Originally posted by CorvaNinerFan:
He's got a year of head coaching under his belt now...I haven't seen the growth in his ability to mange the team. Do you really think smash-mouth football should be this team's identity? Seriously? See, the problem is, that's all Singletary knows. He's a fire and brimstone kind of leader...and while that does raise spirits and enthusiasm, it's a poor substitute for knowing the ins and outs of running an NFL team. He hired Jimmy Raye...who just doesn't seem to get it..."it" being what it takes to have a successful offense in today's NFL. I like Singletary...but he's getting whipped on the sideline every week...how long is that acceptable? He doesn't understand today's offenses...how long is that acceptable? I like many of his attributes...I simply don't think they're enough to succeed as an NFL head coach.
The team just seems divided right now. Singletary wants to be physical, run it at will, play great defense, win those close games, etc. This team isn't that. The players and fans see it. Now the coaches need to see it. Staying in close games when you can't pick up inches and can't stop the run when it matters most isn't a good recipe. We'll just end up losing a bunch of close games, which we have this season.
This is the 49ers. When have we EVER been a power running team? We have the weapons to outscore any team in the league, yet we choose to play passive. Look at the Packers. They were up 20-3 with 2 minutes left in the 1st half and were calling timeouts to get the ball back. That's the difference between winning teams and losing teams. This is what we need. I think deep down inside, Singletary would much rather prefer to be a power running team, and I think that's the problem (got rid of Martz). If you're going to be a passing team, then you might as well bring in guys who know how to pass (Turner or Shanahan). I don't see much of a future with Singletary and Raye. This feels like trying to convert Mike Tyson into a ballerina. It isn't going to happen.
I wouldn't mind Singletary as the HC, as long as he brings in an OC who knows what the hell he's doing.
For the first time, I'm not even going to listen to what he has to say today, because I stopped caring. He's turning into a Mariucci-Nolan hybrid. They say all the right things and seem extremely confident, but when it matters most, they're weak and passive. We need strong and aggressive. We're being out-coached in every single game. I feel bad for the players. I feel bad for us as fans having to endure this.
All I can say is that if we don't start using the spread in the 1st half against Jacksonville, I'm going to be calling for some heads.
[ Edited by B650 on Nov 23, 2009 at 2:33 AM ]