One by one, the 49er staff assembled during the Mike Nolan era is being dismantled. This wouldn’t be terribly newsworthy if the team hadn’t rudely spent this past week concocting no news at all.
Whatever the various skills of these subliminal coaches, winning football games was not the result of their efforts here. Still, it is comforting that none of the departing gents is signing on for a new job with anybody in the NFC West. If Pete Carroll was not involved in the playoffs now, I’m sure he would have tried to fetch at least one of them. Poacher.
There was a bit of nervousness when our DC Greg Manusky was interviewing for the same gig in Arizona, but late yesterday it leaked out that he would be returning to the Chargers, where he coached before signing up with Nolan in 2006. Manusky, of all the 49er coaches during this dismal era, had the most visible success. He knows the players on our team better than probably anyone, so it’s nice that this knowledge will not end up helping a division rival whip our ass next year.
Leslie Frazier, the newly anointed head coach of the Vikings, has reportedly offered his old buddy Mike Singletary a job as LB coach. It will be interesting to see if Singletary takes the job. There wouldn’t be much point in it, unless the big guy realizes that the only way back to the head coaching level in the NFL is for him to study the game a bit. Get some X and O skills. Look up QB in the dictionary. By the time he finished his studies, though, he’d be eligible for Social Security benefits. Not a promising road to travel. His failure in San Franicsco was a bit of an epic plooooofff. I don’t think Mike has it in him to humbly pay his dues. All the humility he had in his piggy bank was used up being LB coach in Baltimore and here with the Niners. I seriously doubt he’ll ever coach anything anywhere again. His notion that he was anointed to be a head coach appears to be a misguided dousing not from above, but from behind the menacing eyeballs that have distinguished his sojourn on earth.
In St. Louis this past week, the long tenured equipment manager was fired. Apparently, managing the Rams equipment had been in this fellow’s family for forty or fifty years. [I am not making this up] Fans were outraged. Then it began to leak out that this guy had been criticizing HC Steve Spagnuolo’s militaristic pettiness in matters relating to equipment managing. Stuff like how fast he loaded the crap onto the plane. How he hung the pictures in the locker room. Etc. Equipment managing has a much broader scope than I had ever imagined.
Welllll, nooo wonder he was canned! It’s common for the coastal tribes of American civilization to assume that not much happens in the Mid West sectors of the country. This little St. Louis drama did nothing to dispel that notion. Unless this is the tip of the iceberg in a growing disenchantment by the Ram players with their Head Coach’s anal methods of leadership. I’ll put this item in the file for future reference. In case a Ram player gets caught wearing two left shoes in a game next year.
Stanford made its Head Coach choice Thursday, so Jim Harbaugh can now make his choices for our next OC and DC. Most likely today, a few minutes after I have gone to press. Thanks, Jim. Obviously, the existence of an Outsider knothole has not yet come to Mr. Harbaugh’s attention. I shall have to enlist Berger to write a letter that will never be mailed which explains this fact of fandom.
As for this weekend, I have decided to root for the Bears. I’ve come to kind of like old Mad Mike Martz. He’s a screwball and that’s okay in my book. Let’s go Mike. Lay fifty on that jackass face in Seattle.