Singletary vows 49ers will improve; Bly apologizes

Niners coach Mike Singletary didn’t have an apology 24 hours after a 45-10 home loss to the Falcons. Dre Bly, on the other hand, did.

Singletary began his weekly press conference Monday by taking blame for the loss, saying the preparation by him and his coaching staff was “not great”. But instead of issuing an apology to 49ers fans, Singletary vowed the team will improve.

“I’m not going to apologize to the fans again,” Singletary said. “The thing I will say is this: This team will be a special team. This year will be a special year. It’s unfortunate as to what happened yesterday. As a staff, we did not do a good job preparing for a team in a bye week. But, going forward, we will. We will come back. We will get better. We will be a team for our fans to be proud of.”

Bly briefly took Singletary’s podium spot, issuing an apology for the Deion Sanders-esque pose that he struck during an interception return and his postgame comments on the play.  Falcons WR Roddy White forced a fumble during the return in which Bly brought his right hand up to his helmet and carried the ball loosely in his left, reminiscent of Sanders’ return celebrations. The Falcons recovered the loose ball.

During his postgame explanation, Bly refused to admit that he did anything wrong. But after reviewing the play overnight, Bly changed his mind and went to Singletary to apologize. Bly then did the same publicly.

“I want to come to you all [and] publicly apologize for yesterday,” Bly said. “My comments were totally, totally inappropriate. I apologized to coach. I’m not a selfish guy. I didn’t mean to embarrass him if I did, embarrass my team, embarrass the ownership, embarrass the fans. I’m a prideful guy. I like to have fun. It was totally inappropriate. I got caught up in the moment, and it was wrong.”

For the full video version of the press conference, visit the 49ers’ official Web site.

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