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Singletary wasn't ready

Posted on: December 27, 2010 12:19 am
 

Mike Singletary had the perfect temperament to be a middle linebacker.

It cost him as a head coach.


He was just too volatile and too unprepared.  In the end, that helped cost him his job. As word made its way through the NFL Sunday night that Singletary was being fired, all I could think about was conversations I had with some of his former players.


They all talked about how Singletary was over his head. They said he was as unprepared as any coach they had ever played for in their lives -- including high school.


The game plans were simple. The attention to detail, lacking.

That's not unlike what you heard about Singletary's interviews with some owners. He was never impressive, according to some league sources.


I just think he was fast-tracked to the position, without paying his dues. Now we see what happens often in those situations.

Singletary strikes me more as an assistant than a head coach. In the end, he was just way too emotional.


That's good when your ramming heads with running backs. It's not good when you're trying to lead 53 men who hang on your every word.


Singletary was asked to resign by the 49ers and he was defiant in that, refusing to do so, which led to his being fired. I would have done the same thing. Why leave without a fight?


I wouldn't have expected anything less from Samurai Mike.


Too bad his emotions might have been what cut his own head off. Here’s a prediction: The 49ers will hire either Jon Gruden or Jim Harbaugh.  At least those two have head-coaching experience and their game plans are far from primitive.

Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2010 4:42 pm
 

Singletary wasn't ready

I hope the league takes notice this is one example where the Rooney Rule worked against the system. Were it not for this rule, Mike Singletary probably would not have become a head coach in the NFL, at least not while he's yet to reach that level.

You really don't know what your talking about at all. As many have pointed out to you, the Rooney rule only gets you an interview, it has nothing to do with who you hire. But on top of that Singeltary was in the 49er organization for 3 and a half years before he was promoted to interim head coach. He then led the 49ers to a 5-4 record down the stretch after a miserable start and earned the position by those results. The Rooney rule had less to do with this hiring than any other black coach that has been hired in the last 5 years. Mike wasn't ready, I agree with Prisco on that point, but his hiring had nothing to do with color.



Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2010 2:49 am
 

Singletary wasn't ready

yes i understand your point, but with the Rooney rule he had to be interviewed but he did not have to be hired.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2010 9:51 pm
 

Singletary wasn't ready

A lot of people seem to think Vick is headed to the Bay area, and he seems to be making great strides.  We will see
Michael Vick???  If so, I doubt it.   After they invested so much money in Alex Smith I'll be surprised if they invest what its gonna take to get Vick to sign a contract.  There's gonna be at least 5 or 6 teams begging for his services... that means a massive bidding war...



Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: December 28, 2010 9:31 am
 

Singletary wasn't ready

Bring on Chucky or Harbaugh, actually hire chucky as GM and Harbaugh as HC.  Perfect one 2 punch.  As a life long 49er fan, I never thought Mike was gonna make it as a HC, I regressed slightly after 8-8 on first season but still had my doubts.  I think we are going to be much better off, we have the talent but not the coaching.  We nee a steady QB and an OC that stays for more than one season.  Then look out playoffs.  A lot of people seem to think Vick is headed to the Bay area, and he seems to be making great strides.  We will see



Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: December 28, 2010 9:13 am
 

Singletary wasn't ready

@newyorkmets056: you are correct, his firing had nothing to do with his being black. But his hiring was, in my in my humble opinion.  That's what the Rooney rule comes into play (not his firing).  Prior to the 49ers job, Singletary was never a head coach at any level.  I highly doubt he'd be given the chance to head coach an NFL team without at least having been a successful coach at the collegiate level. Read my original message again if you can't figure my point out. 



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2010 2:16 am
 

Singletary wasn't ready

Prisco wasn't ready, to be a NFL analyst, because my dog knows as much football as him. He lacks common sense, and has no football knowledge. In the end, it should cost him his job



Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2010 1:10 am
 

Singletary wasn't ready

This had absolutely nothing to do with him being black.  It had to do with him being unprepared. They are not forced to hire the black guy thus the Rooney rule had no effect on this situation at all.



Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: December 28, 2010 12:20 am
 

Singletary wasn't ready

I hope the league takes notice this is one example where the Rooney Rule worked against the system. Were it not for this rule, Mike Singletary probably would not have become a head coach in the NFL, at least not while he's yet to reach that level. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2010 11:54 pm
 

Singletary wasn't ready

Please resign so we don't have to pay your salary for the next two years
Yeah right.  Like he would ever resign.... who would do that? Only a moron.. that's who.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2010 8:45 pm
 

Singletary wasn't ready

maybe singletary and blagovich should get together and do a stunt on  with the trump show !!!


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