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Singletary's Notebook: Dec. 23




On K Joe Nedney:
"Joe Nedney, the MRI revealed that he had a little bit of fluid. It was more than we expected, so he's going to be down this week, and we're just going to take it day-to-day from there. [K] Ricky Schmitt will be the guy that we bring on and see how it goes this week. We'll evaluate that as we go forward."

On Schmitt being here two years ago:

On whether Schmitt has a powerful leg:
"Yes. It's just a matter of controlling it, yes."

On whether it was a priority to bring in a left-footed kicker:
"Lefty, righty – just as long as it goes through the deal, I'm good. I really don't care."

On what the focus is going into this week's game:
"Finish. With everything that we have, finish. That's the most important thing, and not so much the two weeks, but this week. Let's go out, Detroit, when we look at Detroit, Detroit is a blue collar team. They're playing hard and trying to make the most of what they're doing. I think here, for us, once again, it really isn't about Detroit, it's about us. It's our last home game. We want to make a good showing. So, we're going to go out and we're going to finish the football season at home."

On whether the team is under pressure playing a team that the 49ers are expected to beat:
"It's like this: Expectations to me, I don't know about everybody else, I expect to win every game that we play. Obviously, it hasn't happened that way, but there's no pressure on us. The thought process, the reason you play football, is to win games. So, if we're thinking, 'Wow, we've got to win.' What the heck is that? We're in the wrong place. We're in the wrong business if that's our thought process."

On whether there is any thought to playing some of the young players like C Cody Wallace:
"Cody will be up this week. I want to get a chance, hopefully the game allows an opportunity to see him a series or so, depending on the game will dictate that. But, I really do want to get a chance to see him and if he can do it or if he can't."

On whether Wallace will play center or guard:

On whether LB Scott McKillop or DT Ricky Jean-Francois will get playing time in the last two games:
"It's not likely."

On whether there are any other young players who he wants to see specifically:
"I think right now, Cody is the main focus when I think of the younger guys. He really knows, he knows what he's doing. He knows the system. It's just a matter of having the opportunity. I want to get a chance to see if – really, hopefully the game dictates that where we can get him in there and get a chance to see it."

On whether CB Nate Clements will back off as the season ends:
"No, Nate will come out here and work a little bit, maybe some individual or something like that. We're not going to get him back, try and get him back out here – no. We'll just continue to stay on the plan that we're on, let some of the younger guys that are getting a chance to play play it out."

On whether WR Isaac Bruce is shut down for the year:
"Yes sir."

On whether there is any thought to dressing him for the final game at St. Louis:
"I think it's like this: When I think about Isaac Bruce, maybe some other people might want to see it, but I think Isaac knows who he is and he knows a final hurrah and all that stuff, I don't think it's that big to him. I think he's done his damage. He's done a great job. He's a great pro and a future Hall of Famer. We're just fortunate enough to have him in the capacity that we do, continuing to build into our young guys. That means the world to us."

On the importance of a winning record:
"It's very important. We always have to set goals. Week-in-week out, it's always important to have some direction in terms of where you're trying to go and what you're trying to achieve. For our team, to finish 8-8 would be good for us. It's something to build on and go from there. It is important, very important."

On whether QB Nate Davis will play in the final two games:

On why he won't get in:
"That would be because it would be different if [QB] Alex Smith was a proven veteran player, got everything under control. I want Alex to get all the playing time he can get. I want to see every drop of everything that he has, and I think it's very important for us and for him just to get – he hasn't played for a year-and-a-half before he had a chance to get back in there. Every situation that he can possibly be in, I want him to learn every lesson that he can possibly learn. So, that's where that stands."

On whether QB Nate Davis has practiced:
"He gets an opportunity from time to time against the first-team group. But, he'll have to wait for this offseason and kind of go from there."

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