They said it: 49ers players on loss to Rams

The 49ers talk about their losing streak reaching eight consecutive games with a tough 13-9 defeat to the St. Louis Rams, with comments from defensive end Bryant Young, quarterback Trent Dilfer, cornerback Nate Clements, wide receiver Arnaz Battle, tight end Vernon Davis and linebacker Brandon Moore.

On another tough loss:
This one hurts. We didn't get it done today. You look at what happened in the first quarter, when they came out and established themselves, we didn't stop them when we had an opportunity. You take away those seven points at the beginning and we have an opportunity to win the ball game. This one hurts, because when you look at the opportunities that we had, we didn't take advantage of them and we fell short. This one definitely hurts.
On sacking Rams quarterback Marc Bulger six times: We knew how important it was to get him down and rattle him. We have guys here that can win. We have guys here who can make plays. For whatever reason, we've been just killing ourselves and not giving ourselves a chance to win. It's a tough pill to swallow right now. We didn't do well enough. We didn't win the ball game. There are no moral victories in this league no matter how well we played. We didn't win the ball game and we definitely didn't play hard enough. We did some good things, but we fell short.
On the standout play of fellow defensive end Marques Douglas: He's having an awesome year. I mean, you ask him to do whatever, and he's going to be there for you. He's a guy that I definitely want in my foxhole. My hat's off to him for the season he's having.
On continual close match-ups with the Rams: I think we match up well against each other personnel-wise, and when it comes to us and the Rams, it's definitely a down-to-the-wire game. Today you have to give them credit, they finished strong and we didn't.

On the offense opening it up more in this game:
We wanted to come out and get the running game going and get Frank (Gore) involved and have a balanced attack. We opened it up and we did pretty well, considering the previous weeks. I think third down hurt us in the first half of the game and the beginning of the second half. We've got to create more opportunities to get us more plays down the field. It was a close game and we felt that we had opportunities in the end and we just didn't come through with the win. We had a good game plan and we came out to attack and we just fell short.
On Trent Dilfer's play: He came out competitive and he was a leader in the huddle. He kept us going at a nice tempo, now we just have to build on that. We need to convert on third downs and create more opportunities and get the ball down the field.
On the offense having confidence it can get the job done: We know we can do it. It's a matter of getting into the rhythm and eliminating mistakes. You know, we have a positive play and one guy breaks down it messes up the whole thing. We have to eliminate that and play as a unit and continue to be strong. Right now it's a test of our character. It's tough times right now, and we're not going to point fingers. We'll be ready to come back next week.

On holding the Rams to 13 points:
It wasn't good enough. They still had more points than us in the end. We couldn't get off the field on third downs early in the game. I had an opportunity to make a play and I didn't.
On getting the ball back: That's what we thrive on as a defense, and that's what I work on. The opportunity presented itself today and I didn't cash in on it.
On getting better on third downs: We just need to keep working. We need to continue to work and be professional about this.

On not being able to move the ball for most of the game:
I felt like we did a good job in the beginning. We had a few struggles, but for the most part, I think everybody came out to play.
On the play at the goal line: It was a tough pass and it was a tough catch. I was going full speed and I was running as fast as I could. I had to reach back for it and at the same time I left my feet as I was coming down.
On not being able to catch any breaks: I don't know. We've been searching for an answer to the problem for the past few games. I don't know what it is. All I can say is, we have to keep moving forward and try to get a win.

On his performance::
I am very focused on one play at a time, doing my job to the best of my ability and not getting caught up on other things. I was very focused on executing on my part of the play each time and wasn't going to get caught up in results.
On the last play of the game, throwing to Darrell Jackson with four other options: Those are tough situations they (The Rams) have people back and there were no holes to throw through. I tried to create a hole with a pump fake and anticipate a gapped collision. It's a play in desperate situations through my career that I have had success with, or I have come up with the same result as today. It is either going to be a touchdown or and interception.
On receivers dropping possible touchdowns on the second to last drive of the game: I was very focused playing each play to the best of my ability. I try to throw the ball where I thought it was the best spot. If it doesn't happen, then you have no choice but to play the next one (play).
On reasons for the defeat: Finishing plays more than anything else. I thought the game was called well, we had opportunities to make plays both vertically, underneath, and we gave their defense a lot of different looks. All of us need to do a better job of finishing plays.
On kicking a late field goal instead of going for a touchdown: I thought it was the right thing to do, we had all three timeouts left so I think it was the right thing to do in that situation.
On not converting first downs in key situations: It's situational football. We have been poor in situational football. It comes down to how you play when things are hardest. Things are most difficult in your short yardage situations, red zone situations and third-down situations. That is this game. The common denominator with the good teams I have been with is we have been good in those situations. And the common denominator with the poor teams I've been with is that we have struggled in those situations. We have lost in big games for a reason. That is because we are not a good situational football team. That is a fact. The challenge is fixing it. We are trying very hard to do so but we're not having any fruits of our labor.

On the 49ers' defensive effort:
Everybody took pride in what they were doing. We came out with an attitude and tried to get it done, but fell short.
On his sack: I knew we were going to be able to get pressure up front. Bryant Young did a great job with the double (team), and I was able to get around.
On facing Steven Jackson:We did the same thing we do every week. The run is always your first priority. We just tried to do the same thing we do every week.

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