San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalk was on with Damon Bruce Monday afternoon, and we've got a full transcript for you. You can also listen to the interview HERE. The interview focused on the 49ers struggles, as well as NaVorro Bowman's continued rehab. It is not surprising that Baalke had little to say about the off-field issues plaguing the team.
On Thanksgiving game:
They played good football. They executed. They made plays when they needed to make plays. They put the ball in the end zone. Hats off to them, that's a good football team. That's a well-coached football team, and they've got good personnel. You've got to show up to beat them.
On why 49ers struggled:
There's a lot of things that go into it. We don't have time to go through each and every thing ... We've got to execute better. We've got to do some things better. Once again, part of that's in them, and part of that's in us. They came and they put it to us. We've got to dust ourselves off and get ready for the next one. And that's all we can do.
On the concerns manifesting in season low offensive performance, and Seahawks being more up for this game:
I don't know that they were more excited to play us than we were to play them. We just didn't play the type of football game we're accustomed to playing, for whatever reason. And all you can do is go back to work, and we did that today, and had a nice practice today. We'll continue to do that throughout the week. We've got Oakland coming up, and we have to focus on that. There's four games left, and all three teams that are still in the hunt have two games left within their own division. And St. Louis is playing awfully good football right now as well. So there's a lot of things that can happen in this four-game stretch. It's no mystery. We have to go out and win each and every one of them, and it starts this week.
On needing to run the table to be a playoff team:
I think you have to look at it like that at this point. There's too many teams playing good football. A lot of teams sitting at that 8-, 9- win mark at this stage. We control our own destiny to a point, and the only way we can do that is to win out.
On offense needing to show improvement against Raiders:
You look at the Raiders a week earlier. Kansas City came to town, and they played good football. So there certainly capable of playing good football. I think when things get away from you sometimes in certain games, just like they did on us a week ago. When things go wrong, they can go wrong in a hurry. When you look at the film like I did today on the Oakland-St. Louis game, things just got away from Oakland. We expect a much better football team, and that's what we're preparing for come Sunday.
Harbaugh's Baalke's daughter's tweet and tipping anything she's heard at home:
First of all, that would be hard, she doesn't live at home. She lives in Colorado and going to school. I think when anybody speaks, they speak for themselves, and she's no different. It's unfortunate, as she knows. It was inappropriate, and she knows it. It's been addressed with her, as well as Coach Roman, and we'll leave it at that. Any time you say something whether you believe it to be true or not, you have to accept the fallout from it. And that's where we're at with this.
On whether Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman are still answers to 49ers offensive questions:
I think when you look at things, when you're winning everybody wants to make more of it than what it is. And when you're losing, it's the same thing. it's never as bad as it seems, and it's never as good as it seems. There's always a fine line there. What we have to do is get back to being us. We've got to find ways and trust me, these guys are working on it, and they're working on it hard. And that's all we can do, is just keep searching for answers, and keep trying to get this unit to gel. I know the players haven't thrown in the towel, I know the coaches haven't thrown in the towel, and we certainly haven't thrown in the towel. There's a lot to play for yet. There's a lot out in front of us. And we've got four games to get it corrected.
On players responding to coaching uncertainty:
I don't know that that's playing into any of this. Jim's still under contract for another year. Ownership has come out and said they're going to talk after the season. Right now, the most important thing is what takes place this week, and we've got to go get a W. And that's all anybody in this building is concentrating on. I'm sure coach has the same mindset that we have. It's getting ready for this week.
On Colin Kaepernick struggles:
That loss isn't on any one player. Kap didn't play his best game, and admittedly so. And he's come out and said that. There's a lot of other players that didn't play their best game, and they would say the same thing if asked. The bottom line is none of us did well enough on Thursday. None of us, including me. It starts with me. We have to do our jobs better, and we'll continue to work toward doing that.
On knowing whether or not winning team would be eating turkey dinner on the 50:
To be honest, I don't even know what you're talking about. That's how out of touch I must be.
Defining moment of new stadium is Seahawks turkey dinner on logo:
That's news to me. If that's what they chose to do, they won the football game. It's one game. There will be others. There will be another one in two weeks. In order to get to that week, we have to get through this week. We've got a game to get ready for, and it's this one.
On Harbaugh coaching future:
Damon, I'm not going to get into discussions about this right now. It's meaningless. The bottom line is, we're all here trying to do our jobs. And our jobs are to focus on figuring out a way to go to Oakland and win a football game. And that's it. I'm sure that's all Jim's concerned with. I'm certain that's all I'm concerned with, and that's all any of us should be concerned with right now.
On NaVorro Bowman:
That's not been decided yet. We still have a week where the window's still open, do we add him to the 53 or don't we. We're going to use this full week to evaluate that. And if it looks like there's a chance that he'll make it back, then we'll keep that window open, add him to the 53, and go from there. But no decision has been made. He's progressing well. He saw Dr. Andrews last week, and that examination went as expected. So we'll continue to work toward getting him ready to play football.
On if he'll call Bruce first with the news on Bowman:
It's probably highly doubtful that I would call you first.