Needless to say, this locker room was dramatically more happy than the past three, a huge sigh of relief as they snapped their losing streak and watched the rest of the division lose.
Josh Wilson was being ribbed mercilessly for getting caught from behind by, as Julian Peterson said, "a guy that weighs 100 pounds more than him. And an old college teammate to boot." Wilson said Vernon Davis "had a good angle," the reason Wilson got caught. His teammates acknowledged that regardless of being caught from behind, he still scored, and that trumps everything. I asked five players and not one was willing to say he was surprised the Niners went for it on fourth down -- but it was sort of the wink wink No I'm not surprised. I was not there for Mike Singletary's postgame, but apparently he told SF reporters that Mike Martz wanted to go for it and he did not want to overrule Martz because of the look in his eye. I'll post those quotes if/when they are available. Wilson said JTOS sat on the ball for a count too long, which allowed Wilson, playing inside in the nickel, to break on the ball. He said it was his first defensive TD since pee wee football.
Leonard Weaver was funny. He said his teammates are calling him the Church Van. "They didn't know the Church Van could move that fast. I surprised myself," Weaver said. He gave credit to Mack Strong for defining his role as a blocker, and if they throw a bone your way to make the most of it. "I took the bone today," Weaver said.
Mike Holmgren's press conference was cut short by a coughing attack. But before he was taken down by that, he said the key to the game was making the big plays, something that hadn't happened in recent weeks. He said he thought Seneca played well, and that Seneca actually set up Weaver's two scores by using his legs to make defenders move elsewhere. He did not take any questions regarding his future in San Francisco -- perhaps the design of the coughing attack.
There were huge contingents of Seahawks fans at Candlestick, one in the upper deck on the West side of the stadium, the other in the lower deck by where the Seahawks go into their locker room. They were chanting "Leon-ard Wea-ver," which Weaver said almost made him cry. The upper deck crowd had two huge 12th man flags waving and were doing the "Nah nah nah, Goodbye," thing at the end of the game. With all the empty seats from disenfranchised Niners fans, this almost felt like a home game.
On his one sack that created the fumble that Kerney picked up, Julian Peterson said he had feinted inside, which made Joe Staley cover that way, and once he was leaning Peterson knew it was over. The big thing was causing the fumble once he got to JTOS.
I asked Rocky Bernard about that story in one of the San Francisco papers that linked the downfall of the organization to his sack of Alex Smith last year. He said he had heard that theory before, but he didn't mean to hurt Smith and he thinks it's unfortunate what has transpired since then. I do find it interesting that Bernard was linked with that, and now he is partially responsible for JTOS's first fumble today and his subsequent benching in favor of Shaun Hill.