49ers Post Game Notes

News and notes from week-three of the NFL season.

One of the players who expressed his discontent with coach Dennis Erickson's offense Sunday was receiver Terrell Owens, who complained regularly about his role in former coach Steve Mariucci's offense. The other was fullback Fred Beasley, who has never been publicly critical of the team's coaching staff in his six seasons with the club.
   "(I'm) beyond frustration," Owens said. "This is the West Coast Offense; they say it's all about timing. You'll never see the air attack coach Erickson wants if we don't get the protection."
   Owens was critical of the 49ers' offensive line, which was playing Sunday without two starters: left guard Eric Heitmann and left tackle Derrick Deese. Second-year player Kyle Kosier and rookie Kwame Harris started Sunday's game.
   But Owens also expressed his dismay with his role in the offense. Owens caught eight passes for 90 yards from quarterback Jeff Garcia, but said he wanted more passes to come his way. Moreover, he said when plays were called for him, they were the wrong plays for the defenses the Browns employed.
   Erickson said Owens had reason to be frustrated.
   "I don't blame him," Erickson said. "We're not getting him the ball. Sometimes he's open. Sometimes he (Garcia) is pressured. We say it and talk about getting him the football in key situations, but we're not getting him the ball."
   While Owens dissected the team's passing game, Beasley came down on the 49ers' two-running back platoon of Garrison Hearst and Kevan Barlow.
   "We need to stick with running back, either Garrison or Kevan as the primary back," Beasley said. "I haven't been a fan of it since we started using it when Kevan got here."
   Clearly, neither Hearst nor Barlow was able to establish any sort of tempo against the Browns. Hearst gained just 18 yards on nine carries, while Barlow rushed for 14 yards on seven tries. The 49ers' leading rusher was Garcia, who gained 40 yards on five scrambles.
   Beasley, who is best friends with Hearst and has feuded in the past with Barlow, stopped short of naming Hearst as his preference to be the every-down back. Beasley has said that Hearst is the most complete halfback because of his ability to catch passes out of the backfield and pick up blitzes.
   "Neither one of our backs benefit from it," Beasley said. "One does something better than the other, so he should be the primarily back. You can't ask someone to be a game-breaker when he's just going to be in the game every-other series.
   "That's asking too much. You can have one guy in there and he can be setting up the defense, but the next time the other guy is in the game and he didn't see the stuff that the other guy saw."
   --QB Jeff Garcia sustained a slight left groin pull but remained in the game. He appeared to be a little off his game, completing just 21 of 35 passes for 198 with no touchdowns and one interception. He is listed as probable for next week's game against the Vikings.
   --WR Terrell Owens was clearly frustrated throughout the game, as he managed just eight catches for 90 yards. Afterward, he complained about the team's makeshift offensive line and his role in the team's offense.
   --CB/KR Jimmy Williams sustained a concussion in the first half and did not return. Williams returned two punts for 25 yards before getting sidelined with the injury. He is listed as probable for next week's game against the Vikings.
   --LT Derrick Deese was inactive for Sunday's game with a right ankle sprain. Rookie Kwame Harris started in his place.
   --LT Kwame Harris, a rookie, got his second consecutive start in place of injured Derrick Deese. Harris appeared to hold his own throughout most of the game. He surrendered a sack when Browns defensive end Mark Word looped inside him.
   --RB Garrison Hearst could never find any kind of rhythm running against the Browns defense. Hearst gained just 18 yards on nine carries. He entered the game as the 49ers' leading rusher with a 6.1-yard average.
   --LB Julian Peterson recorded his first interception of his career, as he followed Jamel White out of the backfield and latched onto Kelly Holcomb's underthrown pass.
   --CB Mike Rumph had his roughest game of the season. Rumph, who is starting at right cornerback for injured Jason Webster, gave up some plays in coverage and was also called for two pass-interference penalties totaling 27 and 21 yards.

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