Originally posted by fropwns:Originally posted by dj43:
I'm not sure if Singletary has "lost" the team or not but he has certainly lost the offense.
At this point in their careers, players, even rookies, are capable of recognizing when the coaches are bringing in new things or game plans that allow players to be in position to make plays. It is clear from the comments the last two weeks that the players are questioning whether or not the coaches are helping.
From Singletary we hear that the main problem is the offensive line, and that certainly appears to be a portion of it. However, as I look at both the play DESIGNS and the play SELECTION, I see no scheme or plan that shows any forethought. I have seen D-2 HIGH SCHOOL teams with more creative game plans than the 49ers. I just do not believe that this entire line is not capable of better play than we have seen. There is so much that eludes a superficial vision of what is wrong with the team, and most of it relates to OL play. The current play selection demands each player win a one-on-one battle each play instead of schemes where they take advantage of traps and misdirection and angles. Until this changes, Gore will not be able to run. Martz, the alleged pass crazed maniac, had a much better running game than Sing/Raye and it was because he set up plays in sequences that allowed the offense to fool the defense.
What we are seeing with Singletary is the classic problem that virtually ALL former star players have when they attempt to coach or manage the game. Because of their own superior athletic ability and ability to focus, they achieve incredible levels of success. Singletary didn't need a scheme in order to succeed. He had an incredible work ethic that combined with athletic ability and instinct for the game, that he could just WILL himself to overcome the opponent. As a result, he is now drawing on his own experience to try to direct this team, and it isn't working. Bill Russell had the same problem with basketball, Pete Rose in baseball, etc., all have had the same problem - they just don't realize how critical schemes are in allowing the "average" player the opportunity to utilize what they do well.
I like Singletary as a person and a motivator but these final games will tell whether he has the ability to understand the average player well enough to be a successful coach. Raye, is not THE problem, he is a PART of the problem. The problem is that Singletary MUST recognize you cannot WILL a team to victory. You must scheme, plan, deceive, misdirect, balance, blend, etc., etc., etc.
The SPREAD per se, is not the answer. Even though the spread has been more successful, even there the routes are overly simplistic and the runs are so predictable any HS player can read them. Until the staff recognizes the importance of fooling the opponent instead of just "imposing your will' (over-powering) on them, this offense will contineu to fail.
The defensive issues are related to an offense with no direction. Sunday the DBs played so far off the receivers it took a $20 taxi ride to get in the same zip code with them...but that is another thread with the same conclusion- the current version of Mike Singletary is not going to be a .500 team.
You have just restored my faith in Ninertalk.