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Singletary Approves of 49ers Character

Posted by Taylor Price on October 5, 2009 – 2:11 PM


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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6 Responses to “Singletary Approves of 49ers Character”

  1. By Jon on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    Way to come back from a heartbreaking loss at Minnesota! It showed what kind of team we are. I think that we need to continue to improve offensively especially getting the receivers involved in the passing game. We could definitely use Crabtree, if he would just strap on the pads. Hey kid, if you are all that everyone says you are you will get the money. You got to earn it and you are not gonna do that by sitting out. Come be a part of something special. Vernon, amazing job so far. He is finally coming into his game. Defensively, all I can say is AMAZING! Singletary AWSOME JOB so far. Lets keep up the good work, stay focused, and take it to Atlanta this weekend. I have not been this pround of a 49ers team since 1994.

  2. By Vince on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    Great Job 49ers! Keep it up!!

  3. By stangdog on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    Word is, Crabtree and his agent want to reopen negotiations. Here is my theory on what’s going on. They thought that if they held out for more money than he has actually proven he is worth, then he could go back to the draft next year and get on a team that had a high profile QB that could get the ball downfield to him. Well, now that San Fran is 3-1 and more than likely going to the playoffs, and Shaun has not only proven he CAN throw downfield, but that he is also a strong team leader and a winner, Crabtree and company are saying, “wait a minute, we want be a part of this action”. I’m just saying that I bet a large part of not signing sooner was because of our QB situation. Now he has seen what Hill can do, he wants in.

  4. By Chilly Will 49 on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    I continue to be impress with the Niners Defense, these group of guys seem to realize just how strong and dominate they are getting with each game and it shows after shutting out the Rams. I keep saying to myself this just can’t be they can’t keep this up every game, but so far they are doing just that. They have faced some pretty good Offenses like Arizona and Minnesota and still have performed well. Mad props to the Defense keep up the hard work and continue to do your thing.

    I wish I could say the same for the Offense these boys are hanging tough but are struggling. In order for the 49ers to have a shot in the playoffs something seriously needs to be corrected with the Offensive line. This is were I wish Coach McKittrick was still with us. He would be able to make good offensive blockers out of anyone! God rest his soul.

    Still early enough in the season to correct this if the Niners figure to be in the playoff race. Coach Mike needs to take care of this problem fast!

    Hopefully Crabtree can get signed and become something wonderful to this Niners Offense…..I still feel the best is yet to come. Oh and Coach Mike I was sad not to see the Cross around your neck don’t forget it next week.


  5. By Steve on Oct 7, 2009 | Reply

    Now that the team is 3-1 all of a sudden Crabtree wants to sign and come on board with the team.He should have signed when he was drafted.He didnt show up for camp and as far as iam concerned Coach Singletary should keep him benched for the season.One man does not make up a football team.

  6. By steve c on Oct 9, 2009 | Reply

    Yeah, well, Crabtree’s signed now, so y’all can shift focus to Atlanta, like the Niners have always been. They’re 3 -1 without him, can only get better with him.

    Candlestick, here we GO NINERS!!

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