Singletary's Notebook: Dec. 25

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On Christmas morning at his house:"It was fun. All the kids were at home opening gifts bright and early this morning. We did breakfast afterwards because I had to go. It was just a great day and a great morning."

On why the team started late today:"I wanted the players and the coaches to be able to have family time, particularly those with little kids. So, let's come in a little later and let's get a good practice in."

On who will not play Sunday besides CB Nate Clements and WR Isaac Bruce:"[K] Joe [Nedney]. Other than Joe and Nate, [RB Glen] Coffee. Coffee is not going to go."

On Coffee's injury:"It was his quad."

On whether he knows Nedney's status for the final game of the season:"No, I don't. We are just going to play it day-to-day. We will get through this week and see how it looks next week."

On the preparation this week:"It has been good. We had a couple of good days of work. It has been good."

On whether the team is motivated to finish strong:"We better be. For us, it is extremely important to finish for many different reasons. The most important reason is we want to win. Going into this game, we found out we are not going to be in the playoffs, so what do you do? Do you just fold the tent and go home or what? It is important that we finish. I know the character of these guys and they are disappointed, but at the same time they know we have an opportunity these last two games"

On whether RB Frank Gore will get all the carries Sunday:"[RB] Michael Robinson will step up and he will play more. Even [FB] Moran [Norris] will get some carries. We will see how it works out."

On whether he wants to see Gore get 1,000 rushing yards this season:"That would be nice. I'm sure Frank would like that as well, but we will figure that out later. The most important thing is that we get out there and play well enough to win the game. Let's just play our game and finish strong."

On whether there are any situations where he would not kick a field goal because of the new kicker:"It depends on how he is kicking in warm-ups. It is going to go right down to the wire for him. We just have to look at him and observe where he is at. I don't know, we will see how it goes."

On how he would feel with K Ricky Schmitt lining up a 50-yard field goal to win the game:"That would be a scenario we would love to stay away from."

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