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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: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2010 7:49 pm
 

Singletary wasn't ready

I hope too see Singletary hired as a DC in the NFC West.  I would love to see him coordinate defenses that owned SF for decades!!!



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2010 7:37 pm
 

Singletary wasn't ready

With or without a QB to finish last in the NFC West earns you the phrase "Step into my office because your PHUCKINGPHIRED!!



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2010 7:11 pm
 

Singletary wasn't ready

As a Bears fan I was sorry to see Mike Singletary get fired.
I loved him as a player as he help us win the 1985 Superbowl.
I remember when the Bears hired Lovey Smith alot of fans in Chicago were calling for Singletary to come back as head coach of the Bears. The way things have turned out especially this year with the Bears going 11 and 4 so far and winning the division not to mention Lovey taking us to the superbowl a few years ago I have to think that the Bears made the correct choice.
 



Since: Feb 20, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2010 5:52 pm
 

Singletary wasn't ready




Since: Apr 14, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2010 5:41 pm
 

Singletary wasn't ready

to Serrano, we would have ruined Rodgers too.  Your welcome for having him, and thank you for being good to him even with the Favre Fiasco.  I hope Aaron has a long and successful career.  49er fan showing respect to the hated Titletown



Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2010 5:18 pm
 

Singletary wasn't ready

'Also as a Bay Area resident I have seen how another Bay Area sports team hired a successful Stanford coach only to fire him/let him go a few seasons later. For those who do not know or remember I'm talking about the Golden State Warriors hiring Mike Montgomery...'

Didn't the Niners previously hire a former Stanford head coach to lead them? I thought that worked out about as well as could be expected.



Since: Oct 24, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2010 5:18 pm
 

Singletary wasn't ready

I remember how it felt to show up for a final when I'd basically blown off classes, reading, or preparing in any way, shape or form. But Singletary never seemed to feel the clusterf@@k that took place Sunday after Sunday was in any way a comment on his abilities as a head coach. Mike seemed to feel it was up to his coordinators to be prepared, while he made the big bucks and walked the sidelines looking cool. While real head coaches are often seen with play charts or photos rushed down to the sideline for their analysis, Singletary always looked like he was overseeing some pop-warner game as a volunteer. And I think the only halftime adjustment he ever made was a change of shirt.




Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2010 4:40 pm
 

Singletary wasn't ready

While I would like to see Jim Harbaugh be the 49ers' next head coach some have written why he might pass it up. The 49ers are in disarray and would Harbaugh want to deal with it. Also as a Bay Area resident I have seen how another Bay Area sports team hired a successful Stanford coach only to fire him/let him go a few seasons later. For those who do not know or remember I'm talking about the Golden State Warriors hiring Mike Montgomery who was coaching the Stanford Men's basketball team. Montgomery had trouble dealing with Baron "The Diva" Davis and was eventually fired by the clueless owner at the time - Chris Cohan.  Thus far, the Yorks seem to be clueless as well. Jed has said "money is no object!"...but would the best candidate want to coach the 49ers. As we have learned recently regarding Cliff Lee...money isn't everything. Well it isn't unless you are a client of Scott Boras. In that case, money is the only thing.
Hiring Jim Harbaugh could be a problem in that he has not coached professionals as a head coach. Though, I'm sure he would eventually do a good job. Gruden might be a good hire if he has more control. He did great with the Raiders when given the chance. But I still think Bill Cowher or Tony Dungy would be great hires. Dungy has a calm demeanor and conducted himself with class. Mike Singletary did not exhude class. I was a big fan of his in his playing days. But as a head coach he has even made Mike Nolan seem like a capable head coach which is something that boggles the mind.
I have read that Trent Baalke will be considered for the GM job. I say no no no! If they are going to hire some sabermetric wunderkind than get Billy Beane. He has proven that he can build a good A's team using unconventional method. Just don't don't let him keep trading away young talent every year. I am only kidding about hiring Billy Beane to run the 49ers. To be successful in the NFL you need men with a conventional football background...not just 30 something guy who knows how to run complex algorithms on a computer.
If the 49ers hire Jim Harbaugh then Pete Carroll will be really mad/upset. After all, one of the reasons he left USC was to avoid losing to Jim Harbaugh almost every year.





Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2010 4:40 pm
 

Singletary wasn't ready

It's not good when you're trying to lead 53 men who hang on your every word.

Give me an effing break. Hang on every word? I played football from 4th grade and into division III in fooball (Wabash Wally's baby). It was about my sophomore year of highschool that I started to lose respect for the coach and play for myself, my team mates, and other reasons (scholarship, poon, recognition). That respect or drive to play for or gain approval from the coach declined more each year. The guys you play with and within is where the real drive comes from. Most guys can strategize, especially after a hall of fame career in the NFL. I don't think the lack of good locker room chemistry and of talent at important skill positions (QB and CB) is what killed Singletary's job. That, and the fact that most of the guys in the NFL don't really associate him with respect from his glory days of 1985 (most weren't born or were toddlers) and he has that highschool coach mentality which will never work when coaching millionaires that make more than you do. That is why I think guys that have fit very comfortably in their defined role as gameplanner, strategist, and player strength developer like Belicheck, Gruden, Payton, and Reid are so consistent and successful. They don't try to play the enforcer, disciplinarian, or drill sargeant role like....well, a highschool coach. With the right players in a different era and years to mold them, that attitude or style worked, but not anymore. And I think Mike found out the hard way.  



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2010 4:15 pm
 

Singletary wasn't ready

Had the 49ers just drafted Rodgers, Singeltary would of been just fine right now winning games with Rodgers but hey thanks 49ers front office for letting us get him. Cool


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