As is usual this time of year, bloggers like to chime in with their opinions about what will happen if the 49ers have a bad season. Some even like to predict when certain people will be fired and what circumstances must occur to either prevent or cause such terminations.
Why this is interesting to bloggers, let alone something to argue about, is a mystery to me. It’s like wondering what will happen when the earth gets hit by a giant meteorite and where it is most likely to impact. Umm, things would not be good no matter where it ka-boomed. What rarely occurs is any dialogue about who the 49ers are likely to face in the playoffs and what their chances of success might be.
Unca_Chuck has assured us that Jimmy Raye will be fired after six games if the offense does not perform to his satisfaction, and that Mike Singletary will be fired if the 49ers don’t make the playoffs. He further states that both of these pink slips will be handed out by Jed York. The first one to Raye would entail usurping Singletary’s power as the HC, which would probably cause Singletary to resign on the spot. A nuance unmentioned in Chuck’s scenario.
Mr_Zero has assured us that Singletary should never have been hired, all of his coaches are dog meat, the team has not improved one iota since 2007, and nothing but a thorough house cleaning will allow the team to become winners again. This is proved by statistical analysis. Of course, that same analysis led Zero to state defiantly that the Rams and Seahawks would finish ahead of the 49ers last year, effectively placing the team dead last in its division. We all know how that bit of keen insight played out.
Many other bloggers focus on what won/loss record it would take for Singletary to keep his job, as though somehow it was in Nolan-esque jeopardy after a mere 1.5 years on the job. The prevailing concensus seems to be that anything less than 8 wins would cause Singletary to be fired, 8 wins would probably get him fired also, and at least 9 or more wins are necessary for him to keep his employment.
Not a single blogger has brought up the concept of Singletary getting a contract extension should this be a successful, playoff caliber season. Which, according to most pollsters and pundits and predictors, seems the most likely scenario to occur this year. It seems wholly unlikely that Singletary will be fired after this year, short of a complete team meltdown and mutiny. Anybody seriously think that will happen? I doubt it.
Thankfully, most of this speculation and gory preoccupation with disaster will soon cease as the team trots out onto the field for the beginning of Training Camp head knocking on August 2nd. The focus will abruptly narrow to individual players and position battles. The end of the season will evaporate as a blog topic.
Phil Barber, Matt Maiocco’s replacement at the Press Demo blog, will return from his month long sabbatical and wage an unspoken war for readers of his blog versus Maiocco’s gloomy new site at CSN. Where will this blog’s long loyal posters ultimately park their mouths? Which have been relatively silent this off season and unavailable for cheap shots quotable material.
During a recent Maiocco online chat session, one questioner was rude enough to ask why Maiocco’s nose was so red in his blog photo. The two most common causes of Big Red Honker Syndrome are booze and addictive nose picking. It will be interesting to see if the nose gets the gradual airbrush treatment as the days pass.
IOW, in a very short time, life will return to normal and a new season will be at last upon us. Hip hip hooray!