Preseason favorites to win the NFC West division, San Francisco head coach Mike Singletary said he’s feeling fine, even though his team sits at 4-8 with a slim chance of making the playoffs.
“I’m doing fantastic,” said Singletary, when asked how he was handling the adversity of this season.
But it’s been a tough year, right?
“You know what? It’s been a growing year,” Singletary said. “For me it’s been a great year. I think the bottom line –and when I say that, I want you to understand what I mean – I say that by being a young coach and having to experience all the things I’ve had to experience, it’s been tremendous for me.
“And I think we’ll learn from it. We’ll get better. And hopefully as a team this is the time we get on track and go.”
You can listen to a snippet of audio of Singletary here.
On the possibility of the NFC West champion finishing 7-9 and hosting a playoff game Singletary had this to say: “I don’t really get into that very much. I think the bottom line whoever it is that comes out of this division, they’ll represent the division well.”
As far as his team still being in the hunt at 4-8 with four games left to go, Singletary said he addressed his team this way: “Just the fact that we have a chance. That’s all you can ask for is a chance. And you take that and you work your tails off, and get prepared for the next for
In terms of a budding rivalry between Seattle and San Francisco, Singletary said he has that same feeling with all of the NFC West teams.
“The teams in this division have gotten better,” Singletary said. “And we just continue to compete. So when I look at the Seahawks, to me it’s another very tough contender in this division that we have to reckon with. So it’s a good thing.”
Singletary said he’s torn, when asked whether or not he hoped Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams played on Sunday.
“I look at it like this – there’s a part of me that would say, ‘You know what, if he doesn’t play great,’” Singletary said. “But there’s a bigger part of me that says I want everybody that Seattle has to be healthy. Put them on the field and let’s go.”
Singletary said his staff we’ll concentrate more on Seattle’s last three games instead of the opening-season, 31-6 loss at Qwest Field.
“I’ve got to focus on the last three games,” he said. “They’re a different football team. They’re a better football team. So that’s definitely where I would be.
“I just think that the first time we played them they were team that was trying to figure out exactly what they were going to be, who they were going to be. And I think through the progression and with the additions, and the maturity of other guys, they’ve become a better football team.”
On the decision to go back to Alex Smith at quarterback this year, Singletary had this to say.
“Really right now we just feel with the experience, and Alex having more of a feel for the entire playbook, it just allows us to open up our offense more,” Singletary said. “It was a very tough decision. So I mean we just continue to go forward, we don’t rule out Troy’s possibilities. We know what he brings to the team, and we feel very good about what he’s done. But for right now we just feel that Alex will suit us better now as the starter.”