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.