Q: What's your evaluation after the way you pulled out this hard-fought victory today?
Singletary: We're just very proud of the fact that we won the football game. It was a tough, hard-fought football game in a difficult situation at the end of the game, weather-wise, and I'm just really proud of the way the guys really handled themselves and came through.
Q: How big was it to hold the Bills scoreless and 0-for-4 in the red zone today?
Singletary: I just think Greg Manusky (and the rest of the defensive coaches), they all really did a great job this week game-planning, knowing that we had a nice package inside the red zone, and the guys really did a great job executing on the field, and that was really the difference in the game. It was just one of those things that we knew coming in here it was going to come down to the defense. It was going to come down to trying to keep them out of the end zone, particularly in the red zone defense. To be able to do it, they're a good team in the red zone, and we did a good job. So, I'm excited about what our defense was able to do.
Q: How much did that game-opening touchdown drive set the tone for the rest of the day?
Singletary: Any time the offense can do that – and I just feel the offensive line is getting stronger and stronger and more excited about the possibilities of doing that more – the guys just really took pride in taking the opening kickoff and just said, ‘Hey, you know what, let's just take it down at put it in there. Let's do this.' And that's what they did. I'm very excited for them, and it really did set the tone for the rest of the day. It was big, particularly at the beginning of the game. It took time off the clock. It set the tempo; it set a tone in terms of what we're here to do. To be able to march right down the field and score, for our offense, was a big boost. It really was.
Q: How much did a 50 percent success rate on third downs helped set the tone for the offense?
Singletary: Anytime you continue to keep the ball for another four downs, it gives you a great satisfaction, particularly when you're on the sideline and your looking at the defense and they get a little more time to talk about some of the things that are going on, and get back out there and make it happen. Offensively, it's just really gratifying when you are able to do that. Because now, not only are you doing a great job on offense, but you're also helping your defense stay off the field and get some of the problem solving done on the field.
Q: How steady of a game did quarterback Shaun Hill play?
Singletary: I'm really excited about Shaun and what he brings to the offense, his time management, his ability to just see what needs to be done, when it needs to happen. That's a huge credit to him. He has a tremendous amount of poise and toughness guiding the offense, leading them down the field. So I know that they are gaining more and more confidence in him as we go forward.
Q: Buffalo had a big edge in total yards today, and yet that didn't seem to make much difference or tell the tale of the game did it?
Singletary: I'll take a victory any time. Hopefully, we get a little better on defense, but I'll take it every time.
Q: What does this win mean for the team?
Singletary: It gives us confidence. These guys are working hard. They're trying to do all the things that we're asking them to do. When you stay together and work together and fight together, and win together, it's something that's very, very rewarding. Because they've been working so hard, it's one of those things were thankful for sticking together. We just got to keep doing it.
Q: What was the message you gave your players after the game?
Singletary: The message was simply this: It's a tribute to them, in terms of how hard they're working and at the same time, they stuck together. That's what it's all about. You have to overcome adverse situations, instead of looking around and blaming somebody. Overcoming adverse situations, sticking together, and making it work for you – I told them it was an ugly win, but it is a win and we'll take it any day.
Q: What's it mean to this team to hold the Bills to just three points?
Singletary: First of all, anytime you win and you're not at home, it's big. Just winning, let alone anything else, but to limit the number of points they had, to three, is very rewarding, very exciting. Our guys really prided themselves today on really trying to do the little things and keep them out of the end zone, and we executed pretty well.
Q: How do you think your team reacted to playing on the East Coast?
Singletary: I've got to be very honest with you – to me, personally, you can come the day before. I just think that if you're prepared to play and you're ready to play, you can be tired another time. I don't really buy that. I just think when you're prepared, you're ready to go, you're hungry, you gotta get it done.
Q: What's it mean for the 49ers to become the first West Coast team to win on the East Coast this season?
Singletary: It goes all the way back to last week. You lose in Dallas, we have the distractions coming up this week, we have guys banged up left and right, on Thanksgiving, guys are thinking about the turkey and practice was a little sloppy. Friday they came back and had a great practice, we come out here and play well enough to win. To me, I told them at the beginning of the week, this week is about character, it's all about character. We're 3-8 and you look at it and think ‘what do you have to play for,' but in my mind we've got a lot to play for. And I'm very thankful for that.
Q: Is this the way the 49ers have to win?
Singletary: I don't think it's the way we have to win. I think we can do a better job on offense and I think we can do a better job on defense. I don't think our limits have been set yet. As long as we don't accept this as ‘this is the way we have to win.' I just think it's a matter of going out, giving yourself a chance to find out how good you can be. I think we're better than this, but today was good enough. But we know we've got to be a lot better next week.
He said it: Mike Singletary after Bills win
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