Harbaugh: “The plan wasn’t the best plan.”

SAN FRANCISCO — Here’s a transcript of Jim Harbaugh’s post-game press conference, courtesy of the 49ers.

 

Is there anything you can put a finger on why this happened today?

“Thinking about that right now. We didn’t do enough. Put ourselves in a position we couldn’t come back from. More turnovers than we’re accustomed too. Plan wise, obviously it wasn’t the right one. And you try to figure out what the next one will be. But yeah, tough loss for us but we have to bounce back fast. We have a game coming up Thursday night, and no time to hang the head. Got to bounce back.”

 

You’ve done so well protecting the ball, passes. Did they mix something up with the coverages to get those picks?

“I think for sure one or two really great plays on their part. But, I can’t say for sure if there was a mix up, if they mixed up the coverage.”

 

Was QB Alex Smith affected by his sprained finger?

“I don’t think so, but don’t know for sure.”

 

Normally stingy against the run at home. What was the difference today?

“Well, I felt our defense was in bad situations. And was able to get off the field with just the field goal in the second half. That was a result of stopping the run in those critical situations. But, not our best game.”

 

You guys have given up a lot of yards in the return game. The second half it seemed the momentum really switched with that play that started the second half. What’s happening with your guys’ coverage units?

“What’s happening? We gave up the big play, no question, coming out of the half. And then things continued to get worse from there in the beginning of the second half. What’s happening with the return yardage exactly? I don’t know.”

 

T Joe Staley suffered a concussion in the third quarter. Do you have any update on his condition or how it happened, and what he was feeling?

“Yeah, been briefed on it. That’s all in the hands of the doctors. Exactly what he was feeling, no more information to add on that.”

 

K David Akers was practically automatic last year. Do you see anything different in his mechanics, or in snap or hold or anything that’s giving him trouble?

“No.”

 

Certainly QB Colin Kaepernick in the two previous games, very successful plays. Is there ever a fear that by putting him in too much you disrupt the flow of the offense?

“Yes.”

 

Do you think that could have been an issue today?

“Perhaps. The plan wasn’t the best plan. And we’ll work to make a good one this week. Wasn’t a great day for any of us.”

 

What’s the lesson you learn from a game like this if there is one?

“I don’t know that I have the lesson learned right at this moment. But, we’ll think through it and see if we can’t get it corrected. Then you take, the Giants played a heck of a ball game.”

 

The offense was rolling in the first two series. Obviously, they only came away with 3 points. Did the Giants adjust after that? Or what was the difference after that?

“Well, there was definitely times that we were moving the ball and we weren’t able to finish the drives or convert points from them. And did the Giants play a very good game? Absolutely.”

 

Did you speak at any time with any of their coaches about some of the stuff that was said late in the week?

“No.”

 

WR Randy Moss had the secondary beat for a very long pass.

“Wait, I’m sorry?”

 

Randy. Randy Moss. He had a 55-yard gain. Is there any reason why you didn’t give them more of a dose of that? Or is it not part of the plan? I’m not sure.

“Yeah, as you can see, it was in the there. It was in the plan.”

 

I’m wondering why we don’t see that more. Is there a reason?

“I can’t give you the reason. The why didn’t you throw it deep? Why didn’t you run it? Why didn’t you do this? Why didn’t you do that? Don’t have all those answers for you right now. The ‘should’ve, would’ve,’ is undefeated. Go back and say, ‘why didn’t you?’ ‘Should have done that.’ That’s an undefeated way of looking at things. So, we’ll see if we can’t bounce back real fast and get ready for this ball game Thursday night.”

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