What the 49ers are saying after losing to Colts on national TV

The 49ers lost their fourth consecutive game Sunday night, as the Colts came to a rain-drenched Levi’s Stadium and beat them 30-18.

The San Francisco secondary gave up four pass-interference penalties and was unable to stop the Carson Wentz-to-Michael Pittman Jr. connection from the Colts.

Jimmy Garoppolo led a three-play drive in the fourth quarter to cut Indianapolis’ lead to two points and give hope to the Niners fans who sat in the rain. But he threw interceptions on the next two drives to stifle any comeback hopes.

A 49ers team that had aspirations of winning the NFC West now sits at 2-4 and no longer has a bye week to look forward to. The next shot to end the losing streak comes on Halloween, next Sunday in Chicago.

Here’s what coach Kyle Shanahan and his team had to say after drying off from the loss:

Kyle Shanahan

On the pass-interference penalties:

“That’s been a struggle all year, and today was the worst. It’s always hard, getting your footing out there … We gave them way too many explosive freebies, especially those two touchdown drives in the first half.”

On his challenge:

“It was a mess up by us. I didn’t see it at all … Everyone was yelling that there was a fumble and stuff, and to throw it and then, it’s very weird, but the headsets completely went out and that’s why you see me sitting there talking to the (officials). I was like ‘I threw it because it was a fumble but I can’t get ahold of anybody.’ They were gonna give it back to me, they said it was all right, let me take it back but the NFL called and said I had to stick with it.”

On roster changes:

“I think we’ve changed personnel a lot each week in these four games, so I’m not going to make something drastic right now. I’ll go evaluate the tape and stuff and hopefully we get a couple more guys back this week but we’ll look at what gives us the best chance.

On criticism of him:

“Yeah, you lose four games in a row and I’m the head coach of this team. I expect and deserve it.”

On if Jimmy Garoppolo will start at quarterback next week at Chicago:

““I would guess so. Will watch tape and see if guys are healthy. …I’ve got a whole team to worry about. Not just thinking about the QB situation right now. We’ll evaluate everything, see who gives us the best chance to beat Chicago and see what are options are. We had two quarterbacks who were hurting this week. Jimmy was able to come back and play. We’ll see if Trey can next week. Still not sure yet. But got a lot of things to clear up.”

Jimmy Garoppolo

On the losing streak:

“It’s tough, very tough, especially how the losses have come. Got off to a good start tonight and we didn’t sustain it the whole game. We’ve got to get back on the right track against Chicago.”

On the weather:

“It was my first time wearing gloves. It worked out really well. I thought I could spin it pretty well still. In the beginning, there was a lot less (rain) and it picked up more and more. It became difficult with footing but we played in stuff like this so it wasn’t anything crazy.”

On what went wrong:

“I’m not too sure exactly. I have to look at film. Weather played a little role, it picked up there. We just didn’t execute and had too many mistakes stacked on top of each other. One guy would make a mistake here, one there. You can’t do that and win games consistently. We have to get back to drawing board and not make this many mistakes back to back like that.”

On his second interception:

“That one, I didn’t get on top of it, didn’t finish the throw, so it sailed. The whole night, it’s tough playing that weather to begin with, the mental toughness you have to have, and when things go wrong like that, it’s frustrating. We’re going to stick together. We do have play makers. We have good coaches. We’ve got to stick together.”

On his calf:

“It held up, I’ll say. Definitely felt it at times. It is what it is. All of us guys out there, we’re playing with something. … I feel it, but it’s not hindering me.”

On any trash talk from ex-49er DeForest Buckner:

“DeFo was pretty locked in that whole game. We were, too, but nothing out of the ordinary.”

On why the offense made so many mistakes:

“I don’t know. I don’t have one specific thing. Whatever play is called, we have to go execute it. It’s about putting in more time, more effort, staying longer, putting in more hours. It’s the little things at this point.

“The NFL is a crazy thing. One week, you’re on top. One week, you’re at the bottom of it. Every team has its ups and downs. We’re at a lower point right now. But we can fight back.”

On rookie Jaylon Moore starting at left tackle:

“He held his own, being his first start. He came with the right mindset, locked in and ready to roll. He played really well. There were highlights this game: Elijah had 100, Deebo played really well.”

Fred Warner

On 2-4 start:

“You can go about it a whole bunch of ways. Bottom line is we’re not playing good enough. I can go down the line and it’s every single person. There’s things I have to do better. That’s how everybody has to look at it. If you thought you were working hard and doing enough, you have to do more. … We have to figure this out. We don’t have a choice.”

On PI calls:

“I don’t know if there’s a clear-cut answer for that. We have to rep it more in practice or get more reps at it. … That’s obviously an area we have to be better at. Carson, that’s where he was getting his yards, from defensive pass interference.”

On mindset:

“The mindset whether they get the PI or an explosive play, you have to stand up. We have to play better in the red zone. We’re letting in way too many walk-in scores. We have to get a ton better.”

On locker room message:

“I had a message for the guys. I’ll leave it in there. Just know everybody has to do better and work harder.”

Deebo Samuel

On what went wrong:

“It’s definitely still all the little things that we have to lock in on all week, just allow it to carry on Sunday.”

On the weather:

“I think we did a good job of keeping the ball as dry as possible but as a wideout it is pretty hard to catch a wet ball. (The field) was great. Didn’t have to wear big spikes, so they did a good job with that.”

On the team’s struggles:

“I just feel like personally we have to go out there and just be the team that we know we is. Way better than what our record’s showing and way better than what we’ve put out there on tape.”

On whether the issues are execution or scheme:

“I don’t think it’s a scheme thing. Kyle does a great job all week putting us in a position to make plays. We have to focus on the details and come together.”

Nick Bosa

On the penalties:

“They hurt but we’re always confident in our guys. Fred does a great job of resetting our minds and getting us ready to go.”

On the team’s mood before the game:

“It’s good. We go into every game with a good mentality.”

On field conditions:

It wasn’t too bad footing. It was just obviously the style of game changes and there’s a lot of — it turns into a running game when guys can’t throw and catch. It’s just the style of game turns into a running game and less opportunities for the pass rush.”

Cornerback Josh Norman

On how he feels:

“Feel I got run over by a train, but I’ll be alright. Doesn’t feel good when you lose. You put everything into it. It’s a devastating feeling. But we got guys in that locker room.”

On PI calls:

“Obviously, it’s an offensive league, so the moment you take your stinger away is the moment that you became lax. They got you. We’ve just got to understand that we have to be better in certain situations like that. At the same time, got to stay with the stinger. You’ve got to be better in certain situations when the ball is in the air, knowing that if they throw it up, it’s not even 50-50 anymore. We just have to work it at practice and execute.”

On deep balls:

“We’ve just got to be better executing. I know I have to do a better job at certain plays. The secondary as a whole understand what’s asked of us. Coaches put us in position and we just have to make plays. We have guys in the room, too. It’s all about us, what we do. So we have to be better. We will, we have the coaching staff to do it and the players.”

On what he means by “not even 50-50 anymore”:

“It’s a passing league. Everybody wants to see points. We are a kind of at a disadvantage from that. But at the same time, whether it goes our way or not, we’ve still got execute. They get paid like we do. We have to be in position to fight against the opposition. It starts in practice.”

“Sometimes teams will just heave it up. When they do, we have to take the mindset ‘That’s my ball.’ We have to be in position better and we will.”

Running back Elijah Mitchell

On what happened offensively to slow things down:

“We always talk about doing better longer. That played a big role. We tried to run the ball like we’re supposed to and stay away from third down.”

On what worked well on first series:

“The O-line was working, Juice, receivers, they were working their butts off and we had it rolling.”

On Jaylon Moore:

“Good job. Trent was out so he stepped up big time and I’m proud of him for that.”

On locker room:

“We just lost, so everybody is just down.”

On Jimmy G:

“He’s always making sure we’re keeping our heads up and being a leader.”

On the conditions:

“You just have to protect the ball. That’s one thing that’s always stressed.”

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