Pickett seeks patience in second time around

Cody Pickett talks about getting a second consecutive start at quarterback for the 49ers and other topics surrounding Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.

Q: Do you expect it will be a lot easier for you this week in your second time starting at quarterback?

Pickett:
Q: Do you feel like this is an opportunity for you to grab the starting job for next year?

Pickett:
I'm not worried about any of that. We have to go one week at a time. This is a tremendous opportunity for this team to get rolling. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us to get prepared for a good Chicago team, and we're looking forward to doing that.

Q: What do you have to do lead this offense to scoring some points?

Pickett:
I just have to try to be patient. I can't try to force the issue like I did on that one play last week. As hard as that is, I have to be patient and take what they give you. We just have to execute better. We have to be better with our pre-snap penalties and things like that. We can't put ourselves in first-and-long, second-and-long, and third-and-long opportunities. We have to keep our down and distance a little bit shorter than that, and hopefully we'll do better than we did last week.

Q: Do you see rookie linemen Adam Snyder and David Baas becoming more of a factor this week and during the second half of the season?

Pickett:
Those are very talented, young guys. They're going to have very good NFL careers. We're confident with all the guys we have up front and we're excited to go with whoever is going to be playing.

Q: Does getting the extra reps in practice that (C) Jeremy Newberry doesn't take help them?

Pickett:
Absolutely. Any time you can get extra reps in practice, it's going to help you become a better player. Jeremy is such a great player that sometimes he's banged up, but doesn't have to be out here (at practice) to play in the games. That's a good opportunity for these guys to get more reps.

Q: Were you concerned that you might not get the chance to play quarterback this year?

Pickett:
I don't know. I try not to think about it. When they told me I was going to be here and have the opportunity to play special teams, I was excited about that opportunity. I just tried to take that, be positive with it and enjoy doing that. I really couldn't worry about what was going to happen as far as me playing quarterback. Now I have the opportunity to play quarterback, so I'm trying to get ready to go and hopefully win.

Q: Were you sure that you were eventually going to get a chance to play quarterback in the NFL?

Pickett:
I'm confident in my abilities to play quarterback. The situation was what it was, and I'm confident in my ability to play. I know I have a lot of work to do and have a lot of things to learn about playing quarterback in this league, but I'm a confident guy and I feel like I can be successful with a lot of hard work. As long as I don't get hurt and everything goes the way I think – there are a lot of things I need to correct and work on - I was very confident in what was going to happen.

Q: What kind of challenge faces this team when it plays on the road?

Pickett:
It's going to be a big challenge for us this week. Chicago's a very good team, and adding the road factor in, it's going to make it harder for us to hear and things like that. We're excited about the challenge, though. They're a very good team and it would be a big win for us.

Q: What kind of frustration do you sense this offense is feeling right now?

Pickett:
We have to execute better than we have and we can't put ourselves in bad situations, with penalties and turning the ball over. It is definitely frustrating, but we have to stay positive and try to go forward.

Q: Is there someone in particular on the Bears defense that you always have to watch for?

Pickett:
Basically, I just have to scout out their coverages and pre-snap looks, things like that. As far as a main, standout guy, it's (linebacker Brian) Urlacher. He's their main guy on defense, but they've got a bunch of talented guys on that defense. They're really talented up front and do a lot of things. Like I've been saying, it's going to be a good challenge for us. We have to make sure we don't put ourselves in bad situations with pre-snap penalties because they're very good on defense.


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