Mike Singletary's 49ers will have elements of old Bears

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As the Bears attempt to construct a model for success for the 2009 season, new San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary refers to a proven method for winning that he learned during his experience in ...
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West Coast Cali Bear

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Jan 10, 2009
 
Mike Singletary's character is one the reasons the Bears won everything in 85. Today, we need a quarterback that has the same mettle together with a "nasty" offensive and defensive line. Good article.
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Jan 10, 2009
 
I do not understand why people are haring about the quarterback. The scores that they had this last season should have given them a win. It appears the defense faultered. I f the Bears had a replica of defense of the past years then they could have done better.
CIMT

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Jan 10, 2009
 
harping
J W Chi

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Jan 10, 2009
 
I want to wish Mike Singletary all the luck in his Venture as the 49er's Head Coach. Even though he is the Head Coach there he will always be a Bear, heart and Soul.
His name congers up very vivid and fond memories of what REAL Bears teams were.
It is sad he was not given a chance here to prove his mettle as a coach on the hallowed grounds of Soldier Field. He knows what Bears tradition is. Unlike the wimpy wanna be coach we have now, and his BFF (Three Blind Mice) friends, Hear no evil, See no evil and Speak no evil.(sorry cannot post graphics here, you get the picture tho! Use mice as characters not the monkeys).
I hope Mike enjoys success in his tenure with the 49er's.
You will always be a Chicago Bear.
A Bears fan of 56 yrs.
Dan in San Fran

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#5
Jan 10, 2009
 
Bears West. How cool is that? I can finally start watching a Bay Area football team. Even if the 49'ers do not wear blue and orange, we know the color that runs through their blood. The only downside is it will be hard to root against Singletary when the Bears play them.
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#6
Jan 10, 2009
 
Go Mike, may you have the success that your hard work, integrity, passion and faith will inevitability lead to. Boy, I miss your passion (and Ditka's) in the Bears leadership.
J W Chi

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Jan 10, 2009
 
Dan in San Fran wrote:
Bears West. How cool is that? I can finally start watching a Bay Area football team. Even if the 49'ers do not wear blue and orange, we know the color that runs through their blood. The only downside is it will be hard to root against Singletary when the Bears play them.
I know the feeling, it will be hard to root against the 49er's now with Singletary as the Head Coach. I guess they will just have to settle for Bleeding Blue and Orange. Here's hoping that he has an overall great 1st year.

He will be an excellent Head Coach for many years to come. He has had good teachers in Ditka and Ryan.
J W Chi

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#8
Jan 10, 2009
 
There are quite a few ex Bears now coaching in the NFL. Jeff Fischer, Leslie Fraiser, Mike Singletary, Ron Rivera to just name a few. All of them are from the 1985 Bears team. Does anyone see a pattern there? All coached by Mike Ditka and Buddy Ran. Go Figure, is it destiny or a fluke? I would like to see them all on the same staff. Can anyone say Super Bowl!!! It would never happen but, a nice dream scenario anyway!
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Jan 11, 2009
 
A Bear legend ends up coaching the Niners - possibly bringing a few other Bear legends with him, and Chicago gets stuck with Lovie's wimp and loser brigade. Virginia - Please sell the team!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!
West Coast Cali Bear

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Jan 11, 2009
 
Get a clue: with a good to great defense, you need a good to great QB to win games. Orton is NOT good and not even close to being great! News flash: the QB position is the most important on offense perhaps on the team.Take a look at the remaining six teams. How does Orton stack up to the QBs on those teams?
CIMT wrote:
I do not understand why people are haring about the quarterback. The scores that they had this last season should have given them a win. It appears the defense faultered. I f the Bears had a replica of defense of the past years then they could have done better.
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#11
Jan 11, 2009
 
Good to see another boring offense in the NFL. What about a wishbone offense?
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Jan 11, 2009
 
West Coast Cali Bear wrote:
Get a clue: with a good to great defense, you need a good to great QB to win games. Orton is NOT good and not even close to being great! News flash: the QB position is the most important on offense perhaps on the team.Take a look at the remaining six teams. How does Orton stack up to the QBs on those teams? <quoted text>
What 'good' defense did you see, this year? and why blame Orton, when the defense couldn't hold a lead? He wasnn't on the defensive line, when they couldn't generate a sack, on 69 pass attempts by Brian Griese. He wasn't part of an underperforming linebacker corps, where Brian Urlacher consistently could not get to the point of the attack, without getting picked off by a blocker. He certainly wasn't in the secondary, where I hear Charles Tillman is STILL in need of a fire extinguisher, after the Houston game.

And, if anyone was watching, Orton finished the season with a high ankle sprain. Why was he out there, then, you ask? Look down the bench, and you see Rex Grossman and Caleb Hanie. There's your answer why.

The fact that his receivers were 1)slow and 2)dropped a ton of passes also factored.

I do think a QB should be brought in, to give Orton competition. But he is not the problem--not by a long shot.
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Jan 11, 2009
 
J W Chi wrote:
There are quite a few ex Bears now coaching in the NFL. Jeff Fischer, Leslie Fraiser, Mike Singletary, Ron Rivera to just name a few. All of them are from the 1985 Bears team. Does anyone see a pattern there? All coached by Mike Ditka and Buddy Ran. Go Figure, is it destiny or a fluke? I would like to see them all on the same staff. Can anyone say Super Bowl!!! It would never happen but, a nice dream scenario anyway!
It's painfully obvious that the Bears current head coach and GM want nothing to do with the '85 Bears. It seems both want to move away from the '85 Bears and put their stamp on the organization. It's just not working.
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#14
Jan 11, 2009
 
Good Luck, Mike...I hope your teams succeeds....except when they play the Bears......Go Bears!!!!
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Jan 11, 2009
 
It's pretty obvious that no one who has been hired to bring a winner to Chicago after Ditka was fired wants to have anything to do with our great tradition and the monsters that once played their hearts out for the Bears and their fans. What that means is the people running this organization could give a damn about us, the wonderful fans of Papa Bears team, because if they did, savages like Singletary, Butkus,
Ditka, Hampton, Dent, and McMicheal would still be involved with the Bears
in some capacity. That's what the fans want. We want Thayer, Covert, and Hilgenberg teaching the o-linemen. We want Hampton and Buffone and O'bradovich screaming at players to get them pumped up like we are every week. We want sacks dammit!
Bring back the old monsters!
No more *ussy ball! Let's crush nuts!
Former Bears players would jump at the chance to come back to Chicago and bring a nasty disposition to the generic players on this team.
The biggest part of being a winner is Attitude! Everything else is just icing on the glacier.
BRING THE *UCKIN' MONSTERS BACK!
BRING THE HONEY BEARS BACK!
BRING THE ATTITUDE BACK!
Then, if nothing else,at least we will be we'll be feared.
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#16
Jan 11, 2009
 
what about getting steve young as OC!!!!!!!!!! he's old school!!!
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#17
Jan 11, 2009
 
All the best to Samurai Mike, a true tough guy. I hope he does pick up Mongo and Dent and destroy the league. I am so sick of seeing Lovie's comas on the sideline while his boyfriend Babich wrecks what use to be an awe inspiring defense. Maybe the McCheapskates will regret passing on one of the all time great players turned coaches. Who the !@#$ am I kidding, they canned Ditka. They dont give a !@#$ as long as devoted(read stupid) fans like us keep the seats filled and the hats bought. Thanks Virginia, may you get what you deserve for screwing up our team.
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#18
Jan 11, 2009
 
I think I will become a 49 Fan...as long as he doesn't adopt the Cover WHO defense ...he'll be OK
Chicago Jim

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Jan 11, 2009
 
Jaime wrote:
Good Luck, Mike...I hope your teams succeeds....except when they play the Bears......Go Bears!!!!
Cover WHO Lovie Dovie vs #50 ...give me a break the Teddy Bears won't have a chance....
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#20
Jan 11, 2009
 
I don't know if Singletary is ready, but I can't deny wondering what life would be like with Singletary at the helm! The fire and enthusiasm that he brings is undeniable. I have to admit that I would rather watch a lousy 49'ers team led by Singletary than a good Bears team led by Capt Passive. It doesn't matter, Singletary would have never stood a chance coming onboard with the Bears, he would have been blocked from the onset just a Rivera was ran out of town.

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