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September 17, 2008
Bruce speaks ... but doesn't say much

The Isaac Bruce Foundation yesterday sent out a press release saying that Bruce had donated $5,000 toward Hurricane Ike relief efforts. The hope among the beatwriters was that the topic would be something the normally terse, and -- let's be frank, dismissive -- wide receiver would open up to. Boy were we wrong:

Q: On his donation:
A: It's something I feel strongly about and what inspires me is the word of God - tells me to help my fellow man as far as feeding, clothing and shelter.

Q: I understand your wife is from the Houston area. Did she share some personal experience about what life has been life for the victims?
A: No. My wife didn't inspire it. ... I would have done it had she not been from there.

Q: What is the foundation's goal?
A: Strengthen in the hand of the community.

Q: Is it specifically for St. Louis or for all communities?
A: Strengthen the hand of the community.

Q: How do you feel you're fitting in with this offense?
A: Yes, sir.

Q: Was there a doubt after being held catch-less after the first game?
A: It wasn't my first time being held without a catch, so, no doubt.

Q: What was there in Game 2 that wasn't there in Game 1?
A: I just didn't get the football in game 1. In Game 2 I got the football. That's the only difference.

Q: Nothing defensively they were doing?
A: I can't even remember Game 1, honestly.

Q: Do you remember the play where J.T. had the ball knocked from his hand? He thinks he would have hit you for a TD. Do you agree?
A: Yes. Yes, I did.

Q: When was the last time you were able to get down the field so consistently?
A: (15-scond pause .... ) Atlanta '96, '97, something like that?

Q: How do you feel now compared to '96. '97?
A: Not big on comparisons but I feel better, stronger, quicker, wiser and, uh ... not big on feelings either. That's it.

Q: Is getting down field what this offense is about or it an exception?
A: I don't think it's a new dimension. If you look at some of the past game film of this offense, it's been down the field quite a bit.

Q: What does O'Sullivan do so well to make this offense run as well as it has?
A: What does he do? He's coach-able, he listens and he applies what he hears.

Q: How do you like dealing with the media?
A: I love it.

Q: What do you like most?
A: Conversations.

Q: It doesn't look like you've really made a huge effort since you've been here to deal with the media. Is that your quiet personality?
A: Not at all. I speak when I have something to say, so. That's it.

Q: When do you generally have something to say?
A: When I'm asked a question that I can answer.

Q: You said J.T. is coach-able, he listens. Do you ever coach him up given your experience with the offense?
A: Not really. No. He has enough coaches coaching him up. He doesn't need my help.

Q: What about some of the young receivers - Josh Morgan, Jason Hill?
A: I'll tell you what. The biggest way I learned was just watching. I watched other guys I wanted to be like. I didn't have to ask them too many things. I just did what they did.

Q: How's your rapport with J.T.?
A: Making progress.

Q: Does a trust have to be developed between the QBs and WRS in this offense? And how is that coming along?
A: We're making progress

Q: But you don't think it's where it could be?
A: We're making progress

Q: Can you elaborate on that?
A: Yes, I can. This week versus Detroit, I'll elaborate.

Q: You mean on the field?
A: Yes.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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