It’s safe to say that most 49er fans are relatively pleased that Mike Nolan, Scot McCloughan, and Mike Singletary are no longer in the building at 4949 Centennial Blvd. It’s also safe to say that most 49er fans think the current team is pretty solid, except at QB, CB, and OLB. A month ago, the exception list would have included HC, but that spot has mercifully and happily experienced a major upgrade with the hiring of Jim Harbaugh.
Of the three evicted tenants mentioned above, Singletary stands alone as a guy who brought nothing, established nothing, and left nothing to mark his tenure here. A total zero in the contribution arena. In fact, he was a sub-zero presence because he squandered the assets that he inherited.
It’s not a pleasant thought for the blogoreameristicos, but this team was built by Nolan and McCloughan. From the ground up. It was definitely time for both of them to leave, when they did, but fair is fair. They both did some pretty good work here. Whether they could have done better is a matter for debate, but it’s for damn sure they could have done a whole lot worse.
I bring this up partly because my 2011 Mock Draft is still in the incubator [baloney, the roosters haven’t even beaked it up with the chickens yet], and partly because the Pro Bowl isn’t worth mentioning, and partly because Jeff Fisher stepped down in Tennessee after a sixteen year run.
Fisher went to one Super Bowl in his long run at the Titans’ helm, losing by an outstretched arm to the Rams in 1999. His clubs were usually competitive and tough, playing good defense and smash mouth offense. They also had to deal with Peyton Manning in their division for most of Fisher’s run. It’s his standard that Singletary ultimately would have accomplished in San Francisco, if Singletary was any good, which he wasn’t.
Tennessee is not exactly a mega market franchise and Fisher gave them credibility and stability for almost two decades. They are probably going to sink to the bottom of that division now and stay there for quite some time. Their owner is 88 years old and pretty much poisoned the team this past year with his fan gush over Vince Young, which turned into a big fat Oooooooops after the coaching staff sat down and educated him. This is not going to be a hot ticket coaching vacancy and only pure luck with a gung-ho unknown assistant coach can save Tennessee from ten years of the Detroit Lions Blues.
Fisher is an admirable guy. A tough, lunch pail, non-glamor, hands in the dirt over-achiever. You’d want him on your side any day of the week. He’s everything Singletary will never be. And everything Singletary could have hoped to be. And tried to be. And failed to be.
For that, we can be thankful. San Francisco is not Tennessee. SF is about championships. Not gritty, hard nosed second fiddle performances.