As expected, the main stream press eagerly gathered in Santa Clara yesterday, brandishing red hot pens to brand Mike Singletary with the mark of the Yahoo!. What they got instead was Singletary lounging on the grass while Jimmy Rate held an eighteen minute scribe-a-thon. Not twenty minutes, mind you, or “lengthy,” but eighteen precise minutes.
Before Raye took the podium, Singletary dismissed the Yahoo! story as rat infested baloney. Jason Cole, the man who wrote the story, stood by it. Which is not difficult to do since the story was basically reporting what someone else told him. IOW, gossip. The key phrase in the story that gives away the biased agenda of the “rat” is the description of Raye bumbling through his papers in the booth. This could not be an eyewitness account, since Raye is up in the booth and out of sight. The fact that this tidbit was in the story or related by the rat can only indicate an attempt to portray Raye as a doddering old fogy. Which is a favorite view of some bloggers, but since Raye is younger than NoFear, this cannot possibly be true. I think. Hmmmm.
This is the third time this particular “source” has provided material to the national press that attempts to portray Singletary, or his regime, as buffoons. The first was the pants dropping half time scene and the second was the report that the coaches were not consulted and were not happy with the Brandon Jones signing. Clearly, someone at 49ers HQ, or recently departed from said area, has a deep dislike for Singletary.
Obscured somewhat by the sensationalism surrounding how the play calls are relayed to the QB on the field is the underlying belief by many 49er fans that Raye’s offensive play calling just plain sucks — whether the calls arrive early or late. If this is true, then 49er fans are in for a long, frustrating year, because Singletary yesterday stood firmly by Raye as his OC and play caller. Raye will remain in the booth and not down on the sidelines, and Alex Smith will now be equipped with a wrist band. Presumably, plays relayed to the field will be done by the number henceforth, and not by the words.
Meanwhile, in New Orleans, Sean Payton admits he has been extensively studying the game film of the 49ers vs Colts game last year, as well as the beat down of Arizona at Candlestick on MNF. There was no word on whether the Saints defensive coordinator had even bothered to show up for work this week. Not a good sign.
For fans who are only in it for the wins and losses, this would be a good year to stock up on Rolaids or Prozac. For fans who are in it for the grand spectacle of the whole shebang, this will be a feisty year. In one defining and ugly defeat, Singletary has gone from cult hero to embattled coach.
Next stop on the tour is Monday night at Candlestick, where the boo birds will be perched and eager to air it out. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth Mike Tirico, John Gruden, and Ron Jaworski will be on hand to regale the national TV audience with this week’s Adventures in Ninerland. The Bay Area will have beaten these issues to death by then, but it will be riveting insider poop to the rest of the nation. Sigh.
This is going to be a MUST SHOW UP game.