• By Sydney Mayhew
    Jan 7, 2010 at 11:20 AM 0 comments
    The end has come for the 2009 San Francisco 49ers as they defeated the worst team in the NFL being their rivals in the St. Louis Rams and paid tribute to a receiving icon in Isaac Bruce by allowing him to suit up for the game and play a series inside the Edward Jones Dome where he had spent the majority of his career. The St. Louis Rams returned the tribute back by nailing down our offense to the very point of being admitted to the intensive care unit as they were held to a miserable net gain of 52 total yards in the entire first half of play. Never have I witnessed such an exasperating and boring ho-hum drum of a game in my lifetime as the offense under Alex Smith spit and sputtered to a point where speculation reign supreme that this is and was the very reason we were...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Dec 22, 2009 at 11:44 AM 0 comments
    For the seventh straight year the San Francisco 49ers will polish up those golf clubs and participate in after the season activities rather then the postseason in which they were declared earlier in the season to be a part of once again under new head coach Mike Singletary. In a blizzard of epic proportions that hit the entire East Coast earlier the 49ers went on the road to Philadelphia only to play a lackluster effort in which they were eliminated from the playoffs after being soundly defeated 27-13. Four turnovers in the first half, three of which were interceptions by hand of Alex Smith helped Arizona clinch the NFC Western Division and sent us on a long plane ride back home. Despite the excruciating loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in which we had even more time to be...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Dec 16, 2009 at 5:17 PM 0 comments
    It was the loudest I've ever heard Candlestick Park become all season long when the division leading Arizona Cardinals came to perch here last Monday night in front of a nation wondering whether this would be the swan song for the 2009 San Francisco 49ers and the ultimate clinching of the coveted NFC Western Division. Having been beaten by the savvy Seattle Seahawks earlier the 49ers looked to be a team hanging their cleats up and breaking out the golf clubs for the post-season. What happened right in front of the hometown fans in San Francisco was a team that had just experienced an old fashioned church revival in which every player had bought into the concept of never say never and hold on to the faith that got them thus far. Mike Singletary and his entire coaching...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Dec 9, 2009 at 11:14 AM 3 comments
    Last Sunday, in the chilly Seattle air, the 49ers' playoff hopes were dashed by Matt Hasselback and the Seahawks. Despite Mike Singletary's preaching all year long, the entire 49er team seemed to draw a blank once they stepped onto the field. This inconvenient amnesia has led to the seventh straight season without a playoff appearance. One would think that playing against a talented team like the Seahawks, and against a former coach in Jim Mora Jr., the team would have enough incentive to take this game seriously. Add to that the fact that this game was a "must win" in order to keep their playoff dreams alive. With these pressures, how did the game strategy change so much from the last meeting? In their previous game in San Francisco, Frank Gore had an...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Dec 2, 2009 at 5:50 AM 1 comment
    Sometimes one of the most difficult lessons you learn in life is how to actively listen to someone else. This is especially true with families. Mike Singletary's second family is the San Francisco 49ers. He wants this team to be successful and a winner in the NFL. Together with offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye, Singletary listened to a group of offensive players give their perspective on why the offense is endlessly stuck in neutral. Many companies have an open door policy so employees can voice grievances or suggestions to management without feeling intimidated. Several offensive players (including Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker, Alex Smith and Michael Crabtree) presented a case to their coach to rejuvenate their inconsistent offense. Singletary and Raye seemed to...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Nov 25, 2009 at 9:12 AM 0 comments
    Seven straight losing seasons are here to ring in the new holidays for all the 49er faithful. Yet again the 2009 San Francisco 49ers under new head coach Mike Singletary have failed to deliver a victory after knowing that every fabric and fiber of their being to make the playoffs was at stake here in Lambeau Field in Green Bay Wisconsin. Familiar centerpiece 2005 NFL draft choice quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed over by the 49ers for Alex Smith proved without any question in every collective brain that is a 49er fan that 49er ownership and management muffed on selecting the right man at the right time. I'm sorry to report to all of you that Alex Smith out of the University of Utah and an Urban Meyer disciple is not the answer for us at quarterback and really never was....
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Nov 15, 2009 at 10:24 AM 0 comments
    San Francisco 49er premier tight end and captain Vernon Davis issued a statement earlier in the short week in preparation for the Chicago Bears stating: "I think we can destroy their front." Further noting that he saw nothing spectacular about their front line other than left defensive end Adewale Ogunleye whom he believed to be playing well as if putting the entire Chicago Bear defense on notice that we would rein supreme; if anything he encouraged them to be more resilient. In warming up just before the game to be aired on NFL Network television Chicago Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye confronted Vernon Davis on the field in a shouting match defending the notion that it would be Vernon who would eat those remarks. Before being hauled away by his center and...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Nov 10, 2009 at 6:55 PM 0 comments
    It was talked about at meetings and on the practice fields in Santa Clara: "Don't take the Tennessee Titans lightly," as this is a better team than people think they are. That statement proved true after being defeated at home (34-27) and dropping two games behind the resurging Arizona Cardinals in our not so hotly contested division. Dropping four consecutive games in a row has been more then just a speed bump in the road, Mike Singletary. It is becoming a roadblock to the playoffs that cannot be hurdled due to the stagnant offense and Alex Smith's inability to properly read NFL defenses and lack of of timing and rhythm in throwing the football. Alex Smith on the positive side has encouraged the Mike Singletary and Jimmy Raye era of conservatism to evaporate a little...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Nov 3, 2009 at 4:52 PM 0 comments
    It was once again Alex Smith's team that took the field inside Lucas Oil Stadium home of Peyton Manning's undefeated Indianapolis Colts. The first round 2005 NFL draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers had not been a starting quarterback since 2007 because of the injury bug and intensified training camp competition. His commitment to right all his wrongs as the 49ers coveted first round draft choice were tested in Houston when he received the call and resurrected himself to play against the Colts in staring down one of the most prolific playoff teams in the NFL. Forecasted as the long-shot underdog in this game the San Francisco 49ers under Mike Singletary came into this game with a well conceived detailed game plan to wreck havoc with Peyton Manning's supreme...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Oct 27, 2009 at 5:56 PM 0 comments
    The division now stands as anyone's for the taking with the 2009 San Francisco 49ers under Mike Singletary losing to the Houston Texans last Sunday inside Reliant Stadium 24-21 and landing at (3-3) on the season which resonates with an offense stuck in neutral yet again under its fifth straight offensive coordinator in Jimmy Raye. Throw in a sudden dash of yet another quarterback in the injury maligned Alex Smith who was called in to help resuscitate a dying offense and you have a melting pot of potential despair. Coming off a restful bye week after suffering a staggering loss to the Atlanta Falcons, the consensus was for the players to comeback eager and willing to avenge the terrible loss that had shaken all of them to their very core. The Houston Texans had a...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Oct 14, 2009 at 7:23 PM 0 comments
    The 2009 (3-1) San Francisco 49ers were eager to test their armor against the playoff caliber Atlanta Falcons coming off a bye week fully rested and motivated to meet one of the stingiest defenses in the NFL over the past four weeks. What they thought was going to be a slugfest of a fight turned out to be a game full of great fortune and meticulous offensive execution that throttled our defensive unit on the field and in conjunction with that their defense shutdown Glen Coffee and made us one-dimensional. Up and until this game there was little reason to be concerned. After drumming St. Louis 35-0 and establishing ourselves as the undisputed leader of the NFL's weak-link NFC Western Division. One would be somewhat confident in the thought we can hang with this team as we...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Oct 5, 2009 at 7:04 PM 0 comments
    No one could ultimately predict what the 2009 San Francisco 49ers would do after suffering a star-studded shocking defeat in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the hands of "old-grey beard," himself in Brett Favre 27-24 with but mere seconds remaining on the game clock. But from the visiting locker room to the plane ride back home and back into practice sessions, the message that was echoed throughout was not to dwell and mutter, but to move forward and play a full sixty minutes worth of football. And did they do that back in Candlestick against the visiting St. Louis Rams? You bet they did in a 35-0 shutout of a team that is struggling to find a new identity from the Mike Martz era. The St. Louis Rams actually looked better then what the statistics will show on paper in...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Sep 29, 2009 at 5:13 PM 0 comments
    Everything seemed so surreal that once again Mike Singletary's 2009 San Francisco 49ers were about to close the door on the monstrosity we know the Minnesota Vikings are inside the Metrodome at Minneapolis. The 49er defense took the field with just 1:29 left to play in regulation leading the Vikings 24-20 after a miserable offensive drive that went three and out with three straight running plays by 49er Glen Coffee against one of the stoutest defensive lines in the league that had held us to 58 total rushing yards. Instead of playing to secure a first down on third and six from the Minnesota 49-yard line, Singletary and offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye played the conservative black card again and simply ran Coffee into a wall of utter purple humanity. Once again the 49er...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Sep 22, 2009 at 5:12 PM 0 comments
    It was unmistakable as former San Francisco 49er owner Eddie DeBartolo walked alongside his family members inside Candlestick Park with the multitudes of cheering die-hard fans shouting "Eddie, Eddie!" The ceremony to honor him as the 49ers inaugural inductee into the San Francisco's Hall of Fame was everything it was imagined to be. Former legendary San Francisco 49er All-Pro icon Jerry Rice spoke of Eddie on a stage set-up at midfield as a plaque was unveiled honoring Eddie as the 49er's first inductee into the Eddie DeBartolo Sr. Hall of Fame. Everyone that was of meaning to Eddie was there at the ceremony including Hall of Famers Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott, Dwight Clark, Roger Craig, Eric Davis and Steve Young. Young presented a video tribute that was played on the...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Sep 15, 2009 at 5:08 PM 0 comments
    The anticipation was overwhelming for me as I waited for this opening game against the Arizona Cardinals inside the University of Phoenix mega-dome in Glendale, Arizona. The 2009 San Francisco 49ers stared into the face of the National Football Conference Champion Arizona Cardinals and never blinked from any sort of fear. Mike Singletary had instilled a mindset that was clearly showcased on this late afternoon inside this arena overflowing with hostile Cardinal fans. Although one of the most unconventional victories ever obtained, it was a victory that elevated the persona of every 49er athlete to a higher level once the dust had settled with the 49ers defeating the mega-offensive juggernaut in Kurt Warner's Arizona Cardinals 20-16. This victory was an honest sign of the...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Sep 10, 2009 at 4:46 PM 0 comments
    The 2009 San Francisco 49ers ended their pre-season against the San Diego Chargers in Qualcomm Stadium last Friday evening by losing 26-7 and ending with a (3-1) record that left them almost in electric shock offensively as Shaun Hill looked mediocre at best and the passing game remains in a state of limbo. The last pre-season game is a game where you see the youngest of talent going head to head and toe to toe to define their individual standings as contributors to professional football. Most of these young athletes are auditioning for possible roster spots with other professional teams that may be interested in their services should the talent they have falter. When the final cuts came down there was as always some surprises but nothing rather shocking. There...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Sep 1, 2009 at 5:44 PM 2 comments
    In Arlington, Texas against America's beloved Dallas Cowboys, the 2009 San Francisco 49ers edged out a victory of 20-13 thanks to the second half heroics of the second team's athletes. The team executed well orchestrated drives under former Ball State quarterback Nate Davis and the eyes and legs of Purdue's premier running back in Kory Sheets. Unfortunatly, Shaun Hill's strained back did appear to play a role in this game despite a promising practice session prior to the start of this contest. The recently anointed starting quarterback struggled against the Cowboys, completing just 9 of 17 passes for 79 yards and a 65.6% quarterback rating. Hill threw the ball high on several occasions and threw it short to a wide-open Isaac Bruce as well. It was not the...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Aug 26, 2009 at 7:05 PM 0 comments
    It was supposed to be after Week #3 in this pre-season fight between top rated draft pick Alex Smith and eight-year un-drafted veteran Shaun Hill that Mike Singletary would unveil the top-secret starting quarterback for the 2009 San Francisco 49ers. Just after the Battle of the Bay was but smoke on the horizon with the Oakland Raiders leaving Candlestick being defeated 21-20, the mind of reason began contemplating his next sequential move. If there is anything about Mike Singletary, one has to give credit to his stoic and deliberate approach to everything. No rock is left unturned when it comes to focusing on specifics and details as far as the science of football is concerned or just life in general. Mike will look, analyze and evaluate everything from start to finish and...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Aug 20, 2009 at 12:17 PM 1 comment
    Training camp at the Santa Clara headquarters complex has been a like a book of revelation to the veteran players courtesy of Mike Singletary and a house of pain for the rookies. Certainly when one sits back and analyzes the intricacies of camp under Mike you'll know that he is one for execution and a stickler for details. No one can ever dispute the intensity that Mike brings to the forefront of every practice session. His body language via the forehead, eyes and hand gestures speak volumes about the inner drive he has to raise the bar starting with this training camp and the four pre-season games he must make some really tough decisions. The tempo in the classroom and out on the practice field is extraordinary to say the least. Mike can be seen strutting out on to the...
  • By Sydney Mayhew
    Jul 24, 2009 at 6:43 PM 0 comments
    With the conclusion of organized team activities at Santa Clara, the San Francisco 49ers, now coached by Mike Singletary, are enthusiastic about enjoying their time off right before official training camp convenes. The tempo and mindset of the mini-camps and team activities illustrates that every player on the unofficial roster know that the hard work is still yet to come. Several areas of speculation have created heated competition that has pitted veteran against new and inspiring talent. What seems evident to Mike though is that a playoff gene is now alive in each player, actively cultivated to explode in training camp. Can the San Francisco 49ers end the long six-year drought that has cost them a post-season playoff berth year after year? Mike Singletary has gone on record...
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