Willis: 'It's frustrating and it hurts'

The Niners don't need to be told they have a 3-7 record. They already know it. Here's what they were saying about their 21-0 loss to Tampa Bay at Candlestick Park.

Here's what the players were saying Sunday in the aftermath of the 49ers' 21-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Candlestick Park:

LB Patrick Willis, on whether it's hard to believe the team is 3-7: "Hard to believe? We know it is. We see our record every day. We're the ones that have to deal with it. … There's only one way to get through it, and you've got to play, play to win, play for the best. Today, we didn't do that. It's frustrating and it hurts."

QB Troy Smith, on the Bucs' ability to pressure him and stop the run: "The run complements the pass, and the pass complements the run. It's definitely part of being a 49er – running the football. Not getting Frank (Gore) going early, midway through and late definitely played a toll on the game. We've just got to go back and watch the film and figure out exactly why certain things happened the way they did and keep moving forward."

TE Delanie Walker, who had three receptions for 27 yards: "We came out aggressive, but the momentum, we just lost it. We had our game plan set, the coaches told us what was going to happen. They did it and we just didn't pick it up like we should have. We weren't on the same page as an offense."

CB Nate Clements on Bucs rookie running back LeGarrette Blount, who had 82 yards rushing: "Nothing surprising. I mean, it doesn't really matter whether you're a rookie or a veteran. He's a pretty good player. He ran hard, and they had some young guys on that side of the ball that stepped up."

S Reggie Smith, on the Bucs' offense late in the game: "I think at the end we just started missing way too many tackles, and that's what gave them the big plays, gave them big chunks of yards. That's what got us down there in the red zone and allowed them to score."

Bucs coach Raheem Morris, on the shutout victory: "If I had a big ego and was able to sit here and talk about shutouts, I'd be bragging about a shutout. (But) I'm all about wins and how we get them. (Quarterback Josh) Freeman's job was to score more than the other team, and our job was to hold them to one point less, and that's going to determine how we feel about our game."

Morris, on Blount, who ran over 49ers LB Parys Haralson for a 12-yard gain in the second quarter: "He's a violent young man. He just hugged me in the locker room and I'm still hurt. He's a bit ma. He's strong, he's physical. He's got room to improve."

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