The 49ers 45-10 loss against the Falcons unsurprisingly included many moments of high intensity on the sideline from 49ers coach Mike Singletary.
During one of those moments, Singletary started yelling at Falcons lineman Harvey Dahl.
Singletary was asked about the incident after the game by Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News.
“As a coach, I just needed to overlook that and move on. But you get caught up in the heat of the moment,” Singletary said.
“I’ll put it this way, I wish that I was more . . . I wish I had more
coaching etiquette, OK? I don’t. I love my players. And when someone
responds about my players in a particular way, you know, I may . . . do some
things that I shouldn’t. I have to get better at those things as time
Singletary’s concern for his composure makes sense, but his players surely appreciate him defending them. The passion Singletary has instilled in the franchise is part of why he’s been successful to this point.
The 49ers don’t have an overly talented roster, so they will have to rely on emotion and effort to carry them through most weeks.
On Sunday, emotion seemed to get the better of them in their 45-10 loss. But Singletary would but a lot less fun to watch, and possibly less effective, if he toned things down.
Who needs coaching etiquette?