Anthony Adams: Yeah, it's one of the reasons. It's something that I'm used to and something that I've done in college and my first two years in the league. I talked to Coach Nolan. I accepted the role in the 3-4 defense. I just wanted to try to contribute to the 49ers as much as I could knowing that I'm a 4-3 tackle, but I wanted to play the 3-4 just to show my versatility a little bit. It was a great experience for me.
JC: What exactly is a defensive tackle asked to do in the 3-4 as opposed to the 4-3? Is it all about gap responsibility?
AA: It's a little different because you have two gaps, but when you're in a 4-3 you just have one gap. It's a little different. I think when you're in a 4-3, you're more in an attack mode and you can shoot upfield. When you're in a 3-4, you can't shoot upfield. You have to read what they're doing and keep both gaps intact. So you have to be a little more cautious with what you're doing in a 3-4.
JC: Lovie Smith loves to rotate his defensive linemen and keep them fresh over the course of a game. Does knowing that make you feel comfortable that you'll get the playing time you want?
AA: It doesn't matter to me. Whether they need me to play 60 snaps or 30 snaps, it really doesn't matter. That aspect of what they do as far as a rotation, it didn't really have any bearing on if I was going to come here or not. I'm familiar with Coach Lovie's system, and the opportunity presented itself. And I ran with it.
JC: What would you like Bears fan to know about Anthony Adams the player and Anthony Adams the person?
AA: I come here for business. I come here to have fun with my teammates. I'll sign any autographs and things like that. I'm just a fan as much as they are, so I just want them to know that I'm a genuine guy [and] down to earth. I come here to bring us to the Super Bowl and win the Super Bowl.
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