He said it: Mike Nolan after loss to Seahawks

Coach Mike Nolan gives his takes Sunday afternoon after the 49ers' dreary 23-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at Monster Park in San Francisco, a defeat that drops the Niners out of first place in the NFC West and leaves them at 2-2 with a two-game losing streak at the quarter pole of the season.

On his overview of the game: "As we all know this was an important game for us, and obviously we didn't play very well. It is our fourth game of the season, we have a lot of football left. We're 2-2 at this point. The last two weeks we have not played very well. We hurt ourselves with turnovers, penalties; seven of the nine on the o-line. We had mental errors as well. We didn't capitalize on some things that we did; on side kick, interceptions and a blocked punt. We have a lot of work to do in all phases. As far as injuries go, Alex is the only one to mention. He came in and got treatment right away. He has a separated shoulder, to what degree, I do not know and I will not know until tomorrow."

On the type of test done on Alex Smith's shoulder, and on the possibility of him needing surgery: "Standard MRIs and things like that, to see what it is. They already did an X-ray. Tomorrow we'll check it some more and see where we're at. We'll discuss it tomorrow. Right now, we don't know what the situation is. We'll wait and see."

On the struggles of San Francisco's offensive line: "What I saw happen today were penalties and turnovers. That would be the biggest thing to me. We had dropped passes a couple of times. I like the way we adjusted. Going into the game I was very pleased with the adjustments we made, having Vernon out, utilizing the different personnel groups and mixing it up. I thought it was good. When Billy Bajema went down it kind of hurt our tight inside running game. Again, we had enough in the plan to keep doing it. I thought Frank busted some runs, as was evidence out there many times. We get a good play and then do not capitalize or bring it back. I don't know how many halfway decent plays were called back."

On Seattle blitzes and defenders coming free rushing the passer: "Mental barriers, techniques."

On his message to the team after the game: "I did most of mine at half time. We just know we have a lot of work to do at this point."

On the mental errors that keep happening with his team: "I wish I could explain it right now. I really don't have anything other than what I've said; the things that went wrong in the game. I don't want to make excuses. The first thing would be Alex's injury. Like I always say, I would expect Trent to go in there and operate like he did. But again, why Alex came out of the game was because he got sacked; he got hit on a free runner."

On if he ever thought about replacing guard Justin Smiley during the game: "I didn't think about it, no. I wish that was the reason we lost the game. We didn't play well."

On how much it changed what the 49ers wanted to do on offense when Alex Smith went down: "We stayed with the plan for the most part. We don't change. When Billy Bajema went down, that kind of changed some of the running game and some of the protections that we had to do. That was as much of an adjustment as losing the quarterback, as far as executing on each play."

On the 49ers' facing the challenges before them: "I wish I could put my finger on it. At this point we're not good enough quite yet. Maybe we're not ready for that challenge. It is early in the season and when those challenges come up, later in the year, I'd like to see how we respond. The thing that encourages me is that we have a lot of football ahead of us. It's nice to have things to work on when you go in Monday, instead of having nothing to work on."


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