On Monday, Mike Singletary spoke positively about all three phases of his 49ers ballclub and singled out a handful of players on each unit.
The 49ers head coach also commended the performance of his entire team in a game they were expected to win. Singletary referred to the game as a “character challenge,” citing how the team entered the game as the favorite and responded with a convincing 35-0 victory over the St. Louis Rams.
“I’m very proud of the guys and the way they played,” he said.
Singletary opened his Monday briefing by announcing that starting running back Frank Gore and second-year safety Reggie Smith had been ruled out of this Sunday’s home game against the Atlanta Falcons. Gore is out with an ankle injury and Smith is out with a groin injury.
In addition, Singletary said outside linebacker Marques Harris suffered a hamstring sprain and linebacker Jeff Ulbrich had a concussion. Two players who suffered minor injuries, free safety Dashon Goldson and outside linebacker Manny Lawson both returned to action later in the game.
When commenting on the play of his offense Singletary said he thought quarterback Shaun Hill did a good job of spreading the ball around and keeping it in the hands of only his receivers.
He also highlighted the performance of his rookie running back.
“I thought [Glen] Coffee ran hard,” Singletary said. “He just has to continue to get into the groove.”
On defense, Singletary was overwhelmed with the hustle displayed by his defense.
“Defensively looking at the film, guys were running to the ball,” he said. “When you talk about relentless – that’s what you see on film.”
One of the players who embodied that relentless style of play will be recognized on the NFL Network’s “Head Coaches Show.”
Two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis will be highlighted by former 49ers head coach Steve Marriucci on tonight’s show that will air on the NFL Network at 3:30PM PT.
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