Ground Hog Day

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.

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16 comments on “Ground Hog Day
  1. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs…sounds like you’ve tossed that towl finally….i kept hoping Sing would see his game doesnt work anymore….i was encouraged when the offense came out firing in the first drive…but then back to the 2 yards and a cloud of nothing……you just knew the Panthers were going to win…. guess we can start talking draft ….after only 8 games…geeez…unbelievable …so who do we want as coach??? i still like Harbough…and his QB Luck….!!

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Unfortunately, Tony, we’re not out of the playoff hunt just yet. Looking at the schedules of the Cards, Rams, and Seahawks, none of them are likely to win more than 6 or 7 games this year, unless they beat the Niners. And beating those guys is about the only thing this team has shown an ability to do.

  3. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    ok… but not with Carr.. think we need one of the other young QB;s to step up…Nate Davis or Troy Smith…at least we’ll know what we have…

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Seemed like the play calling gets a little better each week but the execution doesn’t. I think we can see why teams don’t draft 20 year old rookie linemen and play them in year one. Simms should have started at the beginning of the year with Snyder at RG. Too late now, might as well just let Davis play and get better, unless of course, winning is a priority. It hasn’t been yet, so why should it be now?

  5. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you for pointing out the uselessness of using the ’85 Bears as a model for a successful franchise. Even if the NFL hadn’t moved on from 1980’s rules, the Bears won one Super Bowl using the “defensive running game” model. The Niners won 4 in that decade using a “smart football” approach. Why would the Niners decide to adopt an approach that was second best even in its heyday?

    The thought of 3 more years of rebuilding makes my football-loving heart ache.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Your avatar is fitting today, Fletch.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Fletch- This team has some talent. Obviously we have some holes, like DB and NT.
    I think if we got a coach who is a good strategist we could win next year. I don’t see that a 3 year rebuilding plan is necessary. Now who that strategist is I do not know.

  8. robNo Gravatar says:

    stick a fork in the 2010 sf 49ers !
    we’re no better the other 1-5 teams in the league right now (carolina)! just for fun jed needs to insist singletary ditch the ‘smashmouth ‘ approach and insert a wide open style of play on both sides of the ball (more spread out style of offense and more aggresive up front on defense ) ! we need to come out against denver with the different Filosophy and use the bye week to insert the new look offense and defense for keeps ! what have we got to lose !
    i’m also still bummin that we let shawn hill go , now i wouldn’t mind getting a look at troy smith !

  9. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    wow another season down the drain the real question is who is the interim coach,and can he even turn anything around on this team,its just in total shambles.
    its fitting Smith gets crushed on a blown blocking assignment, and the next in line cant even make a completion worth a damn, Carr is what he is and thats horrible.
    I have no idea about troy smith but he has got to be a upgrade from Carr or maybe not.
    Singletary has got to go at the bye, his stodgy nonsense of a coaching style to put it lightly sucks.

  10. RufusNo Gravatar says:

    The punt coverage by the 49ers was excellent, don’t you think? That shows you what a lot of practice will do for your game.

  11. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Rob’s frothing at the mouth to get a look at Troy Smith. Skeeber’s thinks we’re not out of the playoff hunt “just yet.” Berger thinks this team has “some talent.” Next the local yokels will chime in to promote Nate Davis straight from the practice squad to the starting role.
    “That’s totally inappropriate. It’s lewd, lascivious, salacious, outrageous!”

  12. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    McCloughan brought Carr in to have a pulse and use oxygen, not to play football. The plan all along was for Alex to ride this rocket into the ground. No one was going to be allowed to compete, or to in any way threaten his delicate little self-confidence.

    Damn you, Scott McCloughan.

  13. robNo Gravatar says:

    FROM 49ERS WEBZONE , here’s a comment that sums it all up !
    it’s on a ‘thread’ called
    ” i support coach singletary ”

    (just look for the picture/vid of the two girls about 7 comments down)

  14. robNo Gravatar says:

    FROM 49ERS WEBZONE , here’s a comment that sums it all up !
    it’s on a ‘thread’ called
    ” i support coach singletary ”

    (just look for the picture/vid of the two girls about 7 comments down)

  15. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    man that new webzone is as bad as the team right now

  16. RufusNo Gravatar says:

    Hail to thee, vomit queen.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
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2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
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