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Keenan McCardell
Wide Receiver

Keenan McCardell

A Pro-Bowl wide receiver who was drafted in 1991 out of UNLV.

Old School Works

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I think Mike Singletary can coach today's players effectively. Call it old school, but day one he let his team know where they stand. Vernon Davis was testing him, like a child who puts his hand in the fire. Momma said it was hot but you still reach in there anyway. Singletary was laying down the law.

He's saying it's more about the team then about anyone else. He was trying to express that we are in this thing together and the reason we're not winning now is because we're going in too many different directions. If Vernon Davis sees himself as a leader of the San Francisco 49ers, and he could be, then he can either start acting like a leader or hit the showers.

As a coach you can't get mad all the time, but it shows how passionate Singletary is and players can respect that. He wanted to make a point and that's what you have to do with a young team. Coach Coughlin was the same way, he would get up in your face. Marty Schottenheimer was tough too. But even with a more relaxed coach, like John Gruden, the message is the same: Be a professional, come to work, do what you're supposed to do, or stay home.

As far as Singletary not being able to connect with young players or make it as a coach I disagree. People like to say that great players make poor coaches because they expect too much from their players. That's wrong. If you're the best you expect the best from those around you. Great players can be never settle for second best and that's what will drive Mike Singletary to be the best coach in the League.

Can the new breed of player deal with that? Under Mike they can either deal with it or he'll find players who will, it's that simple. What they need to learn is that you can make more money by winning a championship than by saying "me me!" all the time. Once you do the right things on the field, you'll get yours off it. Playing is about being unselfish, and what you sacrifice for the team will ultimately pay you back more.

By Keenan McCardell  |  October 28, 2008; 9:50 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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