(opening…) Well, it was a very difficult loss, stating the obvious. We had a couple chances near the end where, hopefully with good field position, maybe get in a position to win the game ourselves. But, we gave up too many big plays down the stretch in the fourth quarter, and then we had a couple of mistakes in protection that put us in a tough spot, but they didn’t convert on that one. Look, we just have to regroup, we can’t feel sorry for ourselves, fix the things we can fix, hopefully, and get ready for the Rams coming in here next week. Our fans were great. They were with us right until the end, and we appreciate that, and we need them more now than ever. We did some things offensively a little bit better than we did the first week. Special teams made a little bit of an improvement, I thought. Now we just have to keep getting better.
(On giving up 33 points….) We have a good defense, and we are counting on them. We’ll need to see the film to see what happened, but give the [49ers] credit, they did some nice things. They had a young quarterback, who made a couple of plays. He made a couple of plays with his feet and his arm, but I was disappointed in the big plays. That’s what hurt us.
(On the pregame injury to Seneca Wallace…. ) After we had declared Seneca, he pulled a calf muscle in pregame warm-up, so he was out. Then, Logan hurt his knee, and it is kind of significant. Then, we had to jimmy-rig a couple of things in the passing game.
(On Billy McMullen…) No, he wasn’t going to play. I think Billy, considering everything, did a pretty good job.
(On Logan Payne’s injury…) He has a torn ligament. I don’t know how long it’s going to be.
(On Seneca Wallace’s injury…) Seneca has a pulled calf muscle, those things are kind of funny. I couldn’t give you a time table.
(On the wide receiver situation…) We lost a lot of guys there, which is very unusual. We will have to sign a couple more guys, first of all. We have to continue to get better in the running game, we have to be very, very resourceful, and we can’t turn the ball over. We had the tipped pass for the touchdown, and that was a huge turnover, and then Billy made the nice catch, and it looked like we were going to go in and get some points anyway, and they got the fumble right there. Right now, that is how we have to play the game.
(On how much Seneca Wallace was going to play…) He was going to play a fair amount. He practiced during the week, and we were going to use him. I hadn’t really planned on using Billy at all, unless an emergency took place, and an emergency took place.
(On the offense moving the ball on the ground better…) We moved the ball better, we got behind and the guys did a nice job of catching up and then going ahead. Had we been able to convert a couple of those red zone things, maybe it wouldn’t have come down to a field goal, which is the tough part about it. I thought that we could sustain a long drive, and I thought the guys did a nice job that way.
(On the last drive, that started on the 11 yard line…) Well, if you make a mistake down there, then the game is over. That’s a bad way to look at it, I suppose, but given our situation there, we were playing with some guys that hadn’t played very much, I just didn’t want to do something really bad, and then we had a couple of blown assignments, and we got sacked, and fortunately he missed the field goal there, and we were able to go into overtime. But, give them credit, they started on their own 20, they went down there and did it.
(On the play of Isaac Bruce…) I don’t imagine he is quite as quick as he used to be, but he is really a quality receiver, and has been for a long time. We had way too many penalties today, too. I mean way, way too many penalties, and some big ones. I think we had 3 or 4 pass interference calls. We had a penalty negate an interception in the end zone. There was a lot of things like that in the game today, and you can’t have that many.
(On the chances of getting Deion Branch back this week…) I couldn’t tell you, honestly.
(On the high number of pass interference penalties…) It was too many, I know that. It had an effect on the outcome of the game, there is no question about that.
(On sacking O’Sullivan 8 times…) I expect our secondary to do a good job. I think we have good guys there, we have guys that returned from last year. They made a couple of plays when he broke the pocket, and we missed a couple of tackles on the quarterback that we should have had. He should have been sacked more, in my opinion. You let him run around back there too much, or don’t get pressure on any quarterback, your secondary is vulnerable.
(On the situation…) You have to figure out a way to survive and win, not just survive—win. And so that is what we are going to try to do.
(On Jon Ryan…) It was his first game with us, and I think he is a pretty good punter, and I think that will improve.
(On Kelly Jennings…) He had to get a block, I think it is going to be OK, but he is going to be pretty sore.