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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

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2010 4:12 pm

Singletary wasn't ready

Singletary was asked to resign by the 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 always laugh when I see a line like that --"Please resign so we don't have to pay your salary for the next two years".  Who in their right mind would agree to such a thing, especially when there is no guarantee Singletary gets another job next year, especially if there is a lockout.  Nope, make them fire you and then you can decide, sit back-take a year off and collect your money or take another job and forego the balance of your last contract. Unless there is a pretty cash big buyout amount, why take your former employer off the hook for paying you?

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2010 3:57 pm

Singletary wasn't ready

Norv Turner? That is a joke right?
it wouldnt surprise me because of how he was offensive coordinator with the 49ers, i cant see Harbaugh going here, but there are other canadiates i think are going to be looked at.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2010 3:56 pm

Singletary wasn't ready

They're the 1's who made a bad investment with Alex Smith.

Hindsight is awesome isn't it? No, Alex Smith wasn't anybody's fault... not one bit.  Alex Smith was projected by almost every analyst and every scout, writer and reject alike to be drafted right where he was drafted.  Did he end up failing? Absolutely.  But that doesn't mean it was a bad selection... at that time it was the right selection.  And as for what they paid him, it was market value at that time and the price has gone up since. Hopefully if they play next season they'll be a rookie salary cap in place.. but once again that's not the York's fault or the coaches fault or the gm's fault....

If you want to complain that after they selected Alex Smith and gave him 3 or 4 years to do something they kept him on the team, drafted Troy Smith late and didn't go after another qb in the draft or free agency then that's an argument you can make... but to say they made a mistake drafting him is wrong because 9 out of 10 teams would have made that mistake at that time.  At worsehe would have gone 3rd or 4th or 5th overall... either way somebody was getting screwed..... it's the risk you take in the draft and the reason a rookie cap is desperately needed.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2010 3:48 pm

Singletary wasn't ready

Make him your linebackers coach in a 4-3 and you instantly have a top 5 unit even if they're a bunch of journeymen.  Through sheer grit and intensity he'll make them better. 

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2010 3:37 pm

Singletary wasn't ready

100% true..could be a good position coach

Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2010 3:15 pm

Singletary wasn't ready

Norv Turner? That is a joke right? You see the record with the talent assembled in S.D.? There is a reason he is likely to be fired. You know he was with the niners before? Great coordinater but the Peter Pinciple is clearly in play. As for Harbaugh. He has done an amazing job at Stanford. College is not the NFL. Very few college coaches make the transition to the NFL. Obviously there are exceptions but they are that, "exceptions to the rule". Far more failures then success's.

This is a great franchise that deserves a rennaisance. I have been listening to KNBR and am hearing Steve Young. Two words " Matt Millen". Pay the appropriate compensation and give the proper amount of control to the right people. A team of GM, head coach, and assistants is the answer. There is a wealth of great assistants available right now. How about Kubiak as Offensive Coordinator. Highly inlikely he is a head coach next year.

The talent is not what some would say. A overall is necessary but in 3 years niners can be a force in the playoffs. 3 years not months. Patience and planning wins championships.     

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2010 3:14 pm

Singletary wasn't ready

Singletary started Troy Smith against the Rams.  After the first series he should have realized that was a mistake but he left him in there for almost the entire first half to get mauled.  Not that Alex Smith is much better but if he starts and plays the whole game the result could be different.  I also questioned the logic in kicking a field goal on a 4th and 1 towards the end of the game.  GO FOR IT SINGLETARY, that's the kind of play call that inspires your team.  Maybe if they had gone for it they would have gotten a touchdown and the special teams wouldn't have let the ensuing kickoff be returned for 80 yards.  Singletary was a major part of the problem, you can't blame all of it on the QB's.  Harbaugh will not coach SF and neither will Gruden.  I think Harbaugh either stays in Stanford or goes where Luck goes in the draft (Carolina maybe?) and Gruden wants to go somewhere he has a chance to win right away.

Since: Jun 7, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2010 2:05 pm

Singletary wasn't ready


Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2010 2:00 pm

Singletary wasn't ready

Carlos Santana? Dude take a breath. It's not like it's fantasy!

Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2010 1:37 pm

Singletary wasn't ready

It wasn't Mike Singletary's fault that the 49ers had another bad season. If the York's want to blame anybody they should blame themselves! They're the 1's who made a bad investment with Alex Smith. I don't see how anyone can blame the the coach. Alex Smith is the 1 who caused the 49ers to have a bad season if you ask me. It was a blessing when he got injured. I was ready to see what Troy Smith could do. He's faster & his arm is better. I think that if he would have played the whole season we would've had a better record, but @ the same time, I don't think that he has what it takes to be a starting QB in the NFL.
You could add Santana & Randy Moss to the 49ers depth chart and it still wouldn't make a difference. Especially, when you don't have a  QB that can get the ball to them. Take Payton Manning from the colts. Take Tom Brady from the patriots. I bet you they wouldn't make the playoffs. I guess, that would be the coach's fault also...
Mike Singletary is not the reason that the 49ers had a bad season! Blame Alex Smith & Troy Smith!

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