Coming off one of this best seasons, LT Joe Staley wants to build off of this success heading into 2013. He was gracious to get the recognition he deserved for last season.
“Last year was my best as a professional,” Staley said on Saturday afternoon. “It’s nice to have your peers notice what you’re doing it’s honoring and humbling. I was off to a slow start last year and this time, I’m really focused on being in mid-season form in the first game. It’s one of those things I can challenge myself to get better with.”
Staley has made back-to-back Pro Bowl appearances in 2011 and 2012 and was also named an All Pro in those seasons. A big reason for the success was how the running game was ranked one of the best in the nation with 2,491 rushing yards combined in the regular season.
He said he is happy to be reunited with OL Adam Snyder for 2013. After spending his first seven years of his career with the 49ers, Snyder spent the 2012 season with the Arizona Cardinals. He was released the following season signed a two-year contract on May 6. Staley feels that Snyder can contribute to the team for this season.
“I’ve been friends with him for a long time,” said Staley. “He has versatility [for the offensive line] and it’s good for depth. We’re happy to have him with us again.”
A starting right guard in 2011, Snyder will be the reserve offensive lineman who can play tackle, guard and center when called upon. Alex Boone has carried his role since the start of 2012.
Greg Roman felt Staley has made everyone else around him better than before. He said he is consistently working to improve every day.
“Joe is playing at an extremely high level,” said Roman. “He’s attacking every practice drill and team meeting like a rookie. He’s itching to get better. Our offensive line is growing into a maturing type of culture through him.”
Staley said he continues to have high expectations for himself and will keep practicing. He’s been working for the best possible results.
“I think I’ve been motivated by being the best player I can be by my standards,” said Staley. “I deliberately practice and go out here and go for the most. Just focus on doing more [every day]. Do that throughout your career, and you’ll see improvement.”
-Staley felt the leadership in the locker room has been top notch. From Vernon Davis to Frank Gore, Staley said the coaches don’t have to say much to them, indicating everyone is on the same page.