Originally posted by Oakland-Niner:
I think an argument can be made that he doesn't have a choice. The reality is he has left us with no viable back up plan. Putting in Carr or T.Smith is nothing more than a complete shot it the dark. So with a guy like Smith, it's better to boost him up and give him confidance than it is to talk tough. Plus, on the remote chance he can turn it around, when it is time to resign Smith would be the kind of guy that would remember loyalty. In short, there is nothing to gain by empty threats.
I disagree. Although putting in Carr or T.Smith may not pay dividends, it shows that Singletary DOES care about winning and is trying to make the necessary changes to achieve that. Clearly, Alex has struggled in the past 4 games for the most part, and Singletary has basically excused all his mistakes by saying that he has no plans to replace him.
As a coach, the least he could do is tell everyone that Alex is on the hotseat. We get that he wants to give Smith every chance in the world to succeed, but to come out and make blatant comments that he supports Alex 100% and has no plan on replacing him tells me (and every other fan) that Sing is content with Alex's play and thinks it's everyone else's fault.
I have no problem with this, actually. He did the same with Raye, and front management forced him to fire the guy. He'll do the same with Smith, and his fate will be sealed. This is the beginning of the end for this god awful coaching regime and Alex Smith.