Quotes and locker room sound from the San Francisco 49ers following their 24-13 loss to the Seahawks in Week 12 at Levi's Stadium.
Head Coach Kyle Shanahan
(QB Russell Wilson wasn't sacked. Does that seem crazy based on the amount of times he was almost sacked...)"Yeah, it does seem crazy because it seemed like we were around him a lot. That's what he does very well though. He's been doing in for a long time. That does surprise me. I thought we would have had more sacks, but from what I saw out there and we'll see tomorrow after I talk to you guys after I get a better chance to watch the tape, but I thought our defense seemed to play very well. They gave us a chance to win this game, just like they did in Week 2 and it seemed like they were around him a lot, but as always Russell always makes some pretty good plays."
(Beathard was taking so many hits and always gets up. Was it almost a shock to see him stay down on the ground…) Did you almost have to double take to see that it was really him on the ground? "No, you just know he's hurt and if that's the case. If he can't get up it's because something is wrong. Got a lot of respect for how he plays. He has hung in there and he's gotten better for us each week. Hoping it's not as bad as it looked. I hope he's better than it seems tomorrow."
(You ran the read option and pistol a little bit more today. Was that because of OL Trent Brown being out or…)"It has to do with a lot of things. Sometimes when you can do that stuff, if you're going against the right schemes, it can slow people down a little bit. Not trying to make a living out of that stuff, but you try to give them other stuff to worry about. Make some other things a little bit easier. Sometimes it can help your protections. We got a few good looks of it today. We had a real unfortunate, I didn't see it yet, but the clipping call. The early one in the game, I thought we had a good gain. We got that call back, but it just offset guys and help our players, give them a better chance to be successful."
Quarterback C.J. Beathard
(Same old story, you were taking a lot of hits, under a lot of pressure. Did you think maybe some of those issues had been resolved based on what the New York Giants game looked like…) "You're always going to take hits as a quarterback, doesn't matter who you're playing for. Obviously, the guys that were in there did the best that they can do. [OL] Trent [Brown] was out for the game but we've just got to get better. All phases of the game: offense, defense, special teams, quarterback, running backs, o-line, everywhere. We just got to get better. That's all we can do right now."
(You had a few running plays called for you today. Is that something you like to do…)"Yeah. I like to do it, and I think I can run the ball. So, anytime we can mix some things up for defenses to have to think about another thing rather than just handing it off. They have to game plan for some zone-read stuff. I like doing it."
(Played a little bit more out of the Pistol today as well. Did you do a lot of that during the week…)"We did. We did a lot of that during the week. Did some straight hand-offs out of the Pistol. Some zone-read stuff, some play action out of the Pistol. That was more of a thing we did a lot of this week in practice."
Defensive Lineman Sheldon Day
(Does chasing around Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson make you feel like you're getting more snaps than you really are…)"No, not really. It makes you more determined to get him. You pin your ears back a little bit more and try to put more effort into it."
(Did it feel good to continue to force him out of the pocket and to run around back there…) "It felt pretty good, but you always want to come away with the sack. I just kept trying to work and kept rushing after him.
(How was it playing against Wilson…)"It's pretty fun chasing him around. It's like a cat-and-mouse game. You just keep on going until you get it."
(There were so many near-sacks, but Wilson wasn't sacked. Does that make you frustrated…) "I wouldn't call it frustrating. It makes you more determined. It makes you want to finish your rushes more. It makes you want to win earlier. It makes you more determined than anything."
Linebacker Reuben Foster
(There's something about Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. How was the first time that you've seen him up-close…)"I knew he was an athletic guy. He's an amazing guy. He's shifty and he's quick. God gave him that athleticism, so I can't fault him for that. That's just a God-given talent that's in him. We just have to play sound defense and get after him more."
(Are there things that you see against Wilson in person that you can't prepare for on film…) "He's just a little guy. You just have to minimize the mistakes and the missed tackles, go after it and have that dog mentality in you. We just have to have no doubts on the field. I just know that we want to win, and we'll still fight to win."
Safety Eric Reid
(In the first half you guys were doing what you wanted to do against Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. You had the interception on the first play. How do you feel about the way you guys tried to slow him down in the first half…) "I think in the first half we played well. We were able to execute. They were doing what we thought that they would do as far as the game plan went. We just needed another turnover. We always need one more opportunity to give our offense the ball but we weren't able to get it."
(How deflating is it that they come out in the second half and score back-to-back touchdowns, especially with Wilson escaping from the pocket like that doing what he does…)"He is the best in the league at that. You start the play off in good coverage and then it turns into a second play because he is able to get away from the pass rush. That is why he is a great quarterback. We just have to do a better job of sticking on the receivers and getting him down when he is scrambling."
(Is it more frustrating for a defense when he does make those plays and escapes the pocket, the rush and able to get a first down…) "It is really frustrating. In the secondary there is a clock in your head where you know the ball should be thrown and when it is not thrown you expect there to be a sack. He is the best at that. His pocket presence is 100. That is why he is one of the greats at avoiding getting sacked. I give him props, but we have to do a better job at getting him down."
Game action photos from the Seahawks' 24-13 victory over the 49ers in Week 12 at Levi's Stadium.