2009 Gridiron Gab Team Previews: San Francisco 49ers

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Unless you’re a fan of the Cardinals, Seahawks or Rams, chances are, you’re pulling for the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West this year. Why? Simple—you love their head coach. Mike Singletary is a consummate throwback; an old-school purist who played the game at a Hall of Fame level and teaches football with a passion and fire that would make even John Madden blush.

Singletary’s brutal honesty and steadfast commitment to his beliefs give him the type of noble character that is usually associated with small town patriarchs and men with firm handshakes.

And Singletary’s elocution is second to none. Remember his Vernon Davis rant last season? Barely established as the team’s interim head coach, Singletary booted the young first-round tight end off the field in a Week 8 loss and afterwards vented fervidly about his intolerance for selfish players. It was the type of cutting honesty and public finger-pointing that shows up once every other generation in the closed-lip world of professional football. And it just so happened that the tactic worked.

Not only did Davis respect his head coach and become less of an underachiever for the remainder of the season, but the 49ers started to show a semblance of identity. They wound up winning four of their final five games, convincing next-generation owner Jed York to lock up his charismatic coach in a four-year contract.

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