(Opening…) Well, it was a great team effort. I told the guys that anytime you can get a shutout in this league, it's really something, and your defense played very well. I want to give credit to our defense, I think they had a good game plan. We were able to pressure their quarterback a little bit, which I think you have to do. Of course, Gore is a very good runner, so I was pleased with how our defense played. The offense was a little bit better tonight. The special teams, we have some work to do. We had 6 points taken off the board in the first half, which fortunately did not cause us to lose the football game, but it is inexcusable, so we're going to have to work on some of that stuff. All in all, it was a division opponent, and a great win for us.
(On using the shotgun formation… ) When you say you commit, you have to commit. Matt has always had the ability to go to the shotgun if he wanted to. He likes it, he is a little more comfortable in it now. There are some plays that dictated that he be in the shotgun, so he used it a little bit more tonight than we have ever used it before. It might be something that we use more.
(On the success of the first drive… ) I expect to do well on the first drive. We put a lot of thought and planning into it and if we protect the quarterback and Matt is on, and we catch it, I'm not surprised by that. We had made a commitment, I shouldn't say a commitment but a little shift of emphasis if you will, and the guys were excited about it, and they executed well. The players did a nice job.
(On calling more pass plays…) I don't have an answer for that. I was not pleased with how we were running the ball. If you believe you have the right quarterback, then at least you can think about doing it, you can think about throwing it more. His decision making, that player's decision making really dictates to you if you choose to do that. We came out in the second half, and that was the one ball that neither Matt nor I liked. All in all, his decision making was very good. If you have the receivers, there is a little less wear and tear on your lineman. It reminds me of our old days at BYU, where we never ran it. I'm not going to do that. We still have to keep trying, but I'm going to do what I think we do best.
(On the play of Maurice Morris…) He did OK. On a yards per carry basis, it was skewed a little bit by a few runs at the end, but he did OK. I think we got a little spoiled a couple of years ago, when we were banging it around pretty good running the ball. But there are other teams with great runners, as John pointed out, that aren't quite having the years they've had in the past. I think defensive teams are committing extra people up in there, and they are making it hard to run.
(On the calls in the red zone…) We scored on a draw play down in there. We did a couple of things, and I think the fact that we were throwing it around helped a couple of those plays, yes.
(On Mike Nolan…) I talked to Mike before the game and then when we finished the game. Kathy and I know Mike and his wife. I went through this with my mom a couple of years ago and it's hard. Dick Nolan, I had the privilege to meet him a few times in the last few years. Growing up as a kid in San Francisco, when he was the coach and John Brodie was the quarterback and they went to those playoff games against Dallas, I was there, and I remember them. And he did a great job of coaching the 49ers, and he was a great player. And he's a good guy, he's a great guy. I enjoyed him. Yeah, it's tough. But Mike felt that his father wanted him to do this, I'm sure, so that's what they did. Those of you who have been in that situation before and have lost a parent, you know the feeling, and you know how that is.
(On the pass rush…) It was better, and we knew we had to do that. We are that type of defense, we have to get pressure on the quarterback and then we can play a little bit. Alex Smith is a great athlete, and he scares you breaking the edge, so we felt we had to contain him. We wanted to do that if we could. He is still a young guy, learning to play the position, too. Switching Kerney and Tapp, you're going to see that, they are a little bit interchangeable that way. The coaches probably liked the matchup with an athlete a little bit more against somebody on occasion, to keep people guessing just a little bit. As long as they feel they can kind of get the same thing done on both sides.
(on Will Heller…) He's a big man. He's a big, big target. Our tight end has always been a big part of our red zone productivity and this year we have struggled just a little bit that way as well. Marcus has been hurt, so Will has kept up. He has good hands, he's a tough guy, we just haven't used him too much in that role prior to this season. I am happy for his success and Matt obvioiusly has confidence in him.
(On injuries…) Nothing real bad, I don't think. C.J. Wallace bruised his knee just a little bit. I think Babineaux got poked in the eye, but he's OK. I think the rest of it is bumps and bruises, I am happy to say.