Wow. Just listened to the excellent, rapier-like interview KNBR's Brian Murphy had this AM with GM Scot McCloughan. Murph cut to the heart of the matter from Monday night's debacle in the desert, which was: Who messed up the spot-of-the-ball call that prompted Mike Martz to call a fullback dive from 2 1/2 yards out? McCloughan danced around the issue, saying that internal matters are handled inside the building and are not for public consumption. One thing he did say is that Paraag Marathe, the team's contract guru, was not responsible for the mis-read: "I can say that definitively," a weary McCloughan said of who handles down and distance. "He does not do that. He does not do that."
-- Matt Barrows