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"I really haven't looked down the schedule and said, 'Well, this team is doing great and this team is doing not so well.' San Francisco is 4 and 1 and we are 5 and 1. So, it's a big game for each team. It's a home game for us. We want to come out and play well in front of our home crowd. I hope both teams will come out and be as competitive as possible."

Q: Last time you guys played the Niners at the end of the season, they kind of had their way with you. Are you looking at this game as an opportunity to even the score?

 

McAllister:  No, not necessarily.  The last game of the season is the last game of the season. 

 

Q: What happened to the Saints last year?  It seems like you guys started out with such high expectations, what happened to allow you guys to sink like you did?

 

McAllister: Basically, we lost.  We had guys, in a way, that just quit on the team.  We had guys who didn't want to be here and our main focus was to get the guys out of here who didn't want to be here.  We were just in a slide and San Francisco happened to be one of the opponents that we played and they took care of business. 

 

Q: Has there been an attitude adjustment for the whole organization?

 

McAllister: I really think so because now you have to focus on, are we headed in the right direction?  Obviously we felt like we weren't as an organization, as well as team, and some changes had to be made. 

 

 

Q: You talk about some of the house cleaning that went on and you speak of it rather casually, but we're talking about some big names in the organization…Willie Roaf, Ricky Williams, and a bunch of guys.  I guess that is what makes your start so impressive.  You guys went through this transition period by letting all those folks go.

 

McAllister:  The NFL is made up of different players, whether you are a Pro Bowl player or a rookie.  Regardless, you have to play the game.  Names, alone, aren't the only thing that will win games for you because games aren't won on paper.  Regardless of players, we lost a lot of good players, true enough.  You have to have team chemistry.  You have to have guys on the same page and who want to play together.  I can't say that was the factor with our team last year. 

 

 Q: Coming out in the draft, did you think there was a chance that you might end up with the 49ers?

 

McAllister: Yeah, obviously I visited out in San Francisco and I liked what that organization has done in the past and what the organization has done as far as now.  Obviously, I thought I had an opportunity or chance to play with their team.

 

 Q: Is there any sort of opportunity for you to show them what they are missing by not having drafted you?

 

McAllister:  I think they got two great players…Carter as well as Barlow.  He was the back that they went with.  It's not in spite of…go out and play well because of you didn't take me or you didn't pick me last year.  I'll go out and play well and say hello to the people in the organization that I know and I'll just go out and play the game.

 

 Q: This game, as it stands, you only have two games left against teams with winning records, the Bucs being the other team.  How big is this to get a win against a team like this considering the schedule?

 

McAllister:  Well, it's a big game.  We just take one game at a time.  I really haven't looked down the schedule and said, 'Well, this team is doing great and this team is doing not so well. San Francisco is 4 and 1 and we are 5 and 1.  So, it's a big game for each team.  It's a home game for us.  We want to come out and play well in front of our home crowd.  I hope both teams will come out and be as competitive as possible.

 

 Q: What does make this bigger than the typical game for you guys?  Is it the history the organization has with the 49ers or what is it exactly?

 

McAllister:  I really can't tell you.  It's probably because it is just two teams going out and competing against one another.  Obviously, each team was in the old NFC West, so you have a familiarity with the players and the systems that each team runs.  I think it will just be a competitive game.

 

 


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