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November 3, 2008
Singletary "absolutely not" concerned about owners' reaction

Mike Singletary's message to the rest of the NFL: You're not doing a very good job at making news. During a conference call this afternoon, Singletary was asked what he's learned after two weeks as 49ers head coach. His tongue-in-cheek response: "I guess there's not a whole lot going on elsewhere in the NFL."

Singletary sprung into the national spotlight last week by first ejecting one of his star players from the game and then delivering a booming and unapologetically honest post-game press conference. He again made news a few days later when word leaked out that he had dropped his pants - rest easy, America, he was wearing boxers - during a half-time speech.

It's obvious that Singletary is upset that word leaked out about the half-time pep talk, not so much because he's embarrassed but because the leak undermined the sanctity of his locker room. He said he didn't know whether the leak was merely the result of league gossiping or whether he was the target of, in his words, "sabotaging."

Either way, Singletary insisted he would let the episode go and not waste time smoking out the culprit. "You're never really gonna know why," he said. "... It really doesn't matter because I know the most important thing is not to find that person." Besides, whoever caused the leak won't get away with it.

"Whoever did it ... I'm a firm believer that whatever happens in life ... I feel bad for them because it will always come back on the person that did it," Singletary said.

Singletary said he wasn't worried about the reaction from the team's owners. "I am not. Absolutely am not," he said. "... Any player could tell you the context it happened in."

Singletary said the 49ers signed tight end Sean Ryan today to help Frank Gore. The 49ers are attempting to become more of a "game-management" type team over the last half of the season and will look to control the ball with Gore. Singletary said that offensive coordinator Mike Martz was looking for a physical player who could handle the duties of "tight end-slash-fullback."

Singletary said the only player who looks to be out for Monday's game against Arizona is safety Dashon Goldson. The second-year player's knee injury is not considered season-ending but will require more time to heal. Tackle Jonas Jennings will be back at practice this week but it is yet to be determined whether he's healthy enough to return to the starting lineup, Singletary said.

-- 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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