Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Mike Singletary

As a Hall of Fame NFL player, Mike Singletary was an intense, hardhitting linebacker for the Chicago Bears. Whenever the cameras would zoom in close to Singletary's face during the game, you could see the intensity in his eyes. The man was a dominating force on defense for Chicago.

On October 20th, Singletary was named interim head coach of the San Francisco 49ers after the firing of head coach Mike Nolan. In his first game as a head coach in the NFL, Singletary showed that he is just as intense as a coach.

During the game, 49ers tight end Vernon Davis was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Singletary pulled Davis from the game and sent him to the locker room, benching him for the remainder of the game. Here are a couple of quotes that I particularly liked from Singletary:

"I told him that he would do a better job for us right now taking a shower
and coming back and watching the game than going out on the field. Simple as

"It was something that I told everybody at the very beginning of the week. I will not tolerate players that think it's about them when it's about the team, and we cannot make - we cannot make decisions that cost the team and then come off to the sideline and it's nonchalant. No."

I love Singletary's attitude. If there were more coaches in the NFL that would demand the type of discipline and commitment from their players, the league would be better off. I hope that Singletary does a good job in San Francisco. If they don't improve, it won't be because of Singletary.

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