Whither Goest Thou?

Two months ago, the 49ers played the Raiders in an exhibition game and there was more passion by the fans for that game than there is for the one coming up this weekend. The one that counts. With its 0-5 start, the team has stunned its fans into a state of near apathy.

So far, the fans have not booed the team for its first offensive play of the game, but if it’s Frank Gore into the line this weekend, that might change. When the fans have all become acutely aware of the predictability of a team’s offense, let alone opposing defenses, it approaches voodooville weirdness that the team itself seems unaware of the problem. For a boo-down that can be heard from here to Tripoli, how about Gore into the line and he fumbles!

That’s the kind of season we’re going to witness if the losing continues. Instead of contending for the playoffs, the 49ers will be rivaling the government for Letterman/Leno monologue jokes. Somewhere along the line, a phrase will pop forth from somebody’s tonsils and a new description of ineptitude will be born. “Gosh, Sandy, this party is a real Singletary. Peeewww!”

Mike Singletary has a pretty large view of himself inside the robe of humble servant that he wears. I doubt very much that it ever occurred to him that somehow he would wind up being a butt of jokes throughout America. It’s gotten bad enough that the guy who is famous for turning around the lives of troubled players is now getting advice from Tony Dungy on how to turn around his own life. When Dungy gets associated with your life, its not a good thing.

Watching a man get his world yanked out from beneath his feet is a sad scene, but its also the stuff that tabloid America gobbles up in grim fascination. It’s doubtful he will continue to coach the Niners after this year, even if the team restores itself and closes the season strongly. It would take a miracle run to the playoffs for him to get another year at the helm.

Assuming that miracle does not occur, where does Singletary go from here? He might be able to get a job somewhere as an LB coach, but somehow that sort of downward career move seems beneath his large view of himself. He sees himself as a Leader, not a Lieutenant. For him, coaching was always about becoming a Head Coach. He’s not a lifer on the assistant coach treadmill. But with his mystique in shambles, I doubt anyone would even want him on their staff right now. Certainly, his HC aspirations have been mortally wounded.

The very things that marked Singletary’s roaringly enthusiastic beginnings as 49er coach (“Physical with an F” immediately comes to mind, as well as “Just watch us”) now mock him relentlessly. The fact that Raider coach Tom Cable, last year’s comic coach of the year, has more validity now than Singletary has to be making the Singletary household a grim affair these days.

Most fans assume Singletary will head off into the Ministry world from this debacle, and that is probably the only stage left that is big enough for his ego to thrive on. Politics would be another arena, but the fallen warrior image plays a whole lot better on the Religious Channel than the Political Channel.

Personally, I wish him the best, but damn, why did this movie have to get plugged into the 49er Channel this year? Hasn’t this franchise suffered enough? (Booming voice from the clouds: Ha ha ha. Suffer? You think this is suffering? Does the word “Cubs” ring a bell? Hey, dodo brain, I might not be done with you yet!).



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18 comments on “Whither Goest Thou?
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I do believe we have the talent to win, but any team that uses Moran Norris as the focal point of its offense can not win. Fire Third and Long Mike!

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I think I heard an echo.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    You think this is a MUST FIRE game?

  4. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    ok Skeebs…sounds like youve thrown in the towel too. I know they disappointed me more this year than any other…and thats saying something. Now im down to hoping we kill the traitors and then set things up to get the top pic in the draft. After this week we can start discussing who we want for coach next year …and the draft pics…cant believe im even saying that 5 weeks into the season. Well like i’ve said i want HARBAUGH from Stanford…and if we get Harbough possibly Andrew Luck will come out as a junior….gee…now im feeling a little better….. sacifice a season (sounds familiar…huh) for a better future ……lets hope anyway

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Tony, I’m using the reverse mojo ploy. Since I’ve been wrong about everything so far, why not throw in the towel and hope my ignorant streak continues and I’m wrong about towel throwing, too!

  6. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Gotcha…i really havent thrown in the towel either..(thrown up maybe) ive just lost faith in the coaching staff…even if we go on a winning streak.. just doesnt have that feel of the old days…when the coaching staff had answers …made adjustments….hell just didnt get outcoached…even if things happened…(fumbles, ints ect) …good coaches that have been with a team for more than a year dont loose 5 in a row. and it aint all Smith…hell smith hasnt played that bad…its the game plans that suck…put Manning in 3 and long all day and he’d probubly quit….Its the coaching staff….all of them…and we will never see glory years again until thats corrected..

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Budman posted an interesting SI article from 1992. We missed the play-offs for the first time in years. Holmgren and many other caches left. The owner was accused of sexual assault. What was Bill Walsh worried about? The play calling.
     
    As you folks know, that is what I think the single biggest problem with this team is. I have been saying to just get better play calling and we’ll be OK. When we started the year I’m thinking Raye will come out gunning. When he didn’t I was glad he was fired. With the new OC I’m thinking we’ll come out gunning. Two games and nothing doing.
     
    I do not believe the problem was Raye anymore and I don’t think it is Johnson. I now know what I used to only worry about. NoFear was the first to bring up the question and now it is just the truth. It is Singletary. His meddling with the offense has affected the play calling and the players performances.
     
    Through the turmoil that was the 1992 off-season Bill Walsh was more worried about the play calling than anything else. He is probably turning over in grave over this year’s play calling.
     
    I would refrain from what I am about to say if I had any hope our play calling would improve, but I have stopped believing it to be possible. Fire Third and Long Mike.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Not to nitpick, Berger, but Walsh wasn’t here in 1992 and we missed the playoffs in 1990, and he wasn’t here then, either. I’ll go for the rest of your post, though.

  9. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    If losing to the Raiders on Sunday meant Singletary’s immediate firing on Monday, would any of you root for the Raiders?

  10. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Damn.. thats a tough question…how about Smith (with a little more protection) finally pulls off one of those last minute fluries with a win…and they still fire Sing?

  11. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The article was talking about the 49ers turmoil and at that time Walsh almost took a job with the 49ers to oversee the draft. As you said, he had left a couple years earlier. Instead, he took the coahing job at Stanford. His opinion of the situation was my point.

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    del- I would!

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Tony- Even better!

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    If we’re going to fire Sing, we should do it before the game, not after. Make Paraag Marathe the interim HC. He would be unemotional, know the rules, and stand around doing nothing, rather than interfering. What’s to lose? Let the team makes its own run.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- I just re-read my earlier post. I can see how you would connect Walsh as the current coach at that time. I guess I just assumed everybody knew Sieffert was the coach at that time. So for clarification. Walsh was not the coach, Sieffert was. Walsh was being quoted as an outside opinion.

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- We would probably do better if Sing did not impose his 1980’s philosophy and just let the coordinators do their jobs. If Sing were fired he could not impose. I would put Tomsula as interim. I know nothing about his coaching style but I do know he has experience with the position in the Euro football league. But fist, the owner would have to make sure Johnson will be left alone by him.

  17. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, Walsh was well on his way back into the organization in 92. Siefert didn’t want it to happen, and there was still animosity around the old regime and the new. Walsh bowed out and went to Stanford when it seemed that he wasn’t appreciated enough, and he said he’d be ‘stepping on too many toes’ if he came back as a consultant.
     
    Dwight Clark amazingly said that Walsh wasn’t all that good at the draft,and that his time had passed.

  18. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The guy thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat fricking drafted Clark said he was lousy at the draft.

    Clark ended up bieng a total piece of shit in talent evaluation.

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9-13: L Cardinals 24, 49ers 20
9-20: W 49ers 31, Jets 13
9-27: W 49ers 36, Giants 9

10-4: L Eagles 25, 49ers 20
10-11: L Dolphins 43, 49ers 17
10-18: W 49ers 24, Rams 16
10-25: W 49ers 33, Patriots 6

11-1: L Seahawks 37, 49ers 27
11-5: L Packers 34, 49ers 17
11-15: L Saints 27, 49ers 13

BYE

11-29: W 49ers 23, Rams 20

12-7: L Bills 34, 49ers 24
12-13: L Washington 23, 49ers 15
12-20: L Cowboys 41, 49ers 33
12-26: W 49ers 20, Cardinals 12

1-3: L Seahawks 26, 49ers 23

2020 Draft Class
1. DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
1. WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
5. OL Colton McKivitz, West Virginia
6. TE Charlie Woerner, Georgia
7. WR Jauan Jennings, Tennessee
 
2020 Prognostications (Mulligan Version)
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NJ49er: 6-10

LOSERS:
Skeebers: 7-9
Winder: 4-12

ABSTAINERS:
Grumpy: DNP
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