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49ers "State of the Franchise" News & Notes

The 49ers held their annual "State of the Franchise" dinner at the Santa Clara Convention Center last night and as expected, Head Coach Mike Singletary was the star of the show, receiving a standing ovation from the gathered season ticket holders before uttering a single word. As is his custom, Singletary didn't tiptoe his way through his speech and had everyone fired up by the time he finished.

Perhaps the biggest bombshell the coach delivered was his statement that, in his opinion, the 49ers are "as talented as any team out there." It doesn't exactly sound like someone who will be satisfied to merely make the playoffs, does it? According to Singletary, the biggest obstacle on the road to getting the team where it wants to go is consistent play from the guys up front. "We have to have...

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