49ers Dump Lions: Post-Game Comments

Post-game comments directly from the locker room following yet another Lions loss. Jon Kitna, Ernie Sims, and others offer answers to the questions.

Detroit Lions Head Coach Rod Marinelli

Opening Statement:

"Injury-wise, we had Travis Fisher with a groin, Jon Kitna with a sprained knee, we'll know more later, Stephen Peterman with a broken hand, and Shaun Cody with a knee sprain."

Q: What did you think about the 49ers going for it on fourth and goal at the one (in the fourth quarter)?

"They're trying to win the game and ice it, and our job was to stop them."

Q: How do you feel now that the team is 0-3?

"It's a 0-3 start. That's the reality of it. You just move forward and that's what we'll do. We have a bye week coming up. Hopefully we'll get rested and focus, see all the corrections, and there are a lot of them to make, but then come back and get ready to move on."

Q: Do you feel helpless at this point?

"We've been working and I think the preparation has been good. But, for whatever reason, coaches and players always aren't executing properly. It's some of the basic things that we're not doing a very good job in. (Those things) are containment, worked hard, but we didn't get it done; some of the tackling, penalties and you've got to catch the ball and make some opportunities. So, there are fundamental things that we just as a staff and players, did not get accomplished."

Q: Do you think you need to make personnel changes for the next couple weeks?

"I look every week, some guys move up the depth chart, some move down but this is the team we have and we just have to get better."

Lions RB Rudi Johnson

Q: Tell us about finding a groove running the ball?

"We just have to start faster. That's the thing, we can't wait. The past three weeks we started off kind of slow, so we just have to match the other team's tempo, coming out starting fast and we can do that. We've been doing a decent job of trying to finish strong, but we just have to put four quarters together offensively."

Q: That begs the question most people would ask...why does a team that starts 0-2 and in dire need of a win start slow?

"I don't know. It's something we've got to look at, something we've got to fix. We've got time and the talent in house to fix it and that's the main thing. We've got a bye week coming up and that is something we need to take advantage of, going back to the drawing board, look at the film for the past three weeks and learn from it."

Q: You don't doubt that you have enough talent to get this team turned around?

"Yeah, I believe in the guys. I believe in the coaching staff and the players in here to get it done. We just have to come together collectively and get it done."

QB Jon Kitna

Q: What did you think of J.T. O'Sullivan's performance?

"I'm not the least bit surprised. In fact, I'm very happy for him. He's surrounded by some very talented players and he has an outstanding offensive coordinator. He made plays with his feet and he made plays with his arm. He made good on more opportunities than we did today."

Q: What about Mike Martz?

"You've got to tip your hat to him. He knows what he's doing. He takes full advantage of his weapons. He picks a starting quarterback and sticks with him. With Mike, you don't have to look over your shoulder. You know you'll be in there and get an opportunity to make plays. They run a lot of combination routes and some of them worked pretty well today. One of the things I like best about him is he plays the best guy. It doesn't matter if you're a number one draft choice or a free agent. If you're the right guy, he'll go with you and build the offense to take advantage of your talents."

Q: What about the Lions' offensive problems today?

"Our philosophy is to play ‘close to the vest.' You can't have too many third-and-eight situations. Third-and-longs tend to put a lot of pressure on your line. We had too many of them today. We prepared well enough, we just didn't execute like we should have. We're not consistent enough to win football games but, hopefully, we will be soon. I couldn't seem to get into a good rhythm today. On occasion I'd get a guy open and miss him. You have to capitalize on your opportunities, but we didn't today. It's something we're going to have to work on."

Q: What about the 49ers' defense?

"They didn't surprise me. I knew what they were going to try and do. It's a lot like they had in Baltimore. They bring blitzes from all different directions. They show different coverages and do different things to try and throw you off your game. They got to us a few times today, and it hurt. When you're down 21-3 like we were, they can pin their ears back and come after you. They did."

LB Ernie Sims

Q: It's got to be tough to go out there and keep playing hard and keep coming up with goose-eggs.

"Yeah, it is. It's frustrating. It's embarrassing to every individual on the team, to the city of Detroit. I don't really know what to say. The only thing I can say now is we have to keep going out there and fighting. It's unfortunate we didn't start the season off how we wanted it. We just have to go out there and keep fighting, and keep playing and try to turn this thing around."

Q: In your mind right now, what's the biggest problem with this team?

"I think it is consistency. We (are) making good plays, but we (are) not doing it every play. I understand that we're not going to be perfect, but at the same time when somebody else makes a mistake, somebody else has to step up and cover for him."

Q: Do you feel that you need to make changes in these next two weeks or do you stay the course, in terms of personnel or anything?

"That's all coaches. I know my job is to go out there and play football. As far as knowing who to put in in the game, you have to put that on the coaches."

Q: How prepared were you for Mike Martz's offense given his two years coordinating in Detroit?

"We were real prepared. We knew what he did the past couple years he was with us. Some of that he did, and some of that he didn't. He put in a little wrinkle. He put in a little wrinkle here and there. That still doesn't mean we shouldn't have done our job."

WR Roy Williams

Q: Can you discuss both offenses?

"Yeah, you can't compare our offense to their offense. They've got the passing mind calling the plays. So you can't compare our offense to their offense. It makes no sense."

Q: How about where your offense is?

"It's between coordinators. It's between schemes so you can't compare our offense. We don't even run the same offense."

Q: Why haven't you been able to get anything going in the first half in the first three games?

"I don't know. My thing is running four wide (outs) and passing and running. It seemed to work for three weeks now when we need it to go down and score."

Q: Can you talk about Mike Martz?

"(Martz) did a pretty good job today. They're 2-1, so they are heading in the right direction and he has weapons that he's accustomed to with a running back that's pretty good. He's going back to an old guy in (Isaac) Bruce and he's going to be alright.

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