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San Francisco 49ers Jehuu Caulcrick: Catching Up with Caulcrick

Adam Biggers@@AdamBiggers81Senior Analyst IIMay 19, 2010

Current San Francisco 49er and former Michigan State Spartan football-great Jehuu Caulcrick has a lot on his mind these days.

From signing a future contract with the Niners in January, to attending camp and organized team activities—he has a lot going on in his professional life.

One thing that he's never too busy for is intense banter .

From chats about life in the National Football League , to touching on some of the sports world's hot topics—the conversations are always filled with what fans and armchair quarterbacks everywhere want to know.

What have your 49ers-OTAs/landing_maiocco_v3.html?blockID=236263&feedID=2800">OTAs been like?

JC: "In general they've been going really well. Everyone is getting back in football shape, so to speak. It's a lot of fun, putting our helmets back on and getting adjusted to a new bunch of guys and a new system."

Are you getting accustomed to the offense?

JC: "I am. I'm getting a hold of it, and things are going well. Here it's more intense with coach (Mike) Singletary ."

What is it like taking instruction from former Niner great Tom Rathman? 

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JC: "It's great. He's one of the coaches that you can really hang on every word he says. You can take it and use it.

He's one of the guys who has been around, he was an exceptional back. He knows the Xs and Os. He knows what it takes to make it and survive in the league."

Are you optimistic of your chances of making the Niners' 53-man roster? On a 49er blog "Niners Nation ," you're not listed as a projected cut.

JC: "Those things you have to take with a grain of salt, they don't really mean much. Guys who weren't supposed to be there are big stars in the league.

Guys who were big draft picks aren't around anymore. You have to keep working hard and not pay attention to the blogs."

Is there an aspect of your game that you feel like is being more explored in San Francisco than it was in New York or Tampa Bay?

JC: "Right now, it's too early to say. We'll see once we get further into camp. It's too early to compare."

Alex Smith had a good practice Tuesday . He was working out of the shotgun , and offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye pointed to Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as being successful “shotgun quarterbacks.”

What are your thoughts about Smith's transition, and do you feel that he could have similar success as Brady and Manning?

JC: "I definitely feel Alex could have that success. He's a really smart quarterback, and a hard worker.

He knows the system in and out. He's just like another coach out there on the field when he's explaining the blocking scheme. He has the tools and ability to be successful."

On a lighter note, would you ever do a Skechers commercial like Joe Montana?

JC: "Yeah. I wouldn't turn down that opportunity. Actually I met a guy connected to Skechers this weekend and he asked me if I would be interested in something like that.

You have to market yourself and get your name out there."

Montana thinks Brett Favre will return next season, do you?

JC: "With the success they had last year, it's going to be hard to repeat that. Last season was a magical season. His touchdown-to-interception ratio was "un-Favre" like.

With the success the team had, I can see him coming back. At the end of the day, I think he will come back."

There are a few former Michigan State Spartans that are NFL-bound: Jeremy Ware went to Oakland , Brett Swenson, Blair White, and Trevor Anderson signed with Indianapolis .

Have any reached out to you for advice, or what words of wisdom would you say to them regarding their NFL careers?

JC: "Basically just keep working. Do what you have been doing, and what got you to this point. Now you have to turn it up a notch or two.

The NFL is a lot more mental than physical. They already have the physical tools. I talked to Jeremy Ware a little bit, we're only 20 minutes a part.

I reached out to him and said, 'I'm out here, if you need help let me know.' He has to get his feet settled in before he can go out and meet up with me."

Was there a former Spartan that talked to you once you signed? If not, was there a player that helped with your progression into the league?

JC: "All through my career there has always been T.J. Duckett . He helped me in college. When I got to the NFL, he talked to me. Even up until now, we're good friends."

The LeBron James free-agency hoopla is in full effect. Where do you see him going and why? He indicated a couple of weeks ago in an article on ESPN's Chris Broussard's blog that he intended (but was vague and evasive) to stay in Cleveland.

If he leaves, is he simply strengthening his brand and title chances, or do you see him backing out on his word if he leaves the Cavaliers?

JC: "If he leaves, I don't think there are many teams he can go to and win a title in the next two years.

The absolute best chance he could have and still get paid is go to Chicago. The Bulls are close. If he just goes for the money, I think he'll end up in New Jersey with the Nets."

What about Chris Bosh of Toronto and Dwyane Wade of Miami?

JC: "I don't think there will be a chance with Wade, Bosh and James (being together). I think Bosh leaves Toronto, and Wade stays in Miami.

They're going to throw a lot of money at him and do what they can to make him stay. They have a 'Stay Wade' website. I could see James and Wade in Miami.

Do you think James would be a better fit in New York or Chicago? Those are the two teams/markets said to have the means necessary to lure "The Chosen One."

JC: "If he wants to go somewhere for an opportunity for exposure in the big lights outside of basketball, New York would be the place to go.

If he wants to win a championship any time soon, his best choice would be to go to Chicago."

Two former Spartans are squaring off in the NBA Western Conference Finals: Suns vs. LakersShannon Brown vs. Jason Richardson . Who are you picking and why?

JC: "I know both of them. I know Shannon better than J-Rich, so I have to say Shannon. It's kind of weird to see Shannon try to dunk on Jason. You don't do that to a former Spartan.

All in all, you know who is going to win it all, right? Orlando. Orlando has been my team since I first came from Africa. They had Shaq, Penny, and Dennis Scott. I have always liked them."

The Washington Wizards just won the NBA Lottery . Who do you think they will pick?

JC: "I think they're going to take John Wall . He's a tremendous point-guard and a smart player. You don't get a guy like that often. You're going to have to take him."

Do you see John Calipari leaving Kentucky for the NBA? He said he was going to stay in Lexington.

JC: "I think he will stay there. I'm not a big fan of him either. Bob Knight said it best : he was at all these different programs, and every time he leaves they're in trouble . He's a very good recruiter."

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