In his Monday press conference, Mike Singletary repeatedly took the blame for his team’s 3-7 record with six games remaining. After opening his remarks with the injuries from Sunday’s 21-0 loss to Tampa Bay, Singletary took full responsibility for the team’s performance Sunday too.
“As you look at our team, in particular as we talk about the game yesterday, why we lost the game? That would be on me.”
“Anything that happened in the game is on me because it all ultimately comes back to me. I understand that.”
But the head coach wasn’t the only one taking responsibility for a lackluster performance. Quarterback Troy Smith, who was sacked six times, said each sack falls on him, not the offensive line.
“I control a lot of things as a quarterback. Sometimes the best throw is a throw away,” suggested Smith, who Singletary said would resume his starting duties. “If you can avoid the sack and avoid a costly mistake, you do just that.”
But instead of throwing the ball away, Smith looked to make the type of plays that pushed the 49ers to wins over Denver and St. Louis in consecutive weeks. They simply weren’t there this time around. The Bucs kept Smith in the pocket, forcing him to abandon the rollouts and improvisation that worked so well in previous weeks.
“Tampa Bay did some things to put us in a comprising situation,” Smith said. “I can’t give Tampa Bay enough credit, they did what they needed to do to win the game.”
The Bucs excelled against the run too. They held Frank Gore to a season-low 23 yards on 12 carries.
But the offensive struggles won’t derail the team from looking to win its final six games.
“We’re all in this together,” tight end Vernon Davis said. “We started together so we have to end it together. We just have to keep moving forward.”
The 49ers travel to Arizona for their first matchup against their division rivals on the national stage known as “Monday Night Football.”
Trailing the division-leading Seattle Seahawks by two games, the 49ers know they can’t afford play like they did against Tampa Bay.
“We don’t have time to play around, we have to go,” Davis said. “We’re still in it, it’s up to us whether we want or not.”
Notes and Quotes
Singletary shared the following injuries: Wide receiver Morgan (shoulder sprain), tight end Vernon Davis (ankle sprain), and safety Dashon Goldson (ankle sprain and leg contusion).
Davis said his ankle was fine, and that it was an injury he’s re-aggravated throughout the season.
Singletary added that he expected cornerback Will James to return to practice from a concussion he suffered against St. Louis and that he didn’t have a timetable on kicker Joe Nedney’s return.
Rookie wide receiver Kyle Williams caught his first career pass in the fourth quarter for an 8-yard gain. Williams also fielded two punts, averaging 8.0 yards per return.
“It felt good to get back out there, it really did,” said one of the team’s sixth-round picks. “I’ve been staying in the playbook, preparing every week as if I was going to play so when I did get in I would be ready to go.”
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