Singletary dropped pants at halftime to make point to 49ers

Updated: October 30, 2008, 11:19 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

This story has been corrected. Read below

San Francisco 49ers interim coach Mike Singletary wanted to get a point across during his first halftime speech Sunday.

I used my pants to illustrate that we were getting our tails whipped on Sunday and how humiliating that should feel for all of us. I needed to do something to dramatize my point; there were other ways I could have done it but I think this got the message across.

-- Mike Singletary

His team was down 20-3 and he wanted to illustrate how badly they were playing.

So, a 49ers spokesman confirmed, Singletary dropped his pants. The coach was wearing boxers.

The motivational tool was first reported by Arizona radio station XTRA's Mike Jurecki and The (Santa Rosa, Calif.) Press-Democrat.

"He was just dramatizing how embarrassing it was," 49ers director of public relations Aaron Salkin told The Press Democrat.

NFC East blog

DeAngelo Hall is a free agent at the end of the season, but the Redskins have him for now, Matt Mosley writes. Blog

• Blogs: NFC East | NFL

According to Salkin, Singletary told the team at halftime: "We're getting our tails whipped out there, now let's get back out there."

Singletary, whose team has a bye week, issued a statement: "I used my pants to illustrate that we were getting our tails whipped on Sunday and how humiliating that should feel for all of us. I needed to do something to dramatize my point; there were other ways I could have done it but I think this got the message across. I am excited about having the team back at practice on Monday so we can get back to work."

Senior NFL writer John Clayton contributed to this story.

In an Oct. 30 story on ESPN.com, the author of a story about San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary was incorrect. The story was complied from various reports. Portions should have been attributed to the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat.

ALSO SEE