Here's what coach Mike Singletary and the 49ers players were saying in the locker room after their 23-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday:
Singletary, on whether he put too much into the success of quarterback Alex Smith: "I think when you say I put so much into Alex Smith, I put everything in the guy that's back there hoping that they can help us win football games. The next guy that's back there I'm going to put just as much in him because that's the way it should be. So we'll just have to see once again where Alex is and we'll go from there."
On whether it has sunk in that the team is not very good: "I'll put it this way – no. There is not that much sinking in the world."
Alex Smith, on whether it makes a difference that the injury is to his non-throwing shoulder: "A definite difference, I think, as far as being functional. The left hand doesn't do much. It doesn't affect throwing, but if I can take snaps or hand the ball off, I think you can still be pretty functional."
Reserve QB David Carr, on subbing for an injured Smith: "I wish I could have found a way to make more plays, honestly. When you get put in a situation like that, you try not to think about the fact that you haven't gotten reps, you just try and win the football game for your team. I just didn't make enough plays for my guys to be in the position to win. We have to find a way to do that."
On whether he felt prepared enough to play: "Preparation only goes so far. You have to get reps, too. And that is something that I will probably get a chance to do this week. That's the biggest thing. You can prepare to a certain degree in the classroom, and then you have to take it to the field. That's just something that takes some experience and takes some reps with those guys. We got an opportunity today to get some live bullets. That's the first time I've done that when the game mattered, when it counted, in a while so it was good in the fact that I have that under my belt now. I'm ready to go."
DT Ray McDonald, on returning an interception for a touchdown: "It was my second touchdown in two years so I'm proud about that. But we came out to win today. We just aren't finishing games. I don't know what we do during the week, but we need to find the problem and fix it. We just got to come out, go to London and focus on Denver after this tough loss."