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Brian Hoyer, Pierre Garcon, Daniel Kilgore and Carlos Hyde talk 49ers loss to Rams in Week 3

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We’ve got the post-game press conference transcript for 49ers offensive players Brian Hoyer, Pierre Garcon, Daniel Kilgore and Carlos Hyde.

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QB Brian Hoyer

Brian there was a third and 18 play in the 2nd quarter where you guys ran the ball for two yards to set up the field goal. Was that Head Coach Kyle Shanahan’s call or did you see something at the line and check?

“It was the play call.”

Any frustration?

“It’s 3rd and 18 in the red area. Your chances of converting that are probably pretty low. They know that you’re just trying to take the field goal. I really don’t know a play that anyone could call. Maybe you bust a screen. But, that’s a smart call.”

On the two-point conversion there at the end Kyle said that WR Pierre Garçon was the first look there. He was covered well. Did you see WR Trent Taylor slip on that play?

“That was the same route that Trent scored on earlier. He sells an out and comes back in. He actually beat the guy out. So the guy, when he came back to run back in the guy was kind of there waiting for him. He beat the guy so well going on the out route that when he came back in I think that’s kind of why the guy was there waiting for it.”

Did Taylor not see that he had the out?

“It’s not like a two-way go. You know what I mean. So, unfortunately he beat him on the way out and the guy when you beat him on the way out he’s usually there waiting for it.”

Kyle said Taylor was the third read on that particular play, why did you go there?

“Pierre was covered I think. I mean, I have to go watch the film but I’m pretty sure they had someone underneath him. He was kind of going to the back of the end zone. And, really Pierre is kind of the second read too. You’re reading the first guy as he’s clearing it out hoping that they jump him and get Pierre. I think both those two guys were covered. So, worked Trent. He had already scored a touchdown on that route in man-to-man coverage. He’s usually pretty good at it. It was just unfortunate that he beat him outside and the guy was inside waiting for him.”

To have only scored fifteen points in the first two weeks, what’s it like to finally get that footing offensively?

“Well, we should’ve scored more. You’d like to score more touchdowns when you get in the red area. But, that was just the way it was going. We knew we had to score touchdowns. We saw that was how the game was being played. When that’s the case, obviously you always want to score points when it’s a close game and it’s nine to six or whatever it was. You know that’s the kind of game that’s being played. When you go out there tonight and you know that you’re going to have to score 41 just to tie it up, then that’s what you have to do. Maybe you take some more chances with throwing the ball. Throwing it up to [WR] Marquise [Goodwin], letting him make a play. Calling a go to Pierre and letting him run underneath it. We just knew that we didn’t have a lot of time and we had to take some big plays.”

Brian you guys are built to be a run-first team really in a lot of ways. But, some of those sequences in the second half inside the five Kyle gave you an opportunity to throw as well. How much do you appreciate that confidence and how much is that due for the offense when it’s making it a little hard?

“You have to do both just to keep the defense on their toes. We also knew that the defense that they play down there was tough to run against. I think that was part of it. They kind of crowd the box and man everybody up. They have a lot of people in there to try to stuff the run. We scored one of the touchdowns in goal line, and another one with [RB] Carlos [Hyde] out of the gun with a good run call. So, I think we’re mixing it up well enough.”

Brian what happened on that first throw of the game?

“The guy made a good play. He guessed right. We’re thinking with Marquise going over there, the speed that he has, the guy’s going to back way off. He just decided to sit on it so you chalk it up the guy making a good play. Making a good guess. I think that’s also why we knew we were going to be able to throw it deep later because they were squatting on a lot of stuff. You chalk it up. You move on, and go play the rest of the game.”

Did you tell yourself anything? Did you talk to Shanahan?

“No. Not at all. Literally, you just look at it. Tip your cap to the guy. Good guess, you made the right play. Then you go and play the rest of the game.”

Did you feel like you’re playing catch up the rest of the game after that play?

“Not at all. No. Obviously we don’t want to put our defense in that situation on the first play of the game. That’s not fair to them. But, you just go and you keep playing. The one thing that I’m proud of and that I learned is we have the right guys. We have guys that are going to give it their all. It’s definitely not for lack of effort. And, we played until the end. That’s what you’ve got to do. Especially when you’re a young team. You’re trying to learn how to win. It takes time. Unfurtunately, it’s been three games and we still haven’t got a win. I think we have the right people in that locker room and the right coaches. Once we put it together it’ll be good. We have to play a complete game. When the defense plays well, we’ve got to score points. When we play well, we all got to play together and figure out a way to win. Whatever it takes.”

What’s your view on the play when Trent Taylor was called for offensive pass interference?

“I don’t want to get fined.”

Just what you saw--?

“I don’t see it because I’m thrown into a spot. In that time of the game I would think you would let people play. But I haven’t seen it. I have to go and watch the film. You know what, you don’t want to leave it up to the refs hands anyways. You hope you make a few plays earlier in the game to change the outcome. If it comes down to that, then that’s what it is. That’s what the guys job is to do.”

You seem to be slinging it a lot more this game. Was that the nature of the game or did you find some level of comfort where you’re like ‘Hey, let’s chuck it’?

“I think that was the nature of the game. The plays that were being called, just trying to execute them.”

Pretty good spike when you got the first touchdown when you ran it in. Some emotion there?

“That’s, I think my first rushing touchdown in eight years. The last one was a quarterback sneak. Also too, that was our first touchdown on the entire year. So, capping a long drive off and scoring, I think that was good for the whole offense really and just pumped everybody up.”

WR Pierre Garcon

Give us an idea about the roller coaster of emotions of that 4th quarter.

“It was a roller coaster. We played well the guys fought hard, the special teams showed us and gave us those opportunities and on offense we just have to finish drives. That has been a thing for us all year. We are still figuring it out but we will move forward and get things figured out.”

What was it like those last few minutes with the highs of getting those touchdowns and the onside kick?

“We were very happy especially for our guys in our receiver room making those plays. [WR Victor] Bolden got the forced fumble, [WR] Aldrick [Robinson] recovered the fumble and [RB] Raheem [Mostert] got the onside kick recovery and [K] Robbie [Gould] made the perfect kick. It was a lot of happiness, a lot of fight and guys were excited and we still had a chance in this game. On offense we have to convert those plays where we needed it the most.”

There were some big plays in this one especially involving you, can you take us through the big plays that you made where it appears that you were flipping the game?

“I was just playing football. It was nothing spectacular. It was just like we were practicing for. We call a play and at the end of the day we know what we have to do from the quarterback to the offensive linemen to the receivers. We have to catch whatever the quarterback throws. We have to keep playing football and every play matters. We just have to finish the plays and score touchdowns.”

RB Carlos Hyde

It seems like you give a lot of extra effort after the first contact. Can you talk about that?

“That is just the fight in me. I refuse to go down. I just keep fighting, that is how I play. I knew that it was going to be tough coming into this game. I didn’t expect anything less from the Rams. They always play us tough, especially in the run game. I knew that it would take the extra effort to get one or two yards extra to move the chains.”

Can you put your finger on why you guys didn’t get into that rhythm earlier in the game?

“We had penalties and turnovers. We were pretty much shooting ourselves in the foot. We have to eliminate that part. We have to play the way that we know how to play. We started showcasing that at the end of the game. If we could have just come out like that, it could have been a different outcome for us.”

C Daniel Kilgore

The way that things had been going, touchdown after touchdown, everything seemed to be falling into place. Did you think that you were winning this game?

“I never thought that we were out of the game. Yes, having an onside kick helps with motivation. Going out and as an offense we have to score points. We have to put points on the board.”

Were you guys encouraged by the 39 points that you put up today?

“I said this before and coach has too, every play we expect to score. Finally we get a touchdown from the offense, but we have to score more touchdowns obviously. Things are leading towards the right way, but we still have to be able to finish.”

Is it frustrating when you play well as an offense and not finish?

“It is always frustrating when you lose. Sure there were positives overall but when you lose, that is the biggest thing to us. And we will look at it. We have a long weekend, 10 days before our next game. It’s another divisional game, we will take care of ourselves, look at the film and get ready for Arizona.”

WR Trent Taylor

You guys did move the ball a lot in the second half. Does this help the offense’s confidence after not scoring the first two games?

“I think as an offense, we always knew we had it in us. It was just a matter of time until the pieces fell together. It was good to see our offense move the ball a little bit more than we have in the past couple of games. I think we’re going to continue to grow.”

Was your timing thrown off on the two-point conversion attempt?

“I don’t think the defense was set up the way we wanted them to be. They kind of reacted late to our play. It just didn’t work out the way we wanted to.”