Jake the snake speaks

"Whatever people want to think, they can think. We know what kind of team we are. Obviously a game like this against San Francisco is a great opportunity for us to prove that 4-2 is not a fluke. It couldn't have come against a better opponent - probably one of the better teams in the NFL that we are going to play this weekend. It's a great challenge for us and I think the guys on this team have responded to some challenges this year already and we're looking forward to this one."

Q: What's the atmosphere out there with the big NFC showdown this weekend?

Plummer: We're all pretty excited. It's a situation that really none of us have ever been in besides guys who have come from other teams in recent years. For us, it's an exciting position. We've worked hard to get here and there have been some hard-fought games. We're looking forward to playing this one. It will be a lot of fun. It will be a great atmosphere down there and we're looking forward to going down and getting a win.

Q: You guys are 4-2, but do you feel like you still have a lot to prove to show that 4-2 is not a fluke?

Plummer: We obviously have believed in ourselves and believed in each other, which has gotten us to this mark at 4-2. Whatever people want to think, they can think. We know what kind of team we are. Obviously a game like this against San Francisco is a great opportunity for us to prove that 4-2 is not a fluke. It couldn't have come against a better opponent…probably one of the better teams in the NFL that we are going to play this weekend. It's a great challenge for us and I think the guys on this team have responded to some challenges this year already and we're looking forward to this one. The perception of 4-2, I don't care what anybody thinks, getting to 4-2 is a hard task. We aren't satisfied in any way, we just want to keep trying to win games.

Q: You say that you know what kind of team you guys are, what kind of team are you?

Plummer: We're a tough team that is going to play until the very end. We're a young team where guys are making plays. Obviously, there are things that need to be improved upon, on offense and I'm sure defense has some things they want to improve upon. Teams find out what kind of team we are. We're going to play hard until the final whistle and I think we've shown that in the last two weeks in victories we've pulled out in the fourth quarter. We've been put in that situation and we believe in each other when we get in that situation that we are going to get a win. Hopefully, the whole season doesn't go that way. We would like to get some wins without having to pull them from behind every time, but if that is the way it goes, then it's great.

Q: How much has Dave McGinnis's enthusiasm been a factor for your team?

Plummer: A lot of older guys have been around him. I've been around him since I've got here and have always respected him a lot and always liked him as a coach. Now that he's the head coach, it hasn't really changed. When he was the defensive coordinator, I talked to him all the time and we got along well. Now that he's the head man, he's the same guy. I think a lot of players see that. He is genuine about it. His enthusiasm does wear off. Everyone gets excited when he talks. He fuels the fires that he brings to the table and as players we all respect that and feed off of it.

Q: In terms of paying attention to David Boston, how has your offense responded to what defenses have taken away from you guys?

Plummer: This season, our offense hasn't been efficient in scoring as we wanted it to be, but we've been very efficient in staying on the field and continuing drives. We just have trouble getting the ball in the end zone. That is one of those things that we would like to improve on. Our offense…a lot of it is geared towards getting the ball to David, but other guys have stepped up the few weeks. David, was injured, and wasn't playing at 100 percent. Last week, he showed what he had. I don't think he was still 100 percent, but he came out and played near 100 percent, as near as he has been for awhile. He's going to get the balls, but everyone else is too. We've been able to run the ball well this year, which has taken a lot of pressure off the passing game. We were able to keep some drives alive with that. Offensively, we would just like to score more points…that's what we are looking to do. We can't make too big a deal about it, we just got to go and keep playing and the big plays will happen.

Q: Do you approach this season any differently because it's a contract year for you?

Plummer: Obviously, the question of the contract has been up in the air. Obviously, you guys know (nothing) has been done this far into the season. I really am not expecting anything to be done. I'm just going to go out and play. There is nothing I can do as far as thinking about it and talking about it. All I can do is go out and prepare and play football. All that stuff takes care of itself. That is why my agent gets a percentage of it because he is the guy who is supposed to be back there talking with them and I am supposed to be out there playing.

Q: How huge is this for you and for the direction this organization is going that you guys finish this season the right way?

Plummer: Well, I think it's big because we've all been sick of losing since '98. We want to get back there. All the guys that are on this team, that have been here for awhile, Kwamie Lassiter, Ronnie McKinnon, Frank Sanders, Anthony Clement, Chris Dishman, myself. All us guys that have been on this team and that have been in the playoffs in '98 and now we want to get back. We want to get back to that feeling. One game, where you got to win it to stay in, and if you lose, you are done. Regardless of all that stuff, we are just trying to make the most of the moment right now because there are a lot of question marks…besides myself, a lot of guys have contracts coming up. Right now, we're all together and we're all trying to make the most out of it and make it a special year.

Q: Is this about the most excitement you guys have had there since beating the Cowboys in the playoffs?

Plummer: Not quite at that level because that was in the playoffs. As far as the buzz, there is a buzz that is starting, being 4-2. Obviously, we haven't been in that situation since I've been here. Since '91 was the last time they were 4-2. It's all great, it's all fun and dandy and we're looking to continue on the trend that is going…winning more ball games.

Q: Before the season started, everyone assumed that this conference would come down to the Rams and the Niners. But you guys have come out of nowhere and are now in the playoff picture. How big of a surprise was that and what does that say about the league?

Plummer: Well, it says that there is just a lot of parity. I think it says a lot about the league's parity. I think it says a lot about the people who make those predictions in the preseason. Any team at any time can get hot and get the right mix of guys out there. The thing that is encouraging is that our defense has been playing real well. Offensively, we haven't gotten hot yet. We usually do. Eventually we start moving the ball a lot better and scoring. Hopefully, we can get that going. We believe in each other as a team. We are a close-knit team that really enjoys being around each other and playing with each other on the field. Hopefully, we can just continue on. Like you said, the playoff picture, it's hard to even talk about the playoff picture after six games because there is still 10 left. We want to be in the situation where we are right now in games 14 and 15…that would be really fun.

 


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