Singletary says he's leading, motivating 49ers

Mike Singletary is a skilled public speaker who made a good living doing just that before he got into the coaching racket.

And Singletary leaned on his experience on Monday when he met the press a day after the San Francisco 49ers were shut out 21-0 at Candlestick Park by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was the first home shutout for the Niners since 1977, and the loss dropped San Francisco to 3-7. They’re all but out of the NFC West race.

“I'm thankful to be the 49ers' head coach. We're working to get to where we need to be. Obviously, we're not there, yet,” Singletary said, according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.

"My job is to lead, motivate and prepare to win football games. Did I lead yesterday? I think so. Did I motivate during the week? I think so. Did I prepare -- did we prepare our players? Um, obviously, not as well as we should have because they did not execute as well as they could have. And that's on us. And that's on me as the head coach.

"As you look at our team, particularly as we talk about the game yesterday, why we lost the game, that would be on me. That would be on me. That would be on me when our receivers don't run the right route. That's on me.”

Singletary really thinks he led and motivated for this game? That’s been a significant problem for the 49ers this season. When they played road games at Seattle and Kansas City and didn’t show up for either game, it was a sign that Singletary’s message is no longer getting through to the players. It was a sign that he wasn’t leading.

When the vultures are circling a coach in the NFL, he inevitably gets asked if he believes he’s doing a good job. That question was lobbed at Singletary.

“I'll put it this way: You have to go through every game and say, 'Am I doing a good job?'” he said. “Obviously, at 3-7, no. I wouldn't even dare to say I'm doing a good job. But it's not over, yet.”

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