From the locker room

What the 49ers and Dolphins were saying Sunday after Miami's 24-17 victory at San Francisco's Monster Park

"It's very difficult. I've never been through this. I've never been through this many losses and all these things football-wise. That's the same with a lot of these guys. We're not used to this. We put a lot of time and effort into this and you only get results and satisfaction when you win. I have to look at myself and see what I can do better to help this offense and see what plays I need to get better on. We all have to look at ourselves collectively to help this offense and get better. I think everything has been said and we have to keep working and keep pressing." -- 49ers quarterback Tim Rattay

"We played good enough to win on defense. Offensively, if we continue to play like that, we aren't going to win. We have to get something going the next five weeks if we are going to win at all. You either perform and execute, or you aren't going to move the football. We have to sit down and evaluate personnel groups. Obviously, you can't make a lot of changes because you have what you have, but we have to make some changes." -- 49ers coach Dennis Erickson

"I felt deep down that we would find a way to win the football game. When you're 1-9, been on the road a week, Thanksgiving away from the families, it's tough and these guys did a wonderful job. This is a tough bunch, there's a lot of good leadership on our defense. The guys rose to the occasion. We gave a game ball to the whole team; this has been a tough season. A lot of teams who are 1-9 don't have the determination. You won't see the determination that we have week in and week out and it's very special to be part of that group." -- Dolphins coach Jim Bates

"We just have to go back to the drawing board. Go back and watch film and try to correct our mistakes. We've just got to keep working. We're professionals. We get paid to do what we do. When the whistle blows, I am not thinking that we are 1-10 or whatever it is. I am just going out and playing for the guys next to me and I am trying to win." -- 49ers linebacker Jeff Ulbrich

"We had eight sacks today. That's incredible. You've got to give them a lot of credit, it made our jobs easier in the secondary. Any time you can get sacks in bunches, it sets up the possibility of forcing turnovers and getting great field position. We'd been No. 1 in pass defense for a while. Frankly, our pass rush was much stronger today. With a rush like what we had, we were able to keep Rattay from really chalking a lot of big plays or yardage. Rattay's capable of putting up points with his passing, but fortunately, we were able to prevent that." -- Dolphins cornerback Sam Madison

"I felt like I came out here and I tried to spark my team. But then again, that doesn't really matter when you turn the ball over in big situations. I turned the ball over and I felt like that was a big part of the game. There are no excuses. It's very frustrating. It's been a tough season for us. We just got to go out there and try to find a way to win. One way is not to turn the ball over." -- 49ers running back Maurice Hicks

"We ran what we ran from the beginning and just stayed after it. A lot of times, rushing the passer or making plays on the passer is just second effort, just trying to outwork somebody. We just tried to outwork people and make things happen. With the way the DBs and backers covered, it's easier for us. The DBs covered their butts off and, up front, we got after it pretty good today." -- Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor

"It's big, a big team win. Coach Bates never gave up on us. He stayed postive and we stayed positive. We didn't come here for nothing. We came to win." -- Dolphins tight end Randy McMichael

"Guys will just need to keep plugging away. These last five games are going to tell a lot about guys' character and how to handle the situation. So, I guess the positive we can take from this is that we are going to be able to really evaluate people; what kind of player they are and if they keep fighting." -- 49ers linebacker Derek Smith


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