He said it: Mike Singletary after 49ers win

Coach Mike Singletary gives his takes on the game and the 49ers after his team's 22-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders in Saturday night's exhibition game at Candlestick Park.

On whether the quarterbacks did anything to help make his decision on a starter: "No"

On when he anticipates he'll make a decision on a starting quarterback: "We'll review film tomorrow and we'll talk about it then, see how far we are from making that decision."

On whether neither quarterback distinguished himself tonight: "Absolutely."

On why he took out QB Alex Smith mid-drive: "At that particular time, we felt comfortable that he had taken the number of plays that he needed to take."

On whether Alex Smith's interception was his fault: "Once again, I really have to look at it again. It was a deflected ball, so it's one of those things, you have to look at the film."

On whether AlexSmith's open-field tackle and block were a bonus: "It shows that he's not afraid. I'm glad he stepped up. But, at the same time, I'm not going to be glad that he stepped up and hit the guy. Something like that, you just have to be careful. I'm excited to look at the film. We just have to see what's there."

On whether onus was on Alex Smith to step up: "Coming into the game, he knew what he had to do, as well as Shaun. When I look at the situation right now, it's just a matter of the coaches and myself taking a step back and saying, ‘okay, what do you do?' and look at the film. Anything he did well that he could have, or didn't execute when he should have, he and Shaun, it's just a matter of coming down to a decision between now and next week."

On injuries during the game: "The only thing I can tell you is that the [Adam] Snyder injury is something we have to either get an MRI, or X-ray, or maybe not even that. Maybe we just have to see how he is in the morning. We won't know that until tomorrow."

On what his attitude is towards pre-season injuries: "My thought on that is this is football, and I don't care if it's offseason, in-season, whatever. It's football. You choose this as your job, what you have to do for a living, you're going to get hurt. It's as simple as that."

On whether he would have liked to see Shaun Hill to do more: "I wanted to see everyone do more in the time they were in. I guess the biggest thing is, once again, you just have to look at the film and see where he's at. I have to look at the film."

On whether he will name a starting quarterback before the game against Dallas: "I don't know. I don't really want to get into that. We just have to sit down and take our time, evaluate, and look at a number of things."

On whether Glen Coffee has earned himself more carries: "When you have a Frank Gore… Frank Gore is, in my opinion, one of the top five backs in the league. Frank's going to run the ball. We're going to get the ball to Frank. Coffee, we're very thankful that we have him, but he's going to serve the same purpose that we brought him here for. There's going to be times when Frank needs a rest, and that's when Coffee will have a chance to play."

On whether the difference between the running and passing in the first and second half was due to Coffee playing: "It's a number of things. It's the preseason and we do want to establish the running game. We want to get our offensive line to continue to get the confidence they need. We want our running backs, particularly Coffee, to understand the various angles that he has to get the ball. Those are some of the things we really wanted to see in this game."

On how he determines playing time in the preseason: "We sit down as a staff and we go through and decide what is the value of seeing Frank Gore. We've had a chance to see Frank Gore earlier this offseason and have had a chance to see him in two-a-days. We know exactly who he is, exactly what he's going to be. So, you just look at the value and what you're going to gain from it, not a whole lot. You look at the kid Coffee and you give him a chance to play. You really want him to be able to come to the game and be familiar with the play, be familiar with the offensive line, what angle he can hit that hole. It looks as though you give a guy a ball and say, ‘go get it.' But, there's a lot more that goes into it than that. He makes a cut here, he goes 50 yards. He makes another cut, he gets the crap knocked out of him. That's kind of the way it goes and those are the things he has to learn."

On whether the Raiders touchdown was due to over confidence of the defense: "No, we just did not execute the defense properly. We should have done a better job, but we got hugged up a little bit at the defense. We just have to do a better job of getting back on the zone."

On what he saw from Nate Davis: "I saw a young kid trying to figure out how to play the game and trying to adjust to the speed of the game. But, he's a kid that has some talent and he can make plays."

On whether the pass rush had improved from last game: "It will get better. I'm very confident of that. When I'm talking about pass rush, I'm talking about getting the quarterback really uncomfortable, and I just don't think that we've gotten to that point yet."

On whether power rushing attack distinguished itself: "I think our offensive line, both the first group and the second group, really did a good job executing. They came out, and we talked about before the game started, about the physicality that we wanted to be able to bring. They did that. I'm excited about that. I'm excited for them and think they're going to continue to gel and continue to get better."



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