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Niners QB, coach contradict each other in presser

Posted on: September 13, 2010 11:31 am
Edited on: September 13, 2010 11:41 am
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Posted by Andy Benoit

Talking on Around the League last week about the Vernon Davis-Michael Crabtree quarrel in Niners practice, we made the point that Mike Singletary must avoid speaking publicly on the matter as much as possible. Singletary’s tremendous elocutionary skills have a tendency to inflate stories. Even when he’s saying nothing, the man just can’t help but say something.A. Smith (US Presswire)

Now, Singletary has an even more delicate issue to handle: Alex Smith and the clock management mystery. The sixth-year quarterback did not play well, going 26/45 with two interceptions (though both picks can be blamed on wideout Michael Crabtree). More noteworthy, however, might be what was said after the game about the three timeouts San Francisco blew in the first half.

“There were some problems with Alex’s helmet,” Singletary said. “We had a similar situation last year. When the communication can’t come in and it’s spotty on the headset and you already can’t hear, it makes it very difficult. It’s not that the plays weren’t coming in. It’s that he wasn’t getting the plays because of technical issues. It happened a few times. We had to take timeouts because of the headset. It’s very frustrating. I guess it just happens to us.”

Okay, perhaps Singletary is hinting that something fishy is going on at Qwest Field. Problem is, as Lowell Cohn of the Press Democrat points out, Singletary’s quarterback doesn’t seem to be singing that tune.

Alex Smith chalked the timeout burning up to “management issues…that we’ve got to figure out.”

Smith said, “The only time it was the headset issue, the clock rolled, they were late to spot the ball and I asked (referee) Mike (Carey) to bump the clock and he bumped it. Once the play clock runs down past 15 (seconds) your headset turns off and it never turns back on. He bumped it up to 25 and the headset never kicked back on and that was the one time, really the only time we had a headset problem.

“For whatever reason most of (the timeouts) occurred on third-and one, fourth-and-one, so yeah, whatever it is, deciding on what personnel would go in, deciding on if we would go for it, that decision has to be made. The refs aren’t waiting around to spot the ball based on what we’re going to decide to do. That clock’s rolling. You’ve got to make that decision if you’re going to go for it, then the play’s got to get called. You’ve got to have a call ready. That happens fast. It was all in key situations like that today when we had most of the problems. It’s frustrating, absolutely.”

In all likelihood, Smith wasn’t trying to refute his coach. But, that’s why it’s not always wise to be transparent in a press conference. Either directly or indirectly, Smith called out the offensive coaching staff. And it’s unfortunate for the Niners that these comments contradicted what Singletary had said just moments earlier.

Maybe this never becomes a story. But we know Singletary is great to listen to, and we know Smith willingly shares his mind. The Niners may have an issue to deal with throughout the week.

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Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2010 5:35 pm
 

Niners QB, coach contradict each other in presser

I know that Singletary came out in the draft, and without saying anything, made it perfectly clear that Alex Smith was the 49ers quarterback.  But 1 of 2 things needs to happen.  Either cut your losses early and go get another quarterback.  Or bring in another descent quarterback to challenge him for the job.  He hasn't produced in 6 years.  Now a lot of this had to do with the supporting cast around him.  But there are no more excuses for him to use.  They have a possible top 5 defense with a stacked offense.  Any quarterback, especially a former #1 overall pick, should be able to light up the scoreboard with this team.  Also calling out your coaching staff, and basically calling them liars to the press shows just how unprepared he truely is.  Regardless of winning or loosing, a team needs to show a unified front.  He obviously is not willing to do that.  Smith right now is the poison that has crippled the niners.  And it seems pretty clear the only cure is dumping out the poison.



Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2010 3:51 pm
 

Niners QB, coach contradict each other in presser

Really? In the press conference they were on different pages? How about on the field? They both looked off. The play calling stunk and the execution was much worse. Mr. smith you had better figure out a way to run this team and start winning or Mr. Carr is right behind you. What irritATES ME MORE THEN ANYTHING WAS THAT THE NINERS SEEMD NOT TO CARE. YOU BETTER CARE!!!! Losing should be a poison to you. It needs to taste like the worst bile possible. Losing needs to be as distasteful as eating dead road anuimals. You need to HATE LOSING!!!! Now you have New Orleans coming in and guess what...they are winners and they do hate losing. You're looking at a 1-3 start if you don't get act together. RIGHT NOW!!



Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2010 3:24 pm
 

Niners QB, coach contradict each other in presser

As long as Alex Smith is the starting quarterback for the 49ers, us fans will deal with these types of losses. It is time for management to realize the huge mistake they made by drafting this clown and let him go. Get a real quarterback so we can begin to enjoy cheering for our team.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2010 2:22 pm
 

Niners QB, coach contradict each other in presser

though both picks can be blamed on wideout Firing a 5 yard bullet with the velocity of a 50 yard pass was the problem, not Crabtree. Smith has had 6 years to figure things out, the only conclusion that can be drawn...he is not the answer,



Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: September 13, 2010 2:12 pm
 

Niners QB, coach contradict each other in presser

I am a huge Niner fan, but we are screwed.  Alex Smith is NOT the answer.  He just is terrible under pressure and not very accurate at all !!!  He has zero presence and I truly could never see him take command and show confidence to get it done. 



Since: Aug 26, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2010 1:53 pm
 

Niners QB, coach contradict each other in presser

Come on Sanfrancisco get it together and stop point fingers its all of yall fault. (LETS PUT THIS BEHIND US AND LETS BALL, ITS JUST WEEK 1 BABY!!!!!!



Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2010 12:44 pm
 

Niners QB, coach contradict each other in presser

GOOD LUCK with the season WHINERS!!!!!!!!!  NOT!!!!!!!!!!


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