Tuesday notebook

Coach Dennis Erickson called the 49ers' offensive performance Sunday night against the Bears "tremendous." It wasn't clear whether he was being sarcastic or if he simply misspoke.

But he soon made it quite clear exactly what he thought.

"I'll give you might thoughts on that fiasco," Erickson said. "It's an unacceptable performance offensively for us. In every aspect -- up front, quarterback, at every single place -- we just did not perform at a level that you can win at in this league.

"I can't blame anybody because it starts with me being involved with the offense."

Quarterback Ken Dorsey started for Tim Rattay for the first time in more than a month. Rattay was held out of action because of a right forearm strain. Dorsey's previous start was a game in which the 49ers' 420-game scoring streak was broken in a 34-0 loss to the Seahawks.

He wasn't much better Sunday night against the Bears as he completed just 16 of 36 passes for 122 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.

"I just needed to stay within myself and be smart," Dorsey said. "I think for the most part the decision-making was there. It was just the execution that was not. I didn't take advantage of opportunities and did not make throws I am capable of making. You've got to make the majority of those throws, and I just didn't do that enough."

Erickson said Monday he thought Rattay would be available for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. An MRI examination on Rattay's forearm showed "dramatic improvement," Erickson said.


--- Erickson did not give the Bears' defense all the credit for tight end Eric Johnson being held without a reception until there was 3:34 remaining in the game. Johnson caught just one pass for 9 yards.

Johnson saw a lot of double coverage against the Bears, who often used a lineman or a linebacker to jam Johnson at the line of scrimmage with safety help behind.

Dorsey, who struggled through a miserable night, admitted as much. He said receivers were generally open but he missed a lot of throws.

"I couldn't take advantage of opportunities," Dorsey said. "The guys were there, I just couldn't hit them."

Johnson, who still leads the 49ers with 46 catches for 493 yards this season, did not point any fingers at Dorsey.

"There were some tough throwing situations," Johnson said. "I wasn't really able to get open much. Credit their pressure. There weren't many opportunities for the ball to get out."

--- S Dwaine Carpenter wanted to take it one thing at a time when he saw a fumble bouncing on the turf of Soldier Field on Sunday night. He supplied the 49ers with their only touchdown of the game when he picked it up and ran 80 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.

"I just wanted to make sure I scooped it up," Carpenter said. "Last year, there was a game against Baltimore where I had a chance to do the same thing and I ended up over-running the ball and I didn't recover it."

--- DT Bryant Young had the best day of his season, recording two sacks and setting a career-high with 10 solo tackles. He also forced a fumble.

"I just kept fighting and trying to do anything I can to help the team win," Young said. "It's good to be playing at night. I feel a lot of energy at night."

It was Young's first two-sack game since Sept. 9, 2001, against the Atlanta Falcons. He also moved into third place all alone on the 49ers' sack list with 68.5, moving out of a tie with Charles Haley. Cedrick Hardman leads with 112.5 sacks, followed by Tommy Hart with 106.

--- CB Rayshun Reed, a rookie from Troy State, was activated from the practice squad before the game.

--- LT Kwame Harris, the team's first-round pick, played only a handful of snaps. Harris was scheduled to get some playing time as a backup to Kyle Kosier. Harris has not started since sustaining sprains to his left ankle and knee Sept. 19 against New Orleans.

--- DT Anthony Adams might have had the best game of his two-year career. Adams and Bryant Young controlled the middle for the 49ers. Adams had seven tackles, including a forced fumble.

--- CB Ahmed Plummer, who missed Sunday night's game with a bulging disk in his back, is listed as questionable for this week's game against the Seahawks.

--- DE Brandon Whiting is out for the season with a torn left ACL.

--- LB Richard Seigler, a rookie, has a chance o return to action this week from a stress fracture in his foot. Seigler, who did not suit up for Sunday's game, has been used primarily on special teams.

--- WR Derrick Hamilton, a third-round draft pick, was inactive for the seventh straight game to start the season. Hamilton, who is not injured, is the No. 6 receiver on the team's roster.

--- WR Arnaz Battle got on the field some in three-receiver formation and is starting to take some playing time away from Curtis Conway. Battle had one catch for 20 yards.

--- WR Brandon Lloyd was the team's top wide receiver for the third consecutive game. On a night when the offense did not get much going, Lloyd accounted for a team-high 63 yards of offense with five receptions.

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