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Niners forgot to get 'fysical'

  • Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver gets past San Francisco 49ers' Nate Clements (22), Dashon Goldson (38) and Ahmad Brooks (55) for a 61-yard touchdown pass during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers won 34-16. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

These are things Mike Singletary said in his day after Green Bay debacle news conference, followed by relevant commentary by yours truly.

Asked what was most disappointing about the Green Bay loss aside from the loss, Singletary replied:

"Probably just the overall physicality that we didn't play with."

That's a fascinating reply, I'm sure you'll agree. Instead of speaking about what was there, Singletary spoke about what was not there. And what exactly was not there? Physicality was not there, that's what. Just picture the Donald Driver catch and then the run over five hapless 49er would-be tacklers who couldn't keep him out of the end zone and you see the lack of physicality.

I can help the Niners with their physicality deficiency, and I offer this in the spirit of helpfulness. The 49ers were not physical in Green Bay because they spelled the word "physical" the correct way. Singletary never bothered to explain he wants to spell it "fysical" with an "f" instead of a "ph." The "ph" held the team back. He needs to tell the 49ers to fold their paper in half and write "fysical" 20 times.

On why he didn't use Brian Westbrook more:

"Obviously, with Brian Westbrook, a guy that's had issues with concussions, we're not going to use him the same way (as Frank Gore) ... We're really going to try and figure out exactly how much can Brian take, how much can he do, how much can we utilize him to make sure that we don't overdo it, to make sure that we don't put him in harm's way."

Well, excuse me but until this moment I didn't understand the NFL is an assisted-living facility. Pardon me for being blunt, but professional football players are supposed to play. When they step on the field, you assume they are healthy and can withstand a hit. A coach doesn't protect or coddle them. If Westbrook is too fragile for the rough and tumble of the NFL, Singletary should not have him on the team. Singletary does, however, deserve the Mother Teresa bleeding heart award.

On who will play quarterback Sunday against Seattle:

"It is week-to-week. I want to go with the quarterback that I feel gives us the best chance to win."


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