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"We have talent. There's no doubt that we have talent," he said. "We've got Pro Bowlers on all three phases of the ball. What we're lacking right now is that killer instinct, that finishing ability.
"We're not getting outplayed," York added. "I think we are getting out-intensitied. I don't think that's a word, but I'm going to use it anyway. That's what we need, and that's what Mike Singletary is going to bring. I think you feel it, I assume you feel it. You feel his presence when he's up here speaking. That's what he brings to the organization. That's what he's going to bring out of the players"
That intensity is what elevated Singletary past offensive coordinator Mike Martz, who took the Rams to the Super Bowl during his tenure as their head coach. While Martz, San Francisco's sixth coordinator in six seasons, is busy each week with the 49ers' game plan, McCloughan believes Singletary can more easily assume the head coach's supervisory role while concentrating on motivation.
That's an area Singletary knows intimately. After his final NFL season in 1992, Singletary dabbled as a motivational speaker and an author while raising seven children with his wife, Kim. After he caught the coaching bug a decade later, he landed a job on Brian Billick's staff in Baltimore alongside Nolan, and the two quickly became friends.
The 49ers also fired offensive line coach George Warhop, one of Nolan's original assistants. San Francisco's line has yielded a league-high 29 sacks this season.
Jason Tarver will take over many of Singletary's duties as the 49ers' linebackers coach. Singletary has been praised for his work with Patrick Willis, the NFL's defensive rookie of the year last season.
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