Notes, quotes and anecdotes

"As soon as they tell us were mathematically out of it, then we're out of it. Until then, we're not. We're 1-0 for this half of the season" -- 49ers coach Dennis Erickson.

--- When they return to action Nov. 17 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the 49ers will honor Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott at halftime of that Monday night game when they officially retire his No. 42 jersey.

Lott last played for the 49ers in 1990, and no 49ers player has worn No. 42 since. He said he never really thought about having his number retired because it almost seemed as if it already had been retired.

"I never felt any bitterness or anything like that because I never saw No. 42 floating around the field," Lott said.

--- The 49ers have not practiced at all this week. Coach Dennis Erickson decided to give his team the entire week off for the bye. After the 49ers 30-10 victory over the Rams, the team reported Monday to watch film and have position meetings. They do not have to report back to work until this coming Monday, when preparation will begin for the Steelers game.

--- There is no quarterback controversy. Just like a decade earlier, Tim Rattay knows his spot on the football team.

As a junior in high school, Rattay was the backup quarterback at Mesa (Ariz.) High. He was stuck behind a senior who ran the option named Michael Moreno.

"My dad was the coach," Rattay said, "and I still couldn't play."

Rattay calmly waited his turn and it wasn't until his senior season, after both he and his father, Jim, moved to Phoenix Christian High that Rattay began putting up gaudy passing statistics. After a record-setting career at Louisiana Tech, Rattay was a seventh-round pick of the 49ers.

Finally, in his fourth season, he got his first start and played exceedingly well in the victory over the Rams. But Erickson said Jeff Garcia would return to the starting lineup when he is 100 percent. And just like in 1993, Rattay is realistic enough to know he does not have any claim to the starting job.

"My dad was pretty smart," Rattay said. "Michael Moreno was better. And I knew he was better, so it wasn't a problem."

--- According to a team source, the team took major exception to a presentation from controller Debye Whelchel who was talking about certain financial issues, including their 401(k) plan. She said, "Since you guys probably aren't going to the playoffs ... " Those who were paying attention took exception to her comment, and Erickson had to intervene so that she could finish her talk. In addition to annoying the team, defensive coordinator Jim Mora was especially angered by her remark.

--- Erickson has found a kicker in which he has some confidence. Veteran Todd Peterson nailed his first field-goal attempt with his new team, making a 44-yarder in the second quarter against the Rams to give the 49ers a 17-3 lead.

"I think him making those kids had a mental impact on the whole team," Erickson said. "When he made that field goal, you could hear the relief in that whole stadium. I mean, he knocked that thing right through."

Peterson came up just short on a 53-yard attempt at the end of the first half. But he also had an extra-point attempt blocked, missing his third PAT in his 10-year career.

Peterson became the 49ers third kicker of the season last week, following Jeff Chandler and Owen Pochman.

--- In his first starting assignment, Rattay spread the ball around to a season-high nine different receivers. Terrell Owens, the team's top receiver, had the least amount of action he has seen this season. It also happened to be the 49ers most impressive game of the season.

Through the first eight games of the season, the 49ers targeted Owens on 91 of their 260 passing attempts -- or 35 percent of the time. Against the Rams, Rattay threw just five passes intended for Owens in 29 total attempts (17 percent of the time).

"The main thing is to go through the progression," Rattay said. "A couple times I tried to get the ball to him and I was hit and a couple of times I was inaccurate. The majority of the calls are trying to get him the ball but they took him away sometimes with their coverage."

BY THE NUMBERS: 25 -- Where quarterback Jeff Garcia ranks in the league in passer efficiency with a rating of 72.0. Garcia ranks No. 4 all-time in that statistic with a lifetime rating of 88.0.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "As soon as they tell us were mathematically out of it, then we're out of it. Until then, we're not. We're 1-0 for this half of the season" -- 49ers coach Dennis Erickson.

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