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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: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2010 7:59 am

Singletary wasn't ready

Yes. The guy who wrote the negative comments on the CBS writers wasn't perfect grammatically. And yes, the person who acknowledged his errors was correct in saying that the wroters on CBS ar really not that bad. And, who cares if they ever played the sports themselves. That said, I would have to agree with "negative" writer in that I highly doubt any of these CBS writers truly break any news. Thy do seem like the bottom of the barrel writers. The seem like the low minor leagues of sports writing. They are not bad - they probably write better than i would - but they are not quality writers either. Far from it from what I see and read. I just think CBS doesn't care. CBS has a huge and loyal following because of their fantasy sports. That is where the money is. They pay these guys peanuts compared to real sports writers and they throw the occasional mediocre article up on the site. That's it. I'm fine with it. I check my scores and read other web sites.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2010 5:37 am

Singletary wasn't ready

49ers and Cowboys suck.  I love it.  Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of fans.  Cheers losers!Tongue out

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2010 2:47 am

Singletary wasn't ready

word about town is that Richard Dent and William Perry are interviewing for the job, if Leslie Frazier stays in Minny...

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2010 1:45 am

Singletary wasn't ready

49ers have no shot at Gruden. He won't touch that job when he can wear those tight slacks in the MNF booth and make Tirico giggle like a school girl and wait out another job. Harbaugh maybe but if he's as smart as he seems to be he'll stay away from the Yorks, too. There's a reason Singletary kept the job after the interim tag and lasted this long. They Yorks are pathetic. 

Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2010 1:37 am

Singletary wasn't ready

Not that I disagree with you entirely about many (or all) of the CBS Sports columnists having played professional sports, but you are sandbagging a leading television network and sports outlet. I think that a lot of these articles are opinion based which means that what they write are in fact, their opinion. That said, it's easy for people like you to bash them when you think you're right and they're wrong even though there is no such thing as a wrong opinion. I know sometimes these things are complicated to understand/comprehend but it happens. Also, if you actually READ the articles that are written you will quickly realize that most of these guys do know what they're talking about. Just because you don't understand it doesn't mean the rest of the world can't either. Lastly, before you compare your 10 year old son to a sports columnist, make sure that your comments don't make you look like you're your 10 year old son by being grammatically incorrect in almost every way possible. In case you missed elementary school English class, if you were throwing a vase off the top of the Empire State building it would BREAK, not BRAKE, when it hits the ground

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2010 1:27 am

Singletary wasn't ready

I always thought it was strange how he was interviewing for a few years and he never got any of the head coaching jobs even with his success as an assistant.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2010 1:01 am

Singletary wasn't ready

Who is the person responsible for choosing to go into battle this season with Alex Smith, David Carr, and Troy Smith as your assembly of quarterbacks?

Largely Singletary.  The 49ers GM situation at the moment is...murky.  Scot McCloughan quit/got the boot (depending on who you ask) shortly before the draft, and the decisions were made by some weird conglomerate of coaching and head office people.  The closest the team has to a GM (and arguably the guy to point the finger at, if anyone) is the VP of player personnel, Trent Baalke.  But, Singletary had a hell of a lot of input (taking two o-linemen in the first round just reeks of his philosophy of "punch in mouth first, ask questions later.")

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2010 12:53 am

Singletary wasn't ready

Whether any of us outsiders believe Mike Singletary was ready or not for a head coaching job in the NFL is irrelevant.  While I don't think he was ready, I also believe he's not the only one to blame and shouldn't be the only one to go without catching some grief.

Who is the person responsible for choosing to go into battle this season with Alex Smith, David Carr, and Troy Smith as your assembly of quarterbacks?  Sure, Singletary worked them out in the offseason and training camps but did he have any input to possibly drafting other QBs or getting rid of those that couldn't do the job?  Granted Smith has played for half a dozen different offensive coordinators and hasn't had much stability in the direct coaching department.  But at the same time he's had trouble taking the job from guys like Shaun Hill, J.T. O'Sullivan, and Troy Smith-- not exactly junior Joe Montanas in waiting.  While many of us are willing to blow out Singletary because of poor preparation and questionable leadership and stability, let's remember the QB position may be the most important one in pro sports and having a poor QB makes it extremely difficult to succeed.

Let the speculation begin here and now.  Lead dog in the race to become the next head coach of the San Francisco 49ers... Jim Harbaugh.  Also, let the speculation begin that they attempt to trade into the number one draft spot if Andrew Luck declares.  I know this isn't much of a stretch, but I wanted to get it on the record just for the hell of it.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2010 12:52 am

Singletary wasn't ready

The 49ers job isn't a bad job.  This team is a quarterback and some non-braindead playcalling away from being decent.  Most of the other parts are there (some areas certainly could use improvements (secondary), but there's a lot of talent:  Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree, Patrick Willis, etc.)

I think the next HC will be Harbaugh.  Honestly, Michigan as it is now is a deathtrap: any coach going there is in for BAD TIMES until all of Rich Rod's players are purged.  Gruden's going to Cleveland.

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2010 12:46 am

Singletary wasn't ready

I could very well be wrong here, but, I think Gruden and Harbaugh are each too smart to take the 49ers job.  Here's a prediction: Gruden stays in the booth...Harbaugh to Michigan.

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