He said it: Mike Nolan after Raiders game

Mike Nolan talks about the game after the 49ers' 26-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Saturday night at Monster Park:

On his thoughts of the game: "It's nice to continue to learn how to win. That's important for our football team, especially a young football team. The win, I would hope, is characteristic of who we are. Not necessarily the way, but if that's what it takes to get it done, then that's alright with me. It was a little bit ugly at times. In the second and third quarter, the things that I would like to think that would be uncharacteristic of our football team would be the penalties. The third-down efficiency on both sides of the ball is not where it should be. I guess I could say penalties twice, since we had so many of them and back to back at times, so that wasn't good. You don't want to create your own adversity. You'd like the opponent to do that if they make a nice play but when you do it to yourself it's not what we're shooting for. The other thing was red zone at the end of the third quarter. They scored touchdowns in the red zone and we just had two field goals and one touchdown. But you need to try and get touchdowns as often as you can.

On some of the positives he saw: "I thought that the quarterbacks played well, the receivers did a nice job and Delanie (Walker) certainly made some plays. On the defensive side there were some positive things. The thing that obviously got my attention was that second group, as soon as we went out there and made that switch. A lot of them will be starters at one point. We've got to do a better job of stopping the run but also getting off the field on third down. Like I said, a lot of those guys will be players for us at some point and will continue to work in those areas."

On what he liked about the game: "The win at the end probably overshadowed everything. I thought that was great the way we went down there and made it happen. I didn't like the way we handled the two-minute at the end of the first half. I thought that we could get back to the line of scrimmage and run a play but we didn't, I let it go. I kept thinking we'd hurry up and get it done, we didn't, so we ran out of some time. Although Alex (Smith) ran out of bounds, we did have the opportunity to kick the field goal, even though we missed it. Anyhow, we should have had an opportunity for a couple more plays and that was my fault there. When Michael Robinson was tackled on the little jump down pass of the screen that he got, it used too much time. I should have used it right there but I didn't. At the end of the game I thought that we did a nice job all the way around, from the players on the field to the way we handled the two-minute. I was pleased with the whole situation and what the guys did."

On mapping out a defense: "Every time you map a defense out, there's either a linebacker or a defensive back that typically sets the edge, as we call it on a run. And you're right, that's an area that we broke down. There has to be discipline on every play, no matter if you're offense or defense. You have to have that discipline and if you don't it looks like exactly what you're talking about. We have to do a better job on that."


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