Harbaugh: We all had fingerprints on this

Following Sunday's 13-10 disheartening loss to the St. Louis Rams, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was resolute in not making his criticisms of his team public. Instead, he said he wants to address where the team needs to improve privately.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - What was the theme from Jim Harbaugh's meeting with the press Monday following the team's 13-10 loss to the Rams?.

"What we’re going to do is take action to improve and get on to the next ball game," Harbaugh said, and repeated in seven variations over his 10-minute, 36-second session.

The 49ers offense struggled mightily Sunday against the Rams, who entered the game 2-5 having already lost to San Francisco on their home field three weeks prior.

The offensive line struggled to protect quarterback Colin Kaepernick, leading to eight sacks by St. Louis' talented defensive front that came into the game last in the league with six. The running game also struggled to hit its stride. San Francisco had just 80 yards on the ground.

"We’re going to attack where we need improvement," Harbaugh said. "There’s a lot of fingers that I’m sure will be pointed. We’re not going to be concerned about what other people think...It’s got to be the men that are in the room that have to address it and have to make the necessary improvements."

Harbaugh said rather than talk about specifics publicly, he would address the issues facing his 4-4 team with the players and staff in the coming days.

"We all had fingerprints on this," he said. "It wasn’t just one guy. It wasn’t just one player, it wasn’t just one coach. That’s what I saw and that’s what we’ll attack improving."

The 49ers are off Monday and will be returning to the Santa Clara facility Tuesday to watch film and begin preparing for their trip to play the New Orleans Saints - who are 3-0 at home and sit atop the NFC South standings at 4-4.

When asked if he was satisfied with the job offensive coordinator Greg Roman was doing, Harbaugh responded, "Yes."

After the game, left tackle Joe Staley and running back Frank Gore had some interesting, and potentially conflicting, words about their offensive coordinator.

"We were doing some dumb stuff and (the Rams) took advantage of it," Staley said.

Harbaugh declined to discuss his players' comments about the offense's struggles publicly.

"We’ll talk to our ball club and address it," he said.

--Harbaugh also offered an update on running back Marcus Lattimore, saying he is "weighing his options."

--Asked about rookie center Marcus Martin's play in his NFL debut, Harbaugh said "I thought he handled his business well. There are things to learn and grow from in his first start."

--Harbaugh said there was no update on the potential early reinstatement for Aldon Smith from his nine-game suspension.

--Receiver Brandon Lloyd (hamstring) and linebacker Dan Skuta (ankle) left Sunday's game in the second half and did not return. They are undergoing further evaluation.

"We’re getting those looked at," Harbaugh said.

--Linerbacker Patrick Willis (toe) was out for the second straight game Sunday, and was replaced by rookie Chris Borland, who notched a game-high 18 tackles. Harbaugh wouldn't elaborate on how close Willis was to playing against the Rams.

"We were monitoring it during the week and just it wasn’t there for Sunday," he said.

--Cornerback Tramaine Brock was inactive Sunday after returning from his toe injury before the bye week in the loss to the Broncos. His prognosis is unknown.

"We’ll continue to assess that," Harbaugh said.


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