INDIANAPOLIS – Ricky Jean Francois spent the week offering insight on the San Francisco 49ers to anyone who would listen.
Jean Francois, a defensive tackle, played for the 49ers last season, but he'll be on the opposing side of the field when his new team, the Indianapolis Colts, play the 49ers at 4:25 p.m. today in Candlestick Park, San Francisco.
Among those Jean Francois bestowed tips upon were Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and all of his teammates on the Colts defense. If that insight helps Luck deal with the 49ers defense and helps the Colts slow down 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Indianapolis could pull an upset.
Here's a quick look at Jean Francois:
Ht: 6-3; Wt: 297; Age: 26; College: LSU; Route to Colts: Signed as a free agent after 2012 season
Fast facts: He played in all 16 games for the last three seasons with the 49ers, and had career highs in tackles (51) last season. He had four solo tackles in the Colts' season-opening win over the Raiders. His single-game high in tackles was 10 against the Seahawks last December. He had two tackles in the 49ers' Super Bowl loss to Baltimore last season. A native of Miami, he has family in Haiti.
Jean Francois on facing his former team: “I know just about everybody up front. I know the scheme and everything like that. Just trying to walk around the locker room and help all my guys out, from the safeties to Luck to the D-lineman, O-linemen – to give a jump on it.”
Jean Francois on pursuing Kaepernick: “When I was there, you couldn't hit nobody. You couldn't hit 'Kap.' Nobody liked that. Now just being on the other side of the ball, I can actually get to him and tackle and stuff like that. It'll be fun playing against my ex-teammates.”
Jean Francois on Colts' defensive keys: “Just make sure (Kaepernick) is not comfortable. Same thing Seattle did. Make sure to get him off his point. If you let him stay on his point, as you can see with the Green Bay game, he can get to rolling. Then, if you let him add his legs, you know he's got the most ridiculous stride, almost like he's Usain Bolt running.”
Jean Francois on the 49ers offensive line: “You're going to have your good games and you have your bad games. With Seattle, they had a difficult time. You know as a team like this, we're going to pounce on that to see what was making them mess up. Being the best offensive line in the league? That you can say.”
Jean Francois on what the game means for the Colts: “This is basically a get back on track game for us. Make a statement against one of the best teams in the NFC or possibly in the NFL. It's going to be a good test for us to go into a hostile environment and try to pull out a win.”