The stories surrounding San Francisco’s blowout win Sunday largely focused on the loose atmosphere record holding interim head coach Jim Tonsula brought to the team.
That was in direct contrast to the culture Mike Singletary brought to the table.
“I think we did play tight,” Davis said via Comcast Bay Area. “Guys were a little scared. They were more worried about coach Singletary getting on them than playing football.”
This can’t be a huge surprise to anyone that has seen Singletary’s staredown. It’s also a reminder that great players don’t often make great coaches because they have a hard time dealing with players that didn’t have the same internal fire they once did.
Perhaps that’s why Singletary was so effective with Davis where he failed elsewhere. The Pro Bowler says Singletary got through to him, and made him understand to place the team above self.
Unfortunately, you can’t coach a team only comprised of strong-willed, talented Pro Bowlers.