The 49ers Do Not Want To Anger Mike Singletary

October 27, 2008 – 2:14 pm by Ryan Phillips

Vernon Davis, J.T. O’Sullivan and the rest of the San Francisco 49ers might want to wise up a bit. In new head coach Mike Singletary’s first game the Niners got completely dominated by the hapless Seattle Seahawks, 34-13. They also managed to piss off their new coach something fierce, as he benched O’Sullivan following a fumble and an interception (that was returned for a touchdown) in the first half, and sent former first round pick (and perennial fantasy disappointment) Vernon Davis to the locker room with more than 10 minutes left on the clock. Davis was whistled for a personal foul and nonchalantly jogged to the sideline, drawing his new coach’s ire. Singletary then apologized to the hometown crowd for his team’s awful performance following the game.

Singletary’s quote about sending Davis to the locker room – not just to the bench, to the locker room – was classic and represents the old school mentality the NFL needs more of these days.

“I told him that he would do a better job for us right now taking a shower and coming back and watching the game than going out on the field. Simple as that.” He continued, “I’d rather play with 10 people and just get penalized all the way until we have to do something else rather than play with 11 when I know that right now that person is not sold out to be a part of this team. It is more about them than it is about the team. Cannot play with them, cannot win with them, cannot coach with them. Can’t do it. I want winners. I want people that want to win.”

Bravo Coach Mike. Bra-freaking-vo. Someone finally said it. If you were on the 49ers right now, how could you not want to run through walls for this guy? He’s absolutely right. The fact that he then apologized to the fans after the game instantly makes him my favorite NFL coach right now. And that’s after just one week in charge. The Niners better f-ing shape up. And fast.

Apparently those guys never watched the NFL in the 80s. You really want to play with no passion and do stupid shit when Mike Singletary is waiting for you to jog to the sidelines? That guy will kill you. Seriously he will. Hell, running backs used to apologize while carrying the ball when Singletary was lining up against them, in hopes he might ease up a bit. One look into those crazy, penetrating, piercing eyes was enough to make offensive players shudder. On the field he had a quiet, focused intensity. It appears his sideline persona is much more vocal. And, for a coach with a young, undisciplined team, that’s perfect.

Here are some of the credentials of the man they call “Samurai Mike,”and “the Minister of Defense” (the latter of those nicknames was also given to Reggie White).

-He played 11 years in the NFL (from 1981-1992), all for the Chicago Bears.

-Was a 10-time Pro Bowl pick – every year from 1983-1992.

-Was named First-Team All-Pro seven times (1983-89 and 91) and Second-Team once (1990).

-Won a Super Bowl (XX in 1985-86).

-Is a member of the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team.

-Two-time AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1985, 88).

-Three-time UPI NFC Player of the Year (1984, 85, 88).

-Was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998.

-In 1999 he was ranked number 56 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.

If these 49ers players won’t play for Mike Singletary and can’t get excited to represent on of the game’s greatest players every week, they can’t and won’t play for anyone.

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  1. 6 Responses to “The 49ers Do Not Want To Anger Mike Singletary”

  2. If we can only get him to wear a suit…. and coach the Jets. I’d like him even more.

    By Jersey on Oct 27, 2008

  3. The 49ers are still awful, but at least now they might be entertaining. Mike Singletary is certainly an improvement over Mr. Empty Suit.

    By Dani on Oct 28, 2008

  4. Singletary is one piece of the puzzle for the Niners. Their D is in decent shape, especially with Patrick Willis…it’s the O that needs to keep them off the field. I love Frank Gore, but if I owned the team I’d trade Gore for a heavy price, a la the Hershell Walker Vikings/Cowbos trade so many years ago. Let Singletary draft some talent with character next year and then the Niners will be respectable again. Let’s face it…no matter what Singleary brings to the table now, opposing defences just have to stop Gore to beat the Niners. Piss off this season and do a REAL rebuild. Problem is, the Niner ownership would never hav th nads to do something so bold, and as a result, Singletary will fail. Sad, but true.

    By mj on Oct 29, 2008


    By WILLIAM BELL on Oct 29, 2008

  6. I hope he survives with this style. All of our great Chicago writers thought he was too much. Coming from a city that brought us Ditka,Halas, and Butkus. Give me a break!

    By Dennis Wallem on Oct 29, 2008

  7. this is exactly what we need, been a 49er fan since 1981.The glory days are over, and iron mike is just the right person to get it back. We dont need any yes men that say the right thing and do the other.We need a focal leader of men and if you dont get on board we will see ya on the free agent list. I just hope the 49er brass does the right thing and let this man fix all the screw ups for the last several years. And by the way i have a closet full of 49er gear just waitin to be worn, IRON MIKE GO GET EM

    By g-dub on Oct 29, 2008

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