Rats, Raye, Ristbands, & Rolaids

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.

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22 comments on “Rats, Raye, Ristbands, & Rolaids
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    So while Raye naps for 18 minutes, and Sing rats out the communication problems, Smith is putting on the ‘rist’!

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Pretty wrisque, eh?

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, we James Cagney to help Sing. He’ll find the guy and tell him to his face, “You dirty rat”.

  4. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, not to be a sticker, but Al Michaels and Collinsworth do the NBC Sunday Night Football game. It’ll be Mike Tirico, Gruden and “Jaws” calling the action from the MNF booth. And Jimmy Raye will be calling our “action” from his booth, right after he regales us with his next THUMP! when his head hits the coaching table in between calling plays.
    Now if you’ll excuse, I have to go pluck my Skylark. Alouette, je te plumerai!

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks, Delmar. Blanked out. Sent in the wrong play. I’m pretty old myself. ZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  6. rob_No Gravatar says:

    omfg skeebers you are one smart fothermucker ! put
    0ne pants-dropping
    one “coaches” didn’t like brandon jones
    and get
    one rat who throws a fellow coach under the bus !

    even tho raye is still the weakest link , ask yourself who might have done this ?

    how about my favorite guy
    jerry “player dogouse” sullivan !
    sound like the kind of guy who might do something like that ?
    sound like someone who might care enough about the brandon jones signing to feel slighted ?
    maybe when he got hired he thought he’d be on the fast track to the OC position but maybe he and singletary don’t get along so when sing took over as coach he was pissed !

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob- Just a wild guess on my part but my pick is Paraasg Marathe to be the rat.

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis- Quit pulling the heads off of those skylarks. That job goes to Ozzy Osborne.

  9. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of Paraag, Maiocco said something about he no longer is our guy in the booth to help with the replays. Who the heck is doing this important job?

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    More fuel to my lame conspiracy theory that Paraag is the rat!

  11. bigtimNo Gravatar says:

    wow who would have thought the 4-0 pre season champs were going to explode into rumor and innuendo central.
    on the surface it would seem the team is in total chaos and the wheels are coming off after one horrific loss, I gave Iron Mike more cred than that.
    the proof will be in the rats nest on Mon.
    if the team comes out charging hard, rushing the passer, and scoring, the boo birds will have nothing to chirp about which would be fine with me.

  12. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    I think the Yahoo! narrative was so widely and quickly accepted for two reasons. First, it is an easy and sensible explanation for the slow play calling – the OC is having problems figuring out what play to call and correctly calling the play.

    The second, and more complicated reason, is that is offers an easy solutions – get a new OC. This is the same impulse that makes Alex Smith the reason for all our offensive woes or makes Mark Roman the scapegoat for the secondary. That’s not to say that Smith or Roman or Raye aren’t (weren’t in Roman’s case) problems, but rather that picking one or two people at whose feet to place the blame helps deflect the mind from the wider, lingering concern that there are widespread, systemic problems that cannot be solved by replacing one or two people.

    I’m not sure about other fans, but the thought of a new coach, new system, two more years of “rebuilding” and so forth after a wasted 2010 season just makes me weary. So I want to seize on the “easy solution” mind set, for my own peace of mind.

    I hope that by November we’re all saying “I can’t believe how I overreacted after week 1.”

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Fletch- I’ve been wanting Raye out as the play caller for a long time now. This just makes most others see it the same as I have. I’m not asking to fire Raye, he can still be the OC, but I would like somebody else to call the plays.

  14. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, yer right about one thing. If there is a time out called within the first 20 minutes of the game, or a delay of game penalty, the boooing will be loud and long.

    If anything, the fans are guilty of expecting the hype that has built up around the team to be real. They showed their colors by either looking past an obviously moticated Seattle team, or the truth was there in all it’s glory last Sunday.

    At this point, all I’d like to see is a competitive team. The expectations I had for this season were shot down, dragged through the mud, beaten to a pulp, and left in a ditch by the side of the road.

    Redemption is but a Monday night away.

  15. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    As bad as Smith was, part of the blame falls to Crabs for the INTs. Crabs again didn’t bother to look for the ball on the hot read like he should have. The other one? Don’t know. You got the tape NoFear. Was it the 2 not being in synch? Was it a bad pass?

    Regardless, having Crabs (and VD for that matter) miss all the preseason did them no favors.

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Crabtree needs to learn to read the defenses better in hot read situations, and Smith threw at the correct time, but that was a bad throw. If Crabs is looking at the proper time the pass is still too high. That one was all Smith’s fault. If he wants to deflect blame he needs to have that pass clank off Crabs helmet, then we are all blaming Crabtree.

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The week following a loss seems longer than the whole off season. Brutal.

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I just replaced my SF defense with the KC defense. The good news is I have Alex Smith. When we get down 35-10 by half time Alex will throw 2 or 3 TDs in garbage time to fatten up my fantasy stats!

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Shaun Hill’s the starter in Detroit now. Vick in Philly. Two of the three off season “anybody but Smith” candidates are already making news.

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The only QB that could succeed in Jimmy Raye’s system is one that can run for his life. If we are going to keep Raye we should trade for Vick.

  21. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    25-45 355 yards, 2 TDs, 2 picks for one Shaun Hill. . .

    It was a loss, but still, Detroit’s an offensive juggernaut . . .

  22. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Fricking McNabb looks like the one that got away.

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