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Trent Williams: No need to panic; 49ers have the ‘talent we need in-house’ to end losing streak

Oct 18, 2021 at 12:34 PM--

The San Francisco 49ers have lost three consecutive games and look to turn their season around on Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts. At 2-3, the team finds itself looking up at the division-leading Arizona Cardinals (6-0) and Los Angeles Rams (5-1). The Niners have lost to the Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks and have yet to play the Rams.

Williams says there is no panic in the building. The team knows the locker room is talented enough to rebound on its own.

"We're not waiting for somebody to walk through the door," Williams told reporters after today's practice. "We've got all the talent we need in-house. ... We've just got to put it all together on Sunday."

San Francisco still has four division matchups remaining. There remains a chance for them to climb out of the hole they have dug themselves into. There are still a lot of games to be played.

"For us, it's just getting a win," Williams said. "I mean, we just finished Week 5 of a 17-[game] season. Of course we've got plenty of time, so there's not panic from us. Like I said, we get to play every team, all our division rivals, we get to play them again. We can even out the score.

"We're not too worried. Of course, there's definitely a need to get a win and to end this quote, unquote, losing streak, but I don't think panic is what we need to do. I think we need to kind of clean up a couple of things here and there and just stay true to form. And I think that will easily win us football games."

It's important not to get ahead of themselves. The losing streak can end this weekend. However, Williams knows not to underestimate the upcoming opponent, despite its 2-4 record.

"Obviously, their strength is the defensive front," Williams said of the Colts. "They've got a stud at linebacker, obviously a stud at defensive tackle. ... I don't think much has changed in that front. He's still dominant."

Williams, referring to former 49ers defensive lineman DeForest Buckner there.

"So, it doesn't get any easier for us," he continued. "It's week after week. That's what makes the NFL the NFL. Anybody who is hanging their hat on what they've done through Week 5 is probably setting [themselves] up for failure in the later rounds of the season.

"They're definitely a good team, and we've just got to find a way to get a victory, especially in front of our home crowd."

Jimmy Garoppolo, not Trey Lance, led today's practice. Garoppolo is returning from a calf injury suffered on October 3. Lance started one game in Garoppolo's place and emerged with a knee sprain. His availability for Week 7 remains uncertain.

How did Garoppolo look in his return to the practice field?

"Seemed like Jimmy," Williams responded. "He was fighting to get back last week. Seeing him this week, he seems like he's been ready. Obviously, if we had a game last week, he probably would have been OK to play. So yeah, Jimmy has looked like Jimmy."

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