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Earl Mitchell: 'This is a Team That's Resilient, and We're Excited to Get Back to Work'

Posted Oct 9, 2017

Top quotes from QB Brian Hoyer, RB Carlos Hyde, WR Pierre Garçon and others following the 49ers Week 5 overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

It was a frustrating loss on Sunday as the San Francisco 49ers fell to the Indianapolis Colts, 26-23, in overtime.

San Francisco is now 0-5 and has dropped its fourth-straight game determined by three points or less.

Here are the notable postgame quotes following the 49ers Week 5 loss to the Colts.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan on the 49ers 0-5 start:

“You just need to deal with it. I mean, it is what it is. You accept responsibility for it. We’ve had the opportunity to win all four games, and in those games we came up short. And I would say, as a head coach, it starts with me. We had opportunities there and we didn’t get it done again. So, I will say the same thing that I have been saying these past few weeks – that there is nothing you can do but go back to work and get better. When you go through something like this, and you obviously face a lot of adversity, it’s a time to find out what our guys are made of. You can really find out what your teammates are made of and take a good look in the mirror to see who you really are too.”

Shanahan’s message to the team following the overtime loss:

“It’s different when you don’t have a chance, and we all know we had a chance. I think you guys do too. So, I don’t think I have to sit there and say that. But I just said to the guys that I know how hard it is. And we don’t have to get over it tonight and we don’t have to get over it tomorrow. It’s going to take some time because you do put everything into it and it hurts. But we are going to have to go through the tape tomorrow and evaluate, which will hurt a lot more. But when those guys come back on Wednesday, it’s back to work. You have to take it as an opportunity because no matter how close you are it’s human nature to get down when it’s like this. That’s what I love about sports. I think of it as an opportunity to really find out who you are and what you are made of because I don’t think it’s for everyone. Not a lot of people can handle it and I’m counting on the guys in our (locker) room to handle it. It will show a lot about the type of people we have. You can look at negative things or you can also look at negative things as a positive. No one wants to be in this situation, but are you going to get better or worse from it? The guys who are going to be here are going to be the guys who rise to the occasion when facing adversity.”

Pierre Garçon on his return to Indianapolis:

“It’s cool. It’s cool to see a lot of older guys that when I came in as a rookie that were in their prime, and it’s always good to see those guys because it was a lot of inspiration to me. I tried to play hard for them, always, when I was a rookie, and even in my tenth year now. It’s always good to see those guys – a lot of great people with the Colts’ organization from Bill Polian all the way down to their equipment manager (Jon Scott), T (Brian Seabrooks) and Frog (Sean Sullivan). But it’s always good to come back to Indy where they gave me my first opportunity.”

Brian Hoyer on the offenses fourth quarter comeback:

"Yeah, obviously there’s frustration when you’re not scoring touchdowns and you’re not really moving the ball. Especially being backed up, then you know if you don’t get a few first downs you’re putting your defense in a bad situation. But luckily we were able to do enough in the fourth quarter to at least push it to overtime and hit some big plays, some more throws down the field. It was crazy because the first drive we came out right away and went right down the field. Obviously, we’d like to finish with a touchdown. Then, after that, I think we really only had one drive in the first quarter. I looked up and we get the ball back and it’s the second quarter. So it went by really quick and like I said, you’re backed up and so you want to be able to get out of there and at least win the field position battle and we just didn’t. I’m sure we’ll look at the film and see plays that we could execute better.”

Hoyer on the team’s frustrations following the 49ers fifth-straight loss:

"Well, I think the one thing that is frustrating but also encouraging is each game it goes down to the last play. I think the one thing that we as a team have to do is stay together and say, ‘Look, we’re going to keep fighting each week. We know how close we are. One of these days, it’s going to go the right way for us’. When that happens, you just continue to build on that. I don’t see anyone in that locker room who is having conversations in the corner, blaming it on other people. I think that’s the one thing that I’ve been most proud of about being a part of this team, is each and every week we go out and battle until literally the last play. Sometimes it’s more frustrating. I hate to say it, but when you get blown out, you get blown out and you can say, ‘Well, they were a better team’. I don’t think we can say that about any of the teams we’ve played and that’s, I mean, like I said, that’s encouraging but it’s also really frustrating to come in that locker room each week where the game goes down to the last play and then you just sit there and think of the missed opportunities on all three sides of the ball. I know for us, especially offensively, we’ll go and watch the film and you’ll say, ‘Hey, if this one play would have went better, then maybe that would’ve been the difference in the game’. That’s the way it is every week, even when you win. You look at it and say, ‘Well, we missed this opportunity but we overcame it like this’. So for us it’s just, you’ve got to keep fighting. I know that we have the right guys in that room and I know that I will until they take it away from me. Until I am no longer the quarterback, I will play every play to the best of my ability until the clock runs out and I think we have a lot of guys in that locker room, and when we have that, one of these days it’s going to go our way.”

Carlos Hyde on the offense getting going late in the game:

“We were just able to hit explosive plays late in the game. I think we were able to hit those explosive plays at the end of the game to put ourselves in a position to win the game. Not wait until the last minute of the game to hit explosive (plays) down the field - do it early.”

George Kittle on building confidence following his performance against the Colts:

“Yeah, it helps making catches, making plays; it just helps everyone’s confidence. You want to make those plays every single week. Sometimes you have more opportunities than others, but I’m glad that I could do as much as I could for the team this week. I could have done more earlier in the game so hopefully maybe next week that will change the outcome. We just got to get back to it.”

Earl Mitchell on the team nearing a breakthrough:

“Definitely. This is a team that’s resilient, and we’re excited to get back to work because we have the opportunity to watch what the problem is. And sometimes it’s something as minute as communication, like I said. So, we’ve got to figure out what it is, and we know that we’re really close. We have the ability. We have the type of guys to be really good, so we just have to figure out a way to finish.”

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