Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


Eli Harold says Andre Carter has helped him tremendously

Nov 18, 2016 at 10:46 AM--


On Thursday, Eli Harold joined the Damon Bruce Show on 95.7 The Game. Below, with the questions paraphrased, is what the San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker had to say on during the interview.

DB: It was still a game in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals. It looks like things are getting a little bit better, right?

EH: "Yeah. I feel like we're taking steps. Huge steps. Obviously, we didn't come out with the W, but I feel like as a team, not only as a defense but as a team, we took a big step."

What worked on Sunday and what aspects can you take into other games?

"I just felt like everyone believed in the game plan. We trusted each other. That's what it's about on our side of the ball. Playing with each other, trusting each other, executing the game plan. We all believed in Coach [Jim] O'Neil and his play calling and we went out there and tried to execute it as best as we could."

The pass defense struggled. How do you improve with Tom Brady coming into town?

"Well, first and foremost, it all starts up front. We've got to get pressure on that guy as best as we can. Execute the plays, execute the calls. Just relentless effort playing a guy like that. You have to get people in his face and affect the throwing lanes. That's big playing against a guy like Brady."

What is the biggest difference in your game now versus the day you were drafted?

"I'm much stronger. I came into this building basically at 240 pounds. In the offseason last year, I made a big point in getting stronger, getting some more weight on me. Me and Trent Baalke sat down. He laid it out and told me what I needed to do and I feel like this is my job, this is what I do. I get paid to do it so you need to take it seriously. So, I made a big emphasis in the offseason to put the weight on and come back as strong as a possibly could. I feel like that's the biggest difference."

How do you put the weight on without getting fat?

"You've got to eat healthy and you've got to lift heavy. That's the biggest thing I can give you, man."

Is NaVorro Bowman still involved with this team?

"He's coming in every day for treatment. I've seen him in the past few days. And he pulled me over to the side the other day and first congratulated me on getting my first sack. Just let me know -- he's in my ear -- let me know what he sees and how I can get better. Just here and there. Little knick knacks to improve my game."

Who helps you in film study?

"I'd say Andre Carter. I grew up a Redskins fan in Virginia. Grew up watching him when he played for the 'Skins and the addition of him on our staff this year really helped me improve my game a lot. He was an 80-sack guy in his NFL career -- Andre Carter -- and I feel like he's helped me tremendously. He's helped me along with [linebackers] Coach [Jason] Tarver, obviously, but Dre Carter has truly helped me improve my game on and off the field."

How are you guys keeping a good attitude through this disappointing season?

"It's tough, but you got to look on the bright side. Coming in each and every day, looking to get each other better. It's not all about the wins and losses, it's about what you take out of the situation. It's bigger than football, but ultimately, we're not where we need to be. So just keep grinding day in and day out on and off the field watching the tape. Improving. Doing whatever we got to do is the biggest thing. Obviously, no one wants to lose. The ball hasn't bounced our way more than we would have liked to, but it's just something that you got to just keep holding on and keep fighting and clawing and scratching and just keep grinding. That's all I can think about."

Is Colin Kaepernick healthy? Do you think he would want to return to this team next season?

"I don't get into all of that, to be honest with you. I just try to take care of what I got to take care of. Control what I can control. No matter who is back there for us, I fully believe and have faith in him, that he will help our team win."

How much longer does your protest with Kaepernick continue?

"Until I feel satisfied. Until I feel the issue has been addressed. I feel like a lot of things get swept under the rug in this society these days. Until I feel that things are changing, I'm going to continue doing what i'm doing."

What would a sign of progress be?

"I can't pinpoint one thing. It all starts locally. Obviously, I can't call a meeting and address the whole policing staff or a whole group of people. It all starts with the community that I'm in and however I can reach those guys and talk and people meet each other, have open seminars about a situation. It all starts up front with the society or with the area that I'm living in. The people that I can affect around Santa Clara, San Jose, it all starts in that area. I can't touch the whole world at one time. So I'm following Kap's lead and whatever he needs help with, I'm here for him."

Will you say anything to Tom Brady on the field?

"I try to stay away from the talking. The only time I would talk is if it was a really close friend of mine. Someone I played with in college or someone I know, someone I trained with, but I try not to get into all of that. You know what I'm saying? It's like, you're on the field of battle. No friends. Maybe after the game, but I don't plan on saying anything to him while in between those white lines."

You can listen to the entire interview on 95.7 The Game.



Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News



Arik Armstead provides details of foot injury that kept him out of 49ers-Broncos

By David Bonilla
Sep 25

Everyone was under the assumption that San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Arik Armstead suffered his foot injury during Week 2's game against the Seattle Seahawks. Head coach Kyle Shanahan gave that impression last week when asked about the injury. He was asked if Armstead suffered the injury against the Seahawks. "Yeah, it was bothering him," the coach responded. It turns out the injury started before the start of the regular season. Armstead told NBC Sports Bay Area that he is dealing with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. It began before Week 1's contest against the Chicago Bears and got worse against



Baldy: 49ers miss Mike McDaniel, offense flat without him

By David Bonilla
Sep 27

The San Francisco 49ers defense has been outstanding through three games this season. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the offense. The Niners currently own the No. 2 ranked defense in the league. The offense, on the other hand, sits at No. 24. While the 49ers have struggled to a 1-2 record, the Miami Dolphins, coached by Kyle Shanahan's former right-hand man, Mike McDaniel, are one of two undefeated teams and just knocked off the Buffalo Bills. Some are starting to wonder if the loss of McDaniel was too much for Shanahan and the 49ers offense to overcome. "I thought they would miss him, and I think they [do]," NFL analyst Brian Baldinger said on 95.7 The Game's The Morning Roast. "It just looks very beige, this offense, if



49ers LB Fred Warner names 2 teammates who consistently amaze him

By David Bonilla
Sep 29

On Sunday, San Francisco 49ers star linebacker Fred Warner will sit back and enjoy some football on television, just as many fans across the country do. He doesn't play in his Week 4 contest until the next night, and he rarely gets to take in so much of the gridiron action on the weekend. Instead, he's usually preparing for his own game. Unlike most fans, though, Warner will be taking a more analytical approach to his football watching, trying to find something from his NFL peers that he might be able to apply to his own play and use against the Los Angeles Rams. Even when Warner doesn't get to watch the games around the league, he often witnesses some amazing play. Several of his teammates are playmakers, after all. On Wednesday, Warner joined 95.7 The Game and



John Lynch: George Kittle has 'looked good' in practices ahead of 49ers-Broncos

By David Bonilla
Sep 22

The San Francisco 49ers' All-Pro tight end, George Kittle, practiced for the second consecutive day. He appears on track to make his 2022 season debut on Sunday against the Denver Broncos after sustaining a groin injury on September 5. "Well, George, he's had two good practices, so that's a great thing," general manager John Lynch told KNBR's Tom Tolbert and Adam Copeland. "George, he's got a lot of really special qualities. Number one, he's really good at what he does, and he's a very versatile player in that he's very good in the run game [and] he's very good in the pass game. "But there is another quality that George brings to this team. He kind of lifts us. He lifts everybody around here because he's a character. But it's real; it's genuine. And he just lifts


Featured

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone