Bruce: 'I'm happy to be a part of it'

Isaac Bruce says he's not frustrated by the way his first season with the 49ers is turning out, but this isn't exactly the way the four-time Pro Bowler expected it to be when he faces his former team for the first time. As the Niners prepare to play the Rams, Bruce talked about the "work in progress" of San Francisco's season and meeting up with St. Louis, where he spent his first 14 NFL seasons.

Q: Has it been difficult for you being part of a 2-7 team that's on a six-game losing streak?
Bruce:
Not at all. Frustration has never added anything to my life, so I don't allow frustration to be a part of my life.

Q: How then do you reconcile what's going on with the win-loss record?
Bruce:
I look at it as a work in progress. And I'm happy to be a part of it.

Q: From that standpoint, you have a lot of you receivers around you, and they all talk about what they glean from you, do you take pride with their performance when they step up like Monday night?
Bruce:
Honestly, I don't. That's what they're here to do. They're here to play and perform when they get their opportunity. If they don't do that, they're not going to be here.

Q: When you say work in progress … Are you encouraged by what you see? Do you see progress being made by this team?
Bruce:
I'm always encouraged and yes, I do see progress.

Q: You talked earlier in the year about having high goals and expectations for yourself and this team. How do you adjust those as the season goes along?
Bruce:
Well, you don't. I mean, I'm not a double-minded person. If I did adjust, I would be a double-minded person. Therefore, my goals and everything that I believed about this team in the beginning are still the same.

Q: Are you a creature of habit that likes to get into a routine where you do the same things?
Bruce:
I think that's pretty much everyone.

Q: Then, how, after being at one place and playing for one team 14 seasons, have you been able to adjust to coming here to a completely new environment?
Bruce:
Football is football. … That's a different kind of question. We'd have to have some time to answer that question.

Q: What kind of meaning does it have to you to be playing against your former team for the first time?
Bruce:
Really, I practiced against them for about 14 years, so it's no big difference.

Q: Do you talk to people there regularly?
Bruce:
I don't want to answer that question.

Q: You have been able to make things happen with the ball in your hands this year. Why haven't we seen the ball get to you on a more consistent basis?
Bruce:
I think a concerted effort is being made to get me the football. When I get it, I can only do what I do. I'm not the quarterback or the coordinator or anything like that.

Q: Is that something you've talked about with coaches, why the ball isn't coming your way a little more often?
Bruce:
I can pretty much see what (offensive coordinator Mike Martz) sees. So there's no need for dialogue of why it's not happening. I don't lose sleep.

Q: What do you see as a reason that is not occurring?
Bruce:
I believe our running game is working really well, and I'm a big part of that. I'm all right with going with what works.

Q: Does it affect you much emotionally severing ties with a team you played with for 14 years, that you weren't able to finish your career in St. Louis?
Bruce:
Not at all. I don't live my life emotionally. I live a principle-led life. I know business is business, and sometimes business falls on people who don't want it to fall on them. It fell on Isaac Bruce. I wasn't surprised. Sometimes I say they beat me to the draw. I don't lose friendships because I leave. If I did, they were never my friends.

Q: Do you see yourself continuing to play in the future? Is the game still fun for you?
Bruce:
I'm still having fun and I do plan on playing Sunday, and that's the future.

Q: What have you seen from the young guys like Jason (Hill) and Josh (Morgan), and how have they complemented your game?
Bruce:
When the ball gets spread around more, the ball starts get to spread around more. If those guys are stepping up and playing well, it will be a big benefit for the organization.

Q: When you were in St. Louis, how were you and Torry Holt able to complement each other?
Bruce:
We were friends first, so that helped everything.

Q: Did you both consider yourselves No. 1 receivers when you were together there?
Bruce:
I couldn't tell you about his thinking, but on my end I did. I'm sure he was thinking the same thing. On my team, I'd be looking for guys that want to be No. 1 receivers.


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