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SANTA CLARA – Three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley was indeed pointing fingers with his remarks after the 49ers’ loss Sunday to the St. Louis. Rams.
Three days later, he said the intent of his post-game comments was to hold everyone on the team’s offense accountable for their lackluster play and execution in a demoralizing 13-10 loss to the Rams at Levi’s Stadium.
"We have all the talent in the world,” said a downcast Staley after the loss . “We’ve been doing dumb stuff and they took advantage of it. Penalties, dumb blocks, dumb techniques and dumb schemes. Played like (expletive)."
On Wednesday, Staley clarified exactly what he meant.
“It was reported that I was basically calling out other people,” Staley said. “I was saying we all played bad. It was frustrating. When I said ‘dumb blocks’ and ‘dumb techniques,’ I was talking about us, as an offensive line.
"We’re making bad blocks. Not saying we were doing this because we were taught this. We were making dumb blocks.
“I was just frustrated. In that sense, what I was meaning to say was, we all have a hand in this and we are all responsible and all accountable. I stand by that statement.”
The 49ers’ offense experienced difficulty finding any kind of rhythm in the first eight games of the season. The 49ers rank 19th in the NFL in total yards per game.
They have found little consistency whether offensive coordinator Greg Roman calls for a run play or pass. On Sunday, quarterback Colin Kaepernick was sacked eight times against a Rams defense that recorded just six sacks in their first seven games.
“We all have a hand in it,” Staley said. “Coaches have a hand in it, too, because they’re part of the football team. We’re all accountable. We all have to take a look at what we can do better.
“This loss is not on one person, one group. It’s a team loss, team game. We have to stick together and figure it out and move forward, and we will do that. We have a very close-knit locker room, a lot of high-character guys, and lot of good leadership. We’ll get back to work and right the ship.”
Staley disputed the notion that all the 49ers have to do is be stubborn with the run game and everything else will fall into place. After all, the 49ers are not having much success running the ball and they have more tools in the passing game than they’ve had in a long time.
“Watching the film, the plays are there to be made,” he said. “And we had a lot of opportunities in that game to make plays, and we just didn’t do it, for whatever reason it was. We have to do a better job of executing and handle what we can control.
"Speaking of the offensive line, we have to do a better job protecting the quarterback. Better job, when we get the run calls, of making it work. And everybody has to be on the same page at all times.”