SAN FRANCISCO – Here are in-game quotes from Donte Whitner, courtesy of the 49ers.
Evaluate the defensive performance overall:
“Overall we got three turnovers in the first half. We had two penalties on third down in the first half that could have ended scoring drives or ended on four-and-one. We had an interception by S Dashon Goldson that was negated by a penalty. So, we’re doing a lot of good things out there, we’re just killing ourselves with the penalties and the dumb mistakes. It’s a game right here, game three, where most teams game plan. We didn’t game plan at all. We just came out here, we actually had a light practice yesterday. We just came out here and wanted to use our base things again and see what we could do against them. It’s a really good offensive football team, and we feel like we did pretty good early in the first quarter but we have to get better. We have to get on the field, hold teams to a field goal or stop them in the red zone. It’s something we have to work on.”
What are some of those challenges that the Houston Texans offense posed?
“They have a zone running scheme, where their offensive line is really tricky and they know how to cut guys out of gaps and a running back who is patient and will choose a gap. So if all of our defensive linemen get their shoulders turned to the sideline, he’ll pick two or three gaps. Then they run the boots off of that and they make it look the same. They’re really good at selling what they’re doing and then coming out with a boot and then hit you with deep routes off of that also. So that’s why they’re a really good offense.”
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