Offensive Line Coach/Run Game Coordinator Chris Foerster Press Conference
Offensive Line Coach/Run Game Coordinator Chris Foerster
Press Conference – October 13, 2022
San Francisco 49ers
You had said a couple weeks ago, RB Jeff Wilson Jr. is one of your favorite players and your son’s favorite player. I’m sure there’s a lot of different things that go into that, but what are some qualities about him that makes you say that?
“Oh, Jeff comes here with a smile on his face every day. He works as hard as anybody. He’s pleasant to be around. He’s always trying to get better. He’s tough as nails. It’s hard to get him out of a game. He’s diligent. He’s a very professional player as far as his preparation, I could keep going. He runs hard, he finishes. He’s a good teammate. He’s a great person to coach. Jeff’s a consummate pro. He comes here every day. And what I love about him too is that I get grumpy and Jeff doesn’t. He comes to work every day with a smile on his face ready to work. And he is a pleasure to be around and I’m really happy that when he has gotten his opportunities, he’s been able to have some success.”
How would you describe the overall offensive mood right now after getting a nice game like that in Carolina compared to where you were maybe two, three weeks ago?
“It’s nice to have the production obviously, so like I said, it’s always nice to walk in after a win and talk about your production, but in the same sense, it’s still about how we’re doing. You still are going evaluate every step you take and all the little things that we could be doing better and we’re still not there. Like we talked about even early in the season when there wasn’t the production, there was a lot of good things going on, but yet we just weren’t getting the production. Right now, I’m not saying it’s the opposite now, but it is. You just don’t know. All of a sudden you break one run and you make one big play on a throw and the next thing you know, you’re scoring a bunch of points, but yet you’ve still got a lot to work on, so I think the overall mood is that it’s nice to win. It’s nice to be a little more productive, but at the same time, I think everybody knows there’s a lot of work still to do.”
How do you think OL Jaylon Moore did this past week?
“I think Jaylon bounced back and had a really nice game after he came in at the end of the Denver game and really struggled and then the next week came in and played better and this week was a really good game for him. He was up to the challenge. He gave up a sack, he was late off the count. That’s not to say he didn’t give it up. He gave it up. You have to get off on the snap count. But he got off late on the count and 53 got the edge on him and got the sack, but Jaylon performed better. He rose up. He was disappointed in himself, how he ended that Denver game and he really came back and has performed.”
WR Deebo Samuel talked about mistakes that you guys made in Carolina, other people did too. Was that a theme of the game? The score indicates that we blew this team out, but there’s improvements that we could have made in that game?
“Well, I think that everybody’s really to a point now where, what are we five games in right now, that you would expect these things to not be as many and there were more probably than anybody would’ve wanted or expected. And I think that’s probably why you think we should be hitting our stride and starting to feel good. And even though maybe it feels like we we’re improving and I’m sure we are, incrementally. I think guys still look at it and say, there’s still so much work to be done. And it’s each player. Deebo could have been talking about I don’t know, you’d have to ask him about himself, about the receiver room. But I think overall, there’s always work to be done and we are a team that needs to develop and keep working to get better throughout the season.”
Is QB Jimmy Garoppolo one of the guys that speaks up and points that out or is that strictly coaches?
“It’s coaches. There’s not a lot of players that call out other players on our offense, I don’t think. Maybe on defense it’s different. I’ve been on a team where [Hall of Fame QB] Peyton Manning was the quarterback and he called out everybody, including the owner and the general manager. We all got called out. I got a great story on that, but it’s not for now. So there have been a lot of teams like that. [Hall of Fame WR] Cris Carter with the Minnesota Vikings. The list goes on of players that are really hard on other players and our team’s much more coach driven. [Head coach] Kyle [Shanahan] and the coaches and everybody really pointing out what needs to be worked on and improved upon. And then within our groups, we stay on each other and guys are pretty good that way, but it’s mostly coach driven.”
Does RB Tevin Coleman look more explosive now than a couple years ago when he was on the team or is that an optical illusion?
“I think it’s been the same. I think he’s always been a real explosive player. I remember him coming out of college and I remember him playing for Kyle in Atlanta and what a good job he did. I remember him with us a couple years ago, but he has also been out a little bit, so maybe there is some freshness or some spring in his legs. We always talk about it when a guy’s been out a few weeks and comes back to practice, it’s fresh legs. He looks different than everybody else when he gets back out there again because he hasn’t had the wear and tear of everyday practice.”
Does his experience in the offense make it easy for him to just jump in?
“Yeah, Tev’s awesome and we talked about it I think last week or the week before. We just talked about his explosiveness on the field and when these guys were going to get their opportunities and Tev went out there and really did a great job and it’s just so nice for him. To get two touchdowns, it’s awesome for a guy that was on the practice squad and was not working anywhere and now he’s here and scores twice for us. It’s really cool.”
How is RB Jordan Mason progressing?
“He’s doing a good job. Just keeps grinding away and when he is ready he’s going to be ready. He’s still a young player that’s developing and when there’s a guy like Tev with experience in the offense and Jeff Wilson as well, it is definitely a challenge for him. But he does a great job. I said every week he works hard and when his opportunity comes, we’ll probably be surprised how well he does.”
Kyle was just talking about WR Brandon Aiyuk and you talked in the past about his blocking. From a year ago, is his technique better or is that just matter of desire and being a more willing blocker?
“There were times last year that they got cranked up and when you talk about our Rams game that we played in Levi’s Stadium, they got after it. The Minnesota game, there’s some games that stick out where they competed every single snap. They’ve never not blocked. That’s one thing about Kyle’s offense that always goes back to his dad, the receivers are going to block. If you’re going to play in this offense, you’re going to block. And so Brandon and Deebo and all those guys have embraced it. [WR] Jauan [Jennings], holy cow, those guys really enjoy blocking. Obviously, like any receiver, they want to get their catches and they want to do those things and then it’s a give and take with them, but these guys are more than willing to do an excellent job, whatever we ask him to do. And B.A.’s done that his whole career. It’s like anything else, the consistency of it and all that, it’s maybe being noticed a little bit more now because it’s probably more consistent. Like all of his game is more consistent right now.”