The last thing players want to do after such a lopsided loss is talk to the media, but they are required to do it. The following are transcripts for NaVorro Bowman, Ahmad Brooks and Ian Williams. You can see the Bowman video here but it starts well after the long pauses that he takes before answering "I don't know" to two questions. The frustration was evident. He didn't actually sound like himself until he was asked about his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and he chuckles a little bit. This was the first time that he seemed at a loss for words since taking over the unofficial role of defensive spokesperson.
The 49ers defense has a lot of work to do, and the veterans will be critical if this group is going to turn things around. Here are transcripts from three veterans following the game.
How did being down 14-0 make an impact?
I wasn't even worried about the score. I just go out there and relay the calls and hope that we execute the calls. There is not really anything we can do about the offensive side. We as a defense need to go out there every single play and defend the end zone. That is what our goal is.
They had 28 first downs. where was the break down?
I don't know.
You've been around for a while, does there need to be a major change in the game plan?
I don't know.
How do you feel the team mentally bounced back from Pittsburgh?
I believe we had a great week of practice, but you have to come ready to play and we didn't and it showed. The great thing about it man, is you have another game next week and it's not how you start, it's how you finish.
Regarding coming ready to play is that due to the younger guys on the team?
Uh, I don't like making excuses. I mean you guys know we have a young team here and if you do the math, you know, maybe that's the reason but once we put those helmets on and go out there, it's no excuses. You have to be ready to play.
You were a little slow to get up after tackling Chris Johnson and you stretched knee out after. Did you feel like you had done some damage?
No damage but I felt it. Just rolled up on it.
Everything was ok with it?
Yeah, I'm fine.
Is that a good thing that you can take a weird hit and pop up afterwards?
Yeah, it's a good thing. That's the trial that I’ve been telling you guys. You can't simulate football until you go out and play games. Expectations are high for me but I understand what's going on with my body and I am giving it 100% very single day. Those kind of tweaks and little aches are going to come and I know I gotta to get back up and keep going.
Are you all the way back?
No, I'm not.
The penalty that came in the pile, what happened?
They probably were tired of me honestly. I play with a lot of emotion and I felt like a bad call was made. When I have the ball in my hands, I want the ball, I'm fighting hard and then they tell me to get up off the ball. It was just emotions, nothing serious, hopefully the refs forgive me.
Did you say something or did you just not get up?
Yeah, I just didn't get up.
Was it emotion just the way the game was unfolding?
Yeah, that's all it was.