"My coaches are doing a good job," he said. "I've got the staff I want to have. We'll be better next year. It's a good staff." When asked what he would do if management asked for some changes, Erickson answered: "I'll make the decisions on who coaches for me and who doesn't." The 49ers have seemingly gotten progressively worse in recent weeks, particularly with their uninspired 35-3 loss Sunday at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team appears to have accepted its fate as one of the worst teams in the NFL. Watch them on the sideline and there are few players expressing any sort of anger for the ineptitude they have shown. "As a team we've got to stay together and don't point fingers," 49ers receiver Cedrick Wilson said after the 49ers' record dropped to 1-9. When asked if anyone was pointing fingers, Wilson replied, "No one on this team can point fingers right now." Basically, nobody is playing well enough on the 49ers to call out his teammates without getting laughed at. Many close observers of the team believe the 49ers do not have a player worthy of a spot on the NFC Pro Bowl team. The 49ers have not been shut out from the Pro Bowl since 1980. "Our football team is at a point right now where we lost a lot of close games early, and there is no question we are not playing with confidence," Erickson said. "We are not playing like I believe we are capable of." NOTES AND QUOTES --- P Andy Lee was the first player to emerge from the 49ers' locker room and go live on the 49ers' post-game television show. "It's tough when a punt is the highlight of your game," Erickson said. Lee booted the longest punt of his career early in the fourth quarter, an 81-yard blast that carried far over the head of Tampa return man Joey Galloway. "I knew when I hit it that it was going a long way," Lee said. Lee's punt was the 49ers' longest in 42 years. In 1962, Tommy Davis had punts of 82 yards and 81 yards. The team record belongs to Larry Barnes, who uncorked an 86-yarder in 1957 against the Chicago Cardinals. --- Tampa Bay tackle Derrick Deese, who spent the first 12 seasons of his career with the 49ers, said he does not enjoying seeing his former teammates and coaches struggle. "It's good to be on the winning team, but at the same time to see old teammates and friends going through what they're going through is frustrating," Deese said. Deese caused a stir around 49ers camp last week when he blasted general manager Terry Donahue and owner John York for tearing the team apart in the offseason. Deese was released after last season as the 49ers decided to make room for second-year tackle Kwame Harris. "The bottom line is, really, if you are going to release players, you can release two or three a year and (Erickson) might be able to recover from that," Deese said. "But if you are going to release seven, eight or nine starters from one year, come on! Who are you fooling? You aren't playing for next year. You are playing for four years down the line." --- WR Brandon Lloyd knocked umpire Carl Madsen to the ground as he was going after a pass thrown by Tim Rattay on a second-and-10 play from the Tampa 32. After the pass landed incomplete, Lloyd gestured angrily and lectured Madsen, who was flattened on the play. Madsen was not injured. --- WR Rashaun Woods, for whom Erickson has been wanting to find more playing time, led the team's wideouts with 32 receiving yards on one catch. The 49ers' starters, Lloyd and Cedrick Wilson, combined for two catches for 15 yards. Those were the only three receptions by 49ers wide receivers. Woods has seen only eight passes come his way this season, catching three of them for 67 yards. However, three passes intended for Woods has been picked off -- one in the end zone and two that were returned for touchdowns. --- TE Eric Johnson, who came into the game leading the NFC in receptions, was held to just one catch for 9 yards. Johnson could not work free against a suffocating Tampa Bay defense, and he also had another rough game as a blocker. Johnson has 58 catches this season and is tied for second in the NFC behind Joe Horn, who has 59 receptions. --- QB Tim Rattay threw one interception and also fumbled, giving him seven turnovers in the last two games. Rattay has lost four fumbles in his seven starts this season and has thrown nine interceptions. Erickson said he never considered a change at quarterback. "If I thought Tim was our problem, then, yes, I would have made the move," Erickson said. --- DE Andrew Williams saw his first action of the season after sustaining a broken right fibula during training camp. On his first defensive series, Williams jumped offside. He finished with one tackle, which was for a 2-yard loss. --- K Todd Peterson has been called on to attempt a lot more long field goals than the 49ers had hoped. Peterson accounted for the 49ers' only points with a 47-yard field goal, but he also came up short from 50 yards. For the season, Peterson is 14 of 17 on field-goal attempts, his misses coming from 46 and twice from 50. --- DL Tony Brown is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins with a right arm strain. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI. --- CB Jimmy Williams will likely miss his third consecutive start because of a broken little toe on his right foot.
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