49ers Notebook: Boone Evaluates O-line, McGaughey Discusses Cardinals Rookie RB

Even after a disappointing Week 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, you won't catch anyone in the San Francisco 49ers locker room hanging their heads - especially not Alex Boone.

The left guard spoke to the media on Wednesday and owned his personal shortcomings in Sunday's game, before adding that he hasn't spent any time dwelling on them.

"I got beat on a rookie mistake that shouldn't have happened," Boone said. "When you're playing football, football things happen. … It is what it is. We got it fixed and it won't happen again."

The 49ers allowed five sacks and Colin Kaepernick was hit eight times in all, but it was the team's inability to score touchdowns in the red zone that really irked Boone.

San Francisco found the end zone on just 1-of-4 trips inside the Steelers 20-yard line.

"The other thing that's kind of upsetting is when you get into the red zone and you don't score three touchdowns," Boone said. "Now, would those three touchdowns have helped us win the game? I don't know.

"But at the end of the day, when you get in the red zone, especially inside the 10 and the five, you've got to put the ball in the end zone." 

Boone then provided the quote of the day. The word "perspective" doesn't adequately do justice to the left guard's philosophical take on San Francisco's first loss of the season.

"It's football. You can't win them all," Boone said. "I remember someone told me that my first year here, 'You're not going to win every game so get over it.' You lose a game, it doesn't mean you have to pout and cry and be afraid.

"It means let's fix what we did wrong, go to Arizona and get a 'W.' You get one more win and you're at the top of your (division). Simple as that." Preparing for Cardinals RB David Johnson

Special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey, Jr. also spoke on Wednesday and was greeted with a few questions about Arizona's rookie running back, David Johnson.

In addition to being an offensive weapon – Johnson already has a rushing and receiving touchdown – the Northern Iowa grad returned the opening kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown in Week 2 against the Chicago Bears.

The highlight may have introduced Johnson to the casual football fan, but McGaughey was already well aware of what the rookie is capable of. The coach commended Johnson on his vision and patience as a runner in addition to his top-end speed.

"He is very, very good," McGaughey said. "He's a very talented kid. He was one of the top kickoff returners we had identified in the draft last year. (He's a) big, strong, physical, straight-line runner. Has natural ability. Good young player, good young player."

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