While no one is disputing that (now former) San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary should have handled himself differently regarding his on-field tirade directed at quarterback Troy Smith, some seem to agree that Smith may have had it coming.
Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun covered Smith when he was with the Baltimore Ravens, and he seems to think that Smith may not get another chance in the NFL after his latest blunder.
“I’m not a big fan of Singletary as a head coach, but he was the only one to give Smith another opportunity after the Ravens cut him at the beginning of the season. Whatever happened could have been handled off the sidelines. Smith, though, has always had a cockiness about him, and was hard-headed even when he was here in Baltimore. I had hoped he would get his football life together in San Francisco, that a new start would bring out all his talents. Instead, what I saw was the old Smith, the one who seemed to thrive on confrontation.”
Wow, that’s a pretty damming assessment of the young man’s situation. The fact that as many as 10 teams could be looking for quarterback help this offseason means that Smith will likely get a chance somewhere. But that doesn’t mean he’ll stick.
With Singletary’s undressing of him now an internet sensation that won’t go away any time soon, people will form their own opinions over what made his coach blow up so badly.
If Smith is as cocky and hard-headed as Preston is saying, then it isn’t surprising that Singletary flipped out. As Preston points out, Singletary put a lot of faith in the young man, and essentially put his job on the line for him and wasn’t rewarded.