They said it: 49ers on big victory over Lions

What the 49ers were saying late Sunday afternoon after their dominating 31-13 victory over the Detroit Lions, will takes on the game from head coach Mike Nolan, quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan, cornerback Tarell Brown, running back Frank Gore, defensive end Justin Smith and tight end Delanie Walker.

HEAD COACH MIKE NOLAN

Opening statement: It's great to get a win at home in front of our home fans. We'll look at the film tomorrow and then we'll get ready for New Orleans.
On if this is one of the more balanced games the 49ers have had: I haven't reflected on all the other games in the last three years but they would compete with any of them if any one of them was close. It was a good victory.
On what he thought this game meant to offensive coordinator Mike Martz: I never spent any time thinking about it at all. I never did. It's a game. It's an important game. Coming back from Seattle, every game is different and I didn't think about it. I know you guys asked me once during the week, but it wasn't an issue from my standpoint in preparation.
On what happened on fourth-and-goal in the fourth quarter when he called a timeout and pulled the kicking team: That's my decision. Just like when we don't make it, that's my decision too. It was one yard to go but it was inches the first play. When Frank (Gore( got hit, I wasn't sure if it was a yard, a yard-and-a-half or two yards. Somebody actually hollered out, ‘Two yards.' That's why I ran down the side to kind of see, and that's why I called timeout when I got down there. I saw that it was a yard. We went for it.
On whether that play was to make a statement: Was that to make a statement: No, I did reflect on it – our offense was moving the ball. They were playing well. They had a lot of confidence. I thought that they would've had every reason to feel like they could stick it in. If we had not gotten the points (Detroit was) still two scores and a two point (conversion) at that point away from it, and the ball would have been on the one-yard line. So I felt to go 99 yards, basically to have three scores and still beat us it would be a good choice.
On if that was the same play the 49ers used to score on a reverse in last year's opener: With Arnaz Battle…it's similar because the end product is similar but I wouldn't say it's the exact same. It's two different coaches putting that in.
On how much the play of the defense went in to making that call: That's a good question because all I alluded to a minute ago was the offense. I would say as a football team, the entire thing led me to do that, yes.
On his thoughts on the play of the secondary: The secondary did an outstanding job today. I don't know what else to say other than they did an outstanding job today.
On Detroit's wide receivers: I didn't know how big those two guys were until I saw them on the sideline. They're a lot bigger than what you think. I mean, they're big, big targets (and) very good players. I'm proud of the way our guys played without question. They competed extremely well. It's an experienced group we have in the back and the secondary. I was just pleased with the way they played.
On his thoughts on quaterback J.T.O'Sullivan: I thought he played well. I don't know statistically what he came out with. J.T. – there's really nothing to add from what we've seen all the way back to the Oakland game other than those couple of plays he made in Oakland where he tried to force things. He's minimized those. Other than that, I'd just be repeating myself over and over again. It's not really that complicated. It's just that he's a good player and he continues to get better. The guys around him continue to be more accountable and that's critical to J.T.'s success as well. And the more success you have, I'd like to think it would breed more success for us going forward. Hopefully that's what we have to look forward to.
On talking to O'Sullivan about sliding on his scrambles: I thought about it two or three times today in the game, but I thought I don't need to do that in a ball game. Just let him play because he was playing well. You don't want to get a guy out of their game. But believe me, I thought about it a few times…about saying, ‘Look, just do something.' But anyway, he makes plays. You don't want to take a guy out of the zone because that's where they get. They just get to playing the game and things happen. They happened well. He did it last week as well.
On the locker room atmosphere after the game and what this win means: I don't know. Pretty simply, with our motto of ‘one at a time,' we'll find out next Sunday what it meant to win today.


CORNERBACK TARELL BROWN

On his interception:
We practiced hard all week. The coaches had us prepare real well. I'm just playing my position and I made a good play.
On finally getting a chance to show what he can do: It felt good. It was great to get back out on the field again and back out there healthy. When I'm healthy, I think I can help this team in a lot of ways.


RUNNING BACK FRANK GORE

On racking up a lot bit stats:
It's not about stats. It's about winning.
On J.T. O'Sullivan's play: He did a great job. He's a tough guy. I like him. He takes the huddle and makes sure everybody is right. He'll tell you what you have. He's a good player.
On having a three-touchdown lead in the third quarter: It feels great, especially moving the ball. It's making it easy. We're making it easy. We still have a ways to go. We're still learning. [If] everybody gets on the right page it's going to be crazy.
On what this game means to Mike Martz: I feel that he goes at it every week. It wasn't a big deal for him because we were playing his old team. He's the same guy every week. He wants us to be the best we can. Today we came out early and scored some points very early and we got it done.
On how he likes playing in Martz's offense: The passing game is a whole lot better. The more we throw the ball, the more the receiver catches the ball, the better it's going to be for me in the run game. Whatever it takes to win, I'm with it.
On going for it on fourth-and-goal and getting a touchdown: Our defense did a great job. That's why our coach had confidence that, ‘OK, if we don't get it, the defense is good on the field.' But we got a touchdown and we're good.


QUARTERBACK J.T. O'SULLIVAN

On eliminating turnovers:
It is something that we are conscious of and aware of, but at the same time when we go out there and play, it is about making plays and taking care of the ball. It is important and we understand the turnover ratio in this league gives you the best chance to win. It is something we try to do week in and week out. It was a start and we need to just keep going in that direction.
On what is better, the team's 2-1 start or how the 49ers got there: I don't even think about it like that. It is all about us winning this week. That is all we're trying to do is win each week. As cliché as that sounds that is reality for us and that is how we approach it. That is the way I'm approaching it so I'm excited with how we played today. I think we are moving in the right direction, but I still feel we left a lot of yards on the field. I think I missed throws and from that standpoint, I want to get into the film and keep us going in the right direction.
On how he feels the offensive line performed: I feel like they did a great job. They did a great job running the ball and an excellent job in pass protection. They take the brunt of those sacks, but a lot of it is on all of us understanding what we are being asked to do and playing each play as well as we can.
On the offenses reaction to going for it on fourth-and-goal in the fourth quarter: Try to execute the play that they call as well as we can. The coaches make the decisions when we go for it or not. I think everyone on offense would want to go for it on fourth down all the time. It was a great aggressive call and it worked itself out. Allen (Rossum) made a great play.
On how difficult it is to shake off dropped deep passes: It is one play. We take our chances to go down the field. I expect to complete those balls. Those guys expect me to put the ball right on them. It is something we work on. If it doesn't work, I understand we are still trying to move the ball.
On what is unique about Mike Martz: There are a lot of things, but the things I appreciate the most are the levels of excellence that he expects out of himself and out of all of us. Through that, it is the details that he demands from each position. Compound that with the aggressiveness and the way we expect to be successful.


DEFENSIVE END JUSTIN SMITH

On the team's overall performance:
I think that we did pretty well. There are a few areas that we need to execute better on, but you're always going to have those little subtle breakdowns in a game and the other team is going to make some plays. I think overall (it was) pretty good, but it can always get better.
On room for improvement to follow up today's performance: We definitely crossed the board and let some plays out, but you go back in Monday, check it out and get better. That's the name of this game: keep elevating your game and that's what we've got to do to get where we want to be.


TIGHT END DELANIE WALKER

On the win and preparing for next week's game at New Orleans:
I feel good about today's win. We went out there and executed. We did what we wanted to do and that was to move the ball and put points on the board. The defense held them to 13 points and that's what we wanted to do, keep a lead on them. We came back out after halftime and put some more points on the board. So I feel happy, I know that the team's happy. We're going to take it one day at a time with the Saints and go up there and do what we have to do.
On the play of the offense: I feel like we're syncing real well. We're working hard at practice. We're coming together as a team and the offense is coming together as a unit. We're making plays, we're executing, we know what we have to do, and we feel comfortable out there. I feel that my performance was good, but it can always get better.



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