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Singletary Appreciates 49ers Passion

Posted by Taylor Price on November 30, 2010 – 3:40 PM

When ESPN cameras showed the 49ers before the start of Monday’s game against Arizona, tears were running down the face of tight end Vernon Davis.

The 49ers emotional leader was rallying his teammates at midfield much like he does every week. But this time was different.

Clearly fired up for the game that was about to take place, the captain implored his teammates to give everything they had in a must-win game and that’s exactly what they did.

Asked about the emotional state of the 49ers heading prior to the team’s 27-6 win, Mike Singletary said he appreciated the passion displayed by his team. To him, intense emotion signifies something much greater.

“When you’re playing the game, I don’t know if you ever played a sport that you really loved, but when you do things that you love, it brings out passion,” the head coach said. “Everybody shows it in different ways.”

Players weren’t available to the media on Tuesday, but Singletary spoke with reporters prior to the big news of the day that was later announced – Frank Gore being placed on IR along with Dominique Zeigler.

At the time of his press conference, Singletary said he didn’t want to speculate on the severity of Gore’s injury. But the coach did say Brian Westbrook and Anthony Dixon would have an expanded role.

Now it’s clear that the pair of runners will carry the load for the remainder of the season. Singletary said Westbrook’s maturity will serve the team will in the remaining games on the schedule. He did say the team would be careful with how much exposure the nine-year veteran would get. Westbrook’s 136 yards on “Monday Night Football” were the most by any running back in the showcase game this season.

Asked if Dixon’s inexperience at blitz pickup would deter him from playing the rookie, Singletary said the sixth-round pick has improved in that department throughout the season. “We trust him,” Singletary said. “He knows who to pick up.”

With all the attention given the running back situation, Singletary said he was pleased with the quarterback play of Troy Smith. “He did enough to win. To me, that’s the most important thing.”

With a short week of preparation for the 7-4 Green Bay Packers, Singletary will give his players more mental reps this week than normal to recharge.

Singletary said linebacker Parys Haralson (ankle), center David Baas (concussion), and wide receiver Josh Morgan (shoulder) are all day-to-day with their respective injuries.


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15 Responses to “Singletary Appreciates 49ers Passion”

  1. By 49ermarc on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    I am still waiting for vernon to become the beast that was well revered by all last year. Com’on coordinators. coaches, and team give this guy the freakin ball to win games.

  2. By Veronica on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    Ya’ll did great love the way the team made an all out effort!! Great win hope to see more!!

  3. By steve9er on Dec 1, 2010 | Reply

    vernon is still the beast remember last year
    the team ran out of the spread offense and the
    majority of vernon’s td,s came out of the spread
    don’t see 49ers doing that this year that’s on
    sing and johnson!

  4. By KDB on Dec 1, 2010 | Reply

    That’s because our coach whom is super stubborn about hitting people in the mouth. Well that ain’t working except against AZ and now look what happened to F. Gore.

    IF and I say IF we would have called plays towards our talen just like the Colts do, Alex Smith out of the spread, V. Davis and Crabbs as well as D. Walker, D. Zielger, T. Ginn as well as F. Gore, and B. Westbrook can you imagine how well our weapons would have been better utilized given a young line, and with A. smith moving around a bit, he’s proven he can play well that way.

    WOW that’s on Singeltary no much onJohnson because Singeltary’s M.O. has handcuffed everyone!

  5. By John on Dec 1, 2010 | Reply

    lol what happen to Gore? dude it was like the third play of the game. Him getting hurt has NOTHING to do with coaching, give me a break!

  6. By tom in nj on Dec 1, 2010 | Reply

    Good Points KDB,
    We have such mismatches across the board and fail to set them up! We don’t have Payton Manning but we don’t even appear to attempt to isolate our talent and speed! We have speed at every wide out, tight end, etc. Colts have an aggressive offense we don’t. Until we have the same aggressive philosophy on offense as our defense we are going to have ups and downs.I look forward to seeing how we play offensively against the Packers!I’ve seen Westbrook play since I’m in NJ and he can do some good things…some maybe better than gore. If we put him in space and dump the ball off to him he can do some good things! GO NINERS ( YOU GUYS HEAR STEVE YOUNGS COMMENTS ON MONDAY NITE COUNT DOWN?)

  7. By KDB on Dec 2, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Tom,

    I agree with you on B. Westbrook, he’d always run wild when dumped off to and sometimes in the moiddle of the field.

    Didn’t hear Steve Young, what did he say?

  8. By LK in the valley on Dec 2, 2010 | Reply

    I heard what steve said and he was right. I still don’t know after watching that game if the niners were playing that good or were the cards that bad. Is Alex Smith still hurt can’t see why the coach won;t play him when they can use more of the playbook Troy’s making the same mistakes that Alex did with less of the playbook. If not for a couple of lucky breaks before this last game this would of been Troy’s first win still not sold on Troy.

  9. By Hermie on Dec 2, 2010 | Reply

    Steve said “coaching” was a big part of the problem a lot because he isn’t now standing completely behind Troy and setting him up to be as successful as he could be…in so many words…adn I am sorry KDB, if you can’t see the difference between Alex and Troy…not that I am sold on Troy yet…but he will be WAY better than Alex will ever be and I hope we can all put that to rest!! I too have watched Westbrook his whole career and know how good he can be…I will miss Frankie…along with Willis my favorite players!!

  10. By J on Dec 2, 2010 | Reply

    Are you guys joking? It’s a run and shoot ball control offense… get over it, or it will hit you in the mouth

    Go 9ers, Great job to everybody from “shogun” on down…


  11. By J on Dec 2, 2010 | Reply

    BTW, there’s nothing wrong with spreading ‘em out and dumping down to Westbrook, that’s def in the offense trust, but you need a more complete and comprehensive offense then that, hence the whole run and shoot concept, no disrespect y’all have good ideas.


  12. By Kory on Dec 4, 2010 | Reply

    How do you guys think the 9ers offensive line will hold against monsters like Clay Mathews? I mean i have faith in the team, but it’s no secret that everyone worries about lining up against guys like that!

  13. By ChickenFriedRice on Dec 4, 2010 | Reply

    For some reason, I have a feeling there will be a letdown vs Green Bay and we will get our butts kicked, 31-13

  14. By James Barnett on Dec 5, 2010 | Reply

    Firer all the coaches and Alex Smith and the second dairy 4 guys could not tackle 1 guys bad coaching and guys who don’t look like they should play in the NFL, because they might break a nail over paid flag football players. York please sale this team to someone who cares and will get the right staff not there son or bad coaches who try to put the blame on the players.

  15. By Gabe Griffin on Dec 6, 2010 | Reply

    I think that Taylor Mays should be starting for the rest of the season. he’s numbers are better than Smiths and he is more talented. The secondary needs help and I think Taylor Mays is the Key.

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