As the sun sets slowly on the eighth consecutive failed 49ers season, it’s fair to ask: Do I really want to spend the remaining years of my life being a Cubs type fan? Is it healthy to learn to love perennial losers? And what about impressionable grandchildren? Will they see me wearing a 49er jacket and jump on board for an entire life of lost Sundays, broken hopes, and miserable Mondays?
Then again, what’s the alternative? Soccer? Yikes. The Raiders? Anathema.
Monday, Mike Singletary decided to finally take the blame for the team’s failures by blaming the team for failing. Vernon Davis blamed the offensive game plan, as did Troy Smith. Mike Johnson blamed Troy for not being in training camp to learn the plays. Alex Smith knows the plays and is healthy, so Singletary made the obvious decision to start Troy next Monday night. He did not say Troy gave us the best chance to win, so it’s anybody’s guess what sort of logical system is being employed now. Most likely, Singletary is taking the blame for choosing Alex as this year’s starting QB by blaming Alex for losing all the games, just as Jimmy Raye was to blame for doing what Sing wanted him to do.
It’s a safe bet that the awesome force of Singletary’s initial presence, the one that wowed Jed York and Scot McCloughan at the end of the 2008 season, and the fans at the beginning of the 2009 season with that classic “I’m not a moral victory kind of guy”, is no longer awing anyone. Jed is 29. Surely he knows how to roll his eyes and flip the bird at the TV screen. Maybe he’s even smart enough to realize THIS GUY IS KILLING ME. Jed’s father is more pragmatic. THIS GUY IS NOT SELLING TICKETS ANY MORE.
Singletary’s pet phrases of “going forward” and “working through things” to “get where we need to be” are causing hair loss from fans and scribes overdosing on scratching and pulling said fibers from their head sockets. Hey, Mike, THE SEASON’S ALMOST OVER! There is no “getting there” to get to. We’re there. It’s here. Wake up, dude.
Unfortunately, the person who never “got there” was Singletary himself. Last season’s futile offense encouraged every sane fan of the team that surely no one would try to run that same damn thing again this year. But Singletary did not get this message. Instead, he drafted two new O-line guys and tried to ram this offense down the throat of the NFL again. And again it failed. And it still fails. And he still doesn’t get it.
If there is a brick wall across the road, you need a linebacker. Most teams in the NFL today, however, have abandoned 1930’s football and prefer to go over and around the brick wall, not through it. But even in this choice, Singletary failed. In the 30’s, they ran the single wing. That should have been Singletary’s offensive game plan all along. Tim Tebow should have been the guy he drafted to run it. If you are going to be crazy, Mike, go all in.
Meanwhile, back from a clandestine operation in Uruguay and still running in terse mode is our intrepid Foto man, NoFear. Today he provides a look at the running back who didn’t want to play here even though he’s exactly the type of running back Singletary would love.
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As much as I hate to pile on, the lack of effort by some can make the whole team look bad.
I will try to find a better effort to highlight in the second half of the game.