The San Francisco 49ers 0-9 start to the 2017 season was one of the worst things that the franchise has had to face. This season has started out nearly as tough with the offense being decimated by injuries amidst a 4-1 start to the season. They have failed to put a complete game together, and we saw it again on Sunday. Facing the Arizona Cardinals, the 49ers offense ran 92 plays and had 33 first downs and 447 yards of offense. Unfortunately, they turned the ball over five times.
The team was frustrated after the game but there was no infighting, which is a good thing. In several of the post game interviews you can see that there is ownership from mistakes and no finger pointing which is incredibly valuable.
Here are a select group of quotes from players and Kyle Shanahan which exemplify the closeness of the locker room which will only help the team as they try to push through the rough patch of this season:
“Obviously, after a loss like that it doesn’t feel good for anybody. We’re going to stay positive throughout it all because we’ve got to move on to the next week. Obviously, we’ll watch the tape of this one, learn from it and get better from it. But, you can’t dwell on it for the next few days. Obviously, today and tonight will hurt and sting but you’ve got to get past it.”
“Football is a game that tests you all of the time. Unfortunately we have a rough couple of weeks by going 1-4 and not being able to close out games and having bad bounces go against us. Today was obviously another day of that. I am not worried about the character of this team at all. Kyle addressed us after the game and he is not either. The guys that we have here are awesome and ready to play and win. We just have to execute a little bit better. It is not recreating the wheel, it is just little things that we have to do a little bit better each and every week to get a little more consistent at. I think we can start turning the tide a little bit.”
“I sensed the same thing. Guys are frustrated. Our guys are working. They are putting a lot of work in and when you go through some of that stuff it’s tough. We’re all competitive people and we want this to change and we know it will. But, no, I think we’ve got a tight group of guys. I think we’ve got guys who work hard. I think it’s going to take a couple days to get over this, just like it always does and I believe our guys will show up. We’ve got eight days now to get ready for Green Bay. Tomorrow, except for the injured guys, they’ll get it off and we’ll come in on Tuesday and treat that like a Monday and go through this hard with all the guys. And by the time they show up on Thursday, we’ll have a new game plan for them and they’ll be ready to go.”
It says a lot. We found out what the problem was on that play, and we moved on and shut it down. Guys continued to play the game we know we can play. It shows a lot to the guys on the sideline, not pointing any fingers and figuring out the problem and solving it.
“Just get better. We have to really dig deep and see what our team is made of now. This is not where we planned on being at, but this is where we are. We just have to overcome adversity.”
“On Josh Rosen’s 75-yard touchdown pass to open the game: It was just an undisciplined play by me. I saw Larry [Fitzgerald] flash and it was just a bad play on my part. It is something that I have to correct.”
“I’m proud of the way everybody fought til the end. It’s just rough. I’ve seen teams across from me because, I’ve played on several teams, they get to screaming at each other. You can see it on the field and on the sidelines. I don’t ever see that here. It’s all about supporting one another. We’re close here. Everybody loves everybody. We know we have to get back to work and get better.”