Originally posted by TheG0RE49er:
Wow...So much Singletary bashing and it it really is unwarranted. Nolan/Erickson have been much worse for the 49ers.
It's pretty funny, I remember when Singletary tried to instill this run first - play physical on both sides of the ball - and protect the football - type of philosophy ,and most just scoffed at it (doesn't Harbaugh have a similar philosophy?). Yes, Singletary wasn't that football savvy on offense like Jim is, but when it comes to "how to win games" and even their personality, they aren't that different.
Singletary deserves credit from turning this team around, especially when it came to helping players grow up, mature, and play the game with tenacity. This was a very young team when Singletary took over and he had a lot to do with creating this physical beast we have. Remember the "Big Tickle"? We were a joke under Nolan, and especially Erickson. At least Singletary got this team ready for battle and gave it a tough mindset.
Agree with most of this, Singletary is part of the reason this team is where it's at right now. I think he is still a bad coach but he's better than Nolan and Erickson, Erickson being the worst.
I remember when Erickson was asked on his way to the locker room at halftime down by a touchdown or 2 why he didn't try to score when they had the ball before haftime with time on the clock, he said "I didn't want to turn the ball over". After having coaches like Walsh and Seifert, I knew the 9ers were in trouble.
Nolan was much more competent than Erickson but he's second worst in this list. It's his fault Alex Smith and the offense was so terrible. He had no confidence in any of his players and routinely ran "trick" plays that weren't gonna get the team anywhere, instead of realizing he need to work with what he had and teach players from the ground up how to play basic NFL football 1st.
Singletary came in and reversed what Nolan was doing. Everyone on offense and defense lined up in the positions they were supposed and got back to playing basic football and the team was better for it. It didn't translate to wins but aside from QB, players started developing at their positions. Because of this I believed like others did that he could be a good couch.
There were other good things he did. His 1st full season he wanted to run a smash mouth style but that wasn't winning games and the players asked him to switch to a shotgun style that Alex was used to. He did and they won a few games. That flexibility also had me thinking we had a good coach, we just didn't have enough good players on offense yet, but maybe he figured out how to use Alex Smith and next year 9ers would be better.
His second season is where he went wrong. They drafted a couple of offensive lineman and for some reason he believed that was enough to run the smashmouth football he wanted to. The problem is, this time, he chose not to accept the teams limitations and adjust when it wasn't working. He totally mishandled his QB, the same way Nolan had done. He helped Vernon Davis because he understood him and knew what VD needed to hear. He did not understand Alex Smith or the QB position. QB's do not will themselves wins. They bear most of the responsibility for the offense's success but they are the most dependant. Good coaches understand this and do things to help their QB be successful. Singletary tried to handle it the same way he handled VD and it didn't work because Alex already had taken responsiblitity and was doing the best he could, so it just put more pressure on him and made things worse.
Singletary had other things he did right and wrong. But I think if he figures out what he did wrong in SF, and maybe get some experience as a coordinator, he could be a good coach. He's just too green right now.
[ Edited by dchrie on Jun 12, 2012 at 12:03 PM ]