Is it 2010 or 2008? Alex Smith has a separated shoulder, the defense that was supposed to carry the team has collapsed, the 49ers are 1-6, and the axe is about to come down on the neck of the Head Coach at the bye week.
Actually, it’s a little worse. The 2008 team was 2-5 when the axe fell on Mike Nolan. In two years, Mike Singletary has de-proved the team by one loss. Unprogress by the Bay.
Singletary would probably be fired today, if it weren’t for the team being showcased in London this week, which happens to be John York’s PR baby this year. If Singletary were true to his word, he would resign. Which he said he would do if he didn’t get the job done, and that he would be the first to know. Another of his boastful assurances that will not likely be met.
This team is pretty good at screwing things up, and right now a victory over Denver in London would be unhelpful, so they’ll probably eff it up and win. Firing a coach after a win would take a little hair, and Jed York has shown a lot more pompom than wig matter so far in his tenure as de facto leader of the franchise.
But the axe is now inevitable. Grumbles have already oozed out of the pores of the owners’ “inner circle.” The team has become unwatchably ugly AGAIN. And the players don’t care. Watching them mill around on the field after the Carolina game, smiling and laughing and talking with Carolina players, this is not a team that gave a rat’s ass that it had just lost another ridiculous game, just tossed another season down the drain. The defense had been manhandled by the worst offense in the league. The offense was Hostler-esque in uselessness. Yet, the players weren’t embarrassed, and they weren’t angry.
Pride goeth before a fall. And Singletary’s colossal ego makes his demise one of stupendous proportions. Never has a coach talked so big and accomplished so little.
For the third time in the last four games under Mike Johnson, the team rolled easily down the field for an opening drive TD, then took the rest of the game off. Every time the 49ers get a lead of any kind at any stage of the game, they begin to squat on that lead, the offense withers, and the game slips away.
It’s hard to believe that turtle in the shell philosophy is coming from Johnson. It’s been the pattern of Singletary’s tenure here, and it was even something he expressed as his blueprint for success. Somehow the man never realized this team does not have Buddy Ryan as it’s DC, nor does it have the talent of the ’85 Bears defense that could just totally dominate the LOS. Even at that, the ’85 Bears were a one year wonder and the wrong model for any 21st century franchise.
In the end, Singletary believed in the power of himself. He sold that belief so well that the voters in Santa Clara approved a new stadium for the franchise. It will be his one positive achievement here. Going forward, as he likes to say, he’ll need all that power he can muster, as he prepares for life out of football. Sad to say, not only did he fail as a Head Coach, he was exposed as a vain and arrogant bag of wind.