I like Mike. Singletary that is. I had like all 49ers fans had seen enough of the Mike Nolan era to realize he was not the man to lead us back to the Super Bowl. I used to be a Nolan apologist, and with some good reason. He had moved the 49ers back to a professional organization that they had lost during the Erickson or should we say errorful era. The suit was a symbol of that. He was a man with a plan, and the 49ers improved under him. All 49ers fans would agree they overachieved his second year when they had a 4-12 team talent wise, and they went 7-9. Their talent however got better, but their record did not. There were two things that ultimately led to his demise. 1. He was a terrible game manager. Hence, the awful challenges and the strange 4th down calls. He was not a good spontaneous football coach, unfortuately the NFL is a spontaneous league. 2. He never seemed to match his talent with his system. The hiring of the free-spirited and free-slinging Mike Martz when the 49ers needed someone who would build an offense around Frank Gore and play-action, instead of 7 step-drops and J.T. O’Sullivan. So why do I like the new Mike?
Because I think Mike Singletary does a few things great head coaches do. As a leader of this football team, they will be on the same page as a team. Their offense will compliment the defense, not be a separate operation as it seems to have been the first part of the season. As a former player, he understands the spontaneity of football and should make better game managing decisions than Nolan.
I do not care that he has never been a coordinator. He’s not calling the plays. He’s leading a team. Leader is a word that has been synonymous w/ Mike his whole life. He commands respect because he gives respect. Leaders excel in life. Yea, other factors like talent help, but a true leaders overcomes the lack of talent. Singletary is the kind of guy you want on your side, and it is appropriate that now he gets a chance to lead our team. Before he accepted the job, he talked with Mike Nolan about it. I like the integrity of a guy in the NFL who cares enough about others that he doesn’t immediately seize a personal opportunity, but carefully considers others around him. Mike Singletary is our Football Coach, and I approve that hire.
P.S. He’s an ordained minister. That doesn’t gurantee success, but I, personally, trust people who trust in Someone more powerful than he is.