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Niners willing to play game of risk with Singletary -- in the short term

After firing coach Mike Nolan, the 49ers are asking relatively inexperienced Mike Singletary to spark their sagging franchise, writes John Clayton.

Originally Published: October 20, 2008
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

It's hard to call any interim coaching move in the NFL a good one because so few succeed, but let's at least say the 49ers' promotion of assistant head coach Mike Singletary to interim head coach is an interesting move.

Singletary is known for his leadership. As a middle linebacker for the Chicago Bears, he was known for his intensity and anticipation. Television cameras focused on his eyes. NFL Films has hours of great footage of Singletary peering into an opponent's ...

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