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Mike Singletary: "This is our finest hour"

Mike Singletary is in England, and he’s channeling Winston Churchill.

Asked whether his San Francisco 49ers can achieve the success that the franchise achieved in the days of Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, Singletary waxed philosophical about what the future may hold for his club.

“The one thing I don’t do is spend much time thinking about what was,” Singletary said. “I spend a lot of time thinking about the possibilities ahead of us. I talked to the team this morning and one of the things that I told them, and that I will tell you, is this is our finest hour as a team, and as a staff. When things are going very well, it’s very easy to be a great coach, very easy to be a great player, but when things are not going the way you want them to go, it’s tougher, and not only that, but its giving us an opportunity to really look at where we are, and be able to understand it for what it is.”

Of course, most people would look at the 49ers’ 1-6 record and say that it demonstrates the team’s inability to be great when things aren’t going their way. Singletary, a Hall of Famer who was the linchpin of one of the best teams in NFL history, knows as well as anyone that it’s not easy at all.

But Singletary insists that there are good and reasonable hopes of final victory.

“Some teams may not have a very good record right now, and for whatever reason there’s not a lot that they can do about it,” Singletary said. “We can, and when you lose close games, on one end of it, it looks like wow, you know, what’s the reason that you can’t win the close ones, but there are always two sides to every coin. There’s a reason why you’re close, and we just have to get to that point to where we win those.”

Singletary is an inspiring orator, but as Churchill found out in 1945, that’s not always enough for a leader to keep his job.

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  1. ch19079 says: Oct 29, 2010 11:19 AM

    Everyone likes Singletary. But when your players have tallent and lose, you have to look to the coaches.
    Im not just talking about the Head Coach. The coordinators have a huge impact on games.
    Some if not all will be gone after the season if they dont go on a winning streak to end the season.

  2. Mooch says: Oct 29, 2010 11:48 AM

    “Everyone likes Singletary”
    Really? He seems like an idiot who has no coaching ability. The Tampa coach seems equally clueless, but at least he knows how to talk guys up and motivate.
    Singletary fights the players. He’s the worst coach of the modern era.
    Pretty much, Mike is exactly like every bad boss anyone has ever had. Stupid, clueless, and with zero ability at the tasks at hand. Absolutely no people skills. So all he does is point fingers and yell at people.
    But his phony tough-guy act has clearly worked on some.

  3. RetiredFantasyFootballBackup says: Oct 29, 2010 12:12 PM

    When is it enough Singletary?
    1) Failure to recognize that Takeo Spikes has never been on a team with a winning record in 13 seasons, and you need to drop him to have any chance. Look it up. I’m not kidding.
    2) Letting Shaun Hill go.
    3) Believing in Alex Smith just because he was the 1st draft pick in the Aaron Rodgers draft (who went 25th).
    4) Believing David Carr was ever a legitimate backup. And paying him 3 million to do the “job.”
    5) Never giving any first team reps to Troy Smith or Nate Davis, the two projects that may not be good, but they can’t be worse than Alex Smith, and your team needed a spark 4 losses ago.
    6) Letting Crabtree sit out all of preseason and then letting him play as a regular season starter. If you can teach Vernon Davis a lesson, you need to teach Crabtree about 10 lessons, and you haven’t given Crabtree one lesson he seems to get yet. What happened to no player being bigger than the team? Oh… yeah… except diva wide receivers that kill your whole message that no player is bigger than the team… not that that could have anything to do with your team losing.
    7) And now this! You’re even ruining a perfectly good REM song for me. That’s it. You’re fired! And forget Manusky, I’m all-in on the Mike Johnson conspiracy theory that he’s been plotting to get your job all year… he convinced you to fire Jimmy Raye and move him up a notch… now you’re next! Happy Halloween Bug Eyes!

  4. habibfromnewdehli says: Oct 29, 2010 12:13 PM

    If the Ravens didn’t keep Troy Smith until right before the season… he’d already be starting.
    The 49ers are going to turn this around, and because their division is weak… they just might be able to turn the season around. They’ll still need some help from other teams, but it’s definitely possible.
    Singletary probably gets to stay another year, if they can compete the rest of the way. They’ve had some close games already, so it’s not like they haven’t been in games.

  5. bleedgreen422 says: Oct 29, 2010 12:20 PM

    The funny thing is, when everyone was making their pre-season picks about who could make a super bowl run, or who would be the Cinderella team, few seemed to mention Singletary’s inept coaching ability when boarding the 49ers bus with all the alacrity of a 12yr old girl going to her first Justin Beiber concert. Anyone who has ever watched a team with a coach like Singletary, or perhaps even Herman Edwards will note that when said team wins the coach is praised for his motivational ability, charisma, and leadership. Yet, when that team starts to lose, these traits lose value faster then Enron stock.
    I’m sure the players will truly benefit from another new coach, I mean just look at Alex Smith, he’s been through bad coach after bad coach, replacement after replacement and look at all the dividends that’s paid. Maybe the league will one day shift from a win now this very second mentality to realizing that a few steps backwards one year, can yield many more forward the next.

  6. getreal says: Oct 29, 2010 12:32 PM

    RetiredFantasyFootballBackup ….. liked the post.
    I’m not a 9’ers fan, nor am I a Singletary fan, but I have two comments based on two fo the post above.
    1) I saw a preseason game of 9’ers vs the Colts. Nate Davis is a really good quarterback and deserves a shot. Like was said above, can’t be worse than what is out there.
    2) Singletary is much more than just a dumb angry boss. I played football all my life, at high levels, and some of the best coaches I had were the passionate “dumb” no people skills haven coaches that knew their x’s and o’s and made their players believe they cared about winning.

  7. Big G says: Oct 29, 2010 1:12 PM

    I now think that Singletary has suffered way too many concussions from his playing days. The 49’ers are a bad coached team. They do not execute, they get flagged for stupid penalites, couldn’t get the play in, etc. all signs of not much coaching going on the field. 3 players have quit. This is a team with no clear direction & its time to start over once again.

  8. Mooch says: Oct 29, 2010 2:50 PM

    “I played football all my life, at high levels, and some of the best coaches I had were the passionate “dumb” no people skills haven coaches that knew their x’s and o’s and made their players believe they cared about winning.”
    But that can’t be 100% of it.
    Look, the results speak for themselves. He’s a loser.
    I was coached by someone who had a national, big studio movie made about him. What he did is almost a cliche now about what makes a good coach – he taught you and put you in the best position to succeed.
    He wasn’t some hack looking to tear players down to cover up for his inadequacies as a human being or professional. Which is 99% of what you see now on the HS level.

  9. TG says: Oct 29, 2010 3:45 PM

    One thing Singletary will never be accused of is being an x’s and o’s guy. He should be a conditioning and motivation coach and leave the head coaching job to the big boys.

  10. FinFan6886 says: Oct 29, 2010 5:59 PM

    He was misquoted. Speaking in the context of he and his coaching staff, he actually said “This is our final hour…if we lose to a team that allowed the Raiders to score 59 points while only getting 14.”

  11. RagnarTheBloodAxe says: Oct 29, 2010 6:33 PM

    Yup, Churchill was a great orator and politician, but in the end his policies and actions resulted in the deaths of billions, the complete destruction of industrialized Europe, and the takeover of most of the free nations of Europe and Asia by communnist dictators under the control of the likes of Stalin and Mao. But hey, they won the war and is in the history books as a great leader, so who cares… right?

  12. Blackn'Gold says: Oct 29, 2010 7:52 PM

    I thought Coach Singletary’s message had some historical validity to it. I wish I could see the game. I’m interested in how the San Francisco quarterback Troy Smith plays. The guy is finally getting a chance to play as a starter.
    I think Troy Smith has a lot of upside. Enough to turn the franchise around. I know he isn’t the ideal height for the prototypical quarterback but the guy won a Heisman and his team “the Ohio State” won the national championship. I believe he can handle the pressure.

  13. Drafty says: Oct 29, 2010 8:09 PM

    At least this week, when Singletary looks across the battlefield, he can be confident his opposition doesn’t even know which end of the gun the bullet comes out of.

  14. FumbleNuts says: Oct 29, 2010 11:47 PM

    Mike Singletary: “This is our finest hour”
    HAHAHAHA!!!!!

  15. truegrinder80 says: Oct 30, 2010 11:25 AM

    Always bet on black, Except at head coach and quarterback

  16. TheRedBengal says: Oct 30, 2010 11:38 AM

    RagnarTheBloodAxe says:
    October 29, 2010 6:33 PM
    “Yup, Churchill was a great orator and politician, but in the end his policies and actions resulted in the deaths of billions, the complete destruction of industrialized Europe, and the takeover of most of the free nations of Europe and Asia by communnist dictators under the control of the likes of Stalin and Mao. But hey, they won the war and is in the history books as a great leader, so who cares… right?”
    By your logic, it is Churchill’s fault that the 1917 Russian Civil War occurred, which led to the implementation of the Communist regime which sprung Stalin. I understand your comment about whoever wins gets to write history, but you’re way off base. Of all the 20th century politicians to bash, you picked the one who is easiest to defend…

  17. Mooch says: Oct 30, 2010 5:48 PM

    We have people trashing Churchill now? C’mon!

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