49ers can 'get it going right' vs. Giants

Niners quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan covers a variety of topics while talking about Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

Q: If you were to give yourself a report card today, what would you give yourself as a grade?
O'Sullivan:
I wouldn't care what the grade is right now. I care what the grade is at the end of the season. That would be my honest answer for you. I don't know if I'd worry about a report card. I didn't like report cards when I was in school either. (Laughs).

Q: In your eyes, was Monday night a bad game for New York or did Cleveland show how to beat that team?
O'Sullivan:
I think Cleveland did a really good job of making a lot of big plays when they were there to be made. Hopefully we'll have the same opportunity, and we'll try to do similar things as far as capitalizing on plays that are there to be made.

Q: They had like thirty-three minutes of possession time. Is that key to hold on to the ball against the Giants team or is that just true every week?
O'Sullivan:
A little bit of both. I think just from watching the game and listening to people talk about their offense, that's something they try to do. Obviously to counter that we'd like to hold on to the ball and put them in situations that they don't want to be in. So, [I'm] conscious of it, but I'm not sure how it will effect how aggressive [we are] or how we call plays. How we execute.

Q: When you watch that Giants team on film is there any area that really jumps out at you?
O'Sullivan:
The thing that jumps out at me is just the physicalness. Just from watching their run last year in the playoffs, everybody kind of watched them, to watching the film early this year; they're such a physical team. They're going to put pressure on you just by beating you up. And then their scheme is…they run their scheme very well. They have players that are very good at what they're asking them to do. So we're going to have our hands full across the board. I think it starts from their mentality from the top down about being physical.

Q: Can you talk about their secondary, too? I know that they have a lot of personnel that they like to rotate in and out back there.
O'Sullivan:
They mix up things a lot back there with different coverages, different pressures from that secondary. So it's going to challenge us across the board, from our protections to our perimeter guys. Seeing what they're doing, all of us being on the same page all the time.

Q: Frank [Gore] has had a lot of success running the ball in the last few weeks. How has getting him going helped you out?
O'Sullivan:
Yeah. I'd like to keep it going. I don't think there's any reason to hide: he's an elite player in this league so we're going to get him the ball every way we can, whether it's running the ball or screens or down the field in the passing game. I think he's proven that he can do a lot of things, so we're just going to…hopefully it keeps growing and growing.

Q: Do you have the ability to audible in this system as freely as you'd like?
O'Sullivan:
There are certain checks we make. There's not a lot at the line. A lot of us know that we believe the scheme has the answer to what we're seeing. It's a matter of getting to the answers by executing.

Q: Do you have the offense to control the ball? Are you confident that's something this offense can do against a physical defense?
O'Sullivan:
I hope so. It doesn't really matter what I think. It only matters what we end up doing. I think the potential is there, but that doesn't really matter. It's about us going out there and actually doing it against an elite team in this league.

Q: What's the morale in the locker room?
O'Sullivan:
Good. We're going out there to play the Super Bowl champs. We're excited about the opportunity. We know it's going to be a tough environment, but it's the perfect opportunity for us to go out there and get a huge, big win and just kind of get going in the right direction. But we understand the task at hand this week and what type of team we're playing, so we're excited.

Q: Going back to the audible question, are you saying that you never do audible? And do you find that to be a problem?
O'Sullivan:
I don't know that I never audible. How do you classify ‘audible?' Do you mean totally change the play at the line of scrimmage? That's not this offense. We'll get into different plays from different runs. We can get into checks that are from a run play to a passing play, but it's not like a lot of other teams around the league that you'll see guys changing plays at the line of scrimmage. That sort of stuff doesn't happen all the time. But do I find it frustrating? No. I like the answers that we have. I think the answers we have are those quick passes that come out. You see the teams blitzing and the ball's already out of my hand. Those are our answers to pressure situations where maybe other teams would check into kind of a max protection thing and try to throw the ball. Our answer is to get it out of my hands quickly, and I like that stuff. So I have no problem with it.

Q: Sometimes you as a quarterback get a feel for what's going on in the game whereas the coach isn't going to have that on the sideline. Would you like to have more freedom to do that?
O'Sullivan:
It's not something I've ever thought about, and I don't necessary agree with that. That might be your opinion of it. I trust Coach Martz. He does, more than any other person I've been around, [make] the preparation to call the right play at the right time, so that's what I trust.

Q: How gratifying was it for you to get Vernon Davis involved in the passing game?
O'Sullivan:
You need to use everybody. He's got that big-play potential that we see, everybody in the stadium sees, anytime he touches the ball. He's just electric running the ball. So we've got to find as many ways as possible to get him the ball and he can run with it. He did a great job of going down the field and catching a deep out, and turning and running with the ball afterwards. We just need to keep that kind of package of trying to get him the ball growing and evolving.

Q: Do you think Josh Morgan is back where he was in the preseason as far as his health?
O'Sullivan:
I have no idea. I think he's better than he was in the preseason. I think he had a good preseason. But I think that, from watching and him getting in there and playing, I think he's better than that. I hope he's not the same as he was in training camp. I trust that he'll come in and make big plays, just like we saw him at the end of the game go up and get that ball.



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