Lions: 49ers 'should be excited'


Lions: 49ers 'should be excited'

DETROIT -- The 49ers snapped the Detroit Lions' nine-game win streak, 25-19, on Sunday at Ford Field. It was the Lions' first loss since a 24-20 defeat last season at the Chicago Bears on Dec. 5.Here is some of the reaction from the Lions' locker room:"We're not going to go 16-0. We didn't play our best in any of the three phases: offense, defense or special teams. (It) still came down to one play at the end on defense we just fell short. We have to do a better job in all three phases. We have to protect the quarterback better, have to run the ball better, make more plays down the field. We have to stop the run better. We have to cover our kicks better. We have to convert field goals. Like I said, we didn't play our best in all three phases and came up short."
--Coach Jim Schwartz
"They're a good football team. San Fran's got a great defense. They do a great job of stopping the run and getting after the passer. They played a lot of coverage and took away some of our guys and did what they've been doing all season. They did a great job in the red zone and held us out of some touchdowns."
--Quarterback Matthew Stafford"If I were the 49ers and just beat these Lions with all this momentum, all this hype who had not lost since December -- yeah, I would feel great about this. On the flip side of the coin, we feel terrible. It's not a feeling we're used to and it's not a feeling we are going to get used to."
--Wide receiver Nate Burleson"He (Stafford) got hit too much. Give them credit. They've got a good front. Justin Smith and Ray McDonald is one of the better D-tackle combos that we are going to face this year, and we've got to play better."
--Center Dominic Raiola"There were a lot of run yards to their running backs. Our point of emphasis coming into the game was to stop the run game and we didn't do a good job of that. We probably didn't play well enough to win this game. But here we are at the end with the opportunity to beat a good team and we definitely didn't play our best football. . . . They (the 49ers) should be excited. They beat a good team."
--Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch"I think we definitely had him (Frank Gore) contained, but I mean those are big plays and that is what the NFL is all about -- big plays that turn into scores for them. That is unfortunate that we couldn't bounce back like we have in the past."
--Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh"I was really frustrated because a couple plays before that, I think a couple guys -- we got kind of flustered. Guys were lining up late, getting the calls late, kind of got rattled. Despite all that, we had them fourth and 6 and still had a chance to stop them. We usually rise to the occasion. We've got to be able to do that consistently."
--Linebacker DeAndre Levy on the 49ers' game-winning touchdown"Obviously, that determined the game. They did a good job of scheming us up in that red-zone route and, obviously, were successful at it."
--Safety Louis Delmas on the 49ers' final TD.

Cosell: It's fascinating that Kelly clearly didn't want Kaepernick to throw

Cosell: It's fascinating that Kelly clearly didn't want Kaepernick to throw

Colin Kaepernick was benched after three quarters on Sunday.

He completed 1-of-5 passes for four yards.

"To me, what's most fascinating about that is what Chip's approach was," Greg Cosell said on KNBR 680 on Monday evening. "Chip (Kelly) clearly did not want him to throw the ball ... it was clear to me that Kaepernick does not throw a wet or a cold ball very well...

"He has small hands so I'm wondering if he just couldn't really throw the ball effectively in this kind of weather.

"Hey, Troy Aikman always said, 'I couldn't throw a wet ball.'"

Kaepernick was sacked five times for -25 total yards.

"Looking at the sacks, there were opportunities for tighter window, but NFL throws -- and first of all, I don't think Kaepernick is that guy under normal circumstances -- and my sense is, he didn't feel comfortable in this weather," Cosell added. "He certainly wasn't gonna cut it loose on those kinds of throws in this weather.

"Maybe Chip knew that, maybe he didn't. But to me, as I said, it's more fascinating that he didn't have him throw the ball at all."

Blaine Gabbert supplanted Kaepernick and completed 4-of-10 passes for 35 yards. He was sacked once.

After getting benched vs Bears, Colin Kaepernick to start vs Jets

After getting benched vs Bears, Colin Kaepernick to start vs Jets

Colin Kaepernick will remain as the 49ers’ starting quarterback on Sunday against the New York Jets.

Offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins made the announcement on Tuesday while coach Chip Kelly was in Maine for services for his father, E. Paul Kelly, who passed away on Friday.

Kaepernick has started the past seven games for the 49ers, during which time the club has gone winless. The 49ers (1-11) are on a franchise-long 11 game-losing streak.

Kaepernick went 1 of 5 on Sunday for just four yards in the 49ers’ 26-6 loss to the Chicago Bears. Kaepernick was also sacked five times for minus-25 yards before getting benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert. He became the first quarterback in NFL history to be sacked five times and have fewer than 5 yards passing in the same game.

"We have been playing really good football, good football on offense and the thing had been trending in the right direction," Modkins said. "Obviously, Sunday didn’t bear that and we’ve got to go to work today and figure out how to get it back going in a direction we had it and obviously it has to be better than what it was on Sunday."

A week earlier against the Miami Dolphins, Kaepernick threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 113 yards as the 49ers rolled up 475 yards of total offense.

Kelly said the 49ers made the switch at quarterback early in the fourth quarter on Sunday against the Bears in hopes Gabbert would provide a spark. Gabbert started the 49ers’ first five games of the season before Kaepernick replaced him.

"Kap is going to be the starter and we’ll go from there," Modkins said. "We just decided during the game to try to see if Blaine could give us a spark. Kap is back being the starter. It’s nothing other than that.”