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Ken Dorsey talks about returning to the starting lineup at quarterback this week and doing something to get the 49ers' offense going

RE: Starting at quarterback this week:

"I'm back healthy and looking forward to the opportunity to go out and play Seattle. I think playing them last year definitely helps. They're a very different team this year than they were last year. They're probably a lot better, especially defensively. It's going to be a tough game for us, but I'm excited about the opportunity to get back out there."

RE: Are you 100 percent with the ankle?

"I'm right there. It feels really good and it's getting better each week. I'm looking forward to going out and testing it full-speed at practice this week. There haven't been any problems, so I'm excited about where it's at."

RE: How hard was it to watch the last few weeks?

"Any time you don't get to be out there playing it's difficult, but I understood the situation. I have a lot of respect for the coaches and the decisions they make, so I think it's something I understood. At the same time, I wanted to be out there, but physically it wasn't possible."

RE: Seattle's defensive front:

"It's a very talented front. It's a group of guys that are tenacious and never quit. They never give up and are constantly trying tot get after guys, and they're talented, to boot. It's a tremendous challenge we have to maintain our run game and our pass game because of what they do up front."

RE: What is the offense doing to correct the penalty situation?

"I think we just have to do a better job of focusing during practice. We need to keep on it mentally and try our best to rectify it. It's something that you have to take upon yourself and say, ‘We're not going to take it anymore.' We're going to rectify that, correct it and stop shooting ourselves in the foot, putting ourselves at first-and-15 and things like that."

RE: How much are does the team want to get into the end zone to score a touchdown?

"We want to score some points. That's the fun part of offense, just going out there and playing loose, having fun out there and scoring points. That's where we want to get back to: just having fun and enjoying ourselves on the field."

RE: Is this your chance to make a statement?

"This is a huge game for us. It's a division game, and Seattle's playing great football. They're on a big win-streak and they've been playing tremendous each and every week. They're getting better as the year goes on, so it's a huge challenge but it's something we're looking forward to."

RE: Changes on the offensive line:

"I think it's something where we're just trying to mix it up a little bit and do some things to maximize our capabilities up front to take advantage of some things. I don't think it will change our outlook on anything. I think we'll go in and prepare the same as an offense, but it won't change too much in terms of our game-plan."

RE: Did you expect you'd be back in this position once you got healthy?

"The coaches had talked to us about where we stand, and they did a great job in keeping us informed as players. It gave us a comfort level. I don't anyone knows for sure what's going to happen when you get hurt, but at the same time I respect the coaches and any decision they make. I was looking forward to getting back out there and being able to play a little bit, but any decision the coaches make I respect."

RE: How much personal responsibility do you feel to turn around the offense quickly?

"I think with any offense, the fun part is going out and scoring points, playing relaxed and having fun, and I think that's the mindset we're taking this week. We're just going out to have fun, relax and play football like we're capable of doing."

RE: How do you feel about playing the Seahawks again?

"They're a great team. They're on a roll right now. From a defensive standpoint, they're playing really well pressuring and stopping the run. They're up in the top ten in most categories, so it's going to be a tremendous challenge for us. Having that experience last year definitely helps, but they have a lot of new faces over there, and in a lot of ways they're a lot better."

RE: How much do you think about that game last year?

"Naturally you think about it from a scheme standpoint, but again there are a lot of new faces over there. There are a lot of talented guys over there that weren't there last year, so that kind of changes things up a little bit. Anytime you have experience against another team, it helps a little bit at least. It's not a deciding factor or anything like that, but you definitely take any experience you have against another team into account."

RE: What did you learn from that game?

"I think the biggest thing was the turnovers last year are what killed us. I think we had a fumble early that put them in good position, and an interception early that put them in good position. Protecting the football is big for us because anytime you turn the ball over, you put yourself in a hole."

RE: How difficult is this for the quarterbacks to keep it sorted out?

"I think as a group we all have a lot of respect for each other and we all like each other. Every guy in the quarterback room is not only a good player but also a good person. I think that's the way it is for us. No matter what, we prepare as a group and not as individuals. No matter who's out there, they're going to be prepared and ready to play."

RE: Are the quarterbacks trying to not make mistakes and is that a reason you're not moving the ball?

"I don't think that's a major issue for us. We try to do whatever it takes to win a football game. Whether it's doing one thing or another, that's what we try to do because our biggest thing is winning games right now. We know that as time goes on and we get more experience, we're going to be able to do a lot of great things for this organization. I think we're learning as we go, but at the same time we're not taking our foot off the gas by any means. We're going to try to make plays and make things happen.


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