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Dan Reeves
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Dan Reeves

Coached in 7 Super Bowls with the Cowboys, Broncos and Falcons.

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First of all, I think players respond to coaches being themselves. They're not going to respond to a phony and they're not going to respond to coaches not being themselves. Players are going to respond to someone who's trying to teach them and help them and make them the best possible player. To me, that was Mike Singletary being himself. That's who he is.

Now, whether that will work for Mike in this situation, we'll have to see. We'll have to see whether he can turn that into a winning situation out there. But in order to have a successful team, the first thing you have to have is a team. That's what he's trying to accomplish. He's got to do it his way, like Frank Sinatra said. That's what he's doing.

I think at the core, players are basically the same as they've always been. One difference is that the fear factor has been taken away. There's no fear of losing your job anymore. I don't think it affects every player, but it only takes a few to really affect your football team. But for the most part, players still want to win. They still want someone to help them do things the right way and be the most successful player they can be.

By Dan Reeves  |  October 28, 2008; 8:55 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Different approaches work with different players. If they give Singletary time to move the guys who don't want to play for him on and bring in guys who respond to his style, I think he'll be successful. In the short term, if SF has enough guys who care about winning and are willing to be team guys, then he'll succeed and some new players will emerge. If they have a team load of prima donnas, they won't respond and he'll fail. This is more of a character test for the SF team than for Singletary.

Posted by: Charlie | October 28, 2008 1:59 PM

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