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49ers Introduce Special Guest on Punt Team

Posted by Scott Kegley on October 7, 2009 – 5:52 PM


Outside linebackers coach Jason Tarver usually works with the gunners on punt team during the special teams portions of practice.  Tarver will hold a blocking pad, playing the role of the opposing jammer as the gunners try to release off the line of scrimmage.

Tarver gave way though to a “special guest” as head coach Mike Singletary walked over and picked up the blocking pad to the chagrin of the gunners.

“I was scared to death,” said cornerback Shawntae Spencer.  “His eyes got big with the ‘Eye of the Tiger’ and everything.  I’m like, ‘It’s Mike Singletary!’  And he was serious too.”

Singletary was definitely making the players work hard.  In fact, some of the gunners started joking with their coach for hitting them after they were already out of bounds.  During a game, such a play would result in a penalty.

“I think he hit me a little late,” said wide receiver Jason Hill.  “A couple of times I was out of bounds and he hit me a little late.  I told him, ‘I’m going to have to talk to the refs about that one.’”

The players don’t usually go one-on-one with their coach, so some of the players tried to take advantage of the situation.  With Singletary shading towards the outside to prevent a good outside release, Spencer stepped outside before cutting back to the middle untouched, faking out his coach.

100709-sing-jammer-sub“I saw him cheat!” Spencer exclaimed.  “He was cheating because he knew we had to go outside.  So I released outside and then cut under him and then he got mad and threw the bag!”

Regardless of the friendly competition or the penalties that went unnoticed (there were zero refereed on the field), the gunners enjoyed the spirited session.

“I’ll tell you what, he really got us going today,” Spencer said.  It was a very, very funny moment.  It was one of the funniest moments of this season.  He just really showed his lighter side at the same time he gave us a good workout.  He showed us that he still likes to hit!”

For Hill, it was a great opportunity to go up against one of the game’s all-time greats.

“That’s a dream come true to line up against him,” Hill said.  “I’ll remember this day.  Hopefully when it’s all said and done we’ll look back on it and laugh and say that he got us better.”

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8 Responses to “49ers Introduce Special Guest on Punt Team”

  1. By David on Oct 7, 2009 | Reply

    Singletary is the man hes only laughing because the guys are playing good and hard.I hope we win this sundAY.We need a win outside our division!

  2. By 49erGoreRush on Oct 7, 2009 | Reply

    I would have loved to play for Coah Sing. This is a good beginning to a great coaching career for him. Godspeed Coach Sing!

  3. By Kwesi (Bahamas) on Oct 7, 2009 | Reply

    I love what the 49ers are doing I love football and the 9ers are making it even better for me

  4. By formerusmarine on Oct 7, 2009 | Reply

    Outstanding! This guy is going to be the 2nd greatest coach in 49ers history (no shame in being 2nd to the Genius), & I truly hope (& believe he will) get in the HOF again as a coach! Go Coach Singletary, your fans are behind you 1000%!

  5. By sr on Oct 7, 2009 | Reply

    It’s the little things like this that really boost the family type atmosphere that Coach Sing has been preaching. Way to go coach!
    In that first picture he looks SERIOUS! And the second he’s got a smile that makes you want to join his “kinda’ party!” Good times, and a whole lot-a-smashmouth football. Go Niners! See you at The Stick Nov8th.

  6. By Juan R on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    This is one of those articles and definetly one of the aspects of the game the game that gets overlooked. Singletary and all of the new 49ers management have something very positive going on , and the whole league and country are going to find out about it soon. Us Faithful have seen it all , from the top to the bottom and now the future. These next few years are going to be exciting …..woooo , one can only dream!

  7. By Benji on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    Every day I like coach Singletary more and more.

  8. By Ernie Neese on Oct 11, 2009 | Reply

    Trade Bly for future draft choice.

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