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QB Kolb, FS Allen, WR Cooper, TE Celek

QB Kevin Kolb

On how he is seeing the field better: "Well, after the Green Bay game, that was a big focus on mine. It was making sure I was seeing things and surveying things. So obviously when you make it a point, you get a little better at it. A lot of that comes with playing and getting out there and making the mistakes and then being able to correct them and seeing all those different looks that NFL defenses like to throw at you."

On whether there is a mindset change or preparation change from last week since he is not certain that he is going to be to the starter this week against Atlanta: "No. It's exactly the same. And that's the way you have to approach it. Obviously, we did something somewhat right last week, so that's the way I want to stay, and make sure that I'm totally prepared if something was to happen."

On how much difference it makes come game time when you have the whole week to practice: "It's a big difference, because there are large game plans that go in for these defenses and we change some things here and there. And you want to have as many reps as possible with a lot of different looks in practice. So you have to get that timing down with your guys on some of that new stuff and make sure you're ready to go whenever the play's called on."

On the conservative play calling in the third quarter and what he would like to see moving forward: "It's that same old thing that whenever you have a team down, you want to jump on them. And we didn't do that. That was one of the areas that we can work on. It was a good game, but that's one of the things that we really pointed out in that game that we should have done better. It starts with me. There were some chances there. It was a short-yardage situation that we should've converted. And then we talked on the sidelines and got it back, and then went down the field and got that field goal, that ended up being the game winner. So you can't ever sit back in this league. With the talent that's out there, anybody can go down the field and score."

On what he attributes to the lack of success that he has had throwing to WR DeSean Jackson: "Defenses have been doing a good job against him, but I've got to do a better job of getting him the ball. He's a dynamic player and we have to get the ball in his hands, and we'll do a good job. At the same time, and he understands this, when it's like that, other guys get the chances. And we're so talented across the board, in my opinion, at our skill positions that anybody can make a play. So defenses have to give up something to get something else. That's the way we look at it. And we'll try to get him the ball, but there's a lot of chances out there and he's doing a good job of opening up holes for everybody else."

On whether he senses frustration from Jackson: "No, DeSean, along with the rest of the guys, are very good about that. We have good, team-oriented guys here. That's what they brought in. That's what (GM) Howie (Roseman) and (head coach) Andy (Reid) wanted to bring in. Every player wants his touches, and I'm the same way. Every player's the same way. But (DeSean) doesn't show any frustration. I'm sure he wants to get the ball, but he understands the team aspect of it, as well as the rest of us."

On how important it is to get the first home win of the season this Sunday: "It's very important, and against a good football team, as well. That's our next step as a team. We've done well on the road. We've had that mindset of, 'We're going in there and we're going to take it from you,' and we have to bring that same mindset back home and be able to get a tough victory against a good team this week."

On whether he expects to enter the game with more confidence than he had before the win against the 49ers: "Yeah, that was one of the things, though. I tried to go in with a bunch of confidence last week. And I'm going to do the same thing this week. Obviously, (as) a young QB, it grows every week. And hopefully, the better you play, the more confidence you gain, so that's my mentality, and then keep moving forward. Don't look in the past, regardless of (whether) it's good or bad, just keep moving forward, and like you said, keep getting more and more confident."

On the changes along the offensive line and that unit not being able to jell: "First of all, I have total confidence in whoever's out there. I have a lot of confidence in (T) King (Dunlap). I thought he did a good job the other night. He got beat the one time, but that was partly my fault, as well. Whoever's out there, you have to have confidence in. And I'll tell you what, the offensive line, to be able to have those changes come in and out, that's a tribute to them to be able to just consistently gel game time in the heat of the battle and get it together, and make sure we're ready to go on offense."

On how his confidence now compares to when he walked out onto the field on opening day: "Similar, because I'm the kind of guy that, I want to stay pretty consistent. I don't want to get too high, I don't want to get too low. I know that's your mentality, but I think, especially in this town and in this market, when you lose a couple you can get way down and you don't play well. When you play well, people can build you up. So I just want to stay at that level of confidence and make sure that I prepare the same way that I prepared every week, week in and week out."

On whether seeing RB LeSean McCoy playing through a broken rib gives him an extra jolt: "Yeah, not only to play, but to play really, really well. And you know he's in some pain. Along with some other guys. There are some other guys that are beat up. They put down their own personal issues for the betterment of the team and that's important for us to be able to win, especially midseason. It's like that in the NFL. Very impressed by all of those guys, and of course, we all appreciate it."

On whether QB Matt Ryan is somebody he looks up to, as a young quarterback who has had success: "Yeah, he's done a great job, and not only on the field, but off the field. Everything that he does, he does it like a pro. One of the things I really like about him is, I've seen some film where the first couple quarters they're not really grooving yet, and then like against San Francisco, boom, he came back on those last two drives, took them right down the field and won the game. So that's the way it's going to be sometimes, and he's always a fighter, always a battler and finds a way to win."

S Nate Allen

On his strong start: "I'm just trying to play within the scheme. Like I keep telling everybody, I'm just trying to do my part, like Coach (Sean) McDermott says, be one-eleventh of the defense. But this defense is set up for us to make a lot of plays. When I get the opportunity to make a play, I just try to capitalize on it."

On how he always seems to be in a position to make a play: "That's just defense. I was saying that earlier in the year. The way this defense is, you have the opportunity to make a lot of plays. It's just a matter of if you make the play or not."

WR Riley Cooper

On whether there are any more series of tests he has to take before he is cleared to play: "No. I'm good to go. It's just, I can't have any symptoms in order to play. I already passed all of my tests and all that stuff, so I'm good."

On whether he's ever had a concussion before: "Yeah, I had one at Florida in the national championship, '08, yeah."

On whether his most recent concussion was worse than that one: "Same drill. Same thing. I'm good to go, though."

On how long it took for him to feel back to normal: "Yesterday. Yeah, yesterday I started feeling like my normal self again."

TE Brent Celek

On what were some things the team could have done to put the 49ers away: "Just finish drives. Converting some plays that we didn't on third downs, just to seal it. Just execute a little bit better."

On how much Kolb looked different in terms of confidence than in Week 1: "I don't think he seemed any different. I think he was very confident the first week. He got that concussion very early, so that's tough. But otherwise, he's always been confident."

On whether it just takes completing that first big pass to feel confident: "I think it's always helpful if you're successful early. To go down on the first drive and score like that gives the offense a lot of confidence. That's huge in a game. If we can continue to do that, it's really going to help us out as a team."

On Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg saying the play calls were not aggressive enough and whether he noticed that the play calls were conservative: "I didn't really notice it at all. It's hard for me to see the game the way that they do, but if they say it, then maybe that's the case, but you can't really tell on the field. You're just running the plays that you're being told."

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