They said it: 49ers players on Seattle loss

The 49ers talk about their disappointing 23-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, with comments here from cornerback Nate Clements, quarterback Trent Dilfer, defensive end Marques Douglas, running back Frank Gore, wide receiver Darrell Jackson and linebacker Patrick Willis.

On the 49ers' defense:
"Right now, a lot of guys are frustrated. A lot of guys are mostly upset about just losing the game. On Monday, we'll take a look at film and make some corrections and get better. I know that I gave up a big play early on. I have to see what I did wrong. I'm pretty sure I know what I did on that play but we'll look at film and make any corrections. Ultimately, at the end of the day, we need to just get better."
On San Francisco's 2-2 record: "This is just the first quarter of the season. We're 2-2. This is who we are. This is where we're at. We have an opportunity to step forward next week. To move forward, we need to not only look at film and make corrections, but get better and improve as a team. We need to practice and apply it to game day."
On the team's overall performance: "I'm not happy at all. We lost, bottom line, across the board. Nobody's happy about that. We've got this week to take a step forward. We didn't do it today, but we need to step forward and ultimately win ball games."
On Alex Smith's injury in the first quarter: "Whenever you have one of your premiere or star players go down, it's definitely going to be a blow to the team. But we all know that this is the ultimate team sport. When somebody goes down, the next man has to step up. And everybody in this locker room understands that. And everybody prepares like they're going to start. We have to understand that all season, somebody might go down, so the next man has to step up and be accountable."

On playing in a regular-season game for the first time since 2005:
"I felt good early on. I felt like the timing was there, I felt like my feet were underneath me pretty good and I was throwing it where I was looking. So early on I felt pretty good."
On replacing Alex Smith after his injury: "It's hard because it's like seeing your little brother go down. I feel badly for him, but at the same time there is no time for sympathy in this league. I have approached this deal every time I have been in a backup situation: like I'm the starter so if I'm called upon to play, I have the mental reps built up and I have the mindset to play long periods of time. I don't know where this thing is going to go, but when I go into work tomorrow I will be prepared to play as long as they call on me to play."
On Seattle's defense: "They did a good job. They deserve a lot of credit. They put us in the position where we had to play up hill. What I mean by that is long yardage situations, pure-passing downs where they can try to get off the pass a little bit and they did a good job with that."
On the a disappointing performance by both him and the 49ers: "At the end of the day this thing is about momentum and fans want to see big numbers on the board and light it up offensively. When our defense or special teams captures momentum, it is my job to capitalize on it. I feel that is something I have done real well at this position in the past. Today, our defense and special teams made some great stops and captured momentum and I immediately lost momentum for us and that's what I am most disappointed about."
On the preparedness of the offense: "I feel badly for (offensive coordinator) Jim Hostler because he has done a fabulous job and he is really a great football coach. We have a wonderful offensive staff. We are very prepared going into each game. It's probably the cleanest offense I've ever been in, in terms of organization."
On the problems within the offensive line: "That is not my area. My area is to save them when they make a mistake. I feel like I didn't do a very good job at that today. I have a deal with my offensive line wherever I play: I don't want to hear an apology because I'm not going to apologize to you. When I make a mistake, we are going to go out there and play hard and give everything we have and have a short memory."

On if Alex Smith going down helps explain the loss:
"No, it's just football. You have to be ready for anything. That's why we have backups with experience. When you go in there, you're expected to not miss a beat. Even if you haven't been playing, you still have to go in and try to be successful. Just like when we rotate guys in on the defensive line, we don't expect any drop off. I know Trent will do a good job for us."
On how he explains the loss: "They wanted it more than we did. You can't take anything away from them. They came into our house and beat us. We make no bones about that. We didn't get it done as a team. We don't look at it and say it was one side of the ball or not. We just look at it and say we didn't get it done. We're sitting right now at 2-2 and we just need to stay focused. There are no easy Sundays anymore. We are going to get team's best efforts because they know we are up and coming. They are going to come in and try to dominate. We have to expect it all. We haven't earned the right to be the big dogs."
On how disappointing it is to lose like this at home: "It is disappointing. It wasn't only disappointing to me, but I can see the disappointment on the faces of others on the sideline. We should have done more on defense and all phases of the game. We have to know that when Seattle comes in town, those teams that have been to the playoffs, they are going to be detailed and structured and try to exploit any weaknesses that we have."
On why the 49ers went with a 4-3 defense today: "It's just one of those wrinkles in football. We came out and were putting pressure on the quarterback. If you look at New England sometimes, they might go a couple series with a 3-4 or a 4-3. It's just football, you have to keep the offense guessing."

On the frustration of not being as effective as last year:
"It's tough. You know they are going to come. We just need to keep working as a team and it will come. We aren't playing as one right now. We're not together. That's what's going on right now."
On how much his early fumbles concerned him: "It did hurt us with the two fumbles. I just put it behind me and have to keep playing hard."
On what went through his mind losing his starting quarterback on the game's third play: "Well, I didn't even know until I saw Trent come in the game. I know Trent is hard worker and he's been a starter before."
On how big a blow it is to lose Alex Smith: "It is a big blow. Especially since I had been working with Alex all the time and got a feel for him. Next week we will get a real good feel for Trent."
On having more responsibility to carry the offense now with Smith out: "I am ready for it. I feel that if I can get the ball in my hands, I can make plays."

On how much he has looked forward to this game since being traded to the 49ers from the Seahawks in April:
"I look forward to every game. I think every game is a big game. I like to be good every game and I want to win every game. We're still 2-2 so I think we're still in pretty good shape."
On what happened to the offense today: "Today, we were just kicking ourselves in the foot. Every time we had a big play or run, we had a penalty."
On what happens if Alex Smith is out for a while: "We're just going to do what we do. The offensive coordinator is going to call plays and we are going to run it. Someone's going to have to step up."
On if the 49ers lack an offensive identity right now: "Yes, we just don't have a rhythm yet. Until we catch a rhythm, we are just going to struggle in different areas. It seems like when we catch a rhythm we hurt ourselves with penalties and it takes the air out of us."

On the team's overall performance:
"We didn't do enough to win. It doesn't matter how good you were, if you don't win the game it doesn't matter. We look forward to going to the drawing board and coming back and playing better. We have to cause some turnovers and do what we can do."
On the 49ers' 2-2 record: "There's a lot of football left. We're going to go to practice on Monday and get ready for next weekend. We never give up and we're going to play hard until the end of the season. We played hard to the last minute of this game. We need to just get back to practice and get ready for next week."

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