Coach Lynn: "We knew this was going to be a four quarter football game."

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Opening Statement:

“First, I tip my hat off to the 49ers. [49ers Head] Coach [Kyle] Shanahan had his team ready to play. They came out the gates fast. We knew this was going to be a four quarter football game, so our guys had the mindset of playing for four quarters, and they did. It was good to see the resilience of this football team and how they bounce back and how they finish. I thought all three phases kicked in and made plays when we needed a play. It was good to see that. Good complimentary football.”

On CB Desmond King II being the punt returner:

“He did a nice job today. He really did. We’ve seen Desmond do that before, so I wasn’t surprised. He broke two or three tackles. He’s a strong, young man. He’s not as explosive as you would like, but I tell you what, he can move the sticks. He can do everything you need in a punt returner and a kick returner.”

On what they did differently on offense to start moving:

“We had to convert some of the third downs. First half, we were awful on third downs. We just had to stay on the field.”

On the performance of RB Melvin Gordon III:

“He ran outstanding. His effort — there were times he could have stepped out of bounds but stayed between the yard lines. He made plays.”

On how Gordon’s performance motivated the team:

“I think when you see a young man make an effort the way he made today, I think it gives the whole sideline juice. He inspired me on the sidelines seeing him run.”

On shutting down the San Francisco rushing offense:

“That was one of the things we focused on all week. Their front seven they have is salty. Very salty in stopping the run, and we put five on four on them today. They had the number two rushing attack in the league and we held them to under four yards a carry, so those are two areas we had to stop in this game and we did.”

On if they are going to make some kicking changes:

“I can’t say that. We have to wait. It’s a whole operation. Not just the kicker sometimes. It’s a whole operation, so we’ll take a look at that. If we can’t get it better, then we’ll have to do something. Right now, I can’t say that.”

On if he’s disappointed in K Caleb Sturgis’ performance:

“Yeah, I’m disappointed. Absolutely. No doubt.”

On playing smart football to avoid penalties:

“That’s a big emphasis on this football team—to play smart football. I think right now, before this game, we were number three in this league with the least amount of penalties. Our goal is to be number one. That’s been an emphasis from our coaches and our players are executing.”

On S Derwin James’ performance:

“I thought he made some plays. He looked pretty good.”

On the team’s defensive performance:

“I thought our defense stepped up when we really needed them to. They created some turnovers, got some pressure on the quarterback and just slowed the 49ers down. Their offense is pretty explosive. They have some players and some wide receivers, one of the best backs in the league — two of the better backs in the league — and I knew that [49ers QB] C.J. Beathard would come in and move the sticks because I watched him last year and this young man plays with his legs. They want more quarterback driven runs, but that’s hard for a defense to focus all on that. It was a great effort by them, but our team stepped up and executed.”

On the back-to-back rushing the passer penalties:

“I have to watch the tape before I can make a comment on it because I thought [LB] Kyle Emmanuel was waist high and slid down. [DE] Melvin’s [Ingram III] was probably one they would call. I think he landed with his weight on top of him [C.J. Beathard]. It is what it is. We have to do a better job of understanding the rules. We work on that. Our defensive line coach Giff Smith does a heck of a job [explaining to guys] wrapping guys up and spinning them to the side [and] trying not to put your weight on those guys. That’s going to happen from time to time.”

On if it’s a relief they won:

“It’s big. It’s not a sigh of relief because we have so much work to do, and we’re sitting here 2-2 after the first quarter of our season. I feel like we could be better than 2-2. We come out of this game .500, we start the second quarter next week and we start it new. Hopefully we can learn from this first quarter. All of us grow — coaches and players. We grow together and move in one direction. We’ll see what happens.”

On if the second quarter interception changed the momentum:

“Anytime you get a turnover it’s going to change the momentum. It did a lot for our sidelines, and it did a lot for our team. We needed that turnover.”

On if Gordon is injured:

“He’ll be okay.”

On T Russell Okung’s injury:

“It’s his groin. I think it happened in the play right before the half. He wasn’t able to come back. I’m not sure where he is.”

On the performance of the wide receivers:

“We have a good wide receiver group. They bounce back. They made some plays today. They did well in the run game too as far as blocking on the perimeter. That’s one of the things they do really well. Any time you rush for 5.4 yards per attempt, you have some good perimeter blocking.”


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