Singletary is So Done…Jed Speaks

Not long after the 49ers 10 loss of the season, President Jed York was talking to reporters and the result is that it is clear Mike Singletary is gone after the season and from some reports he may not even be coaching the finale. Here is the Q&A from Jed after the game:

-Q: Is there a chance Singletary won’t coach the final game?

-YORK: We’re going to take our time before we make any decisions like that. We don’t want to make an emotional decision right now, after the game.

-Q: Will you talk about it on the flight back and tomorrow?

-YORK: Obviously, we didn’t achieve the things we set out to achieve. We should be a playoff team. We aren’t a playoff team this year. Very disappointed about that.

We need to figure out how we can get into the playoffs and how we can start competing for Super Bowls.

-Q: Singletary has a couple years left on his contract. A new coach would cost a lot more. Is money a factor in this decision at all?

-YORK: Money is no object. I mean, our object is to win the Super Bowl, year in and year out be there and compete for Super Bowls. We’re going to make sure we get this right.

-Q: The cameras caught Singletary in a heated conversation with Troy Smith, which is something that has happened a few times this season. What’s your reaction when you see that happening?

-YORK: I’m not worried about individual things like that. What bothers me is we come in here, this is a playoff-caliber game, and we didn’t get it done. And that’s the bottom line.

-Q: Is there an aspect of this team’s performance that particularly disappoints you?

-YORK: I think the focus. You come into a game like this and we look inept on offense in the first half. We didn’t get anything done except for two plays that really players made. Crab made a great play, Teddy made a nice play on the punt return.

We aren’t where we need to be. I’m not taking anything away from the Rams, I’m not taking anything away from the Seahawks. I wish those teams the best of luck going forward, and somebody has to win the NFC West, which is strange enough that somebody’s probably going to win it at 8 and 8.

There’s no reason that we aren’t the team that won this division this year.

-Q: Do the 49ers have enough talent?

-YORK: Absolutely. We need to keep getting better. But we’ve got enough talent on this team that we should’ve been the NFC West champion and we should’ve been competing in the playoffs.

-Q: So is the problem the coaching?

-YORK: I think there’s a combination of a lot of things. But we haven’t put it all together yet.

-Q: Where is this team with the QB position? Is that almost as high a priority as finding the right coach?

-YORK: We can’t get a quarterback until the draft, really.

-Q: But for the future…

-YORK: Is that a need? Yeah, absolutely.

-Q: Looking forward, do you need a head coach who can develop a QB and get him ready to play?

-YORK: We need our entire team to be ready to play. It’s not just one position. I mean, obviously, it starts with the quarterback. But we need the entire team to be prepared to play.

We can’t come out and have our offense play good one week, our defense play good one week, our special teams play good one week. We need to do it altogether.

-Q: Could you hire a general manager?

-YORK: Yes.

-Q: Are you going to hire a GM?

-YORK: Yes.

-Q: From within your staff or is it something you’ll have a search for?

-YORK: We’ll have a search.

-Q: In what order will you do this–would the GM make the coaching decision?

-YORK: We’ll have a general manager, and as we go forward, that will be something that the general manager and I discuss together.


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  • LoneTexas49erfan

    Get Proven star QB # 1 priority! Pay big bucks in the offseason for that star who has a proven track record and draft a QB # 1 also and have the # 1 draft choice groom himself and learn to continue an sucession so whenever the proven veteran is done afte winniong multple superbowls, the first round draft choice will be seasoned and be ready by the time the proven is done. The draft choice will carry on the leagacy he learned from the proven star veteran and we will have consistancy and stability at QB, thats what Walsh set up with Montana-to-Young, then Young to Garcia and if Garcia would of stayed after winning another superbowl we would of had the succession to Rattay grooming him, but the suckness started when donahue destroyed our dynasty and tore apart this team, that when this crap started, so now we need to fix it, I like Jed's mineset, he's got the right idea, he just needs to open his pocket book up more and bring in that proven star QB once and for all!

  • LoneTexas49erfan

    If no one agree's on my above, then the fans on here need to be schooled and dont have any idea about football. All I heard from you guys when I've said for years we need a QB, is you guys saying, no chancem wont happen, we need backs, we need tackles, no my friends we need a star QB!!!! Everything is built around a proven franchise QB. Would the patriots be who they are without brady, the saints without Brees and the chiefs without Cassell and the chargers without river, nope! Look what happen to the Vik's, they lost Favre and now they suck!!!! The Qb is the answer no unporoven like Trent edwards or some mediocre talent, we need the best in here once and for all like I said above, we are the championship 49ers, we need to start acting like it!

  • 49ersNews

    Agreed they need a solid QB. Not the shit we have seen for the past 8 years.

  • Josh

    I was thinking the exact same thing. If we can get a good veteran in the offseason, regardless of how much it costs and draft a 1st round qb, so if the veteran works you can develop the qb instead of throwing him in the fire.

    Food for thought:

    -It's reported that Donovan McNabb wants out of his contract at the end of the season. (Possible offseason pickup)

    -Gruden says he would coach here or Cleveland

    -Whats the possibility of Holmgren coming to SF as a GM? or Head Coach with GM control?

    Either way I'm sure it wont be a dull offseason this year. I have a sense that Jed really does want this franchise to succeed. Perhaps he needs to consult Eddy on picking a new coach.

  • Josh

    One other thing…

    I believe Clements needs to be traded. He makes too many mistakes on the field lately. For the amount we're paying him we should be able to replace him with a better cb

  • LoneTexas49erfan

    Ya, your right Josh, Jed need's To consult Mr. D about his choices, and I think we should go after Mcnabb before he's too much older or make a trade on a blockbuster deal, regardless we need to get it done in the offseason, go for he best, not uprovens, a star! We have all the piecies in place on difense and offense, we just need some fine tuning, but the first selection will and needs to be a QB, I wish we can get Luck from Stanford, and get Mcnabb or somone better to groom him. If we get a proven star QB we are going to have immediate sucess, look at the vikings they were like us before they had favre and then they were immediatly a contender because of Favre, an old Favre. Mcnabb, Vick or someone of there stature would do the same for us and at the same time prepare his sucessor to win!

  • Josh

    Here's a dream scenario…

    Holmgren gets hired as our GM

    Gruden gets hired as our coach(he brings a good DC or we keep Manusky)

    We pick up McNabb

    We find either a star free agent pass rusher or CB(then draft the other position in the 2nd round)

    We package a deal to move up in the draft and get Andrew Luck

    Of course all of that won't happen, but it's nice to dream :^)