Getting to know Singletary, final parts

Those who enjoyed the first and second parts of Lowell Cohn's interview with 49ers coach Mike Singletary will want to check out the third and fourth parts.

Part one excerpt: "I had a cousin named Reginald. Reginald would just bully me around all the time and if he thought something was funny he thought I should laugh, too. Of course, I did. Anything Reggie said was going to go. And one day for some reason I just got tired of it and just turned around and latched onto him before I knew it. I was maybe nine or 10, just started putting him in one of those headlocks and squeezing as hard as I could and kind of scared to let him go for what he might do (Singletary laughs heartily at the memory). But I wasn't going to let go. And he started crying, begged me to let go, and when I did let go he looked at me like I was crazy and just took off. From that point on I felt, 'I can do this. I can take care of myself.' That was a good turning point.

Part two excerpt: "I don't think anybody's a good man. That's why I believe what I believe. I know myself well enough to know that I'm only as good as the next stupid thing that I do. No, I don't think I'm a good man because of what I'm capable of doing without Christ, without God, without prayer. That's why I read my Word every day and I pray and it reminds me of what I am without Him, what I was without Him. I understand myself very well and I know I have a strong need for a savior. Not that that's a crutch, not that it makes me a wimp, not that it's something to hide behind -- 'the devil made me do it', that kind of thing. It is simply the truth as I was taught as a kid and as I came to have a relationship with God on my own."

Part three excerpt: "That (conversion) experience I had led me to an opportunity to change my life. The first thing was to go to my father and forgive my dad because up until that time I really hated him. That was the first thing I needed to do. The second thing I needed to do was go to my wife and apologize and tell her who I was when we were dating. There were other girls I was seeing she didn't know anything about. So I needed to go to her and tell her about those experiences and to clean the slate so that I would no longer have to be a hypocrite."

Part four excerpt: " 'How' is a great thing to know. 'Why' is the ultimate. I'm the 'why' coach. Why are we doing this? Why are we not doing that? Why is this not working? Those are the things I want to know. I feel that a great coach is one that has a vision, sets a plan in place, has the right people in place to execute that plan and then accepts the responsibility if that plan is not carried out.

The fourth part includes interesting thoughts from Singletary on how he handles a coaching staff vs. how former 49ers coach Bill Walsh handled a staff.

The way Singletary treats people appears to be a strength. Players respect him and respond to him. Ultimately, head coaches must prove they have the answers when things go wrong, and that they can manage situations competently during games. We should know more on those fronts a year from now.