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Singletary Moves on From Minnesota

Posted by Taylor Price on September 28, 2009 – 1:30 PM


The 49ers heartbreaking defeat didn’t have their head coach down on Monday. Mike Singletary seemed to be in usual spirits during his annual day after the game press conference.

“They just make a football play, that’s what happened,” Singletary said of Minnesota’s last second touchdown pass that helped the Vikings win 27-24.

Rather than dwell on the disappointing loss, Singletary wants his players to learn from the experience and use it to get better.

“I think you take it, you learn for it and you get ready for the next game,” he said. “Winners let it go – they move forward. Losers wallow in it.”

Singletary said his team got better in “some areas” but refused to specifically single them out.

Besides fielding a number of questions relating to the game’s surprising finish, Singletary was also asked about the status of running back Frank Gore.

Singletary said that Gore would have an MRI on his strained right ankle later today. Other than Gore, tackle Joe Staley had a knee contusion and will have an MRI later today as well. Also, safety Reggie Smith suffered a groin injury, linebacker Jeff Ulbrich had a right quad contusion, cornerback Dre’ Bly injured a toe, guard David Baas sprained his ankle, tackle Adam Snyder sprained his thumb and linebacker Takeo Spikes suffered a left leg contusion.

Asked more specifically about Gore, Singletary said the injury was not related to the ankle sprain he sustained against the Seattle Seahawks.

Singletary said he hasn’t determined how long Gore will be kept out of action.

“I’m going to do what’s best for him first, then I’m going to do what’s best for the team next,” Singletary stated.

More Notes From Monday:

-Staley looked good to Singletary earlier this morning and the MRI is more of a precautionary measure.

-Singletary said there was a point in the game where he felt the 49ers running game was getting into a rhythm, but Percy Harvin’s 101-yard kickoff return for a touchdown stifled all of that. “We were starting to get what we were looking for in the running game.” After the kick, Singletary said the 49ers “had to get back to the drawing board.”

-Singletary on Vernon Davis’ seven catch, two-touchdown performance: “Yesterday was an improvement for him. I think he’s capable of a lot better than yesterday. Hopefully we will see more of that in the future.”

-Singletary also said the 49ers were not in a prevent defense on the game’s final drive. “We were playing a get to the quarterback defense,” he said.

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19 Responses to “Singletary Moves on From Minnesota”

  1. By Rochell on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    Mike Singletary is awesome. After reading his statemnt, “Winners let it go, they move forward. Losers wallow in it.”, makes me like him even more. Go Niners!!!

  2. By Mike on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    With Shaun Hill leading this offense, Patrick Willis leading this defense, and Coach Singletary leading this team, I have no doubt the 49ers have the character and the ability to be a playoff team this year and are on their way to becoming champions. The loss yesterday was actually a win in the eyes of this long time fan because it showed what kind of team we have, and it’s been a while since I was this excited about a 49ers team after 3 games.

  3. By Bryant on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    yea, i like that statement as well “winners let it go, they move forward. losers wallow in it.” it says so much about the 49er team this year. they’re moving in the right direction this year, especially in the passing game, i believe with frank gore out shaun hill is going to have a break out game if the receivers can make big plays. GO 49ERS!!!!

  4. By David on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    Singletary has proven to be a great coach and motivator. I am glad he is the head coach….Go Niners!!!!

  5. By Johnathan Herron on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    We will bounce back, Singletary will make sure of that. The west is ours again baby!!!!

  6. By Jon on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    After years of heartache watching those teams it sure does feel good to watch a 49ers game and believe that we could win the game. However, we need to start getting the ball into the hands of our receivers. If we could do that we will be able to run the ball more efficiently. If crabtree wasnt such a money hungry unproven talent in the NFL, who knows, he might be the last piece we have been looking for to get the passing game going. Michael, get to work. You will get your money if you are worth it. As far as the rest of the team, keep up the good work! Lets rebound from yesterday and take it to St. Louis.. Go 9ers

  7. By Mike on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    I agree with everyone above. Singletary and the Niners are doing GREAT! Don’t forget Josh Morgan…he did well yesterday, and he has been working! Farve is amazing, and it took ALL of his future Hall of Fame skill to beat the Niners yesterday.

  8. By Ryan on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    Left Leg Contusion for Spikes, not Shoulder

  9. By Andrew D. on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    I think everyone has summed it all up. Go Team Go. We love you!!!!

  10. By Joel Nealy on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    I flew all the way from jersey City to watch the niners play the Seahawks and I had an unforgettable experience. I was motivated to get on another plane and go see the game against Minnesota. All Im trying to say is I believe in you guys and Im supporting you!

    You played one heck of a football game and I saw you leave it all out there on the field.

    That last game teaches us anything its that we are a football team and we can beat anybody at anytime. If we improve on last week then we will be an unbelievable team.

    It took a pretty amazing clutch play to beat us. If we remove our small errors here and there, then even that wont be able to beat us soon.

    Keep working guys, keep improving.

  11. By jim on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    it would be meaningless if the niners beat the vikes and then lose to the rams the next week.. it’s a long season and if the niners keep playing and improving the way they have this year they will make the playoffs.. maybe even the superbowl.. heck, arizona did it last year..

  12. By frickr1 on Sep 28, 2009 | Reply

    Awesome tteam we have here……….

  13. By Sandy on Sep 29, 2009 | Reply

    We have all we need with Shaun at the helm, Coach Singletary at the controls and our awesome defense playing smash mouth football…

    You made us proud in Minnesota no matter the outcome..

    You guys are awesome! Keep up the good work…

    GO NINERS!!!

  14. By J on Sep 29, 2009 | Reply

    Singletary’s goal is not to get them to the playoffs this year. It’s to win the superbowl. After watching that game…I believe.

  15. By edwardreeder on Sep 29, 2009 | Reply

    I noticed two major improvements in the Niners in the Vikings game. One is conditioning. We were pretty much dominated early in the game, but played much more effectively as the game continued. The second thing is being playoff competitive. In order to win a championship you have to be competitive with play-off caliber teams. We have had 2 games against playoff teams, and even with less than perfect execution were only one play from being 2 and 0. We have another playoff team coming up soon so lets work on our execution

  16. By Alex on Oct 1, 2009 | Reply

    I am wondering if there are any plans to find an available big play wide receiver now that signing Crabtree does not seem to be an option? Is there anyone out there that can come in a help us right away for this season? In order to be successful this year, we need more involvement from our receivers. Otherwise, great game by the defense and as well as Davis and Hill.

  17. By mike gruwell on Oct 1, 2009 | Reply

    It was a dissapointing loss,especially living in mn! but iam so excited this year for our niners, with singletary making our guys believe has came a long ways! prime example is davis! hell if singletary told me i could be the 49ers QB i would go out there and probably do it! What im saying is I BELIEVE!!!! Go NINERS!!!!!

  18. By brian on Nov 5, 2009 | Reply

    all I know win lose 49ers are the best team in football history and ill stand behind the all the way look at some of the talent they had our days will come when they do will be nonstoppable go niners

  19. By Paul on Nov 8, 2009 | Reply

    Hey, Singletary. What r your words agian? “DON’T TELL ME, SHOW ME!” when are you going to start practicing that yourself. I hear your talks every week after we lose but there is NO PROOF IN THE PUDDING. To start 3-0 on the year to lose this many is SICKENING. STEP UP OR STEP OFF….Apparently something is NOT RIGHT when we drop to 3-5 know good well we should be 5-2 at the worst….YOU said people can call you anything but a LOSING coach…Guess what coach…..I hate to say this but you are a LOSING COACH.

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