I love Mike Singletary. He is easily in my Top 5 of Middle Linebackers who have ever played the game of football, and I think he has the potential to be an excellent head coach in either the NCAA or NFL. Unfortunately, after dropping Sunday’s game vs. divisional foe St. Louis on Sunday, the 49ers the York family decided that Singletary’s potential success would have to happen elsewhere.
I use the word potential, because there seems to be a balance that Singletary hasn’t found in regards to the role of the head coach in the locker room. His respect from the players due to his past play is unparalleled.
Two years ago, he motivated Vernon Davis through a few unusual methods to become one of the most feared tight ends and pass catchers in the NFL. However, he has failed to motivate a QB to play consistently in a 49ers hat, and in terms of his display of emotion toward his professional peers, it seems he might be better geared for the college game.
Everything came to a head yesterday when Singletary and QB Troy Smith sparred verbally on the sideline. Smith lost his composure, and Singletary refused to relent. Later in the game, Singletary pulled Troy Smith for Alex Smith, and so continued the musical quarterback game that the coach has played for the duration of the season.
I wasn’t at all surprised to see that Singletary had been canned by Sunday evening. It only seems appropriate that the 49ers franchise try and slide their name into the mix of teams that might interest a coach such as Bill Cowher.
Singletary was gracious in being dismissed, thankful to the 49ers for the opportunity–disappointed that he couldn’t offer better results. Jim Tomsula, the 49ers Defensive Line Coach will take over as head coach for the season’s final game vs. Arizona.