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Kyle Williams: The day after

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Kyle Williams: The day after

SANTA CLARA -- Kyle Williams, whose two mishandled punts were pivotal plays in the 49ers' 20-17 overtime loss to the New York Giants on Sunday, stood at his locker room to answer questions.Here is what Williams had to say a day after the 49ers' loss in the NFC Championship Game:"It was unfortunate circumstance last night for me and the team, but I'm OK. I'm up to it," he said.Did you consult anybody or talk to anybody?

"My teammates. I couldn't be happier with the support they've given me. They let me know that they got my back, and that it's not all on me and not to think about that. But I'm very fortunate to have the teammates I have."There was an image of you on the ground last night, laying flat, could you share with us your emotions?
"It's one of those feelings you don't ever want to feel on the football field, to give it up in a situation like that. It's painful. We're very passionate about what we do, and we're very passionate about getting to the Super Bowl. To be that close and not get it done, it was painful but it's something we're going to move through as a team. And we'll be back."You got to love the fact your teammates had your back?
"Yeah, I got the best teammates in the world."How do you bounce back from this?
"You just bounce back and you move through it. It's one of those things you have to learn from and you got to take full responsibility for it, which I do. It's something I made a mistake on, and I move through it. I promise you that."What did your dad (Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams) say to you?
"I talked to my dad every day. Again, we're in agreement that it's something you learn from and get better from and you stand up and take responsibility as a man and you move through it."He said you were playing with a shoulder injury?
"Look, in football everybody's going to be dinged up here and there. If what he said was saying that was the cause for any of the mistakes that were made, that's not it. I take full responsibility for the mistake I did make and you got to play with what you got. I was dinged up. Everybody was dinged up in the game. That's football. Nobody is going to be 100 percent. So I was fine. It was something that happened."Did you hear from anybody you didn't expect to hear from?
"A couple guys around the league reaching out that were supportive of me, which I didn't expect. But it was nice to see, nice to hear. Again, it's something that's going to help me moving forward."Who were those people?
"I'm not going to get into it."Your name was blown up on Twitter. How do you deal with that?
"Well, you know what, I didn't pay attention to Twitter. All I was was the feedback I needed was from the family and friends and guys in this locker room. That was really all I needed because that's all that matters, when it comes down to it, was the guys who were wearing the same jersey as me and the family and friends who were close by."You could've stayed behind the curtain and not talked for months. Why come out here?
"Because it's one of those things you have to take accountability for. Everybody is responsible for what they do on the field and off the field. It was something I was responsible for and I made a mistake. And it's time to own up to it and move forward."Looking back was there any sense of you trying to do too much on that play because of the circumstances?
"I don't think so. When you're out there, you want to make a play. You want to make a play for your team. We weren't exactly moving forward. It was one of those things that we needed something to spark us and . . . I wouldn't go back and change it. Ten times out of 10, I wouldn't change it. It's one of those things, I was trying to make something happen and the other guy on the other team made something happen. It's unfortunate circumstance, but he made a play, I didn't."Were you trying to shift the ball from your right arm to your left?
"Yeah, I was trying to get it into my right hand. He just made a good play. He got his hand in there and poked it out."On the first one, did you know the ball hit you?
"I didn't know it hit me. I still don't think it hit me."Does this make you even more eager to start things up again?
"Yeah, I can't wait to get back to work -- and to get back to work with these guys in this locker room and move forward from this and just get better and learn from it. I can't wait."

Shanahan: Beathard's play will have 'a ton' of influence on future decisions

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Shanahan: Beathard's play will have 'a ton' of influence on future decisions

SANTA CLARA – While rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard is taking a micro view of his promotion, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is not shy about admitting he is looking at the big picture.

Shanahan said how Beathard performs after replacing Brian Hoyer as starting quarterback will have “a ton” of influence on how the 49ers proceed during the offseason.

After all, the 49ers know every position will come under tremendous scrutiny as the organization looks to add the pieces that will make the club competitive.

“That’s for every position. That’s for every player on our team. That’s for every coach on our team,” Shanahan said. “We’re 0-6, and that’s extremely tough. But I’m extremely excited about this place and excited about where we’re at and where we’re going. There’s not a moment that I don’t waste thinking about that stuff.”

Beathard will make his first NFL start on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium.

Hoyer failed in his bid to earn consideration as the 49ers’ quarterback for the remainder of this season and beyond during his six starts. Hoyer completed just 58 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and four interceptions. His passer rating was 74.1.

Now, Beathard gets his chance. But he said he is not thinking about the big picture and what it might mean for the future.

“I’m really just trying to take it one day, one week at a time,” Beathard said. “I’m not looking that far ahead. Right now, my focus is on today’s practice and geared towards beating the Cowboys and doing the best we can to get better and improve.”

Beathard was pressed into action last week when Hoyer’s struggles continued at Washngton. Beathard stepped in and completed 19 of 36 passes for 245 yards with a touchdown and an interception. For the first time, Beathard is getting the first-team practice snaps with a game plan that is designed specifically for him.

Said Beathard, “Getting those extra reps, reps with guys that you don’t usually throw to, in the huddle with the guys that are out there, I think it’ll help a lot.”

Joe Montana: Dwight Clark appreciates all the support from former teammates

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Joe Montana: Dwight Clark appreciates all the support from former teammates

More than 35 players from the 49ers’ first Super Bowl champion will be in attendance on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium to show support for Dwight Clark, who revealed in March he was diagnosed with ALS.

Clark, 60, will have ample opportunity to reconnect with some of his old friends on Saturday evening and again on Sunday. At halftime, Joe Montana, surrounded by most of the 49ers' 1981 team, will introduce Clark before a video tribute.

Clark is also expected to make some remarks while situated in a suite for the 49ers’ game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Montana and his wife, Jennifer, have remained in close contact with Clark and his wife, Kelly. The Clarks recently watched the Blue Angels in San Francisco with the Montanas during Fleet Week.

“He’s getting pretty inundated with everyone staying in touch with him at this point,” Montana said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.

“It’s fun for him. At one point, he was telling his wife, Kelly, ‘This is what it’s all about. This is what I want and what I miss, seeing the guys.’ So any of the guys reaching out to him, he surely appreciates it.”

Montana said Clark has not lost his positive outlook or his sense of humor, as evidenced by some not-fit-for-print words he recently had about his wheelchair. Montana said there are always some good laughs and stories any time Clark gets together with his friends.

“That’s the fun part," Montana said. “You just try to get him to forget what’s there, and that you’re there for him whenever. I think the support is the biggest thing right now. In that stage of ALS, it's got to be getting tough, where all of a sudden, things are becoming more and more difficult.”