Tag:Mike Singletary
Posted on: December 25, 2010 4:39 pm

For the gambler in you

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In celebration of Christmas (and for those of us have to work and, therefore, get by on leftover Chinese food), it’s a special edition of “For the gambler in you.” Actually, this edition is no different than any other edition. But this one happens to take place on Christmas, so there you go.

On to my favorite prop bets of the week:

Donovan McNabb - What will his role be for game 1 of the 2011 NFL regular season?

Starting QB for the Redskins 7/1

Starting QB for the Vikings 5/2

Starting QB for the Cardinals 4/1

Starting QB for the 49ers 15/2

Starting QB for any other NFL team 3/2

Backup QB for any NFL team 7/2

Not on an NFL roster 15/1

He’s going to be a starter somewhere, right? Even if it isn’t in Arizona or Minnesota, he’s going to be the No. 1 guy. You’d think so, anyway. I’m not sure it’ll be in Minnesota, so I’d go with “any other NFL team.”

Chad Ochocinco – Will he be a member of the Bengals for game 1 of the 2011 NFL regular season?

Yes -115

No -115

Nope. Same goes for Marvin Lewis and Terrell Owens.

Will Norv Turner be the coach of the Chargers for game 1 of the 2011 season if the Chargers do not make the playoffs this season?

Yes Even

No -140

I don’t see how.

If the 49ers make the playoffs will Mike Singletary be the coach of the 49ers for game 1 of the 2011 NFL regular season?

Yes -200

No +150

I don’t see how.

Will Tony Sparano be the head coach of the Dolphins for game 1 of the 2011 NFL regular season?

Yes +170
No  -250

I don’t see why not.

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Posted on: December 21, 2010 3:45 pm

Singletary won't tell who he's starting at QB

Posted by Will Brinson

All year long, the 49ers quarterback situation has remained one of the most asinine starting decisions in the NFL. Picking the best available quarterback -- Alex Smith, Troy Smith or David Carr?!?!?! -- is like picking the healthiest meal off of This Is Why You're Fat. And yet, Mike Singletary is still trying to play games, refusing to name a starting quarterback for Sunday's matchup against the Rams ... even though he already knows who it is.

But ... but ... WHY?

"Because it's something I don't want to announce right now," Singletary said via CSN Bay Area.

Oh, well in that case, I'm sure Steve Spagnuolo won't care at all, since he's not spending his week preparing his team for whoever's starting.

"In all honesty, in terms of an advantage, the only real advantage that you can have is to go there and play well," Singletary said. "All the other stuff is cat-and-mouse stuff. I just think it's important for us to prepare well and be ready to go."

See, this is why Singletary is a bad head coach. (But an EXCELLENT position coach and motivator.)

He just got paddled by the Chargers on semi-national television, his quarterback stable is full of whatever the mutt version of a horse is, and yet, at 5-9, he's still inexplicably in the division title race.

What he should be doing is quietly going about his business, picking his quarterback and getting his players ready to try and save his job. What he should not be doing is calling unnecessary attention to himself. And, yet, here we are on Tuesday and he's like a parent, taunting a young child by putting wrapped presents all over the house and constantly reminding them not to open them until Christmas day. Unfortunately for Singletary, the strategy is moot, because everyone already knows it's an ugly sweater under that wrapping paper.

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Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:36 am

Singletary contemplates ANOTHER QB change

Posted by Andy Benoit
A. Smith (US Presswire)
The 49ers are technically still in playoff contention, which means we’re obligated to pass along this story. According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, Mike Singletary considered replacing Alex Smith with Troy Smith during San Diego’s blowout of San Francisco Thursday night.

This, of course, has happened before. In fact, it’s gotten to the point where, out of self respect, we’re refusing to offer analysis. Neither Smith can play, which is why neither can hold down a starting job. ‘Nuf said.

If you want more, you can read some of the previous “49ers changing quarterbacks” stories from this season:

Alex Smith unhealthy and out

Alex Smith healthy but still out

Singletary struggling between Smith decisions

Singletary had no choice but switching Smiths

No word on who will start for the 49ers next week against the Rams. "Once again, I want to get back and look at the film," Singletary said. "It wasn't just Alex. ... I think our offensive line has to do a better job in terms of protecting him."

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Posted on: December 8, 2010 1:37 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2010 1:53 pm

Dey Took Er Jobs: It's time for Tavaris Jackson

Posted by Will Brinson

Brad Childress' departure from the Minnesota Vikings organization certainly doesn't mean that Wednesdays aren't FavreDays still -- and so it's now Leslie Frazier handling the press conference questions of reporters while every network in the world livestreams his answers regardless of what else in the world is happening.

Frazier, who's immensely more enjoyable to listen to for 20 minutes than Chilly, said that there hasn't been a decision made on whether Brett Favre will start Sunday. In fact, he said that a decision probably won't come until Sunday, as the Vikings try to figure out if No. 4 can play. He also said that Favre won't start just to keep his streak alive.

"No, I don't think we approach it that way," Frazier said. "Either he can go or he can't go. And when he goes in there, we're of the expectation that he can play for four quarters. That would be the plan. So we wouldn't go into it, get a start, get a couple reps and get out, no."

So, even though Favre hasn't thrown a ball this week and even though he can't lift his arm very far and even though the Vikings offense went ballistic on the Bills once Tavaris Jackson entered the game on Sunday, Favre still gives Minnesota the "best chance to win." Presumably.

But does he?

The upside of Tavaris is that he's extremely mobile, he has a cannon arm and he's absolutely fresh right now. The downside of Tavaris is that he's inexperienced and he frequently makes terrible, inexcusable mistakes.

This differentiates him from Favre in that, um, he's not experienced. Oh, and that he won't be publicly upset if he can't start his 299th consecutive game.

That is to say, if the Vikings were playing to win, they would start Tavaris over Favre. And, actually, if they're playing to make sure that Favre doesn't get literally killed on Sunday, they'll start Tavaris -- the Giants pass rush isn't just formidable, it's terrifying, and they're going to get their hands on the Vikings quarterback, whoever it is.

If it's someone who's mobile instead of someone who's got unbelievable genes and an Iron Man body gripping his extremities by strings -- not to mention a busted foot and/or feet and/or ankles -- they'll stand a better chance of succeeding against a scary defense.

Look, some of Tavaris' success on Sunday came from two things: having Adrian Peterson and having Sidney Rice. Because they played the Bills, Peterson was able to soften up the defense and make Jackson's job easier. And because Rice is as stud, some of the throws Jackson made went from jump-balls to big gains.

But, hey, that's not so different from Favre being under center anyway.

So, this Cardinals quarterback situation is just a total nightmare isn't it? It's terrible for the fans and it's probably worse for Ken Wisenhunt, who absolutely knows that there's nothing he can do in order to improve his team's chances of winning over the next couple of weeks -- either he starts raw rookie John Skelton, or he keeps throwing Derek Anderson to the wolves.

There's a sound argument to be made from the perspective of "Skelton CAN'T be worse than Anderson -- just play him!" But there's also a sound argument to be made for the other side, as well. Because, you know, if you start Skelton and he gets hurt or stinks the joint up, you're wasting money on Anderson on the bench and getting the same result, with the possibility of hurting Skelton's development long term.

In hindsight, the team shouldn't have been so cheap that they weren't willing to pay Marc Bulger as well (we learned recently that Whiz and the Cards wanted to go after Bulger but didn't want to wait for the Rams to release him) and, instead, ended up with two rookies backing up their de facto starter in Anderson.

The moral of the story? You should always sneak into Kurt Warner's and do your best God voice to convince him to rejoin the team regardless of how morally corrupt that is make sure you have reasonably viable options at quarterback.

The notion of a "starting running back" is a little outdated in this two-back world we live in, but it still prominently exists. Look no further than the Giants situation where Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs have flopped several times as the "starter." Jacobs, who regained the role recently, will continue to start "at this point," according to Tom Coughlin.

The bottom line is that Coughlin's going to keep going with the hot hand, he's going to pound both of these guys with his wide receiver corps banged up, and he'll use the "starter" thing as motivation for both Bradshaw and Jacobs.

And that, right there, is something that deserves a ton of praise -- Coughlin hasn't been scared to make change and motivate these guys in 2010, and that's why the Giants, instead of continually skidding after losses to Philadelphia and Dallas, are tied with the Eagles for the NFC East lead.


There's been some clamoring for Tim Tebow in Denver. After all, Josh McDaniels is gone and let's see what we've got, people! Unleash the Tebow!!! (Sorry, got excited there for a second.) This is silly.

Eric Studesville needs to win and he needs to win quickly and he needs to do it in a fashion that shows he can win next year as well (with Kyle Orton and his motley crue of wideouts), if he hopes to have a shot at the Broncos gig in 2011. It seems unlikely that he gets that job anyway, but not less likely than Tebow blossoming into a starting NFL quarterback over the next three weeks. So: upside is you have a guy who's not as good as Orton (yet). Downside: Studesville kills any chance of being a candidate in Denver and simultaneously sinks Tebow's trade value even further for next year.

Pants on Fire! (You see, because we examine hot seats)

John Fox: He's gone. His house, according to people I talked to recently, has been on the market for months. The only question is whether or not Frazier and Jason Garrett in Dallas can lose their jobs in the next three weeks to present attractive openings for a new gig.

Mike Singletary: MUnless the Niners rip off a miracle run, he's toast. And he clearly knows that. Why else would he make the flip-flopping of Troy Smith and Alex Smith "week-to-week"?

Jeff Fisher: Seems kind of crazy, but at this point, if you're Fisher, why would you stay? Your crazy old boss clearly prefers a guy like Vince Young to you (the guy who's been there, winning, for 17 years!) and walking out now, even with the Titans struggling mightily, would mean an easy opportunity to land another head coaching job.

Norv Turner: Once upon about two weeks ago, Turner might have had a shot at running the table and making an argument for COY award. Instead, the Chargers came out completely flat against Oakland, at home, as 13.5-point favorites. If the same thing happens (only with a 7.5 line) against KC, Norv better watch out.

Marvin Lewis: He's hanging out in John Fox's billiards room, obviously.

Gary Kubiak: Primetime struggles against Baltimore (at home, on Monday night) could make things awkward for Kubes. Fortunately, that Denver job's open, so he could potentially "leave" Houston for a "homecoming" and just work something out with Texans ownership where they don't fire him. (And then hire Fisher! The drama! The hatred! DO IT!)

Tony Sparano: There are so many coaches getting canned or sitting squarely on the heater that Sparano gets overlooked, but following up a blowout of Oakland with a terrible loss to Cleveland means he has to beat Buffalo and Detroit at home to close out the season at 8-8, as the Fins travel to the Jets and the Pats as well in the next four weeks. Losing one of those has the makings of a canning.

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 10:58 pm

Alex Smith returns as starter in San Francisco

Posted by Will Brinson

The "Troy Smith Experiment" in San Francisco is over (for now anyway) -- Mike Singletary is going to turn back to Alex Smith for the rest of the 49ers season as he hopes to salvage his job.

It makes sense, kind of, to do so (which he is, according to a report from the NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora), given that Singletary used Alex as his metaphorical shovel to dig the metaphorical hole that landed him in the position where he desperately needs to win out just to have a prayer of coaching again in 2011.

And even that might be optimistic -- it seems all but certain that Singletary will be gone after this year, particularly with the rumored candidates (Jon Gruden, Jim Harbaugh) that might be interested in the 49ers job.

If he's gone, though, he'll have left doing things his way, and forcing Alex Smith on the field time and time again.

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Posted on: November 24, 2010 6:28 pm

Hot Routes 11.24.10 giving thanks for football

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Will the Jets be able to re-sign both Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes after the season?

This just hasn’t been Atari Bigby’s year. After sitting out most of the season with an ankle injury, the Packers safety is now battling a bad hamstring.

The Ravens will wear their black jerseys against the Bucs, but much to the chagrin of “people with too much time and not enough on their mind”, they won’t confirm what color their pants will be.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the NFLPA this week sent out lockout warnings to leaders of communities that have NFL teams.

The Bengals signed another talented cornerback this week. (Talented, but, unfortunately, non-accomplished.)

Ndamukong Suh apologized to Cowboys running back Marion Barber for pulling his hair. Then Suh offered to trade his snack pack in exchange for Barber’s apple juice and string cheese.

Al Davis is up to his old tricks: the Raiders signed ex-Bronco Jarvis Moss this week.

Randy Moss spent Tuesday passing out turkeys to more than 70 West Virginian families.

Mike Singletary is on the hot seat in San Francisco. Eric Branch of the Press Democrat kindly points out that Singletary faces the coach-killing Packers on December 5.

LaDainian Tomlinson says Mark Sanchez is the reason he’s a Jet.

In honor of facing Tom Cable and the Raiders, Tony Sparano is holding off on a quarterback decision until Sunday.

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Posted on: November 22, 2010 11:04 am

Jogging Singletary's memory...

Posted by Andy Benoit

A somewhat embarrassing exchange took place at the 49ers postgame press conference Sunday. No need to explain it, we’ll let the transcript speak for itself (transcript courtesy of Eric Branch of the Press Democrat).

Reporter: What about the fourth-and-4 where you decided to punt from the 33. What was the ...

Singletary: What point in the game? I'm trying to ...

Reporter: Second half, you had the ball on the Tampa Bay 33, instead of going for the field goal you punted.

Singletary (mistaking it for the Niners' decision to go for it on fourth-and-3 in the fourth quarter): I think at that time we felt like we had a play that, if we could pick it up, that's why we went for it obviously.

Reporter (or someone in press room): No, Mike ... when you punted.

Singletary: That's when we punted. I've got to ... I'm trying to figure out exactly ... Fourth-and-4 and we decided to punt?

Reporter: Right. First possession of third quarter.

Singletary: I think, obviously, I guess we felt we wanted to pin them back and maybe having a new kicker the thought process was how about we just go ahead and try to pin it on the defense.

Singletary never did seem to recall exactly which situation he was being asked about. Maybe it is a sign that he’s out of touch with game management; maybe it was an honest mistake that just happened to occur during a press conference. Either way, unfortunately for the Niners, it’s just more ammo for media outlets (like this one) to question the beleaguered head coach.

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 4:45 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2010 4:55 pm

Top Ten With a Twist: Potential head coaches

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With Wade Phillips getting the pink slip last week and with much discussion about the job security of Minnesota’s Brad Childress, it’s become obvious that it’s that time of the year when fans debate the merits of firing the coach of their favorite teams. That obviously equals bad times for coaches like Marvin Lewis, John Fox, Gary Kubiak, Norv Turner, Josh McDaniels and Mike Singletary.

Since Phillips is gone and Childress might as well be gone, let’s dive into the intriguing possibilities of who will be available – some long-time assistants who hunger for their first shot at a head coaching job, some former head coaches who wouldn’t mind getting back into the business and maybe a college coach or two who want to test himself at the pro level.

Many of the following likely will get interviews after the season when the current coaches who can’t work themselves off the hot seat clean out their offices. Until then, let’s speculate on who might be available.

10. Dick LeBeau: I know, I know. He’s probably not going anywhere, and his three-season stint as the Bengals coach wasn’t so good (12-33). But LeBeau has been such an innovator on defense, I’d like to see the Steelers defensive coordinator get another shot at running a team. It’s not going to happen, because he’s 73 years old, but there would be a ton of smiling faces around the league if he got another chance.

9. Rob Ryan: We need – I mean, we NEED – another Ryan brother as a head coach in the NFL. Aside from being the most entertaining coach out there today – publically, at least – Rex Ryan has done a wonderful job turning the Jets into Super Bowl contenders. Now, Rob Ryan, the Browns defensive coordinator, needs to get his chance. With the marked improvement in Cleveland, does Ryan deserve the shot? Probably not at this point. But how awesome would it be if somebody gave him a job?

8. Mike Zimmer:
He arguably performed his best coaching job of his career last year when, despite the death of his wife and of Bengals WR Chris Henry, the defensive coordinator led Cincinnati’s defense to the No. 4 ranking in the NFL. For as long as the Bengals have tried to improve their defense, Zimmer finally was the one to make it happen. Cincinnati’s defense ranks 15th this season, but his players respect him and his coaching style. At some point, you’d think a team will take a chance on him.

7. Jon Gruden/Bill Cowher: Yes, they’ve both got lucrative analyst deals with ESPN and CBS, respectively, and both seem to do a pretty nice job (although Gruden spends a little too much time being a little too positive on his Monday Night Football gig). It’s hard to tell if Cowher is serious about getting back into coaching, but it wouldn’t be hard to believe Gruden wanting to jump at the chance (those are the whispers you hear, at least). He just seems hard-wired for the long hours, and it wouldn’t be surprising at all if he were to return. For Cowher, it’d probably have to be the perfect job. And I’m not sure that kind of job will appear in the offseason.

6. Marty Mornhinweg: The 5-27 mark he recorded while coaching the Lions is pretty difficult to swallow. But one of the biggest achievements this season made by Mornhinweg – the Eagles offensive coordinator – has been the transformation of QB Michael Vick from a playmaker with brilliant talents to a complete quarterback that’s nearly unstoppable with his legs and his arm. The Eagles rank second in points scored and third in yards per game, and much of that is a credit to Mornhinweg.

5. Cam Cameron: It’s a testament to Cameron that the Ravens, previously known as a strong defense that couldn’t score points, are now known as a high-powered offense that has a more difficult time stopping opponents. Cameron has weapons (QB Joe Flacco, RB Ray Rice, a plethora of receivers), and he knows how to use them. It might not happen for a few more years, but Cameron deserves another chance (if a prospective owner can overlook the 1-15 season he had while running the Dolphins).

4. Perry Fewell: He had a taste of head coaching last season after the Bills fired Dick Jauron and made Fewell the interim. He led Buffalo to a 3-4 record – looking back on it, it was almost miraculous – but he and the rest of the coaching staff were fired anyway. Now, he’s the Giants defensive coordinator , and not surprisingly, they’re the No. 1 defense in the NFL in yards allowed.

3. John Fox:
He doesn’t have much longer in his current role, as the head coach in Carolina, and despite the team’s putridicity (?) this season, he remains a well-respected figure in the league. Why, you ask? Well, he led the Panthers to Super Bowl XXXVIII, two seasons after a George Seifert-led Panthers squad went 1-15. Overall, he’s 72-65 as the coach in Carolina, and you can be sure Fox will have a job somewhere in the NFL. And quite possibly as a head coach.

2. Jim Harbaugh: If the Stanford head coach still wants an NFL job, he will have an excellent shot to get one. The brother of Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, Jim – a 14-year NFL QB who made the Pro Bowl in 1995 – has done wonders in Palo Alto. The previous two coaches before Harbaugh went a combined 16-40, and in the past two seasons, the Cardinal has gone a combined 17-6. He already interviewed for the Jets job that Rex Ryan eventually won two years ago, and it seems like it’s only a matter of time before he beats out somebody else for a head coaching position.

1. Leslie Frazier: How long will it take before Frazier – perhaps the most respected assistant coach in the league - finally lands the head coaching position he so obviously wants? Well, considering his office is just down the hallway from Childress’, it would make sense for Minnesota to hire its current defensive coordinator when it fires Childress. For a defense that hadn’t been good in more than a decade before Frazier took over, he’s transformed the unit and made himself indispensible. No doubt about it, he should be a head coach.

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