Head Coach Mike Nolan
RE: Opening Statement:
"As we all know this was an important game for us, and obviously we didn’t play very well. It is our fourth game of the season, we have a lot of football left. We’re 2-2 at this point. The last two weeks we have not played very well. We hurt ourselves with turnovers, penalties; seven of the nine on the o-line. We had mental errors as well. We didn’t capitalize on some things that we did; on side kick, interceptions and a blocked punt. We have a lot of work to do in all phases. As far as injuries go, Alex is the only one to mention. He came in and got treatment right away. He has a separated shoulder, to what degree, I do not know and I will not know until tomorrow."
RE: On type of test done on Alex Smith’s shoulder:
"Standard MRI’s and things like that, to see what it is. They already did an x-ray."
RE: Do you know how long he’ll be out?
RE: Is surgery a possibility?
"Tomorrow we’ll check it some more and see where we’re at. Doubtful."
RE: On offensive line having trouble:
"What I saw happen today were penalties and turnovers. That would be the biggest thing to me. We had dropped passes a couple of times. I like the way we adjusted. Going into the game I was very pleased with the adjustments we made, having Vernon out, utilizing the different personnel groups and mixing it up. I thought it was good. When Billy Bajema went down it kind of hurt our tight inside running game. Again, we had enough in the plan to keep doing it. I thought Frank busted some runs, as was evidence out there many times. We get a good play and then do not capitalize or bring it back. I don’t know how many halfway decent plays were called back."
RE: On Alex being out:
"We’ll discuss it tomorrow. Right now we don’t know what the situation is. We’ll wait and see."
RE: On blitzes and guys coming free:
"Mental barriers, techniques."
RE: Changes on offensive line?
"There could be some changes at 25 starting positions. There could be. That’s not a threat, but I mean that’s the fact every week."
RE: Can you’re team win with Trent Dilfer?
"Sure, I don’t have any lack of confidence in that. This team has to play well as an entire football team for us to win, that’s how we’re built."
RE: On Trent Dilfer’s performance since he hadn’t been in a game since 2005:
"It certainly wasn’t good enough for us to win the game. But I don’t lack confidence in Trent, he is an outstanding leader. The only work back-up quarterbacks get in preparation for a football game is the show team defense. The starting quarterbacks take all the work. So, for him to go in cold turkey is a difficult job for anyone to have. Unless all the starting roles around you have done their job, it’s going to make it that much more difficult. I wouldn’t put what happened today on Trent’s shoulders entirely."
RE: What was your message to the team afterwards?
"I did most of mine at half time. We just know we have a lot of work to do at this point."
RE: On mental errors:
"I wish I could explain it right now. I really don’t have anything other than what I’ve said; the things that went wrong in the game. I don’t want to make excuses. The first thing would be Alex’s injury. Like I always say, I would expect Trent to go in there and operate like he did. But again, why Alex came out of the game was because he got sacked; he got hit on a free runner."
RE: Did you give a thought at all about replacing Justin Smiley?
"I didn’t think about it, no. I wish that was the reason we lost the game. We didn’t play well."
RE: How much did you change what you wanted to do when Alex went out?
"We stayed with the plan for the most part. We don’t change. When Billy Bajema went down, that kind of changed some of the running game and some of the protections that we had to do. That was as much of an adjustment as losing the quarterback, as far as executing on each play."
RE: On team challenges:
"I wish I could put my finger on it. At this point we’re not good enough quite yet. Maybe we’re not ready for that challenge. It is early in the season and when those challenges come up, later in the year, I’d like to see how we respond. The thing that encourages me is that we have a lot of football ahead of us. It’s nice to have things to work on when you go in Monday, instead of having nothing to work on."