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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.

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Since: Oct 6, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2010 1:30 pm
 

Singletary wasn't ready

Singletary is out and soon Alex Smith will be out when his contract expires... I don't want to make excuses for Alex Smith with the inconsistent OC coordinator and him playing to conservative by using check down plays... but the truth is Alex Smith is not a Franchise QB and the 49ers need a Franchise QB. Sam Bradford was a great pick up for the Rams and he looks like a franchise QB for them. This upcoming draft, many teams will be looking for a QB and hopefully the 49ers are in a great position to pick up a potential franchise QB. To me, a Franchise QB is one who can create plays in the pocket and calls audibles, a QB that can come back in the 4th Quarter under 2 minutes and win the game, a QB who can convert at least 80% of their 3rd downs, a QB that can score 90% in the red zone, and a QB that isn't afraid to throw the ball to play makers and make big plays...that to me, is a Franchise QB.

As for the head coaching job... York needs to restructure the front office and hire a general manager that is well known in the NFL in order to get an all around head coach like Jon Gruden or Jim Harbaugh...these two head coaches would be a great fit in San Francisco and Jon Gruden has ties with San Fancisco, so it only makes sense for him to coach the 49ers...However, if we don't get these two head coaches, I just hope and pray we get a headcoach that knows the x's and o's of the game.

There are other issues that needs to be resolve in the 49ers organization such as the depleted secondary, an offensive coordinator that needs to open up the play book to the playmakers, a solid pass rusher would be nice as well, and a leader in the locker room that doesn't make promises but motivates the players by their action...The 49ers do have lots of talented players in this organization and pro bowl caliber players at that... but for a whole team to succeed they need a Franchise QB and an Offensive minded head coach that can call critcal plays in critcal minutes of the game. There is always room for improvement, let's improve now. Go 49ers!!! Stay Faithful!!!




Since: Aug 26, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2010 1:01 pm
 

Singletary wasn't ready

My God, I could have written this elementry article.  I no doubt agree with what he said, but do you really think Prisco talked to any former players or NFL executives in the 10 hours since his firing?  Does anyone know who you even are outside of Sportsline?  Tool.



Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2010 12:58 pm
 

Singletary wasn't ready

I agree, the Yorks are pathetic. It's clear that Mike Singletary was not the problem. The problem was the QB's. Alex Smith is horrible & Troy Smith isn't much better! But I think that he is better!



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2010 12:55 pm
 

Singletary wasn't ready

Honestly, i can NOT see the 49ers getting Jim Harbaugh or Jon Gruden, i think the look at them, but miss out on both. i think Jim Harbaugh either stays at Stanford (with Luck) and if he does go pro, it wouldnt shock me if the team he goes to is Carolina (again with Luck), as for who coaches them, i think Brian Schottenheimer will be heard too, but i think they guys they could go after is either Norv Turner (if he gets fired) or Ron Rivera (if Turner stays).



Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2010 11:50 am
 

Singletary wasn't ready

the problem was qb but the bigger problem was disicipline!! they were leading 4 games early in the season and blew all 4 games in the last minute or two of the game!! penalities were coming as much as jerry rice td's... they were the most penalized team at one point in the season... which now probably still in the top two... that is again disicipline! penalities killing drives penalities killing defensive stops... to me that was the reason we lost most of our games not as much as the qb position... alex managed the game didnt have to be a superstar!! at least four of his 10 ints were because of tips or receivers running the wrong routes!  troy smith isnt nfl ready... when you say after the game "i know the defense before the game but during the game they change it and im confused" not a good statement for an nfl qb! do we need a qb yes but not as much as a new coach that will hold players accountable and put some disicpline in the defense and penalty factor!!



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2010 9:23 am
 

Singletary wasn't ready

Great to hear Pete Prisco chime in yet again and pile on.  Too bad CBS Sports doesn't cut away it's own dead weight more often.  I've found his articles on many an occasion to be uninspired, even more often unedited or unproofed.  When will CBS Sports do what everyone sees as necessary?



Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2010 9:20 am
 

Singletary wasn't ready

Good points, Pete!

The other articles bemoan the fact the Singletary wasn't a DC, etc.  But that's not what you absolutely need, otherwise Special Teams then Defensive Backs coach John Harbaugh wouldn't be going to his third playoffs in three years as the Ravens head coach.

You, as a player, need to go into the game believing that your coaches way works.

That comes from things like the coach saying confidently at practices: "Here's what we're not doing. Here's what's going to fix it."

Route running games in football.  Extra fumble practice.  "Climbing the ladder" instructions to your Softball Pitcher.   The Olympic Development Committee's "Up-In-Down-Squeeze, Top-of-the-ring, Check-the-knees, T, Bring-it-back, Snap-A, Punch" for your O'Brien-Shift shotputters, etc.

Then, even if its a matter of luck that it worked in the next game, the players gain confidence in the coach. It works in all sports because it helps the players focus in practice and in games.

Little things mean a lot. I once had cross country runners put on the "Breathe-Right" nasal strips Jerry Rice was making famous and told them it would take up to half a minute off their times. I didn't tell them the course was a little shorter than normal. They thought I was a genius but, by the time they qualified for the state championship they didn't need them anymore: they had bought into the program and that resulted in the hard work needed to excel.

When I hear that a coach is unprepared like the players have said about Singletary, I know that they're not buying into his program and, as one of my coaches advised me when I became a high school coach, "50% of the art of coaching is knowing there's more than one way to train but convincing your players that your way works."



Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2010 8:46 am
 

Singletary wasn't ready

WITH ALL THE TALK ABOUT "SINGLETARY WASN'T READY", I BEG TO DIFFER.  THE DRAFT LAST YEAR WAS ON POINT AND ADDRESSED KEY NEEDS.  MOST DRAFT RATERS GAVE THE 49ERS AN "A" FOR THE DRAFT.  SINGLETARY HELPED MAKE SURE THE EVALUATIONS AND DRAFT PRIORITIES WERE CLEAR... SPEED AND TOUGHNESS.     WITH ALL THE TALENT ON THE FIELD FOR THE 49ERS SUCH AS RB GORE, LINEMAN DAVIS, TE DAVIS, WR CRABTREE, LB WILLIS, RB WESTBROOK THERE WAS ALWAYS ONE GLARING WEAKNESS WHEN THEY PLAYED...QUARTERBACK.  NO ONE CAN SAY THE SMITH BROTHERS WOULD EXACTLY STRIKE ANY FEAR IN OTHER TEAMS ESPECIALLY LATE IN GAMES.  SINGLETARY INITIALLY PLACED THE BLAME ON THE OC BUT LATER REALIZED THE TRUE PROBLEM WAS THE QB POSITION. HASN'T SHANAHAN-A PROVEN COACH-POINTED THE FINGER DIRECTLY AT MCNABB IN WASHINGTON.  SHANAHAN ALSO NEEDS A QB. NEITHER SHANAHAN NOR SINGLETARY ARE NECESSARILY STYLISH WHEN BLASTING THE QB, BUT THEY ARE RIGHT ABOUT THEIR FINAL EVALUATIONS.   WOULD U AGREE THAT IF BRADFORD OR STAFFORD WERE ON THE 49ERS, THEN WE WOULD BE SPEAKING OF A 9-6 OR 10-5 49ER TEAM.  FOR CONFIRMATION, TAKE THE NEXT COACH....WHOEVER IT IS...HIS FIRST PRIORITY WILL BE TO DRAFT A QB....PERIOD.   TEAM IS OTHERWISE READY TO GO.  SINGLETARY WAS THE RIGHT CHOICE.   49ERS KNEW WHAT THEY WERE GETTING WHEN THEY HIRED HIM, A NO NONSENSE, BULL HEADED, EMOTIONAL WINNER.  



Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2010 8:24 am
 

Singletary wasn't ready

See ? Wink



Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2010 8:22 am
 

Singletary wasn't ready

Uh,i`d check my own spelling before i started throwing stones about grammar.You must be standing in a HUGE pile of glass tight now.That used to be your house


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