Mike Singletary’s debut as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers didn’t go exactly as anticipated.
The Niners lost to the Seattle Seahawks 34-13 in San Francisco on Sunday amidst much turmoil on the home sideline.
Down two scores, the new head coach sent his starting tight end to the showers after a brief confrontation then benched the team’s starting QB following an interception that was returned for a touchdown.
After the game, Singletary put his players and staff on blast. He said he’d rather play with only 10 players than 10 players and one loser (TE Vernon Davis); that turnovers will not be tolerated (QB J.T. O’Sullivan); nor will coaches who tolerate turnovers (Mike Martz).
And that was his opening salvo. I’m thinking things are about to change in San Francisco.
The team is 2-6 and staring down its worst season yet. The offense can’t score enough, the defense can’t stop anything. Not that much of that changed on Sunday.
Still, there’s a sense that Singletary cares enough to kick some ass to get is point across.
There’s a moment on a piece of NFL Films footage where Singletary is quoted as saying:
“I’m gonna be here all day, baby! I like this kind of party!”
I’ve always admired that. It’s 20 below at Soldier Field and Singletary’s talking trash.
If he can develop that kind of insanity/bravado in Patrick Willis and the defense, Alex Smith/J.T. O’Sullivan/Sean Hill/2009 No. 1 Draft Pick could play quarterback and the 49ers would win games.