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Monday, December 8, 2008
Around the NFC West: Singletary's team

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle quotes 49ers players as saying they want Mike Singletary to return as head coach.

Also from Crumpacker: Frank Gore limped out of the locker room on an injured ankle, unsure if he would be able to play against the Dolphins in Week 15.

Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle says Shaun Hill outplayed Brett Favre. The Jets' longest drive covered nine plays. The 49ers had four drives of nine plays or longer.

Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle says Singletary has done enough to win the job for 2009.

Chrissy Mauck of 49ers.com explains why the 49ers opened the Jets game with an onside kick. The Jets were ready, recovering near midfield.

Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider says a respected head coach (Singletary) helped the 49ers overcome a talent deficiency in beating the Jets.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says the 49ers made a statement in holding the Jets to 182 yards and beating a division leader.

Also from Maiocco: The 49ers' victory restored hope to the franchise even as the team was officially eliminated from playoff contention.

More from Maiocco: Joe Staley scores one touchdown and negates another with a holding penalty, while Eric Heitmann holds up just fine against the Jets' Kris Jenkins.

Lowell Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says Singletary has done enough to win the job for next season.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers played keep-away against the Jets.

Also from Barrows: The 49ers fumbled five times but lost only one of them. Staley's recovery in the end zone made fumbling profitable.

More from Barrows: The 49ers showed resiliency when they overcame a third-quarter interception that led to a Jets touchdown.

Marcos Breton of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers shouldn't rush into a decision on Singletary. They need to make the smart decision, not the emotional one.

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News quotes Gore as being "day-to-day" after suffering the ankle injury.

Ann Killion of the San Jose Mercury News says Hill downplayed his matchup against Brett Favre until after the game. Hill was 14 years old when Favre was making his first playoff run.

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News quotes Gore as saying Singletary will be back as head coach in 2009.