San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh met with local media Monday afternoon, and had a chance to recap Sunday's loss to the Rams. It should surprise nobody that he did not have a whole lot to say. He was asked about the team's performance in multiple ways, but he returned to a similar refrain each time. He talked about how there were a lot of fingerprints on the outcome, and that they were going to get the team together to discuss what to do moving forward.
Monday is the 49ers weekly day off, and they then return for practice sessions on Tuesday. Harbaugh repeatedly said he wanted to meet with the team before picking apart the problems in public. This is not really a big change from what he has said after past losses, but the timing is at least a little bit interesting. After Sunday's loss, the players were clearly frustrated with the result. Frank Gore mentioned the need to figure out what kind of team they wanted to be, and Joe Staley blamed the offensive line's poor performance on dumb blocking, dumb technique and dumb schemes. They would be meeting regardless of post-game comments, but it is still easy to wonder what kind of discussion exactly will go on.
Greg Roman has received the brunt of the blame on Twitter and in the comments, but Jim was not going to throw him under the bus. Someone asked if Harbaugh was satisfied with Roman's work as offensive coordinator. Harbaugh said "yes", and then said it was up to the coaches and players across the board to figure out how to improve.
Have you had a chance to talk to RB Marcus Lattimore about his future yet?
"He's weighing his options and we'll have an announcement about that, as we said yesterday. Still to come."
Do you want to just give him space and let him have plenty of time to kind of sift through what he wants to do?
"He's going to talk to his family. Awaiting the process of that right now."
Has he had other points over his comeback, had doubts, has he ever come to you and expressed any doubts prior to now?
"That's the information we have and when we have more information, exact information, we'll release that."
Going back on the game yesterday, what really stands out to you and what led to your guys' demise?
"Didn't win the football game. Tough loss for us. Several things that I really want to talk to our team, have everybody together, before we (discuss them publicly). Well, probably won't. What we're going to do is take action to improve and get on to the next ball game."
Does that include any dramatic shifts in how you are going to coach this team?
"As always, we're going to address the areas we need improvement and attack it."
The offense had success with counter runs yesterday. Twenty-six rushing yards on three counter runs. Why not call more than three?
"Again, rather than pick through each thing publicly, I'd rather talk to our team about that."
You guys haven't scored a rushing touchdown in the last five games. That's the longest stretch since you've been here. Is that concerning to you? Does that exemplify, is there something going wrong with the run philosophy with this team now?
"No. We're going to attack where we need improvement. There's a lot of fingers that I'm sure will be pointed. We're not going to be concerned about what other people think or point out. It's got to be the men that are in the room that have to address it and have to make the necessary improvements."
Well, RB Frank Gore was one of those guys last night. He was concerned that this team needs to make its mind up about what it wants to do offensively. Is there a sense of confusion among the players of what you guys want to get accomplished?
"As I said earlier, I want to get with our ball club and address it."
Are you satisfied with the job that offensive coordinator Greg Roman is doing as offensive coordinator?
"Yes. That's when I say it's up to the men in the room. Coaches, players, we're the ones that have to make the improvements and attack the areas that we can."
Last night, T Joe Staley said that there were some dumb penalties, some dumb techniques and some dumb scheme. Was that a fair assessment?
"I don't have a comment on the talk until, I want to talk to our ball club and address it."
With Lattimore, did he come to you or how did that go? And to see a guy who's worked so hard to come back, unclear about whether he can continue playing, how hard is that to see?
"Rather than speculate and talk now about what the conversations have been or what the options are, I'm sure within the next day, two, we'll have an official announcement."
What was your opinion on some of those replay reviews and how they went down?
"How I saw it? Would have seen it differently. That's probably understandable."
The last play, upon looking at that replay, was it as inconclusive to you whether QB Colin Kaepernick had the ball or not? Because that's what the league was ruling, that there was no visual evidence to overturn it.
"Yeah, I haven't seen anything conclusive on the last play."
Did the coach's film show anything conclusive on any of those plays that were reviewed, anything different than what we saw on television?
They were all very close, close judgment type calls?
"Yeah, I think they're opinion calls."
Did you have any words with Colin after the game, in terms of just support or even with Frank, just have one-on-one chats with guys or was it just general with the team?
"It was with the team."
And do you, I don't know how much you are willing to reveal, but do you blow your stack after a game like that or is it, are you able to maintain your composure and just tell them to move on to the next one?
"I don't have a way to define it or characterize it. What we will do is move on to the next game and attack improvements, doing the things that are going to help us win football games, eliminate the things that are not going to help us win football games."
How was C Marcus Martin in his first game?
"I thought he handled his business well. There will be things to learn and grow from with that first start."
Was there anything at issue with the exchange on that last offensive play that you guys had? Did he rush it? Did Colin rush it? What was the issue there with handling the ball?
"There seemed to be a bit of a bobble of the snap. But Colin got the ball back. And then, hard to tell exactly what made the ball come out the second time."
Did they have any issues as far as the center-quarterback exchange during the week of practice?
"No. No. And I thought for the most part it was good. As you watch the tape, you see where we all have fingerprints on this from the offensive perspective."
Obviously, the eight sacks allowed was a big story. It seemed like on, I'd say five to six of those, the Rams just won one-on-one matchups. Is that what you saw? Is that an accurate assessment?
"As I just said, we all had fingerprints on this. It wasn't just one guy. It wasn't just one player, wasn't just one coach. That's what I saw and that's what we'll attack, improvement."
You've had the same coaching staff together four years, really the same core players together since you've been here. Is this performance kind of surprising to you to see, like you said, fingerprints across the board, because this team has been in some tough situations before, but it hasn't really had a performance like that before?
"It's a tough loss whether you characterize it as some guys are frustrated or surprised or we didn't get the job done. That's on the men in the room. That's us."
Do you typically watch that film afterward, night of or last night and again today or how's that routine go?
"Yeah, the night of, afterwards, today."
Just back to the last snap again, you said the botch on the snap, was there a chance that he had it and the ball got dislodged? It looked like Marcus got pushed back into him, may have dislodged it. Did the film show any evidence of that?
"I don't know exactly what dislodged it."
CB Tramaine Brock was active for the game against the Broncos and not two weeks later yesterday. Was he rushed back to soon? Did he sustain a setback in that game against the Broncos?
"We'll continue to assess that."
And how close was LB Patrick Willis? Was Willis literally a game-time decision or did you plan beforehand to not play him yesterday?
"We were monitoring it during the week and it wasn't there for Sunday."
Were either LB Dan Skuta or WR Brandon Lloyd's injuries serious yesterday?
"We're getting those looked at."
You referenced wanting to talk to the team. Is that a standard meeting, a clear-the-air meeting?
"No, it's the men in the room. That's our responsibility. We discuss where we're at, what we can learn from what we did and where we're going."
That'll be tomorrow?
Anything on LB Aldon Smith?