Tag:San Francisco 49ers
Posted on: September 20, 2010 9:05 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2010 9:20 pm

And now, the worst snap in NFL history

Posted by Will Brinson

Maybe "worst snap in NFL history" is a bit of a stretch, but for a 49ers team that so desperately needed to get off to a fast start against the Saints, giving up two points on a really, really bad snap from the shotgun formation on their opening drive probably wasn't an ideal start.

Posted on: September 18, 2010 7:46 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 11:29 pm

Singletary: 'We will stop Drew Brees'

Posted by Will Brinson

Mike Singletary appeared on a KPIX radio show with Dennis O'Donnell Thursday and was asked about trying to stop Drew Brees during the 49ers Monday Night Football matchup with the Saints.

He replied by saying, "We will not try to stop Drew Brees. We will stop Drew Brees. Next question."

Naturally, this provoked some curious questions from the media as to whether he was guaranteeing that the Niners would shut down the defending champs' offense. As Matt Barrow of the Sacramento Bee notes, Singletary backed off the comments a bit, pointing out that there was never any sort of guarantee.

"I just said we would stop him," Singletary said. "I'm certainly not going to go into the game thinking we're not going to stop him. If that's the case, I need to stay home."

So, really, nothing too crazy, at least in the quotable realm that is Singletary-isms. At least in comparison to the "sniff out the rat" tirade, this is tame.

Plus he has a pretty good point: even if San Fran knows that Brees is going to pull their pants down in front of the world with an MVP performance, they can't go into the game thinking that, because then there's no real reason to play in the first place.

UPDATE : Doug Farrar at Shutdown Corner comes through with video of Singletary's interview referenced above. Not mentioned is that Singletary freaks out about the whole Yahoo! deal whereby Jason Cole reported Jimmy Raye was having trouble getting plays to Alex Smith. Also not mentioned is like another four or so minutes of awesomeness. Do enjoy.

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Posted on: September 17, 2010 4:29 pm

Podcast: Week 2 late game previews

Posted by Will Brinson

We covered the early games, um, earlier, but there's so much NFL goodness going on this weekend that we split our preview into two parts. Listen to the first part here.

And listen to the second part below -- it features Andy and I discussing whether or not the Jets will score an offensive touchdown this week against the Pats (although we probably should have made the bet for the season), why Seattle and Denver are so similar geographically, why on Earth the NFL forced Oakland and St. Louis to play a game this year, who will emerge victorious from the Manning Bowl, and if Mike Singletary can motivate his team enough to handle the defending champs on Monday night.

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Posted on: September 17, 2010 9:43 am
Edited on: September 17, 2010 9:44 am

Mike Singletary is feeling extra grumpy

Posted by Andy Benoit

Earlier this week there was an entertaining controversy in San Francisco pertaining to miscommunication with the play-calling. In case you don’t know the story, the long and short of it, Niners head coach Mike Singletary said there were problems with Alex Smith’s headset at Seattle; Smith said everything was fine and that the plays need to come in quicker.

After this, Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports wrote that offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye is the primary source of the communication problems.

All the speculation and drama surrounding the Niners is not sitting well with head coach Mike Singletary. Take a look at the transcript of this tense television interview Singletary had with KPIX Sports Director Dennis O’Donnell. (And, good news: if you want to watch the interview, you can click here.)

Singletary: “What’s the truth? Jimmy has been in the league 33 years. He’s been a coordinator for longer than you’ve been doing this.

How does a guy be a coordinator and be successful all those years and not be good at what he does? That does not even make sense to me, the question. I don’t mean to be disrespectful but it doesn’t make any sense, the question you’re asking.”

O’Donnell: I’m basing it on what was said in the Yahoo article …

Singletary: But don’t base a man’s entire career on a dang-gum Yahoo commercial.

O’Donnell: That’s the point I’m trying to make because as I said …

Singletary: The point I’m trying to make is I don’t want to talk about the Yahoo deal. It really pisses me off now that I sit here and think about it. We just talked today and I had a press conference today. I don’t want to talk about the Yahoo thing anymore. Whoever said it, I don’t care who said it, it’s over. I want to move forward.

O’Donnell: So there’s no truth to it?

Singletary: I want to move forward.

O’Donnell: Let’s talk about Alex moving forward into Monday night. In situations where maybe he’s not getting a play by a certain amount of time, if he can see …

Singletary: Alex will be fine Monday night. Watch the game and you will see that Alex will be fine. I don’t want to talk about time. I don’t want to talk about clock. I don’t want to talk about any of that. I want to talk about New Orleans if you want to talk about that.

O’Donnell: I’m alluding to …

Singletary: I want to talk about New Orleans if you want to talk about that.

O’Donnell: OK. Let’s talk about trying to stop Drew Brees.

Singletary: We will not try to stop Drew Brees. We will stop Drew Brees. Next question.

O’Donnell: Let’s talk about trying to move the ball against the New Orleans defense …

Singletary: We will not try to move the ball against the New Orleans defense. We will move the ball and we will score.

O’Donnell: Obviously there’s a sense of frustration that’s built …

Singletary: No, there’s not a sense of frustration. I’m just being honest. I had a conversation about this early today and I came in here ready to talk about New Orleans and we get all this other. I’m just tired of talking about that. I’m ready to go. I am excited, I’m ready to go, I just finished talking to my team, I’m ready to go. We can talk about New Orleans, let’s go, but I don’t want to talk about all this other stuff.

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Posted on: September 14, 2010 8:46 pm

Oh, so THAT'S the problem with Niners' play-calls

Posted by Andy Benoit

Monday we wrote about the consternation surrounding the play-calling in San Francisco. (After the Niners burned threeJ. Raye (US Presswire) timeouts in the first half, Mike Singletary said there was a problem with Alex Smiths’ headset against Seattle; Smith basically said the coaches need to get the plays in quicker.)

Well, according to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, the problem could be offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye.

“It seems like Jimmy calls plays from memory a lot of the time and not exactly the way it’s written down,” a source told Cole. The source said that plays often get garbled. “(Raye) knows the plays and he knows the right thing to call, but he’s fumbling through his papers and it’s like, ‘Hey, we need to get a play called.’”

Cole writes:

Last season, Raye relayed the plays to offensive assistant Jason Michael, who relayed them to the quarterback. This worked well, somehow compensating for Raye’s communication issues. But the arrangement diminished quarterback coach Mike Johnson’s involvement in the game plan. Cole writes, “As a result, several players went to Singletary this offseason to complain about Raye and the overall situation. Singletary’s solution was to change the mechanics of how the plays were sent in. He replaced Michael, who is still on staff, with Johnson in the play-calling process. On Sunday, that became a problem because Johnson couldn’t decipher what Raye was saying during tense moments when the Seattle crowd was making noise. Singletary was seen several times yelling at Johnson on the sideline when plays didn’t get relayed in a timely fashion.”

This is miscommunication in the truest form.

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

Niners QB, coach contradict each other in presser

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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Posted on: September 11, 2010 7:56 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2010 7:59 pm

Podcast: Week 1 late game previews

Posted by NFL Facts & Rumors staff

Andy Benoit joins Will Brinson to preview the second slate of games on the first NFL weekend. Can the numerous ex-Niners among the Seattle crew help the Seahawks overcome inexperience? Will the Aaron Rodgers v. Kevin Kolb matchup be the most exciting quarterback battle of the first week? Would you rather have Derek Anderson or Sam Bradford starting? All those questions -- and more -- answered for your previewing pleasure.

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