Jim Harbaugh has been putting together a pretty impressive staff this past week. On paper, anyway. Yesterday, one of the reputed top special teams coaches in the league, Brad Seely, left his job with the Browns to sign up with the 49ers. It appears there are going to be only three hold overs from the Nolan/Singletary era — RB coach Tom Rathman, DL coach Jim Tomsula, and OL coach Mike Solari.
This methodical assemblage of virtually an entire staff has taken less time than it took Mike Singletary to hire Jimmy Raye. By far. And there isn’t an unemployed distant cousin or boy hood chum in the bunch.
Meanwhile, Singletary is back to coaching linebackers with the Vikings. He’s also comparing himself to Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick, who were both fired after their first NFL head coach gigs, and then went on to achieve success. The getting fired part seems to be the only part of his comparison that is accurate. His “vision” of future success seems much more like “acute denial” in action.
Three more games and the 2010 season will be history. Hopefully, this past season will end up being comparable to the 1978 49er season. If that season hadn’t been so awful, we would never have hired Bill Walsh. In that light, disastrous seasons can be a good thing. If the Niners had won the NFC West this year, like they were supposed to, Singletary would still be the HC, and it’s doubtful that the team would be on its way to any lasting significance.
This is not to say Harbaugh’s reign is a shoo in for glory days to come. He might fall on his face just like a lot of other highly touted hires have done. At the very least, though, I think almost all 49er fans, even the citizen of the Yukon, would agree he will definitely be an upgrade on Mike Singletary. In that sense, the 2010 season will have achieved its purpose — making progress toward a return to NFL relevancy.
The games this weekend look to be low scoring head knockers. All four teams have good to great defenses. If it all comes down to QB play, as it usually does, it’s hard to see Mark Sanchez out dueling Ben Roethlisberger or Jay Cutler whipping Aaron Rogers.
Which would mean I’ll be disappointed with the results of both games. Bears vs Jets in the Super Bowl doesn’t get me too excited, but neither of these teams is a threat to posterity. Go ahead guys, win a SB. We’ve got five of them. Packers vs Steelers is a much more exciting prospect, but a win by either team is intruding on the legacy of the Niners. Packers vs Jets would be a great game, Bears vs Steelers would be a real downer.
At least I’ll have my brand new wide screen TV to watch the drama unfold. Both games in outdoor stadiums in cold ass places. Lots of steam in the trenches. None of this Astroturf dome shit. Last call for the two game Sunday ticket. Go football!