Eric Reid Looks Back on 49ers Defensive Miscues against Seahawks

The San Francisco 49ers starting free safety made no excuses for the team's defensive performance against the Seattle Seahawks.

Eric Reid spoke with the media on Monday and gave his honest analysis of the 29-13 defeat from CenturyLink Field.

"It just comes down to execution, whether it's fitting in the right gap or executing your tackle and technique," Reid said. "It's plain as day to see when you don't execute what you're supposed to as a player. The game gets away from you."

Much of the damage came from Seattle's backup running back Thomas Rawls. The undrafted rookie got the start in place of Marshawn Lynch, who missed the game with an abdomen injury.

Rawls exploded for 209 yards rushing on 30 carries while adding three receptions for 46 yards. The rookie also scored twice, once on a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and again in the fourth quarter on a 31-yard reception.

The 209-yard total is the most for an opposing runner in 49ers franchise history.

"When you hear Marshawn is down, the immediate thought is that we have the advantage," Reid said. "Give the credit to Rawls. He came out and performed. Whether that be because he's a great running back or we just missed a ton of assignments, it is what it is." 

"He took advantage of our mistakes and then some."

Despite allowing 508 yards of total offense (Russell Wilson threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns), Reid didn't seem worried that the 49ers couldn't clean things up before a Week 12 home game against the Arizona Cardinals.

"It should be hard, theoretically," Reid said. "Tell the guys to do what they're supposed to do. If I'm (supposed to cover) the hook-curl, then I need to cover the hook-curl. If I'm supposed to be in a certain gap, then be in that gap."

San Francisco's day started poorly and set the tone for the rest of the game. On the team's first defensive snap, Glenn Dorsey went down with a knee injury and didn't return to the game.

The 49ers confirmed that Dorsey tore his right ACL on the play, ending his 2015 season.

"He's the two-gap king," Reid said. "You can ask him to be in two gaps and he'll handle both gaps. You can put emphasis somewhere else because you trust him to be there. It definitely hurts. … Glenn is a big body, and when he's not in there it's kind of hard to fill."

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