Tag:Mike Singletary
Posted on: November 15, 2010 5:10 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2010 5:11 pm
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Alex Smith healthy enough ... to be a back up

Posted by Will Brinson

Mike Singletary's 49ers -- winners of, gasp, two games in a row! -- will stick with what's worked this week against the Buccaneers, as a healthy Alex Smith will return to serve as Troy Smith's backup.

Singletary announced the news at his Monday press conference, via our 49ers Rapid Reporter Michael Erier.

"We’re going week to week," Singletary said.

So, yeah, he's not entirely confident in Troy, even though the former Ohio State product lit up the Rams en route to a potentially season-changing win for San Fran. And sure, he's undefeated this season and has more wins than Alex, but there's no reason to think keeping him as the starter is actually smart.

This does fall in line with Singletary's tactics, however -- steadfast denial of a situation and the belief that withholding job security might serve as motivation is his MO.

Troy should be fine come this Sunday, too, since picking up a "W" is probably going to fall more on the defense. After all, if Mike Goodson and the Panthers can run for 100 yards against Tampa, there's no reason to think Frank Gore can't pile up a monster game too.

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Posted on: November 12, 2010 1:48 pm
 

Hot Routes 11.12.10: Balance for the Jets rushing

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • LaDainian Tomlinson's been the story of the Jets rushing attack so far this season (yes, his dominance outweighs how terrible Shonn Greene has been). But the tides could be turning -- Rex Ryan wants to see a "more balanced" split in carries (anticipating about 50 carries a game) between Greene and Tomlinson going forward. RB coach Anthony Lynn points out that Greene -- whose YPC is up near 4.8 in recent games, while Tomlinson's is under 4.0 -- is "built for November, December, January." It makes sense, particularly if the Jets can get some separation in working towards a playoff spot, because there's no reason in wasting LdT during meaningless games of the regular season.
  • How safe is Mike Singletary's job in San Francisco? Tim Kawakami's already putting together a list of potential replacements.
  • Dom Capers, who's killing it with a depleted Green Bay defense this season, isn't inclined to talk about head coaching jobs right now.
  • Joe Flacco believes the Ravens left "a little bit too much time on the clock" for the Falcons Thursday night. This is technically correct, but, and I really hate to agree with Joe Thiesmann here, if you can get six when the Ravens got six, you take the points.
Posted on: November 9, 2010 6:43 pm
 

Singletary struggling between Smiths decision

Posted by Will Brinson

Troy Smith did enough in his cup o' coffee for the 49ers last week to warrant some consideration towards keeping him as the starter over Alex Smith for San Francisco's Week 10 home matchup against the Rams. Yes, "enough" in this case is "winning one game," but that's the 2010 49ers, folks.

And as such, we've got a little controversy on our hands!

"Alex knows exactly where I stand with him on leadership," Singletary said. "He knows exactly how I feel about him at quarterback. He knows that at the end of the day, who's going to be the quarterback? The guy who gives us the best chance to win. And that's as simple as that."

So who's the answer? Well, statistics, paycheck and draft slot (it still counts when you pay that much to a No. 1 overall) say Alex. Win/loss record and -- apparently -- leadership say Troy.

Maybe, I suppose -- Alex defended himself on Monday to reporters by pointing out that leading as a quarterback (versus leading as a middle linebacker like Singletary) is a "very different mindset."

Singletary claimed Tuesday that his comments were "misconstrued" and that he wasn't taking a pot shot at Alex's leadership.

"Alex Smith is a guy who comes in, he's going to lead by example," Singletary said. "That's his idea of leadership. He's not going to be a guy that tells someone to do something, asks someone to do something. He's going to watch film, he's going to invite the receivers, the linemen, he's going to invite everybody, he's going to do that so who wouldn't want that in a quarterback? The guy is courageous, he's fearless, he competes. But his style of leadership, he leads by example. That's who Alex Smith is."

If Singletary were smart, he'd just pick one person, roll with them (in this case that person should be Troy, who's taking the starters snaps and not, you know, injured), and stop trying to play games in the media about whoever isn't starting.

You can do stuff like that when you're 6-2; people will just say you're a "wily motivator." When you're 2-6? You're "losing control of the team." As if that weren't apparent already.

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 3:06 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2010 3:31 pm
 

Dey Took Er Jobs: We Talking About Stamina

Posted by Will Brinson

On Sunday, Mike Shanahan inexplicably pulled Donovan McNabb in favor of Rex Grossman. Were it not for Randy Moss and Brad Childress, that's all anyone would have talked about Monday and Tuesday.

To counter said distraction, Shanahan and the Redskins brought in Jamarcus Russell for a tryout.

As much as all of that reads like an Onion Sports story, it's the truth, folks -- and as such we have some sort of a quarterback controversy going down with the 4-4 Redskins.

Well, perhaps "controversy" is too strong a word. After all, Grossman isn't as good as McNabb, and Russell, who weighed in at 286 pounds, might have trouble making a Lingerie Football League team. (Actually, he might have an easier time getting on an NFL squad than that, but you see the point.)

The hemming and hawing of Shanny was the worst of it all -- he originally claimed that Grossman was better at running the two-minute offense (clearly a) a lie and b) patently wrong) and then decided that McNabb wasn't in good enough shape to stay on the field.

Regardless of why, Kyle Shanahan (yes, son of Mike) protege Grossman entered the game and immediately guaranteed the Lions a win with a fumble-turned-touchdown.

We understand now that there are locker room issues with Washington (I mean, duh, right?) thanks to Shanahan's decision, and that while he certainly doesn't have the problems of the aforementioned Childress, he's getting dangerously close to blowing up a Washington season that once had promise.

Will Grossman start for the Redskins the rest of the way home? We can only hope so -- after all, that means when the Vikings sign McNabb next year, Leslie Frazier will finally get the respect he deserves.

Whatever, that's a lot of projection, but is it really worth discussing whether or not Grossman should replace McNabb in the starting lineup? Of course it's not -- if the possibility of David Carr replacing Alex Smith in San Francisco a mind-boggling mishap of mediocrity (and it was, as I said and then we saw) then this is just a slap in the face to common sense.

Most coaches go out of their way to avoid quarterbacks controversies like these -- somehow, Mike Shanahan has managed to invite one, while also insulting his veteran leader and the only talented quarterback on the roster.

No amount of humiliation-based motivation is worth the obvious downside to this. And swapping out McNabb for Grossman at this stage would just be proof that Shanny had his brain surgically replaced with Dan Snyder's.

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Speaking of the 49ers, Troy Smith did a pretty good job of making sure that David Carr won't be seeing the field as a starter (there are always injuries, and he'll seemingly always get a job based on just potential, sigh) any time soon.

But what happens when Alex Smith returns in a few weeks? At that point, Troy will have had multiple weeks with reps as the starter and possibly even more wins than Alex, in many less tries.

It's not like we're discussing someone off the street either -- Troy has the credentials to a degree (the Heisman Trophy has to be worth something, right???) and reasonable stats when he started. His accuracy isn't as good percentage wise as Alex, but he doesn't cough the ball up as much, and San Fran is very much a Frank Gore-based team.

Just saying we shouldn't be so quick to roll right back to Alex just because he was the top pick a few years ago.

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Matt Moore and Derek Anderson will continue getting the nod -- both moves are the smart play, in reasonably similar situations -- both teams are equal at -65 in point differential, both have star wide receivers, both have a talented pair of running backs that are underperforming, both teams have rookie quarterbacks they believe to be the future, etc., etc. The only difference is that the Cardinals are in a crappy division. And given the way Jimmy Clausen and Max Hall have played, which is to say, "not good," it behooves both coaches to allow their youngsters to develop on the bench and learn while watching for a little while.

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Pants on Fire (Hot Seat Watch)

- Brad Childress: If I fired Andy right now, no one would notice or care, but the bosses would probably say "um, why did you do that without telling us?" and then fire me too. (Just kidding, I don't have hiring/firing power. And if anything, I'm the Randy Moss of the group. You should see what happens when my coffee isn't premium brand.) Thin ice for Chilly.

- John Fox: Someone asked Sean Payton if he would be willing to hire Fox as an assistant next year, even though Fox still has a job (technically). That's an indication of something, insomuch as 1-6 is at least.

- Wade Phillips: At some point, the awkwardness of Wade's eventual firing will wear off. Thank goodness he doesn't have a primetime game this week!

- Jack Del Rio: Betting against Del Rio when his job is on the line is like betting against Michael Jordan these days. Still, the Jags are going to be hard pressed to make the playoffs in that division with that talent and you have to think Wayne Weaver will at least explore something new once the CBA gets sorted out.

- Mike Singletary: The bright side of eventually losing the NFC West race to the Seahawks and Rams is that he'll be immediately employed as a six figure motivational speaker.

- Marvin Lewis: No one's really talking about Lewis' job being in jeopardy because it's too easy to place blame on Carson Palmer for stinking. But there's a lot of talent on this team and they're underachieving badly.

- Josh McDaniels: The biggest problem for Pat Bowlen is that admitting he messed up with McDaniels is about as fun as Mike Shanahan admitting he messed up with Grossman. Which is like full circle or something, man.

- Norv Turner: A win against the Texans on the road would go a long way towards keeping Norvell safe, particularly with divisional games coming up and Vincent Jackson returning. He should also give Philip Rivers 10 percent of his paycheck for winning games with a receiving corps only outflanked in mediocrity by the Bolts' special teams.

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 3:06 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2010 3:31 pm
 

Dey Took Er Jobs: We Talking About Stamina

Posted by Will Brinson

On Sunday, Mike Shanahan inexplicably pulled Donovan McNabb in favor of Rex Grossman. Were it not for Randy Moss and Brad Childress, that's all anyone would have talked about Monday and Tuesday.

To counter said distraction, Shanahan and the Redskins brought in Jamarcus Russell for a tryout.

As much as all of that reads like an Onion Sports story, it's the truth, folks -- and as such we have some sort of a quarterback controversy going down with the 4-4 Redskins.

Well, perhaps "controversy" is too strong a word. After all, Grossman isn't as good as McNabb, and Russell, who weighed in at 286 pounds, might have trouble making a Lingerie Football League team. (Actually, he might have an easier time getting on an NFL squad than that, but you see the point.)

The hemming and hawing of Shanny was the worst of it all -- he originally claimed that Grossman was better at running the two-minute offense (clearly a) a lie and b) patently wrong) and then decided that McNabb wasn't in good enough shape to stay on the field.

Regardless of why, Kyle Shanahan (yes, son of Mike) protege Grossman entered the game and immediately guaranteed the Lions a win with a fumble-turned-touchdown.

We understand now that there are locker room issues with Washington (I mean, duh, right?) thanks to Shanahan's decision, and that while he certainly doesn't have the problems of the aforementioned Childress, he's getting dangerously close to blowing up a Washington season that once had promise.

Will Grossman start for the Redskins the rest of the way home? We can only hope so -- after all, that means when the Vikings sign McNabb next year, Leslie Frazier will finally get the respect he deserves.

Whatever, that's a lot of projection, but is it really worth discussing whether or not Grossman should replace McNabb in the starting lineup? Of course it's not -- if the possibility of David Carr replacing Alex Smith in San Francisco a mind-boggling mishap of mediocrity (and it was, as I said and then we saw) then this is just a slap in the face to common sense.

Most coaches go out of their way to avoid quarterbacks controversies like these -- somehow, Mike Shanahan has managed to invite one, while also insulting his veteran leader and the only talented quarterback on the roster.

No amount of humiliation-based motivation is worth the obvious downside to this. And swapping out McNabb for Grossman at this stage would just be proof that Shanny had his brain surgically replaced with Dan Snyder's.

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Speaking of the 49ers, Troy Smith did a pretty good job of making sure that David Carr won't be seeing the field as a starter (there are always injuries, and he'll seemingly always get a job based on just potential, sigh) any time soon.

But what happens when Alex Smith returns in a few weeks? At that point, Troy will have had multiple weeks with reps as the starter and possibly even more wins than Alex, in many less tries.

It's not like we're discussing someone off the street either -- Troy has the credentials to a degree (the Heisman Trophy has to be worth something, right???) and reasonable stats when he started. His accuracy isn't as good percentage wise as Alex, but he doesn't cough the ball up as much, and San Fran is very much a Frank Gore-based team.

Just saying we shouldn't be so quick to roll right back to Alex just because he was the top pick a few years ago.

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Matt Moore and Derek Anderson will continue getting the nod -- both moves are the smart play, in reasonably similar situations -- both teams are equal at -65 in point differential, both have star wide receivers, both have a talented pair of running backs that are underperforming, both teams have rookie quarterbacks they believe to be the future, etc., etc. The only difference is that the Cardinals are in a crappy division. And given the way Jimmy Clausen and Max Hall have played, which is to say, "not good," it behooves both coaches to allow their youngsters to develop on the bench and learn while watching for a little while.

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Pants on Fire (Hot Seat Watch)

- Brad Childress: If I fired Andy right now, no one would notice or care, but the bosses would probably say "um, why did you do that without telling us?" and then fire me too. (Just kidding, I don't have hiring/firing power. And if anything, I'm the Randy Moss of the group. You should see what happens when my coffee isn't premium brand.) Thin ice for Chilly.

- John Fox: Someone asked Sean Payton if he would be willing to hire Fox as an assistant next year, even though Fox still has a job (technically). That's an indication of something, insomuch as 1-6 is at least.

- Wade Phillips: At some point, the awkwardness of Wade's eventual firing will wear off. Thank goodness he doesn't have a primetime game this week!

- Jack Del Rio: Betting against Del Rio when his job is on the line is like betting against Michael Jordan these days. Still, the Jags are going to be hard pressed to make the playoffs in that division with that talent and you have to think Wayne Weaver will at least explore something new once the CBA gets sorted out.

- Mike Singletary: The bright side of eventually losing the NFC West race to the Seahawks and Rams is that he'll be immediately employed as a six figure motivational speaker.

- Marvin Lewis: No one's really talking about Lewis' job being in jeopardy because it's too easy to place blame on Carson Palmer for stinking. But there's a lot of talent on this team and they're underachieving badly.

- Josh McDaniels: The biggest problem for Pat Bowlen is that admitting he messed up with McDaniels is about as fun as Mike Shanahan admitting he messed up with Grossman. Which is like full circle or something, man.

- Norv Turner: A win against the Texans on the road would go a long way towards keeping Norvell safe, particularly with divisional games coming up and Vincent Jackson returning. He should also give Philip Rivers 10 percent of his paycheck for winning games with a receiving corps only outflanked in mediocrity by the Bolts' special teams.

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 12:20 pm
 

Seahawks, Niners, Jets to pass on Randy Moss?

Posted by Will Brinson

We spent plenty of time this morning putting together the NFL waiver order, noting in the process what teams might be interested in taking on the troubled talent that is Randy Moss.

In our list, the 49ers and Seahawks were listed as weak "maybes" -- and reports Wednesday indicate that neither is likely to claim Moss by 4 PM.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that the Niners "are not expected" to put in a claim on Moss (or Shawne Merriman), according to a source with knowledge of the situation. It's kind of a shame, since the Mike Singletary and Moss would allow us to nickname the Niners "Pants Party" for the rest of the season.

In other NFC West news, Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times states that "indications were the Seahawks weren't interested" in placing a claim on Moss or Merriman either. Seattle has a need at wideout, and Pete Carroll isn't scared to make an aggressive move, but there are bigger concerns for the 'Hawks -- namely protecting the guy who can't even really throw the deep ball.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that, per a league source, the Jets have not placed a claim on Moss either -- this is logical in that Rex Ryan and Co. would only reasonably take a stab at Moss in order to block the Patriots from picking him up. After all, adding Moss to a wide receiver corps that includes Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes is the equivalent to inviting Snooki onto the Real World: Craziest Housemate Reunion.

Provided these reports are accurate, it seems likely that the top team with reasonable shot at pulling the trigger on a claim for Moss are the St. Louis Rams (although I still think the Chargers are a candidate, though bringing in Moss would undermine Norv Turner and give A.J. Smith more of a headache at wideout), who occupy the 13th spot in the current NFL waiver order.

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 8:54 am
 

Wade Phillips hasn't been fired yet

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A couple of different stories in today’s Dallas Morning News deal with Cowboys coach Wade Phillips and what will/could happen to his job.

In the first article, David Moore talked to some of the players who would be affected if Dallas owner Jerry Jones fires Phillips in the middle of this season (it seems like it could happen any day now, doesn't it?).

"It wouldn't do us good at all, not even a little bit," cornerback Terence Newman said. "I think everybody definitely respects Wade. He gets his point across. I don't think trying to change coaches will do us any good, especially when he's not out on the field. We are. We're just not getting it done. I can't put that on him. I put that on us."

Some of what Newman said is a little surprising if it’s true. Phillips doesn’t come off as a coach that’s universally respected in the locker room, though Newman said he does get that respect. He also doesn’t come off as garnering much respect by the front office. But he seems likeable, so he’s got that going for him.

"I just hate it for Wade because his job is so hard now," linebacker Bradie James said. "One thing I can truly say is he's been positive and consistent as far as how he approaches the team meetings with us all together.”

In the second story, Todd Archer explains that making somebody the interim head coach doesn’t always solve a team’s problem. Don Coryell in San Diego in 1978 made it work. So did Bruce Coslet temporarily in Cincinnati in 1986.

But in the past two years, four interim coaches have been hired. Only two, Oakland’s Tom Cable and San Francisco’s Mike Singletary remain with the team that made him an interim, and this very well could be the final season for Singletary.

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Posted on: October 29, 2010 11:06 pm
 

For the gambler in you

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If you’re wondering which NFL teams the gambling website bodog.com believes are the co-favorites to win the Super Bowl, wonder no more: the site has the Jets and Steelers at 13/2 odds to prevail in the league championship game. If you want to know the favorite in the NFC, that’d be the Giants who are 8/1 favorites.

My favorite parts of the weekly e-mail from bodog, though, are the prop bets. Some highlights:

Will Lovie Smith be the head coach of the Bears for Week 1 of the 2011 NFL Regular Season?

Yes +150

No -200

Will Mike Singletary be the head coach of the 49ers for Week 1 of the 2011 NFL Regular Season?


Yes +150

No- 200

Will Norv Turner be the head coach of the Chargers for Week 1 of the 2011 NFL Regular Season?


Yes -105

No -125

I find it fascinating that the firings of Singletary and Smith are receiving the same odds. I’d be much more inclined to say that Singletary will be out of a job instead of Smith. But yeah, I also think Turner is as good as gone.


DeAngelo Hall – How many Interceptions will he record from Week 8 to Week 17 of the 2010 NFL Regular Season?

Over/Under 2.5

After his four-interception burst against the Bears last week, I’d say Hall will go over. After all, he’ll face Minnesota on Nov. 28, and if Brett Favre is playing, he’s usually good for an interception or two. Plus, the Redskins have got Jacksonville on Dec. 26, and there’s no telling what interception risk the Jaguars will play at the quarterback spot.

Will Brett Favre be benched at any point this season (injuries do not count towards wager)

Yes +200

No -300

I’m not even sure how this would work, especially with this weekend’s game vs. the Patriots. If Favre doesn’t play Sunday, would that automatically be because he’s injured? What if he says afterward that he could have played, that he, in fact, wanted to play? Is it possible for this wager even to have a clear conclusion?

Troy Smith – Total Passing Yards Week 8 vs. Denver

Over/Under 200.5

I could probably better answer this question if the site laid out the bet in meters rather than yards.

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