Patrick Willis pocketed $29 million yesterday, which did not bother 99% of the 49er fan base one bit. The other 1% weren’t bothered by Willis getting the dough, but were displeased at losing the long cherished ability to call the Yorks cheap.
Willis, in three years, has already achieved mythical status among 49er fans, entering the Joe Montana & Ronnie Lott Are Perfect wing of untouchable 49er icons. Last year, a fellow on the Press Demo blog called him an “average” NFL linebacker and was immediately dismembered and fed into the internet shredder, never to be heard from again.
His presence in the dead solid middle of the 49er defense is a prime reason that most of the concerned yapping on the fan blogs concerns itself with the 49er offense, which has yet to develop an identity or garner any respect. For a franchise long known for its offensive prowess, this is a revolting development. 99.9% unacceptable. Only fans of our punter Andy Lee are enjoying this time.
In the post-apocalypse era (2005 to now), the offense has been flopping from one indigestible season to the next, always somewhere in the putrid section at the bottom of the NFL. This era is defined by three players: Alex Smith, Frank Gore, and Vernon Davis. Gore has been productive from Day One. Davis has gone from pariah to hero. And Smith has been probably the most controversial player in team history.
This era of offensive futility also has, not surprisingly, been defined by 5 different Offensive Coordinators. This is the first year that an offensive coordinator will be the same as the one from the previous year. It was one of Mike Singletary’s first and foremost objectives, after being hired, to achieve this continuity, believing the lack of it to be the missing ingredient for success.
Which makes this coming year a Showdown at the OK Corral sort of deal. Singletary is on the Hot Seat for hiring Jimmy Raye. Jimmy Raye is on the Hot Seat for some uninspiring game plans and play calling from last year. And Alex Smith is on the Hot Seat because nobody in the universe can take one more year of wondering if he is any good or not.
Failure by any one of the above three could bring down the whole house.
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UPDATE: 1 Per Center Located!
From the Chronicle’s “Niner Insider”
thnkbg 5/5/2010 4:23:24 AM
Singletary is just a big typical bully, I wished Willis could have stared him in his eye & use sleight of mouth patterns on his ass.. that would have shut him the hell up.
“Who are you to say anything! You’re a rookie! You’re nothing!” Singletary railed at him.
Heres what Willis response should have been:Bullies are weak cowards who dont know how to communicate!”Who are you to talk to me like that, your a rookie wanabe head coach!!
You dont justify who i am, God does!! so until you win a f-in superbowl I suggest you get the f out of my face cause Im not impressed are afraid!!!!
If anyone can decipher the meaning of “sleight of mouth patterns on his ass” please step forward. The rest of this 4:23 am rant could use some translation, also, but let’s try to get out of the first paragraph first.