Tuesday's are usually a day off for the players, but because they got home so late on Monday morning, landing around 4 a.m., Mike Holmgren gave them off Monday and had them come in Tuesday to watch some film. So we had access to a few of them as they passed from the film room through the locker room.
Seneca said his calf tightened up about halfway through the game, and that it was sore on the flight home, but he said he will be able to play. He didn't really answer the question about whether he would be shocked if he didn't start if Matt Hasselbeck doesn't play, saying only that it is Holmgren's decision and he will do whatever he has to to get wins.
Lofa did not want to talk about his concussion or the play it happened on. He has brought this up in the past, but he still seems shocked that they could have sacked Niners QB J.T. O'Sullivan eight times, they had a 150-yard rusher and they still lost the game. It shows, Lofa said, the Niners' resilience. Lofa also was pretty critical of the officiating in Sunday's loss, saying if the refs did not blow the play dead then it is an altogether different outcome. He understood that they officials were probably blocked from seeing the ball come loose, but they still missed the call.
Bobby Engram said he is getting a lot of double teams with safety help over the top, the reason he has totaled only one catch in the past two games. He also said he doesn't want it to sound like excuses, but injuries are the reason they are losing. They can't get a rhythm going because every time they try somebody else gets injured. Engram also said that the coaching change in San Francisco should not have much of an effect on the Niners players. They are likely to prepare the same way they had been.
To a man, they recite the working hard, sticking together mantra -- though even Lofa admitted it was frustrating to put in all the hard work and not get the results on Sunday.