Belichick: 'We didn't do anything well enough'

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Belichick: 'We didn't do anything well enough'

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Here's what was being said from the New England Patriots after the 49ers' 41-34 victory on Sunday night:

"Obviously we just didn't do anything well enough tonight to win. It starts with me. (I) didn't do a good job of coaching, didn't coach well, we didn't play well, we weren't good on offense, weren't good on defense, weren't good enough on special teams. They just did a better job than we did. We just have to perform better than that. We didn't so that's the result. We just didn't do a good job tonight, it's as simple as that."
Coach Bill Belichick

"They do what they do, and they do it very well. We made some mistakes early in the game and they capitalized. We couldn't stay on the field on third down. (We) turned the ball over. . . The first half was a terrible first half. We got down. Fortunately, we were in it at the end of the first half, but we didn't play well to start the second half. And then (we) went on a little run, but you can't play 30 minutes against a good team."
Quarterback Tom Brady

"They came out and played with a lot of energy and played really well. So hat's off to them. We didn't, and it showed."
Receiver Wes Welker

"We executed better. We kept the ball better and kept ourselves out of bad situations like those third-and-long situations."
Receiver Brandon Lloyd on what was different in the second half

"We knew they were a fast-start team and a good defense and we just didn't get anything going in the first half. You know, we had some turnovers, some penalties, some not-so-good runs, a few pressures. So it all adds up to a bad half."
Guard Logan Mankins

"They are a solid team. The 49ers are a great football team. We gave them too many opportunities. We couldn't come in here and play them that way. We gave them opportunities to capitalize on, and that's exactly what they did."
Running back Stevan Ridley

"He's been poised throughout games. Nothing seems to rattle him. He's been able to just play his game. Even last week against Miami, (with the) game on the line, important drive, and he keeps it and runs down the sideline for a touchdown. We knew we weren't going to really rattle him or get him out of the game. We knew that he was a tough player."
Defensive back Devin McCourty

"They came in and they did what they do. They didn't change anything. They executed very well and we didn't. In one quarter, you saw us executing and we were on the field and off the field, on the field, off the field. The offense was scoring. It was like clockwork. But it just wasn't enough. At the end of the day, it just wasn't enough. They made a lot more plays than us. They executed at a high level and the gap was just too big."
Defensive lineman Vince Wilfork

"We knew (Kaepernick) could throw the ball from watching film. We didn't know if they were going to throw it or not because it was raining a bit. But they came out and threw the ball, scored early on us. We fought back, but it wasn't enough."
Linebacker Jerod Mayo

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Former NFL running back Brandon Jacobs spent one season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 under head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Jacobs only played in two games and gained seven yards on five carries. The results were nothing like his 5,087 yards and 60 touchdowns over eight years with the Giants. 

Apparently being pushed to the bench as a 31-year-old veteran running back didn't sit well with Jacobs. 

“Going somewhere where they don’t have route conversions into certain coverages was just absurd,” Jacobs said Thursday on the Tiki and Tierney Show. “They’re just running routes in the defense, getting people killed. Size and strength is what they had, and that’s why they won.

"Let’s be real. They had great assistant coaches, but Jim didn’t know what he was doing. Jim had no idea. Jim is throwing slants into Cover-2 safeties, getting people hurt. That guy knew nothing, man."

On Saturday morning, Harbaugh responded to Jacobs with a tweet to him. 

Harbaugh went 44-19-1 in four seasons as the 49ers' head coach. He also added five playoff wins and a trip to the Super Bowl in the 2012-13 season, the one that Jacobs played for him.

Shanahan: Brooks earns place on 49ers' first-team defense

Shanahan: Brooks earns place on 49ers' first-team defense

SANTA CLARA – The eldest non-kicker on the 49ers’ roster is learning a new position this offseason.

But Ahmad Brooks has plenty of experience adapting to new positions during his 12-year NFL career. He has played inside linebacker, outside linebacker in a 3-4 and defensive end in pass-rush situations.

Now, Brooks has moved to the strong side linebacker position -- the “Sam” -- in the 49ers’ new 4-3 scheme under first-year defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

“He’s getting them (first-team repetitions) because he deserves them,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said this week. “Watching how he played last year and then going into this offseason, you never know when a guy who has been around a bunch, if they’re going to feel that they need the offseason like other people do. And Ahmad’s been here every day and he’s needed it just like everyone has anytime you’re learning a new scheme.

“But anytime you have a veteran like that, you worry that, hey, maybe they won’t think that they do need it. But Ahmad has and he’s been here. He’s worked at everything. He’s in good shape. He’s done what we’ve asked in the weight room with Ray and he’s done everything with the position coaches and coordinator on defense. So, I think he’s learning it and he should because he’s putting the work in.”

Brooks, 33, has entered the past three offseasons with his place on the 49ers seemingly in jeopardy. But the 49ers have not been able to find a younger, better player to replace him. Brooks has tied for the team-lead in sacks in each of the past four seasons with 27 sacks over that span.

Eli Harold, Dekoda Watson and undrafted rookie Jimmie Gilbert were the other players who lined up at the Sam position during the first week of 49ers organized team activities.

Brooks and Aaron Lynch, starters at outside linebacker for the 49ers in the previous systems, have the steepest learning curves in the transition to a new defense. Lynch has moved to the team’s pass-rush defensive end position, known as the “Leo.”

“I think techniques are totally different,” Shanahan said. “How you want to take on blocks, how you want to play the run. Ahmad has been around a little longer than Aaron. So he’s probably had a little bit more crossover, some similar schemes.”