Tomlinson doing some talking

"I think it is definitely time for me to step up and say a couple of things. Like I was telling the media after (last week's) game, I still think this is Junior Seau's and Rodney Harrison's team. I just feel like that when I need to say something, I'm going to say it."

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Q: You had an interesting perspective on your team's performance after the loss on Sunday. Your coach said it was just a heat of the moment thing and the players responded well. What impact do you think your comments will have as you prepare for this game?

Tomlinson: I don't know. We're going to have to wait and see. I just want to move forward. Hopefully, we bounce back and play well. Obviously we got a good ball club coming in, who are very dangerous. I just hope we are able to play like our old self.

Q: You're a second-year guy, and a lot of second-year guys wouldn't call out your teammates. Is that a sign that you are becoming more of a leader in the locker room?

Tomlinson: I think it is definitely time for me to step up and say a couple of things. Like I was telling the media after the game, I still think this is Junior Seau's and Rodney Harrison's team. I just feel like that when I need to say something, I'm going to say it.

Q: Is there a sense of urgency as you guys work your way through the second half, being that it is so tight in the AFC West?

Tomlinson: We're not concerned, but we are right where we want to be right now. Obviously, the stretch is going to be crucial for us. We're going to have Denver and Oakland back-to-back. I think those will be the key games for us. We're not concerned right now. We just got to keep on going as a team and these games is a growing experience for us.

Q: What do you think has happened the last two games?

Tomlinson: I think we've played pretty well besides the Jets game. We had too many turnovers in the Jets game. With the Rams game, we played 3 ½ quarters really good and the defense helped us out by scoring two touchdowns and we just gave the game away at the end. Once again, we're learning. After looking at the film, I think we're learning as a ball club and we understand what we need to do.

Q: What are you learning?

Tomlinson: We're learning how to win games and never giving up… thinking we have the game in hand. Obviously, playing a team like St. Louis last week and they were a Super Bowl team last year. We have to understand that we have to finish a game…60 minutes. Marty (Schottenheimer) has been preaching that to us for so long, but until it happens to you, you don't really understand exactly what he means.

Q: What have you noticed about the 49ers run defense, being successful against all the top backs except for Deuce McAllister?

Tomlinson: I think they are very athletic. They have a very good run defense. They really do a lot of different stunts. I think they are really accurate. Their defensive end, Carter, and of course their linebacker, Peterson. I think those are some of the guys who really make things happen with their quickness. They disrupt a lot of plays.

Q: What do you have to do to have success against them?

Tomlinson: I don't know. I guess I'm going to try a lot of different things to see what works during the game.

Q: Are defenses stacking the ball a lot against you? Is that what the Jets did as well?

Tomlinson: I think a lot of teams are doing that more and more. It's not surprising me. That's football. That's the game. Obviously, anytime you run the football well, you have to expect things like that to happen.

Q: Do you take that as a compliment?

Tomlinson: Yeah, I do take that as a compliment.

 


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