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October 23, 2008
Singletary learned from the master

It's been a Bear market for Mike Singletary over the last few days. The new 49ers head coach has been fielding plenty of phone calls since being named head coach, many of them from ex-Chicago Bears teammates.

"The guys that protected me - Dan Hampton, Steve McMichael, Richard Dent," Singletary said. "Those are all my guys. And of course on the back end Shaun Gayle, Leslie Frazier. Before it's all said and done, they'll all call ... and call me all kind of names."

Like what?

"Traitor," Singletary said with a chuckle. "No, it's all in good fun. Like I said they're a great, unique, group of guys. Unique group of guys."

Niners fans might feel like there's some treason in the air, too. After all, how is it that a member of the hated Bears, one of the 49ers' arch rivals in the 1980s, wound up as San Francisco's head coach?

What might make The Faithful feel better is the fact that before Singletary got into coaching he received plenty of advice and mentoring from the greatest 49er of all, Bill Walsh. Which is kind of like traveling to the Dagobah System and getting Jedi training from Yoda.

"I've got more notes from coach Walsh than I do any other coach," Singletary said today. "Bill Walsh was so ... to this day, I don't know why he took the time with me. But I remember calling him when I was in Chicago. He said, 'Hey, if you fly out, you got me. I'll spend all day with you. We'll go to dinner.' And he just walked me through everything. So I'm very appreciative of him and very thankful for him giving me that time."

Matt Hasselbeck did not practice for the second straight day, and the feeling in Seattle is that Seneca Wallace, not Hasselbeck, will be under center for the Seahawks Sunday. Also missing practice were G Floyd Womack (illness), WR Deion Branch (foot) and TE Will Heller (knee).

For the 49ers, Michael Lewis (knee), Josh Morgan (groin), Mark Roman (groin) and Allen Rossum (groin) were limited Thursday after not practicing Wednesday.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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