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Donte Whitner thinks 49ers focused too much on redemption before Giants game

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There was a lot of talk about Sunday’s Giants-49ers game being a rematch of the NFC Championship Game last week, a topic of conversation that safety Donte Whitner thinks the 49ers let get too deep into their heads.

“(We) possibly got too high,” Whitner said, via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “A lot of people talking about redemption and this and that. Really, it’s game six of a 16-game schedule. We possibly set ourselves up for that.

The Giants rolled over the 49ers 26-3 in a performance that will make it harder for Tom Coughlin to keep playing the “Nobody believes in us” card. It will be just as hard for the 49ers to feel like they don’t still have a lot of work to do to make it back to the conference title game this year, which is probably a good thing for a team that was getting hailed far and wide for the way they took apart the Jets and Bills in consecutive weeks. We’re pretty sure coach Jim Harbaugh agrees with that assessment.

The good news is that, as Whitner points out, this is just the sixth game of the season. The 49ers have time to iron out things that went wrong on Sunday on both sides of the ball to ensure that they are better prepared for their next game against another top contender. After all, the 49ers beat the Giants during the regular season last year and then went on to fall in the NFC Championship Game. If they could switch that around this year, no one will much remember what happened on Sunday afternoon at Candlestick.

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34 Responses to “Donte Whitner thinks 49ers focused too much on redemption before Giants game”
  1. thehouseofho says: Oct 15, 2012 1:22 PM

    Sounds like Whitner’s trying to say the 9ers beat themselves and the Giants had nothing to do with it.

  2. logicalthinkersays says: Oct 15, 2012 1:23 PM

    Those of us wh know this sport knew all along what SF was all about. The Redskins will show you all how to dominate the Mediocre Football Giants Sunday.

  3. brooklyndoingit11 says: Oct 15, 2012 1:27 PM

    Why are the 49ers still talking?! I could have sworn my Giants shut them up for good along with their fans who were on here all week crying about “beating” themselves in last years NFC Championship Game… GMEN!

  4. aces79 says: Oct 15, 2012 1:30 PM

    Get rid of Greg Roman and cut Alex Smith thats the problem in SF too many field goals in the red zone need touchdowns to win games not field goals

  5. thekingofnewyork says: Oct 15, 2012 1:31 PM

    Whitner is by far the worst starter on the entire Niners team. He should probably just shut up

  6. bux1022 says: Oct 15, 2012 1:35 PM

    No one will forget that dismantling! You can sign “thunder”. We’ll keep lightning. Gmen made the 49ers D look like the Jaguars! Bradshaw ran down their throats! Super bowl camps for a reason.

  7. brooklyndoingit11 says: Oct 15, 2012 1:40 PM

    I see the foolish and Kool-Aid drunk Deadskin fans are rearing their ugly heads to trash talk now… When will you ppl learn to stop betting against the World Champs?

  8. sonoco says: Oct 15, 2012 1:41 PM

    I’m certain the posters telling Whitner and the 49ers to shut up would be the same dolts calling them whiners if they declined to answer the questions being asked of them.

  9. paintballx3dotcom says: Oct 15, 2012 1:44 PM

    Why do you keep changing your login name after your pathetic Redskins lose??

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    logicalthinkersays says: Oct 15, 2012 1:23 PM

    Those of us wh know this sport knew all along what SF was all about. The Redskins will show you all how to dominate the Mediocre Football Giants Sunday.

  10. lightcleric says: Oct 15, 2012 1:46 PM

    What is it with the Giants’ opponents bending over backwards to not give them credit for beating them down? This is at least the third time just off the top of my head…

  11. bux1022 says: Oct 15, 2012 1:51 PM

    Any team owned by Dan Snyder and coached by any Shanahan will never win anything! WRs suck, D sucks.. Gmen will concuss Robert! Again! Ya u swept us last year, think of another comeback, because I just took yours!

  12. bux1022 says: Oct 15, 2012 1:51 PM

    Any team owned by Dan Snyder and coached by any Shanahan will never win anything! WRs suck, D sucks.. Gmen will concuss Robert! Again! Ya u swept us last year, think of another comeback, because I just took yours!

  13. larrydavid7000 says: Oct 15, 2012 1:51 PM

    donte better think about Burgundy and Gold this Sunday. also midget fans Rex is not the starting QB either. RGIII! !!!!!!!!

  14. notinjuschillin says: Oct 15, 2012 1:52 PM

    I know this is called over reaction Monday but there is some merit to the over reaction of this Giants win..
    The Giants beat the Niners on…
    defense, offense, special teams, stats, and the scoreboard.
    The Niners had no answer for the Giants passing attack. Even Nicks at less than 100% caught a pass off the Niners secondary!!

    The Giants beat the Niners so bad that the Niners are now questioning a key position in their offense, the QB position.
    Yes, I know it’s been suspect BUT!! I recall reading that Smith is the highest rated passer. Ha!!

    Hey Niners..take the loss with class and be thankful you don’t have a full week to think about it.

  15. musicman495 says: Oct 15, 2012 1:57 PM

    17-10 is “we possibly got too high.” 26-3 is “our QB stinks, and we got our tails handed to us.” Donte Whitner should focus on shutting up.

  16. kleppnasty says: Oct 15, 2012 1:59 PM

    Did he say the Giants didn’t beat the 9ers? No. What he did do was explain why the 9ers didn’t look themselves. That doesn’t mean the Giants didn’t win, but clearly the 9ers (like any professional team that gets blown out by another team) credits the other team for the win, but sees some internal issues as well. The Giants made some outstanding plays (especially Eli and the WRs) but the 9ers looked very sluggish and confused. Again, I give the Giants a lot of the credit, but I think the play calling and lack of focus factored in as well.

  17. bigblue5611 says: Oct 15, 2012 2:00 PM

    Skins fans don’t forget to bring that pathetic 32nd (last) ranked pass defense to play against the Giants #1 ranked pass offense-hahaha.

    Going to be a great day for Eli to pad hs stats baby………..400 yards in the air easy 45-10 final

    #Giants World Champs and getting better every day

  18. buffalobills2012 says: Oct 15, 2012 2:00 PM

    i didnt see the game but did Donte tackle anyone in the endzone and how many piles did he jump on pretending he made the play?

  19. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 15, 2012 2:16 PM

    More excuses from Whitner.

  20. zaggs says: Oct 15, 2012 2:20 PM

    “If they could switch that around this year, no one will much remember what happened on Sunday afternoon at Candlestick.”

    Except they don’t have the right quality at QB where as the Giants do. Eli can play from behind, Smith cannot.

  21. cooklynn17 says: Oct 15, 2012 3:13 PM

    That’s cute Donte, I on the other hand just think you got your tail completely kicked in a good old fashion beat down behind the woodshed. New York Style…

    Hey, you talkin to me, forgetaboutit…

    All In.

  22. garza0080 says: Oct 15, 2012 3:19 PM

    It’s funny and pathetic how people talk, teams win and lose every Sunday, the win that counts is the last one and 49ers and Giants have both won there share. Both teams will be hard to beat towards the end of the season. Mark my words, every championship team has adversity just like the giants did last year, so when you talk make sure you make sense and know your football!

  23. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 15, 2012 3:23 PM

    The 49ers won the game last year flying under the radar. Times have changed and its all about handling that bullseye on your back every week. I hope the loudmouth 49er fans had fun last year.
    You won’t have it as good this year.

  24. roadtrip3500 says: Oct 15, 2012 3:29 PM

    I guess the 49ers forgot that, while they did win the regular season game against the Giants last year, it was only by 7 and Eli was driving to tie it when the Giants couldn’t connect on a 4th down pass at the SF 1o yard line late in the 4th quarter. San Fran did not dominate the Giants that game, and the NFCCG was a fairly even defensive battle with two costly punt fumbles turning the tide. The 49ers under Harbaugh have not put it together in all 3 phases over the Giants. Yesterday’s game was a dominant performance by the Giants on offense, defense, and special teams.

  25. bigbluefan1 says: Oct 15, 2012 3:47 PM

    In Eli we trust
    The 49ers turned our bench WR into a #1 and he took a #2 all over the place yesterday.

    On the other sideline the ELIte QB took what ever he was handed and made them stars.

    All the Giants need is a kid that can run and catch and learn from Eli and he has shown that over and over again. Now if this kid Wilson can stay healthy and hold on to the ball no one can stop the Giants stop the run we pass stop the pass we run.

  26. kleppnasty says: Oct 15, 2012 3:50 PM

    Zaggs,

    I know, you’re sooo right. Smith will never come up big in the 4th quarter…. oh wait, he had more 4th qtr come backs than anyone last year and scored twice in the final minutes to be the Saints in the playoffs.

    Please, don’t diminish the Giants’ play by pretending that Alex Smith is Sanchez. Smith has been solid the last two years, he hasn’t been elite, but he’s been very solid. The Giants played extremely well and capitalized on the 9ers mistakes.

    These two teams have played each other three times in two seasons and only once was the game not amazingly competitive, Sunday. I for one hope they play again in January, I just hope it ends as a W for the 9ers this time.

  27. officialfist says: Oct 15, 2012 4:19 PM

    brooklyndoingit11 says: Oct 15, 2012 1:27 PM

    Why are the 49ers still talking?! I could have sworn my Giants shut them up for good along with their fans who were on here all week crying about “beating” themselves in last years NFC Championship Game… GMEN!

    Don’t overreact to a week 6 regular season win. The 49ers have 5 reasons to argue with your “shut up for good” assumption. When you have 5 SB rings, you can start talking about things being “For Good”. When you look up the ladder of SB champions, you’re staring directly as the rear end of the 49ers. If you get to 5 SB wins…..then we can start to talk about who can shut who up for good.

  28. johntonioholmes says: Oct 15, 2012 4:46 PM

    49ers aren’t ready for prime time. If they were, they would have gone and and taken care of business.

    Whitner is right–they were focused on revenge when they should have forgotten about last season already.

    Big time teams don’t want revenge–they want the W.

    They just need to mature.

    I’m only saying that because I think they are the better team and they should have won. But they didn’t because they aren’t ready for big games and the Giants are.

  29. situsavaisprier says: Oct 15, 2012 4:58 PM

    Asa Giants fan, even I don’t see Whitner as someone trying to give excuses about the loss. He also placed the word possibly in there, as in something not definite.

    And Giants can still use that card, or at least one similar because already after the game I started hearing people question the 49ers and viewed them as a team that lost to 2 teams that have winning records while beating teams that do not have winning records. They tried similar with the Hoston Texans.

  30. stoptrippn says: Oct 15, 2012 5:01 PM

    Whitner shut your mouth. Bust!

  31. blanchonegro says: Oct 15, 2012 7:46 PM

    I dont think Whitner is a stupid person but he says stupid things a lot. He should never talk to the media.

  32. tincansailor981 says: Oct 15, 2012 9:13 PM

    They got man handled and they’re still yapping? Sounds like they’ve all taken on the persona of their idiot coach.

  33. Writer says: Oct 15, 2012 11:19 PM

    How SF beat themselves:
    1) Tried to play a Giants-brand passing game (I believe in Alex, but he should not be trying to play like Eli against the NY pass rush).
    2) Missed FGs
    3) Where the hell was the pass rush?
    4) Same question for pass protection

    How NY beat SF:
    1) Won the battle at the line of scrimmage.
    2) Played the Niners-brand run game better than the Niners.
    3) Pass defense.
    4) Special teams.

    Conclusion:
    1) Whitner is right. We had the wrong mentality, which set us up to fail.
    2) Giants also brought their A game.
    3) Hence 26-3
    4) Regardless, I would still bank on either SF or NY winning the Superbowl.

  34. frankyvito says: Oct 17, 2012 10:26 AM

    Whitner’s not making any excuses for the loss, he’s talking about the uncharacteristic things they did in the game. Anyone who watched them all yr or watched these 2 teams play eachother last yr predicted that if both teams brought their A game it would be a close slug fest regardless of who won. That’s not what we saw out of the 9ers on Sunday. Be a little honest with yourselves.

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