From the locker room

What the 49ers and Colts were saying Sunday after Indianapolis rolled to a 28-3 victory at Monster Park:

"I do believe we made some progress today. We are still building a foundation on the things that we want to do well. Adversity is a part of the game as we well know, and we face that week in and week out. We faced some of that today. (Our) defense played well (and) got Indianapolis out of their game. It forced Indy to make a few mistakes, and the guys continued to play hard. Our offense just needs to continue to improve. I think that will happen with the bye (week)." --- 49ers coach Mike Nolan

"Outside of the turnovers, I continue to see what I like in Alex. And that is, that he is resilient. That's important to very good quarterbacks that always play in this game. They don't let a bad play get them out of their game. They continue to compete. Alex continues to compete. I believe he was hurried a few times that he didn't need to be, but that's part of being a rookie and rookie mistakes. There are certainly rookie mistakes that he made. You take the good with the bad." --- Nolan on quarterback Alex Smith

"We're excited about being 5-0 and getting our third road victory. We've been playing sharp; I'm always concerned when we have penalties and turn the football over – that's not like us. Once again our defense hung in there and played well. It's exciting to see our team come together and win games in a lot of different ways. Today was running game and defense. When you can win and not be as sharp as you'd like to be, I think that's a good sign. I think it helps when you don't play your best and you know that you can make corrections and you still win the ball game." --- Colts coach Tony Dungy

"I wasn't happy with all the turnovers I had today. As a quarterback, when you turn the ball over, it makes it tough for your team to win. But it definitely wasn't all bad. I felt as a team we ran the ball well. I think I did some good things today, but I think I've got to look at the film. And I need to look at the guys who have been through this before. Look at Peyton Manning, who set the rookie record for interceptions – he came through the other side of the tunnel and was better for it." --- 49ers quarterback Alex Smith

"The best piece of advice I got as a rookie was that this is a marathon and not a sprint. It's a long process. That's what I would tell (Alex Smith). Everybody wants it to be like as it was in college, but it's not that way in the NFL. The key for him is to learn from this game. Six games from now or maybe 12 games from now, he'll look back and realize that this experience helped him in his development. He'll need to look at the film and work with the coaches, but I'm sure they'll have him on the right track." --- Colts quarterback Peyton Manning

"We just pulled some things out of the package that we worked on during the preseason. We were able to confuse them with some moving around. Peyton (Manning) is a guy who likes to study a lot of film and see where the safeties are. Once he sees where the safeties are, then he pretty much knows what defense you're in. So we played some defense out there today where we had some people moving around, so it gets a little hard for him to get a bead on what we're doing defensively." ---49ers linebacker Derek Smith

"(Defense) is the purpose of this team. It's not a one-sided thing. The defense is playing well and they are holding us down. That's what you want. When the defense is on (the field), you want them to have your back." --- Colts running back Edgerrin James

"One of the positives of today's game was we were able to establish the running game. I know we've been progressing when it comes to running the ball, and it was a matter of time before we would go out and get some positive yards. I think this week was a good one for us to establish our identity when it comes to running the ball." --- 49ers running back Kevan Barlow

"Our D-line gets great pressure, and when we're in those zone coverages, (opposing quarterbacks) don't have time to look once, look twice like you can do when there is no rush. We have a great rush, so when he looks, he's going to throw that way. As seven (front) people, we have to go out there and take chances. They do certain things with certain formations, and it's about going out there and taking chances. We get certain routes on certain formations and I was able to come out with a couple big plays." --- Colts' linebacker Cato June

"I thought we did some good things today. The guys played together and they played hard. The young guys that replaced some of the injured guys did well. I think for the most part defensively, we played together and made some good things happen. At the same time, we didn't make enough plays to help us win the ball game. As good as they are, we can look at that and say we did contain them as best we could for three quarters, or whatever. But when it comes down to it, we just didn't get it done. We didn't make enough plays to win the game. It's a good thing that we have the bye coming up to rest up some guys, change some things and turn it around." --- 49ers defensive end Bryant Young


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