Patrick Willis talked about how he wants to continue playing at one hundred percent, despite being hurt. He says an injury can't be a reason for problems when stepping on the field.
"I try to have no excuses and want to go and be productive," Willis said on Thursday. "I can't lie and say I can get to fifth gear. [I'm in fourth] gear, but can do enough to do well. Hopefully I can get back up to seventh gear. It's one of those things out there where I'm out there and I want no excuses."
In last Sunday's win against the Arizona Cardinals, he had trouble against the run and the linebackers were forced to make tackles down field. However, he made the game changing tackle when knocking the ball out of Larry Fitzgerald's hands and forcing a fumble. The 49ers would go on to score on a long 18-play drive which gave the team an insurmountable two-possession lead which sealed the game.
Willis couldn't come up with a clear explanation of the forced fumble play, saying he was going for the tackle and the ball popped out. He said there is no specific way for him to go for the ball and attempt to strip it loose.
This game is a homecoming for the six time All-Pro linebacker, who is a Tennessee native. Even though he is playing in his home state, Willis said it is all about business on the field.
"Whether I'm playing here or there, I want to play great football," Willis said. "It just happens to be Tennessee this week. I want to go there and play the best football I can play."
Not only is Willis returning to his home state, but he is also facing former 49ers teammate Delanie Walker, who spent the last seven seasons in San Francisco. He said the tight end is versatile for everything on offense and it will be something to keep a close eye on.
"Delanie [Walker] is a competitor, a heck of an athlete and good tight end," Willis said of his former teammates. "This is my first time in this case covering him. He's an all purpose guy who can block and be in the backfield. I look forward to the challenge which is going to be fun."