They said it: 49ers react after Seattle loss

What the 49ers were saying late Sunday afternoon after their 34-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, with comments from head coach Mike Singletary, tight end Vernon Davis, quarterbacks J.T. O'Sullivan and Shaun Hill, linebacker Manny Lawson and running back Frank Gore.


Opening statement:
Before you ask any questions, I want to say this: number one is I apologize. I apologize for the start. I don't really…it's like this: today was good for me. It was good for me because sometimes you take a step back and you look at it and you say, ‘You know what? We're here. It's on. We're going to make it work. They're working hard. They're doing this. They're doing that. We're going to go out there and it's going to change right now. It will change and I'm not trying to tell you something. Guys, it's going to change. It's not like that…But I want you to understand where I'm coming from. It will change. And it will change because they want it to change, not because of me. It will change because they want to be champions. But right now we've got to figure out the formula. Our formula. Our formula is this: we got out [and] we hit people in the mouth, number one. Number two: we are not a charity. We cannot give them the game. That's number two. And number three is we execute from the very start of the game to the very end of the game. That did not happen. I do not apologize about… I'll go ahead and take questions.

On continuing with his opening comments: No, no, no, no. You don't want me to go much further. Go right ahead and ask your questions.

On what happened to him and Vernon Davis on the sidelines: Vernon just….It was something that I told everybody at the very beginning of the week: I will not tolerate players that think it's about them when it's about the team. And we cannot make…we cannot make decisions that cost the team and then come off [to] the sideline and it's nonchalant. No. You know what? This is how I believe. I'm from the old school. I believe this: I would rather play with 10 people and just get penalized all the way until we got to do something else, rather than play with 11 when I know that right now that person is not sold out to be a part of this team. It is more about them than it is about the team. Cannot play with them. Cannot win with them. Cannot coach with them. Can't do it. I want winners. I want people that want to win. Go ahead. What's up next?

On if he kicked him off the field and told him to go to the locker room: I told him that he would do a better job for us right now taking a shower and coming back and watching the game than going out on the field. Simple as that.

On if Davis is still the team's starting tight end: We've got to think about it.

On who the team's starting quarterback is now: We've got to think about that, too.

On who made the decision to change quarterbacks Sunday: It was my decision.

On whether he got any resistance on that decision from offensive coordinator Mike Martz: Well, I think Mike knows me enough right now going through this week that we didn't have to talk about it.

On why he made the decision at that point in the game: I thought that…it's just one of those situations where you feel like you're going in the game and you want the best opportunity to win. You want…you want the guy that if a quarterback is going in he's not playing well, he's just not in that rhythm and after a while his teammates can get frustrated. And some coaches can get frustrated. Rather than going there, just say, ‘You know what? Let's make a change and we'll revisit it later.' But, I think right now Shaun Hill today, in that situation, would give us a better chance of winning.

On how Shaun Hill played: I thought one of the things that I asked the guys earlier in the week was to manage the game. I talked to the quarterbacks early in the week. I said, ‘All I'm asking you to do is manage the game. You don't have to go out and win the game. Just manage the game. We'll win. We've got other…we've got special teams, we've got defense. We've got other parts of the offense that will click and work. Give us a chance. Let's just go out there and manage the game and let's go.'


On what happened on the play before he left the field:
I made a play, tapped the guy on his chin — I didn't mean anything by it — but they called a flag. He was talking trash, of course. I didn't take it personally — I wasn't swinging or anything. I just did like this. I came back to the sideline and Coach [Singletary] said, ‘Vernon, you can't do that, you have to be smart.' Coach Singletary told me to go sit down, and after a while, he told me to just take a shower and take it in. He's a good coach. Coach Singletary is an emotional guy, just like myself. He wants to win, and I did exactly what he told me to do. He is the head coach, and I listen to him. He just told me to come in, and I went in.

On what Singletary was talking to him about when he sat next to Davis on the bench: He was just talking about the game. He said, ‘Vernon, you've got to be smart. You can't do things like that.' I guess he didn't see what happened out there. I didn't swing at the guy. He saw from afar, and he probably couldn't tell what happened. He's the head coach. I have to listen to him. Whatever he tells me to do, I have to do.

On what Brian Russell was saying to him on the penalty play: He just said, ‘Good play, try again, try harder.' Something like that. It didn't really bother me. I tapped his facemask, and then…I didn't say anything. We didn't exchange words or anything.

On whether he thought giving him a flag on that play was a bad call: Yeah, I really think it was a bad call. I really think it was a bad call.

On what Singletary said to him in the locker room: He didn't say anything. He just said, ‘We have to play together. Just be smart.'

On whether he was surprised when Singletary pulled him off the field: Yeah, it did. I didn't know what was going on. I already know about Coach Singletary. He wants to win, and he's a hard-working guy. He won't tolerate anything.

On Singletary asking him to leave the field: Yeah, he asked me to come inside and cool down.

On not trying to argue with Singletary: No, not at all. He's the head coach. I have to do anything he says to do.

On if he felt he did anything wrong: No. Not in my eyes. I don't think I did anything wrong. If the coach thinks I did something wrong, then I have to listen to him. He's the boss.


On what went wrong on offense:
In the red zone you have to get points and we didn't. With turnovers, they got the ball back and we didn't get points. You can't win like that.

On whether he can take any positives away from this game: What positives can you take away from the game if you lose? We just have to get better. We make mistakes. We have to know how to finish.

On how Shaun Hill played at quarterback: He played great. Shaun's a football player, you can tell. You can tell he's working hard, because he knows what to do once he's in the game. We have to start making plays and stop making mistakes.


On what he was told when he was sent in:
Coach Martz just came to me and said, ‘You're in.' I took a few throws to get warmed up and I went in from there.

On how he was received by his teammates: Everybody in the huddle told me we still have a chance to win this thing. So that was very encouraging.

On how he felt he played: Not good enough. I have to have the chance to look at the film tomorrow. There will be a lot of things to improve on, that's for sure. There was a point in the game where we couldn't have any stalls. We had to always score on every possession and we needed touchdowns.

On whether he sees his role differently now than in prior years: No. Every time you're called in the game to play quarterback, you're role is to play quarterback. No matter what the situation is, you have to go in and play to the best of your ability. Last year and today, that's all I tried to do.

On how much Martz adjusted his playing-calling for him: We had a lot of discussions before the series as to what Mike [Martz] was thinking about on the next series. Just to make sure we were on the same page. I just haven't had the reps in quite some time in the offense.


On getting back in the regular lineup on defense:
It felt good to play, but it kind of neglects the feeling if you don't win. From the standpoint of just playing, and getting the number of plays on the defense, it felt really good to be out there.

On what the Seahawks did to score so many points: They had some explosive plays. That's one of the things that we have to put down. I think we can stay with anybody if we can limit the explosive plays. Nickel and dimed here and there, if that's all, we can bounce back. But the explosive plays, they really hurt you. They kill you. But, they had explosive plays, and we fought to the end.

On whether he felt more like a 3-4 team today: It felt more like a 3-4, with both sides rushing and both sides dropping equally, and just trying to get after their offense.

On what the chemistry with coach Singletary was like: He always tells me what I need to work on – stay low, be physical, so on and so forth. To me, he hasn't changed. He's still the same Coach ‘Sing,' he's just the head coach now.

On regrouping during the bye week: You could say regroup, but I think we'll really get after each other, have a work mentality, watch a lot of film, and see what we do, and how we can limit the mistakes we made.


On his reaction to being taken out of the game:
I'm disappointed. Obviously, I want to play. I want to help the team come back and have a chance to win.

On whether he was surprised about being taken out of the game: I was disappointed. I think being taken out you're always going to be surprised because you're so into the moment of trying to compete. You try to put yourself in a situation to be successful. It is the last thing you're thinking about.

On who told him he was coming out and what they said: Coach Martz and I don't know what exactly he said.

On whether his early fumbles affected him for the rest of the game: No. I felt I was concentrating. One reason or the other I have to find a way to protect the football.

On his overall play: Besides the interception, I felt like I was throwing the ball accurately.

On whether there was a different vibe with a new head coach: Probably, but I don't know how to describe it. Coach Singletary is different from Coach Nolan in certain fashions. When you're playing the game, you're playing with the same team. I felt like I was going out there and just trying to execute the offense.

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