He said it: Mike Singletary on Dolphins loss

Coach Mike Singletary gives his takes on the game Sunday afternoon after the 49ers' 14-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Q: What's your take on the outcome of the game?
Singletary:
Obviously they wanted it more then we did today. We just got to keep working, that's all. We got to learn how to win. We knew what kind of game this was going to be, and we didn't do the things we needed to do in order to take it home.

Q: You didn't feel like your team wanted it enough?
Singletary:
I think we were doing what we had to do to win. I mean obviously I'd run the ball every down if I could, but that wasn't going to happen today, particularly when you are behind. I just think it was one of those situations where what we ran, well that's what we needed to do. I was trying to go with whatever worked.

Q: You were able to move the ball, but why weren't you able to turn long drives into touchdowns?
Singletary:
Well, that's kind of the story of the day, story of the game. I just felt that they did the things they needed to do to keep us out of the end zone. And, of course, some of those things we helped them well.

Q: How much did poor field position hurt you today?
Singletary:
Particularly in the first half, we didn't get out of our own way. When you have field position like that, and you're playing your tail off, and you're trying to get out of a hole and that's tough. It's tough for the coordinators to call the game when you're consistently backed up. That makes it difficult. If you would take some kind of ratio or percentage in terms of how many times a team is going to take the football from the 20 all the way and score, take it 80 yards, the chances and percentages are very small that they can execute consistently. Our field position got a little better in the second half, and we were able to execute better.

Q: What was your feeling about the play-calling at the end of the game>
Singletary:
I just think it's one of those situations where the in the last play of the game, we're having a difficult time getting those calls in, for whatever reason. We just never should have been in that situation to begin with. We were there and we just didn't execute.

Q: How did you feel you were able to control Joey Porter?
Singletary:
He's a good player; our guys were doing a good job on him. I know Vernon (Davis) had him a couple times and did an outstanding job on him. It's just unfortunate that the last play of the game, you know that's their guy, and you know he's (Porter) coming. But we couldn't stop him.

Q: You did a great job on Porter all day, but why wasn't he double-teamed on your final offensive play when Porter's sack sealed the deal for Miami?
Singletary:
I'm not quite sure. I think we wanted to set the formation another way and it just ended up being set that way. Maybe communication, what have you on the last play, a couple before that. I just think, for the most part, the guys did do a good job all day, and it's unfortunate that the last play we allow him to make a play.

Q: What happened with you arguing with officials near the end of the game?
Singletary:
You had a guy on the field with his helmet off, and I was talking to the referee, and looking for anything at that point. I was really just more upset than anything else, and just trying to get a call. But we weren't going to get the ball back.

Q: What happened there on your final possession?
Singletary:
We were trying to stop the clock so we could regroup and kind of figure out what we wanted to do with those next three downs. And like I said, in those next three downs, the communication wasn't the greatest, so as an end result, we came up short.

Q: How did you feel about the performance of your offense?
Singletary:
One of the things I talked about after the game was the matter of poise and being in those situations. Mike Martz I know has been there a million times, but sometimes he couldn't get what he wanted and was frustrated, and I can understand that frustration. He wanted the formation to send them towards the sideline one time; he wanted the formation to keep them in bounds one time, and for some reason that didn't happen. But I'm very thankful for what the offense did today. They kept the defense off the field, and it's a shame that we only got the points that we got out of it. We executed well, we just could not get into the end zone. So that's very frustrating.

Q: Can you talk again about saying the Dolphins ‘wanted it more?'
Singletary:
This is what I mean by that; I probably shouldn't say that. I'm going to say exactly what I mean. What I mean is, when the final result of the game is over, they won the game. So to me, I would always say that they wanted it more. Do I really think they wanted it more? No. But obviously they won the game, so they deserve to win. I don't want to come in here with this you know we should've, we could've, and I don't want to do that. They wanted it, they played hard, and they earned it.

Q: What happened on the Dolphins' second touchdown?
Singletary:
We just miscommunicated on the backend. Everybody was set to a particular coverage, and what happened is, you have one group calling one defense, and another group calling something else. Trying to get everyone on the same page – it was just miscommunication.

Q: How did you feel about Joey Porter and Vernon Davis exchanging words?
Singletary:
I was very proud of the way Vernon handled the whole thing. You know he's a player, he's got an attitude, and I thought he did an excellent job. We said we got to go out there and do the things we need to do and not get into an emotional game. And for the most part, I thought he did well, an outstanding job.

Q: You had poor field position throughout the first half. One possession came when Dominique Zeigler caught a punt inside the 5-yard line. What happened there?
Singletary:
The problem was he had some guys behind that were, if he had not caught the ball, there's a good chance the defenders behind him would have caught the ball and we would have had it on the 1-yard line instead of the four or five.

Q: It seems you were hurt by very few plays the entire day, but how much did the long TD pass in the early going hurt?
Singletary:
Well, we could have certainly made the tackle. But (safety Mark) Roman just got turned around and lost the ball in the air. At the very least, we just have to make the tackle there.

Q: You played a turnover-free game against a team that leads the NFL in turnover differential. How big was that for you today?
Singletary:
We knew exactly what we needed to do coming in. We knew the game would come down to this, maybe the last minute, the last 40 seconds, what have you. It was just that kind of day. We just came out on the short end.


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