Mike Singletary Has His Team Ready To Go Against Atlanta

October 9, 2009 – 10:55 am by timgunter

The San Francisco 49ers are off to a 3-1 record and their best start in years. They are only going to get better as they recently signed their 1st round pick, Michael Crabtree. Crabtree was a game-changing player at Texas Tech and the 49ers expect the same from him in the NFL. But this Sunday, they are going to be playing without him and facing a potent Atlanta Falcons offense that can put some points up on the board. Their defense led by 3rd year pro, Patrick Willis, seems to play well at home and defend against the run. Mike Singletary has his team ready and prepared for the Falcons and look to send them home at 2-2.  He isn’t worried about the Falcons. He is only worried about his team and the way they play.

Mike Singletary joined Fox Sports Radioto talk about having Crabtree signed, how much a concern for Crabtree’s foot injury, Vernon Davis this year as opposed to previous years, Shaun Hill so far this season, how long it took to get over the crushing last-second defeat against the Vikings, Glenn Coffee playing great in the preseason and how preseason play actually is important, and whether the running game changes with Gore out and Coffee in.

On having Crabtree signed and how he gets him up to speed with the team:

“Well we just got to find out what he knows and what he doesn’t and just kind of how he learns and keep the progress going.” 

On how much a concern for Crabtree’s foot injury:

“I have no concern whatsoever.” 

On Vernon Davis this year as opposed to previous years:

“I think Vernon and Shaun Hill just continue to develop a rapport between each other and work at it. Vernon continues to work after practice, before practice.  He is catching balls all of the time.  The biggest thing for Vernon is to continue to stay focused and he will do just fine.”

On Shaun Hill so far this season:

“Well they can call him game manager all year as long as we win I am good.  That is the same way he feels and I think that is a great situation to have.”

On how long it took to get over the crushing last-second defeat against the Vikings:

“I think for us it was a great opportunity at that time to deal with some early adversity.  It will make us stronger going forward.” 

On whether the running game changes with Gore out and Coffee in:

“No. Not at all.”

On the difference in working for a young guy as opposed to George Halas in Chicago:

“Well the fortunate thing for Jed (York) is his uncle, Debartolo, was here and I think Jed has learned a lot through the years.  So obviously he is going to be a lot wiser, a lot smarter and make better decisions simply because of who he has to get information from, who he has to get ideas from.  When you have that kind of information to get from some it is going to make a big difference and I think that it has done nothing to help him.”

On his thoughts on Matt Ryan:

“He is a good football player there is no doubt about it.  He is technically sound.  He has got some great coaches around him and he has got a good team around him.  We are going to have our hands full.  We got to get out there and execute and do what we do.”

Mike Singletary on Fox Sports Radio with Petros and Money

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