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Singletary prefers tape study to Combine workouts

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    49ers head coach Mike Singletary

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By Keith Schleiden

INDIANAPOLIS — Mike Singletary is old school. Hard knocks. Real football played by real men. And he believes that when it comes to scouting prospects, it ought to be done the way it was done when he was entering the league. Back then there was more of an emphasis on judging a player based on what he did on the field in games, not so much on what he did in a workout without pads.

That's what he said Thursday morning while speaking to a throng of reporters inside Lucas Oil Stadium during the opening stages of the 2010 Scouting Combine.

"I think the Combine is really one of those things that is more for the fans, to me," Singletary said. "When we sit down as coaches, when I sit down, I'm looking at the film. I think a huge part of what this is all about is being able to look and say this guy is 6-10, and he's all these other things, he can run like the wind. But when you put on that film and he's not hitting people, he's not getting it done. Then I got to look some place else. You just have to make sure you don't lose sight of what you saw on the film. When I was coming out, I think it was more on the film."

 

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