have gained a little more appreciation about the time that he gets to spends around us as players. That keeps him young. He might have gained a little appreciation for that, but overall he's pretty much the same guy.

Q: What was he like following the Monday night loss?

Bledsoe:
His point was right on. If you're playing in this league and you don't take every opportunity that you have to put a team away, and if you don't play for 60 minutes then crazy things can happen. There are a lot of talented players in this league and if you don't take advantage of your opportunities and put a team away when you have a chance, you always leave them some opportunity to beat you. That's what happened in that game.

Q: Have Julian Peterson's comments got any play in Dallas?

Bledsoe:
I don't know, what did he say?

Q: He guaranteed a victory

Bledsoe:
Oh did he. We'll see. We're going to show up and play the game anyway.

Q: Can you talk about what it was like as a rookie QB playing in this league for 13 games?

Bledsoe:
It was crazy. The best description that I can give you is, at times it felt like I was sticking my head inside a popcorn machine trying to pick out the right piece. When you're a rookie, teams are trying to confuse you and do extra things to confuse you. It's a crazy time as a rookie. You're balancing a lot of new things off the field, as well as dealing with a whole new situation on the field. It's a process that you go through. Hopefully before things get bad, a team gets built around you and you're able to have some success. That's what happened with me in my second year. The team started to fall in place around me and we were able to make the playoffs in my second year.

Q: Did you benefit more from playing that year or would there have been benefits from sitting?

Bledsoe:
I've always been a component of being on the field and learning under fire. Obviously there have been success stories both ways. I think there are benefits to just sitting and watching for a year while you're not under the gun. You can watch and learn without having the stress and pressure of being under the gun all the time. I think that can be a benefit. I think with me, I liked the opportunity of being on the field the very first game. I think that benefited me as well. I think it's all about individual guys, whether a guys ready or whether the team is ready for someone to step on the field and go.

Q: Do you have a good feel of playing against the 3-4 defense?

Bledsoe:
Yeah. It's kind en vogue, the 3-4 and all the different variations off of it. One of the luxuries for us is that that's the defense that our team was playing against all through training camp. We have a lot of experience and have seen hundreds of snaps against the 3-4 just playing against our own guys through training camp. The 3-4 for a quarterback is certainly more of a headache than just your regular four down line defense. There are more moving parts and you have to account for that extra line backer and the different variations of blitz that teams can throw at you, because of it.

Q: Is the 49ers game against Philadelphia a blueprint for you guys?

Bledsoe:
Obviously we want to score as many points as we can. We're watching both of their first two games. You go watch what they did against St. Louis and that's the team that we're preparing for. We watched all the sacks that they got. The pressure that they were able to apply to the Rams offense is pretty impressive. We better be ready for that. Bryant Young looks like he's playing like he did when he was young. He looks great. Julian Peterson is back healthy and he's very disruptive. We're going to have to take care of those two guys. When they come after us on some of their blitz packages, we're going to have to go on the attack and get after them a little bit."

Q: Is the 49ers' 3-4 different from the Dallas 3-4?

Bledsoe:
Not the base 3-4 itself, because that's pretty standard. They do go from a 3-4 alignment to some different four down looks with the same personnel. They'll actually play one of their linebackers as a down linemen at different times. That is where it gets a little more complicated. You have to account for the variations of the 3-4 that they show you.

Q: How well do you know Jonas Jennings?

Bledsoe:
Jonas is a good friend of mine. He was my bodyguard in Buffalo for three years. He's an outstanding player and he's got great quickness and great strengths. He's a really smart guy, too. He's going to be a good addition for the Niners for a long time. He's definitely a good guy to have in the locker room. He's a positive guy who brings a positive attitude and work ethic. He's going to be a really good addition for that team for a long time. Plus having a left tackle who can block any of these guys is a great asset to the 49ers. When he was in Buffalo he was blocking the premier guys twice every year.


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