SANTA CLARA, Calif. - There aren't many good things to say about the way the San Francisco 49ers have played the last two weeks, when they were outscored 90-25 by the Steelers and Cardinals.
Just ask first-year head coach Jim Tomsula, who presides over a team that ranks last in scoring (15.0 points per game ) and 31st in points allowed (31.0).
"There are things that you wish you called different, that you wished you lined up different," Tomsula said. "There are things where players wish they ran that the right way, or get to the depth, there’s guys that wished they blocked that the right way, or stepped the right way.
"There’s quarterbacks that wish they threw it to a different place. From coaches to every position on the field. There are guys in zones that wish they were tighter. There are coaches that way wish they called a tighter zone in a certain area.
"These are all the things, they’re all obvious things that we’re working on and we have to correct. We haven’t done anything in the last two weeks that gets us in a position to win the football game, particularly the first eight minutes of the game."
Is that all?
Now the 1-2 49ers take on quarterback Aaron Rodgers the undefeated Packers, who travel west and hope their game Sunday at Levi's Stadium is the first of two this season. The second would be the Super Bowl scheduled for Feb. 7 at San Francisco's year-old venue.
While things couldn't have gone much worse for the 49ers in their last two road games, a win over Green Bay at home would represent a significant rebound that could turn the tide. However, a third-straight drubbing against a top-tier quarterback might send things spiraling out of control, if that hasn't started already.
Tomsula said his team came to the facility Tuesday frustrated, but left feeling better about their approach going forward after a day of evaluation and game planning for the Packers.
"Coming in? Not feeling great," Tomsula said. "Walking out of the building? (I) Like it."
Wide receiver Torrey Smith said the players in the locker room, while dissappointed with Sunday's 47-7 loss in Arizona, are ready to regroup.
"Same old locker room, same vibe. So that’s a positive start. You don’t want to just forget about what happened, but you do want to evaluate and move on," Smith said. "We worked too hard for it to be like that."
Chris Biderman is the Editor-in-Chief of Niners Digest and covers the 49ers from their headquarters in Santa Clara. Chris has been writing about the team since the spring of 2013. The Ohio State alum received his Journalism degree in 2011 and has been working in sports media since 2008. Chris, a Santa Rosa, Calif. native, is also a contributor to the Associated Press covering sports throughout the Bay Area. You can follow Chris on Twitter here.
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