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49ers vs. Broncos final score: Full transcripts from Jim Harbaugh, Colin Kaepernick, others

We've got a full set of transcripts following the San Francisco 49ers 34-0 loss to the Denver Broncos. It includes Jim Harbaugh, Colin Kaepernick, Kenneth Acker, Chris Borland, Vernon Davis, Blaine Gabbert, Carlos Hyde, Eric Reid, Joe Staley, and Jimmie Ward.

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers struggled to a 34-0 defeat at the hands of the Denver Broncos. It was not pretty, and the players and coaches recognize it. They are working toward Week 1 of the regular season, so we can take a deep breath for now. And yet, it is not going to stop people from getting a little nervous.

Jim Harbaugh and several players had a chance to discuss the issues that were on display today. Give them a read.

Head Coach Jim Harbaugh
Press Conference - August 17, 2014
San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos

Last week you said that you felt your guys got pushed around a little bit. Did you feel that happened today, or was it something else going out there?

"Yeah, didn't think we executed well enough in any area today. And I'm sure we'll see some good individual play. As the units go, there might've been a kickoff return that did a nice job. Offensively, thought the offensive line was good, running game was good, okay. Passing game, turning the ball over too much. Need better timing, better accuracy. We got to get better. This is going to be an important week for us. Be a big week. We need improvement. And we need to make decisions on who we're playing with. We're not going to keep experimenting. We got to tighten this down fast."

Any concern about this team?

"No. It's off; it's off right now. It's definitely, definitely off in little, correctable ways. That's what I see. Feel like we can get it corrected. I think we need a great week. We need to get better in all phases. It's a guy here or a guy there. We're taking turns with it. Can't really pin it on one spot right now. Believe it will be a big week for us, an important week to make strides."

QB Blaine Gabbert doesn't seem to be making a lot of completions. What's going on?

"Well, I think right now, in terms of a backup quarterback, it'll be as simple as whoever doesn't turn the ball over. They're turning the ball over. All of them have. There's nobody to elevate. Whoever doesn't turn the ball over will be the backup quarterback."

Will you go looking for another backup quarterback?

"No. We got good quarterbacks."

In terms of being off or out of sync or however you want to describe it, how much of it do you describe to all this? The new stadium and everything, was it just a distraction or any of that?

"No, thought that worked good. Thought that everything worked good with the stadium. That phase went well."

I've heard coaches say on one side of preseason/exhibition game, they'd rather be on the losing side because then they persuade their team they need more. If you win this thing 34-0, they start getting like, ‘Hey, we don't need anymore.' Is that true?

"Yeah, we got work to do, there's no doubt about it. We need great work and we need a great week."

Blaine didn't push the ball down field very often. Was that in the game plan or were there shots there deep he could've taken that he didn't?

"Well, there was. The throw was a deep ball that got intercepted. I think [WR] Quinton [Patton] could've looked earlier. But we're just, we're off. It's that kind of off right now. It's little. It's correctable. It shows up. That's football. It punishes mistakes. It rewards execution and precision and that's where we're off right now. We're not a precise team. Our precision isn't there right now. We're being punished for mistakes."

How's WR Stevie Johnson? Did he sustain an injury in the game?

"No. Not that I know of, no."

Do you have a plan as far as those receivers to play them?

"They didn't play a lot. Stevie had a nice route where he got open. We missed that throw. Wasn't the precision that you'd like to see. That's where we need to improve. That's the difference right now."

We haven't seen K Phil Dawson miss kicks like that very often as a 49er. Do you think a new environment had anything to do with either one of those kicks?

"I don't know that."

Do you think the turf was good? Were you satisfied with all that?

"I was, yeah. I thought the turf was good. Might've been a spot here or there, but overall very good."

Any indications on how serious S Antoine Bethea's concussion is?

"No, not the level of it."

Is RB Carlos Hyde okay? He came out of the game.

"Carlos is good. We brought him out of the game, but not for any physical reason. And he ran well. He had a run in there where he really stuck it up in there. Thought he did a nice job. Thought [WR] Bruce Ellington had a heck of a good game. There's going to be things to point to. There will be guys that play well individually. To sum it up again, team needs to be more precision in all phases."

Was there any thought before the game about how close this was to being a Super Bowl rematch from last year? Or how it could be one this year? Do you think of the Denver Broncos in that kind of way?

"Didn't think of that, no. Before the game, no."

What did you see from the inside linebackers, LB Chris Borland and LB Michael Wilhoite?

"Saw some good plays. Again, we'll look at it and look at it closely, and I think we'll see some good individual play. I think we'll see just overall us playing as units needs to be a heck of a lot more precise. That's why we got to drill down now and see who we're playing with and see who can rise to the challenge this week."

Maybe in that you may look at getting DE Justin Smith and LB Patrick Willis and some of your main line guys who can stand out into the game? Week 3 for sure?

"I think it's on track for that, yeah. They practiced this week. We held them out. Wanted to see another week of practice. [NT] Ian Williams is another example of that. They're coming."

The Broncos really challenge defenses with their pace on offense. I know you don't have all of your guys together on defense, but how do you think the guys who were out there faired against that challenge?

"I didn't see us as a tired team. You know how I feel about it."

Blaine Gabbert, he took his lumps in Jacksonville. I mean, do you see him being okay confidence wise? Is that an issue with him?

"No, I don't see that at all. He's a little bit like any quarterback. There's going to be good days. The precision right now though is on the unit. And that's where I see it. I see it needing to get better. I'm just straight up honest with you. I don't put it on one guy, but that's where we're going to be attacking. So, you'll know what our goal will be this week is the unit playing team offense, precise, no penalties, zero defects in penalties and missed assignments. And we're off in that right now. We've got some defects in that way. That's where we need to get better at."

In terms of the offense, in terms where of the level of concern is at from 1 to 10?

"No. Think I've been pretty clear what I see."

QB Colin Kaepernick
Press Conference - August 17, 2014
San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos

Was the team a little bit off today?

"Yes, I think so."

What do you think was off?

"One thing here, one thing there. If you have one person mess up on a play, it ruins the whole play."

How did it feel to finally play at the new stadium?

"It was great to be out there for the first time at the new stadium."

Players like to say that they kind of feed off the crowd a lot. How did you sense the crowd's energy? Was it loud, was it energetic?

"It was a great atmosphere. I think we will have a lot more noise here than at Candlestick from what it sounded like today."

Going into the second preseason game, what do you say some of the struggles are and what do you guys need to work on moving forward?

"We just have to clean things up. We have too many mistakes."

During the game you are able to watch some of the younger guys like Bruce Ellington for example. What are you seeing from some of those younger wide receivers and first, what do you see from him that is standing out?

"Bruce is making plays and he is making catches when he has the opportunity. He is also trying to get yards after the catch. As a quarterback, that is something you like seeing."

Colin, you played three series and strung together some first downs, ultimately how do you feel about the way the offense has performed when you've been on the field?

"I think we have been doing pretty well. I should have hit a few more throws today but I think our offensive line is playing well and our running backs have run well. We just have to finish our drives off."

Is there a common thread why you haven't finished those drives off?

"No. We just haven't finished the last few plays of the drive."

You had that deep throw to Lloyd there. Was that the read the whole way and did you think you hit it when you threw it?

"Everything is coverage based. He had the one-on-one matchup and I wanted take the shot and see what he could do with it."

There has been some outside criticism of Gabbert at the last few games. You are in the quarterback room with him and you are on the practice field with him. What are your feelings about the way he is performing?

"That is the great thing about being a player; I don't have to worry about that. I do everything I can to try and help him. He is working hard and he is trying to make sure he is doing everything to go out and perform well."

You mentioned noise. Is there anything else different that you noticed being on the field versus Candlestick or what would you say are the biggest differences?

"I think once you get out there and you are playing, a field is a field. I mean at home you are going to have noise in your favor, and away you are going to have noise against you. I think we will have a little bit more noise in our favor here."

CB Kenneth Acker
Postgame Quotes - August 17, 2014
San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos

When you watch NFL Network and you see a lot of preseason games, there are so many calls against the secondary. This team doesn't have that as much. Why do you think that is?

"I think we understand the concept and we go out and play confident. If you're thinking about it too much I think you're a second slower from taking your hand off or you're a second slower from putting your hands up on the guy actually. So, I think just being real conscious of it and knowing what's going on and playing with those other guys who know little techniques to make sure that you stay on the good side of the refs is something that I've taken from the older guys and is something that I need to keep getting better at."

Do you have to count your steps at all to make sure that you're past five yards?

"Pretty much actually. Instead of counting it's more of a feeling. It's five yards, so you know if you've backed up two steps you'll probably be right at that mark. So, if you don't have control of them by then you might as well keep your hands off."

LB Chris Borland
Postgame Quotes - August 17, 2014
San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos

When you came out of the locker room with that stadium as packed as it was-you've practiced here before-but what was that like?

"We've been in here a few times, but today was special. To run out into a full stadium was pretty exciting."

Jim Harbaugh says he always wants to see the most progress in the second game from the first. Do you think, personally, you saw a lot of progress from yourself between the first and second preseason game here?

"I did, and that was the focus this past week. I didn't really play very well against Baltimore and I thought I did some things better today. There are still a couple mistakes I need to clean up, but I'm on the right trend."

When you go up against a quarterback like Peyton Manning, what is your thought process going into this game?

"Well, I think Coach (Vic) Fangio is right; at Wisconsin I developed a a few bad habits, just personally trying to do too much, but I've been really trying to focus on just doing my job and doing it well. Peyton Manning makes it tough. He always puts you in the worst possible position as a defender because he's so smart. They were dinking and dunking a lot today. But it was good, it was a good opportunity to go up against one of the best and learn from that."

How are you and LB Michael Wilhoite communicating before starting in this game; what was the focus for the two of you?

"It's great to play with Mike. He does a great job pre-snap of communicating. That's huge at linebacker and I try to help as well. I think we play off one another pretty well and hopefully get a chance to continue to improve as the preseason goes on."

TE Vernon Davis
Postgame Quotes - August 17, 2014
San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos

Is there anything you'll miss about Candlestick Park?

"Yeah, just playing there. You got guys like Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, all those guys played in that stadium. Any time you get a chance to play on the same field that legends played on, it's a great thing."

How much are you guys showing in the preseason? Are you showing everything?

"Not much. No, you can never show everything. When it comes to preseason, you have to be cautious in a way just because you don't want everyone to see everything. But, like I said, we have a great group of guys. I'm excited about where we're going. We came out tonight and we did some things wrong, but we've got a chance and opportunity to correct it later on this upcoming week."

Are you discouraged at all?

"I'm not discouraged at all. You can't be discouraged. It's football, things happen. We've been in this position plenty of times before. You can't just let this dictate what you're going to do later on. Like I said, it's football. That's just the way the game is played sometimes."

Third preseason game, the starters usually play the most. Have you been told you'll play a lot in that game?

"I'm not sure yet. I haven't really had a chance to ask the coach what my time will look like next game. I just try and take it one day at a time and right now, I'm looking forward to practice."

QB Blaine Gabbert
Postgame Quotes - August 17, 2014
San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos

Are you surprised you guys are struggling like this?

"It just comes back to taking care of the football. It starts at the quarterback position, whoever is out there, including myself, we have to be conscious of it. When you have some momentum going, you have a drive across the 50, and you turn the football over, it's a dagger."

You mentioned that [Coach Jim] Harbaugh said that whoever doesn't turn the ball over will be the backup quarterback. Do you feel like you're now fighting to make sure you are the backup quarterback?

"Protecting the ball is the number one thing that the quarterback has to do, and that goes for every guy on this roster, and it starts with every guy out there. My job, which I'm focusing on, is not turning the football over."

After the first few games you weren't able to play, is there some rust you're getting off right now?

There's a little rust to knock off, but after the first game I felt pretty comfortable. We put some decent drives together there in the second quarter I believe, and it just leaves a sour taste in my mouth turning the football over in the third quarter."

RB Carlos Hyde
Postgame Quotes - August 17, 2014
San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos

You've played in front of big college crowds. How did this compare? Was it similar in any way?

"At Ohio State we had 107,000. So, it was a lot different. It's kind of hard to compare. But, the fans were into it. The fans definitely were excited, so that's good."

How would you assess your own game today?

"There was a time where we had short-yardage to get a first down. Coach called my number on that one. I just had the mentality of I have to get this one yard, I have to get this first down and not try to do anything extra but get the first down."

You guys haven't scored in two preseason games. Some fans are getting a little bit nervous about this. Can you tell them anything that will calm them down?

"It's only preseason. That's what the vets told me. So, that's what I would tell them. Whatever the vets say, just follow them."

S Eric Reid
Postgame Quotes - August 17, 2014
San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos

What would you like to see from this defense in the third preseason game that to you might have been missing these first two preseason games?

"From the front seven to the secondary, I think we just need to make more plays. The opportunities are there. I personally should have had an interception tonight with the dig across the middle. I was there and I was a half a second late. I think I definitely should have got that ball. But, think there's just some more plays that we can make."

The Broncos, the pace they play at on offense is very difficult for a defense. Is it helpful with the way the league is going now to get a team like that in the preseason to see how fast that pace can be?

"Most definitely. I think it was good for us to see that in the preseason that way we can prepare for it more when the regular season gets here. It's good for conditioning as well. We haven't been practicing at that pace, I don't think, so maybe we'll pick up practice a little bit too."

DB Jimmie Ward got to go against Broncos WR Wes Welker a couple times. Was this a nice warm up for him in the level of competition he was going against?

"Oh yeah, definitely so. I mean if there's any way to get introduced into the league, it's to play against [Broncos QB] Peyton Manning and his receiving corps. I think he learned a lot today and I think he's going to watch that tape and improve from that too."

LT Joe Staley
Postgame Quotes - August 17, 2014
San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos

Obviously a beautiful place and I know you guys were looking to do a little bit more and put something on the board. You moved the ball well in the first quarter. Just some general feelings about the team's slow start to summertime football?

"We've got a lot of work to do. Like you said, I thought we moved the ball well but again, we didn't come up with the points, we only had a field goal attempt, so a lot of work to do. The good thing is we've got two weeks left of training camp to fix issues and it will be a real test for this team this week to see how we rebound from this, and how we practice and get ready for that third preseason game. I know a lot of the guys didn't really play a lot and the offensive line will be playing more and stuff like that, so it will be a good test for us coming up."

How much thought do you put into August football results or performance overall?

"You put a lot of thought into anything you do. Anytime you step on the football field you're trying to put your stamp on what you do and how you perform, so you take care of your business and do as best as you can. I don't think there's any, ‘well it's preseason'. It all means something. So you just try to go out there and improve as a player, work on the things you need to work on, and get better."

QB Colin (Kaepernick) just missed that long ball to WR Brandon Lloyd, but the offense did move the ball better today, and you had a couple of drives and series' with Colin at the helm and most of the number ones out there for the first time. There are some positives to draw from, I hope?

"Yeah, we'll have to watch the film. It's results and about points. We didn't get points and so it's something to improve on there."

DB Jimmie Ward
Postgame Quotes - August 17, 2014
San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos

What are your thoughts on going up against Broncos QB Peyton Manning?

"He's a legend. I've got to give him that. A very smart player. I feel like he's an extra coach on the field for them. Just off of that game, just the couple plays that he played, he switched the play a couple times. Something he saw on the defense. Somebody gave it away, I don't know who, but I'll see the film later. I just feel like just going up against him and [Broncos WR] Wes Welker too is really going to get me better at the end of the day."

What would you say is the strength of your game coming into the league? Is it as a run-defender or obviously you're going to play a lot in the slot?

"Let's just say a good teammate right now. Basically I'm just trying to do anything that I can to help the team out. That's first and foremost."

You have one of the best teachers in the league at the secondary position in 49ers secondary coach Ed Donatell, he's been around for years. What have you been able to glean from him, he's a guy that drives you guys pretty hard?

"He always tells me every day, leverage, where's your leverage, where's your help. Those are two main things that he always talks about and I think that really helped me throughout this game to have the right leverage and to help me with tackles, too."

How are you guys liking Levi's® Stadium?

"I could tell from the look in everybody's eyes that everybody was pumped and ready to go. It was just a great experience. For me, from my college and where I came from there weren't too many fans. This is a preseason game and that there were that many people to support us just tells you that they have pride in the 49ers."