San Francisco 49ers left tackle Joe Staley said he didn't know what to expect of Colin Kaepernick when he took over as the team's starting quarterback, but now says the second-year QB is capable of "amazing" things.
"Anybody that is out there on the football field you want to see them produce and get results. With Colin (Kaepernick) his first couple of starts, you did not know what to expect because we had not seen him out there as a starting quarterback. He did amazing and he has all season as well as the playoffs. I think it was one of those things where we saw him in practice and we just wanted to see how he was going to handle the situation in the games. He has done that."
Staley has been one of the anchors of the 49ers all season long. Whether Alex Smith or Kaepernick were running the offense, Staley has provided stability for the 49ers. Staley, 28, has started every game this season.
Someone who Staley expects to block this weekend is retiring linebacker Ray Lewis:
"I played against him one time last year when we played them and (Ray Lewis) was hurt. My rookie year I played against him. I remember blocking him one play and I had a block where I was like ‘Holy crap, it is Ray Lewis. I just blocked Ray Lewis.' He is a player that is obviously on top of his game and one of the best to ever play this position. He brings a ton to that franchise and that team. He is the heart of that team. It is going to be great to compete against him for the trophy."
Staley talked about his favorite things about the plane trip to New Orleans, which was highlighted by a nap:
"We had this huge plane. It was the bed seats. That was probably number one. Number two, I got to watch How to Make It In America. It was a canceled show on HBO, which I really, really enjoy. Number three, probably the 10-minute nap I took. It was pretty fantastic."
Super Bowl XLVII takes place Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET at the Superdome in New Orleans.