Asked today whether he stood by his guarantee that the 49ers would stop Drew Brees and the Saints Monday night, Mike Singletary said there never was a guarantee. "I just said we would stop him," he said.
Singletary also said he didn't want to define "stopping" a quarterback who last year threw 34 touchdowns and finished the regular season with a 109.6 passer rating. "I'm certainly not going to go into the game thinking we're not going to stop him," he said. "If that's the case, I need to stay at home."
Brees has had big games against most teams, but his last two against San Francisco have been particularly impressive. In 2007, he threw for four touchdowns and 336 yards and finished with a 136.8 passer rating. The following year, he had three touchdowns, one interception, 363 yards and a 116.7 rating.
Talk of a guarantee started on Thursday when Singletary lost his composure during an interview with broadcast partner KPIX. When host Dennis O'Donnell asked about trying to stop Drew Brees, Singletary snapped: "We will not try to stop Drew Brees. We will stop Drew Brees. Next question."
Asked about trying to move the ball on the Saints defense, Singletary said: "We will not try to move the ball against the New Orleans defense. We will move the ball on the Saints defense, and we will score."
Rookie cornerback Phillip Adams went through a full practice today after a hamstring injury knocked him out of Friday's session. He is listed as questionable for Monday. Adams could be of use at cornerback against the Saints deep group of wideouts, but he is perhaps more important at punt returner.
Ted Ginn (knee) is doubtful for the game, making Adams the next best choice. Dominique Zeigler also is an option if Adams can't play. At kick returner, look for Josh Morgan or Delanie Walker - who was back at practice after being excused from Friday's session - to handle the job.
Cornerback Will James (ankle) and receiver Kyle Williams (toe) also are doubtful as is starting right guard Chilo Rachal (stinger) who did not practice this week. Adam Snyder likely will start in his place. Snyder (illness), LB Ahmad Brooks (elbow), T Alex Boone (calf) and LB Patrick Willis (knee, thumb) are probable to play.
Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe had a big first half against the Saints in their season opener. But Shiancoe was shut out in the second half after New Orleans had safety Roman Harper cover him.
Does Vernon Davis expect similar treatment? "Nah, I don't think he can take me man to man, one on one," Davis said.
Singletary has been mysterioso all week as far as whether offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye will call plays from the sideline instead of the coaches' booth. Raye says he preferred the booth while quarterback Alex Smith has worn a wristband in practice all week.
-- Matt Barrows