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Adrian Colbert takes blame for the Cardinals 75-yard touchdown pass

It doesn’t erase what was a boneheaded play, but at least players own up to it.

There was a bit of a different mood Sunday when the San Francisco 49ers completed their first offensive drive of the day. Everything was clicking mighty well for C.J. Beathard who completed all his passes and Matt Breida tore things up with some vicious runs.

But then the defense came on the field. And the Arizona Cardinals offense responded with this:

A lot of questions after were about who to point the finger at for what is an unacceptable play. Well look no further than Adrian Colbert who bit on Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and opened things up for what happened.

And Colbert was quick to own up to the mistake. In his post-interview, Colbert was quick to take the blame:

“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.”

After this play, the 49ers defense started to get together, but never quite found itself until after a second Cardinal touchdown put the 49ers into a hole they never quite managed to dig themselves out of. The rest of the day, the Cardinals benefited mightily from a dead 49ers offense that went kaplooey on more than one occasion while their own offense couldn’t muster much of anything beyond their first couple of drives.

While it’s nice to see Colbert take responsibility for these things, one has to wonder if it falls more on him, the secondary, or someone who is calling the shots.