Originally posted by Ninerfan81:
As a Coach you need to find "different" ways to motivate different people. Not everyone can response the way Vernon did. Vernon needed the "kick in the ass" from Singletary. However Alex needed someone to rebuild his confidence and his failure to see that (ie: public sideline arguments) was the beginning of the end for him as a head coach!"
Smith needed someone smarter than him in football intellectually to teach him how to play qb smartly and consistently. It was not so much physical or emotional need with Smith. Other than the shoulder injuries, he has all the tools and talent physically to play the position. He needed the intellectual side. There was no one there worth a salt to give him that after Norv left.