Posted by Andy Benoit
A somewhat embarrassing exchange took place at the 49ers postgame press conference Sunday. No need to explain it, we’ll let the transcript speak for itself (transcript courtesy of Eric Branch of the Press Democrat).
Reporter: What about the fourth-and-4 where you decided to punt from the 33. What was the ...
Singletary: What point in the game? I'm trying to ...
Reporter: Second half, you had the ball on the Tampa Bay 33, instead of going for the field goal you punted.
Singletary (mistaking it for the Niners' decision to go for it on fourth-and-3 in the fourth quarter): I think at that time we felt like we had a play that, if we could pick it up, that's why we went for it obviously.
Reporter (or someone in press room): No, Mike ... when you punted.
Singletary: That's when we punted. I've got to ... I'm trying to figure out exactly ... Fourth-and-4 and we decided to punt?
Reporter: Right. First possession of third quarter.
Singletary: I think, obviously, I guess we felt we wanted to pin them back and maybe having a new kicker the thought process was how about we just go ahead and try to pin it on the defense.
Singletary never did seem to recall exactly which situation he was being asked about. Maybe it is a sign that he’s out of touch with game management; maybe it was an honest mistake that just happened to occur during a press conference. Either way, unfortunately for the Niners, it’s just more ammo for media outlets (like this one) to question the beleaguered head coach.
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