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Suspicions emerge as to the Niners' "rat"

49ers coach Mike Singletary knows he has a rat in the house.  But he’s not saying, “We will not try to find the rat.  We will find the rat.  Next question.”  Instead, Singletary is merely saying, “We will not try to find the rat.”

(Of course, if Singletary wanted to find the rat, he could bring in Terrell Owens, who could check the locker room for anyone who “looks like a rat and smells like a rat.”)

But others are trying to find the rat.  And multiple league sources tell us that the internal speculation has centered on quarterbacks coach Mike Johnson, who joined the 49ers in 2009 after a year out of football.  As of 2010, Johnson inherited the job of relaying the plays from offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye to quarterback Alex Smith.

And, after Sunday’s 31-6 loss to the Seahawks, someone blabbed about the alleged babblings of Raye when trying to call plays down to Johnson.

Said one source with knowledge of the situation, “Singletary suspects it, as does everyone else in the building.  The story came
from inside and the source tried to throw Raye under the bus.  The only person inside
with a need to throw the coordinator under the bus is the quarterbacks coach.”

Another source with knowledge of Johnson tells us that the “guy has been trying to get a coordinator job for years.”  And, of course, one way to get a coordinator job is the same way Singletary got his head-coaching job — to see the guy in front of him get fired.

The suspicion isn’t all that surprising, given that Jason Cole’s report on the matter explains that Johnson “couldn’t decipher what Raye was saying during tense moments when the Seattle crowd was making noise,” and that Singletary was seen yelling at Johnson when the plays were delayed in being sent to Smith. 

Indeed, Johnson would be the most obvious target of the suspicion.  And perhaps for that reason alone, he is.

For now, there’s no hard evidence to prove that Johnson or anyone else is the rat.  But even though Singletary has said he’s not looking for the rat, we’ve got a feeling that the rat won’t be around much longer if Singletary determines the rat’s identity.

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56 Responses to “Suspicions emerge as to the Niners' "rat"”
  1. Nate is Gay for Brady says: Sep 17, 2010 12:50 PM

    It was either the butler or Shanahan.

  2. RetiredFantasyFootballBackup says: Sep 17, 2010 12:51 PM

    Who cares?
    How about Peter King and Adam Schefter both predicting the 49ers will win Monday night?
    Now that’s just crazy talking…

  3. Dewey Axewoond says: Sep 17, 2010 12:51 PM

    “For now, there’s no hard evidence to prove that Johnson or anyone else is the rat…”
    But that won’t stop us from writing the preceding 8 paragraphs telling you and trying to convince you that he WAS, because, afterall, that’s what we do–muckraking, rumor-mongering, unfounded, biased, inflammatory, ugly, over-the-top insinuations and outlandish, unfounded speculations that frequently leave out other pertinent information and sometimes border on slander.
    (Of course, that’s what I like about the site…)

  4. peskys_pole says: Sep 17, 2010 12:52 PM

    There was a rat in the Jets locker room.
    But Rex ate it.

  5. damnvarmint says: Sep 17, 2010 12:56 PM

    Soooooooooooo, what you are telling me is…….? What are you trying tell me?

  6. JohnnyFootballHero says: Sep 17, 2010 12:56 PM

    You waited too late (fourth paragraph) for the explanation, with not enough of a teaser to lead in.
    Rewrite please, then resubmit.

  7. JSpicoli says: Sep 17, 2010 12:57 PM

    The only thing that got him his job, keeps him his job and might keep him from being fired after this season is the incredible nincompoopishness going on in Santa Clara since the York’s took over. Singletary is in way over his head and drowning.

  8. ShootahCowboy says: Sep 17, 2010 12:58 PM

    Wow…
    A football team in the middle of a soap opera?
    As The Stomach Turns…

  9. drunkpandabear says: Sep 17, 2010 12:59 PM

    Tom Cable & Mike Singletary. Don’t expect the Niners or Raiders to be good anytime soon.

  10. Saintnation says: Sep 17, 2010 1:00 PM

    I cannot wait for MNF!

  11. gbsn3219 says: Sep 17, 2010 1:01 PM

    Must be a slow day Florio. You suck!

  12. sluggrad says: Sep 17, 2010 1:04 PM

    The problem with firing the guy, if he is the “rat”, is he then could start leaking even more stories. It might be wiser to keep the guy in-house and either reassign him or get him a mussel, then dump him after the season.

  13. Kiss Bills Rings says: Sep 17, 2010 1:05 PM

    who cares???!!!
    what a stupid story to follow or promote…

  14. trippen says: Sep 17, 2010 1:06 PM

    it’s weird how the 49ers are now the dysfunctional team of the bay area

  15. robert ethen says: Sep 17, 2010 1:10 PM

    Confined in the cramped, subterranean, reachs of their division for too long, the 49ers began viciously biting each others backs.

  16. 49ersMang says: Sep 17, 2010 1:12 PM

    Elephants and rats, Dr. Dolittle better get it together for Monday night before I turn to Chimpanzee that’s covering his eys, ears and mouth.
    C’mon Niners !!

  17. Hauschild says: Sep 17, 2010 1:14 PM

    Another case of – who really gives a shit – on the verge of being cracked by our lovable sleuth by Mikey “Sherlock” Florio.

  18. DEMOLITION says: Sep 17, 2010 1:14 PM

    Michael Craptree

  19. BleedingSilverAndBlack says: Sep 17, 2010 1:17 PM

    Did they say “rat” or “pat”? Oops, same thing.

  20. pigsty says: Sep 17, 2010 1:17 PM

    Singletary has said he’s not looking for the rat, we’ve got a feeling that the rat won’t be around much longer if Singletary determines the rat’s identity.
    Oh goody. If that means the 9ers trade their quarterrat for a quarterback, it couldn’t come soon enuff.
    Watching Smith play is brutal.
    Hearing Smith whine about playcalls and playclocks to excuse the totality of his play would be hilarious if it weren’t so pathetic.
    Johnson isn’t the rat. Did you/your insiders actually read Cole’s story? Cole’s source went out of her way to prop Jason Michael, Raye’s previous relay partner. Cole’s source also claimed to speak for offensive players when she squealed about complaints.
    Shorter: Cole’s source all but points the finger at Johnson as the source of the “communication” problem. If this is Johnson’s way of trying to get severance with pay then, yeah, Johnson is Cole’s source.
    Otherwise, thanks for playing along with Smith’s weasel-rat act.
    The “comm” problem involved 3-4 plays. Smith converted 1-15 3rd downs. I can see why Smith would throw Raye under a bus.
    Can’t see why “the media” would credulously hop on given Smith’s eerily similar behaviour the last time the fit hit the shan.
    Remember then? When his Niner teammates labeled Smith the The Cowardly Lion for blaming everything (injuries) and everyone (Nolan) but himself for a similar game (debacle) in 2007?

  21. MagicMan407 says: Sep 17, 2010 1:19 PM

    Thats pretty gay..

  22. raiderrob21 says: Sep 17, 2010 1:20 PM

    Pants on the Ground, Pants on the ground, Lookin like a foo wit yo pants on da ground. Headset turned sideways, talkin in the earpiece, wit yo pants on the ground! I LOVE IT!!!!

  23. DARTH 0BAMA says: Sep 17, 2010 1:20 PM

    The word “rat” is used 13 times in this post….

  24. Igglesworth says: Sep 17, 2010 1:21 PM

    Just curious – what is the difference between a “rat” and a “source”?

  25. Chris says: Sep 17, 2010 1:22 PM

    i have no idea why players or coaches talk to this guy Jason Cole off yahoo sports… every time they do it only starts negative things for a team like the “Favre not trusting Childress” story, was it Rosenfels? well they traded him…
    dont open your mouth to this guy, he can not be trusted and ruins team chemistry. STAY AWAY FROM THIS GUY, besides he’s not even a good reporter at all, he’s bias, selfish, and is only out to make a name for himself by throwing any NFL player or coach under the bus.

  26. TheDPR says: Sep 17, 2010 1:23 PM

    Singletary should be MUCH more worried about Jimmy Raye being indecipherable than about who on his staff is talking to Yahoo!
    The fact that he doesn’t seem to be tells us all we need to know about him as head coach.
    I wouldn’t say I know Mike Johnson but I have met him several times in the past and spoken with him. He seems to be good people.
    Perhaps if the 49ers really want to win then they WILL fire Raye and promote Johnson.

  27. Dewey Axewoond says: Sep 17, 2010 1:26 PM

    RetiredFantasyFootballBackup says:
    September 17, 2010 12:51 PM
    Who cares?
    How about Peter King and Adam Schefter both predicting the 49ers will win Monday night?
    Now that’s just crazy talking…
    ________________________________
    God, I don’t want to be lumped in with those clowns, but I said it, too:
    Dewey Axewoond says:
    September 15, 2010 2:55 PM
    God, this is what makes the NFL great. During the summer, the ENTIRE football world was swinging off the Niners’ pubes like a bunch of bandwagonning little Tarzans on vines, and
    Singletary was much loved and respected, the second-coming of Lombardi.
    And now, after one game–POOF!–Singletary is an over-rated cheerleader/H.S. coach, and the Niners’ are one of the worst organizations in the league.
    The average fans are like a flock of birds, they all swoop together.
    As a Bears fan, I have no horse in the race (though I STILL like/respect Singletary), but I think the 49ers will beat the Saints this week, too.
    Why?
    Because no one else (besides tre_fizzle) thinks that they can, because the 49ers just had a god-awful showing, are having internal strife, and the media and fans have turned against them, and because the Saints are a very dangerous, well-rounded, bad-as$ed team, who should, by all football logic, clobber them into catatonia.
    It makes absolutely NO sense at all, and NO ONE expects it.
    Which is EXACTLY why I’m making my way out onto that treacherous, brittle limb and saying it:
    49ers beat Saints.
    P.S. Niners–Bears will trade you Lovie for Samurai Mike, whenever you’d like (assuming you’ve forgiven them for the whole Briggs/tampering thing).

  28. 1NationRaiderNation says: Sep 17, 2010 1:28 PM

    is this rat related to art shell fox in the hen house ot whatever in the f art shell was talking about about when he sucked as a coach to….
    If they can’t understand Jimmy Raye, think of the poor guys in the raiders last year trying to understand J-Bust whose ass was drunk on cough syrup everygame….that guy couldn’t articulate with beans….no wonder all the receivers and backs were busting up every time out of the huddle, and nobody lined up in the right formation….

  29. bad asset says: Sep 17, 2010 1:32 PM

    The 49ers suck, and when Singletary figures out who leaked that bit of breaking news to the press, his eyeballs will inflate to three times their normal size. Scary!

  30. StevieMo says: Sep 17, 2010 1:36 PM

    I see we have the usual hallway monitors/copy editors/editorial consultants telling the PFT guys what to put on their phenomenally successful site.

  31. robert ethen says: Sep 17, 2010 1:36 PM

    Johnson came under suspicion as being the “rat” in question after telling colleagues he planned to go back to Norway at the end of the season.

  32. CanadianVikingFan says: Sep 17, 2010 1:38 PM

    Jeff Goldblum knows who it is!!!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n-Fw5MdQ7s

  33. mudduckswithnoringsarejealous says: Sep 17, 2010 1:38 PM

    it was sage!!!!!

  34. mama tried says: Sep 17, 2010 1:38 PM

    Andy reid would like to call a timeout

  35. BraveNewWorld says: Sep 17, 2010 1:42 PM

    Seattle crowd FTW.
    Should be easier to hear the plays on Monday night for sure – will be much quieter.

  36. bearsfan says: Sep 17, 2010 1:42 PM

    Colonel Mustard did it in the Study with the candlestick.

  37. raiderrob21 says: Sep 17, 2010 1:44 PM

    Frustration is setting in on not being able to win in the WORST DIVISION IN THE NFL!!!!
    http://www.csnbayarea.com/pages/video?PID=RvRfQuG4I86oFpQJ9XuvR_wCnc6SL6I9

  38. realitypolice says: Sep 17, 2010 1:45 PM

    JSpicoli says:
    September 17, 2010 12:57 PM
    The only thing that got him his job, keeps him his job and might keep him from being fired after this season is the incredible nincompoopishness going on in Santa Clara since the York’s took over. Singletary is in way over his head and drowning.
    ================================
    “nincompoopishness”
    That. Is. Awesome.
    You sir, are a true wordsmith.
    I will use it in a sentence of my own:
    If Singletary continues this nincompoopishness, he is sure to be poopcanned.

  39. aglinks says: Sep 17, 2010 1:54 PM

    Singletary is out of control. Now he is speaking to tv reporters like his players. Check it out.
    http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2010/09/16/singletary-disputes-report-of-losing-faith-in-coordinator/
    Saints will crush them on Monday night, then it’s on to KC and Atlanta. Can you say 0-4 to start the season. Looks like they need a QB, OC and possibly a new head coach.

  40. ZombieRevolution says: Sep 17, 2010 1:56 PM

    If teams start to track down inside sources of information Florio’s days of breaking NFL information could end soon. After all, trainers and equipment men are not worth keeping if they are leaking information.

  41. Tim18 says: Sep 17, 2010 2:13 PM

    Pete Carrol is a shady dude. It wouldn’t suprise me if something like that did go on.

  42. ClownBurger says: Sep 17, 2010 2:13 PM

    Turns out that Nick Nolte was the guilty party the entire time.

  43. darth_vincent says: Sep 17, 2010 2:25 PM

    damn aglinks… CBS San Fran pulled that article down already, must have been pretty illuminating.
    Ever since Singletary dropped his pants he’s made it known to the world that he’s unfit to coach in the NFL. This sorry episode over “rats” only keeps confirming it.

  44. darth_vincent says: Sep 17, 2010 2:32 PM

    ZombieRevolution says: If teams start to track down inside sources of information Florio’s days of breaking NFL information could end soon. After all, trainers and equipment men are not worth keeping if they are leaking information.
    ZombieRevolution that’s so funny ‘cuz that is how I used to get NFL friends to check this PFT site out 5 years ago… with the old “His (Florio) sources may not be players or coaches, but they at least work for the teams in some capacity” line.

  45. In & Out Burger says: Sep 17, 2010 2:42 PM

    Clearly our QB coach isn’t doing a very good job, lets just fire him on the off chance it is him. What’s the harm?

  46. 909RaiderLifer says: Sep 17, 2010 2:45 PM

    Samurai Mike needs to place a call across the bay to Uncle Al. He has decades of experience dealing with rats in a building, and making them “disappear.”

  47. Hailskinzz says: Sep 17, 2010 2:46 PM

    Who in the he’ll cares? You know when Florio writes something because it doesn’t matter,

  48. Niner13 says: Sep 17, 2010 2:47 PM

    It’s easy to dump on Raye, but the ultimate responsibility lies with Singletary. He hired him, not for his offensive credentials, but because no one else wanted the job. He panicked after several OC candidates backed out, when Sing told them what he wanted: Gore, Gore and more Gore. Sing is also an embarrassment to the organization. He’s a control freak, who can’t accept losing control of the narrative, e.g., the Yahoo story. He dismisses reporters’ questions — the ones we fans want answered — with a dismissive and disrespectful attitude. He thinks reporters should be mere stenographers for his opinions, cutting them off with a look, a sneer and the always-telling folded arms signifying contempt. We never saw such boorish behavior from Walsh, Siefert, Mooch or even Erickson. I wanted to believe in Sing. The best that can said about him is that he was a great linebacker.

  49. thats_what_she_said says: Sep 17, 2010 2:52 PM

    bearsfan says:
    September 17, 2010 1:42 PM
    Colonel Mustard did it in the Study with the candlestick.
    ————————————————–
    HAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!
    I’m at work, LOVE the niners – but man, u had me in tears with that!
    Classic!

  50. Alydar says: Sep 17, 2010 3:11 PM

    Pardon me stewardess, I can help. I speak JimmyRaye

  51. IneedSomeBrainBleach says: Sep 17, 2010 3:28 PM

    It’s the Buffalo Wild Wings bartender.

  52. Cake Or Death says: Sep 17, 2010 3:46 PM

    The rat is sitting on Florio’s head.

  53. CaptainMarvel says: Sep 17, 2010 3:51 PM

    What did this ‘rat’ supposedly do that was so terrible???

  54. StevieMo says: Sep 17, 2010 4:02 PM

    I see CBS SF took the whole article (with video) off their site. Anyone have any links to the video? It’s a real whopper….

  55. ShootahCowboy says: Sep 17, 2010 4:15 PM

    Alydar says:
    September 17, 2010 3:11 PM
    Pardon me stewardess, I can help. I speak JimmyRaye
    _________________________________
    Well played sir.

  56. Mel Kiper IV says: Sep 18, 2010 3:23 PM

    He doesn’t like it, hey Mikey! Dude, just win and this BS will stop. If you can’t, then admit it to yourself and let it go. You were a great player but the jury is still out on whether you can be a HC that has success. Being a great HC isn’t about intensity, it’s about managing people. Do it! Like it or not this story lands on your shoulders with regard to blame. Either clean up your house or hand the job to someone who can.

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