Reality Check: Let Singletary Go at End of Season
After watching the 49ers over their last six games, it’s obvious Singletary is in over his head. Over those six games the 49ers have lost five of them. Hate to say it but Singletary should be with this team for only eight more games. At the end of this season, the Yorks should buy out his contract, give him some water and say thanks for your motivation and leave it at that.
The 49ers went into the season preaching Physicality with an ‘F’ and after watching every game this season it’s more Phailure with an ‘F.’
I honestly believe we were all fooled into thinking that this team under Singletary could be good, who could blame us. Last season Singletary took over a 2-5 team and got them to 7-9. We all drank the Kool-Aid. If we only knew now what we didn’t know then, I’m sure most of us would have hoped the Niner brass held off on announcing Singletary as Head Savior so quickly, when not shortly after coaches like Mike Shanahan, Mike Holmgren and even John Gruden became available.
Yesterday’s lose to the Titans was Mike’s 16th game as Head Coach and with that loss his overall record landed him at 8-8. I know most Niner fans are thinking 8-8 is great, but seriously, are we now at the point where 8-8 is acceptable? Have we got to the point where we as fans are so sick of horrid records that anything close to .500 is exciting. At one point we could accept the bad records as not having the right tools in place, but if you look at this team there are some very good players on this roster and I have to say the coaches are not utilizing those players right. Let’s take yesterday for example. Jason Hill, who had no catches going into the game, finished the day with four catches and two touchdowns. The only reason he got in was because Isaac Bruce got a little banged up on one play. It was obvious after week two that Isaac Bruce was no longer starting material and it took the Head Coach 8 weeks to figure that out.
From Week One the 49ers put the team on the back of Shaun Hill, another player who fooled us into thinking he was good. It was actually Mike Martz who fooled us, because as you could see of Hill under Jimmy Raye he couldn’t do crap.
Spare me the 3-1 to start the season, the defense, Frank Gore and special teams won those three games. All Hill had to do was not turn the ball over.
Now, not all the blame goes to Singletary, Scot McCloughan gets a lot of it as well. It is him that is responsible for drafting the players and one area he has failed at is the offensive line. Which is a big issue, because heading into the season Singletary and Co. wanted to pound the ball and punch people in the face. Newsflash, you can only do that if you have the offensive line for that and that was something Singletary and Co. didn’t realize. Marvel Smith, Tony Pashos, Adam Snyder, Barry Sims, David Baas, Chilo Rachel. All that is is a revolving door of crap. It’s sad when I long for the days of Jonas Jennings and Kwame Harris.
So when they let Mike go they need to take a long hard look at McCloughan as well. McCloughan has been here just as long as anyone and not a lot to show for it, minus Willis, Davis and Gore.
The one part of this team that Singletary is 100% accountable for is that of offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye. Raye was Singletary’s choice, he was the one who believed Raye would be the man to help punch people in the face, after eight weeks it’s more of a light slap.
We all know what will happen though. The team will finish either 7-9 or 8-8, they will not make the playoffs. No changes will be made, well maybe a new OC will be brought in. But aside from that after this season we as fans will be promised the same thing we have been since Nolan. Team is heading in right direction, we have the players needed to execute, we want winners, blah, blah, blah. Then we’ll get to see the likes of Shanahan, Holmgren and Gruden head to other bad teams and watch them turn those teams around while we sit and continue to watch this team in all its mediocrity.