Podcast: Mike Singletary on Cards, etc.

San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary offers thoughts on rookie hazing, quarterback Alex Smith, the Arizona Cardinals without Kurt Warner and the possibility of an 18-game regular season during his visit Tuesday with ESPN's Colin Cowherd.

Singletary sounds increasingly comfortable handling media responsibilities as a head coach. That has come from experience. It's also easier during the offseason, when everyone is a little more relaxed.

Cowherd: Was there a sigh of relief when Kurt Warner retired -- a little sigh, maybe, Mike?

Singletary: Not at all. Not at all. It's not that I'm sitting here saying that I don't respect his talent. He is a tremendous talent. But I think, when I look at the Arizona Cardinals, they are a heckuva football team. Ken Whisenhunt and his staff have done an outstanding job. But I don't sit back and spend time thinking about the Arizona Cardinals or anybody else, as a matter of fact. I think it's so important for us to focus on the 49ers and the areas in which we need to get better to compete -- not just against the Arizona Cardinals, but against anybody -- and make sure that we are prepare to go toe-to-toe and hold or own, if not take it to the next level against anyone we play. That is our focus during the offseason going into this season.