What was the relationship like between 49ers assistants and Mike Singletary, especially after he restricted access to them?
That was more of an issue in 2009. Everybody had a different opinion. Some didn't care, certainly. Others did not like it -- thought that it showed that Singletary had no trust in them. There's no doubt in my mind that that's a reason Singletary had difficulty keeping secrets among the coaching staff. The 49ers allowed media to talk to assistant coaches last season, as long as interviews were requested in advance.
A chance Eric Heitmann returns next season? Why get rid of a quality linemen on a struggling O-line?
I suppose there's a chance, but I don't think the likelihood is strong. He's due a $300,000 bonus in the offseason, and I can't see the team paying that. He went on IR with a neck problem. The 49ers' first priority is to re-sign David Baas.
Matt, What was said behind the scenes by players/coaches about our former coach after he was fired. I read what people said like Vernon, But do you know what they really feel?
I was speaking with an assistant coach the other day. I said, "Boy, I don't know how bad it was on the inside, but from the outside, it didn't look very good." His response, "You don't know the half of it. Someday I'll tell you some stories."
Matt, what's your best guess as to what happens with the following FAs: Franklin, Goldson, Lawson, Baas, Spikes
Goldson will re-sign as an RFA. The 49ers re-sign Baas and Spikes. They keep Franklin with the franchise tag, and Lawson walks.
[ Edited by Joecool on Jan 13, 2011 at 21:08:38 ]