So long, “Mount Pain”

AP

Former 49ers coach Mike Singletary was into giving bombastic speeches. He like old school drills like the “Nutcracker.” His penchant for bold gestures was perhaps best symbolized by “Mt. Pain.”

Singletary built a hill in 2009 at the 49ers practice facility for players to run up.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says Jim Harbaugh didn’t use the hill in his first year as a coach. So the team recently decided to bulldoze the hill because it was in the way of a new road being built at the team’s facility.

And that’s a nice symbolic goodbye to the Singletary era in San Francisco. In just one year, Harbaugh has helped to demolish the losing, often embarrassing culture surrounding the 49ers over the last decade.

47 responses to “So long, “Mount Pain”

  1. Yea but they still suck! I’m so glad they lost to Eli and the Giants. They won’t be able to sneak up on anybody next year. But they are in a scrub division with 3 other losing teams. A 7 and 9 record by the seahawks won that division 2 years ago. Too funny! Both harbaugs lost in the post season and i think its funny. Ha ha. Geaux Saints!

  2. Out of respect for Mike Singletary, I think the bulldozer operator shouldn’t be allowed to wear pants when he does it.

  3. Singletary once punted on 4th and 4 on the other team’s 33 yard line. Then he couldn’t remember the play in question after the game. After the reporters told him what happened and when it happened he said, “We wanted to pin them back.”

  4. To salmen76:

    Wow, someone is still bitter they lost. Guess you dont have any class like the rest of yoru team does, when they get beat by a superior force.

    By the way, how did VD’s late game TD taste?

    Who dat you say? Thats Vernon Davis!

    Dont wish for someone to beat us, do it yourself. Oh wait, you couldnt. lol

  5. I would say that Singletary did know players though. Wanting winners was not a crime and I’d say that he inherited a good team. Harbaugh didn’t walk into an undisciplined group of under achievers.

    It was very similar to Jon Gruden walking into a Tony Dungy built team to win the Super Bowl. Harbaugh was just one play away from doing the same thing.

  6. Typical pro players do not want to do the hard things that make players and teams great. Almost every very good to great player runs up and down hills to work their legs.
    He may not have been ready to be a head coach and may never be but his defense that he built is NASTY. As a NY Giant fan I appreciate that.

  7. seeyouinhelljohnny says:
    Feb 10, 2012 10:49 AM
    I wonder how many games Harbaugh wins without the defense Singletary built?

    A year and a half coaching isn’t exactly ‘built the defense’. He probably helped develop Patrick Willis but I still credit the Mike Nolan era for a lot of the talent on the team. The coaching staff never could put it all together, but they turned over our roster in a couple years and we have a lot more talent because of it.

    Seems like only yesterday I was screaming at my TV when Kwame Harris was getting beat every play.

  8. Matt Maiocco did an analysis not too long ago of the 49ers roster, and if memory serves, Mike Nolan/Scott McCloughan put most of the defensive talent in place. Not sure Singletary left anything particularly positive behind.

  9. I still like Singletary and what he stands for. He may not be a great HC but he is a great builder of men. I think Harbaugh has built on some of the foundation Singletary started

  10. @salmen76 says “Yea but they still suck! I’m so glad they lost to Eli and the Giants. They won’t be able to sneak up on anybody next year. But they are in a scrub division with 3 other losing teams. A 7 and 9 record by the seahawks won that division 2 years ago. Too funny! Both harbaugs lost in the post season and i think its funny. Ha ha. Geaux Saints!”

    You know what else is funny? The fact that those Saints you refer to lost two the NFC West champs in the playoffs 2 years in a row. Those 7-9 Seahawks sure didn’t look like a 7-9 team against the Saints in the 2010 playoffs. Perhaps you forgot about this already? Who Dat? The NFC West.

  11. I’m from Tampa and just a couple of comments. One can say that Harbaugh took over Mike’s team, just like Gruden did in Tampa…BUT everyone seems to forget that literally 99% of people wanted Dungy gone his last 2 years in Tampa. They look back now and say he got hosed, but I remember like it was yesterday how fed up people were with Dungy here at the end of his reign.

    These coaches may have taken over the prior coaches team with a vast majority of the same players, but the new coaches bring in such a new energy, mindset, etc…that brings everything together. Much like Harbaugh did in SF and Gruden did in Tampa.

  12. I agree with wtfru2. Jim Harbaugh has done a good job with the 49ers, but, he came into a situation with a quarterback (#1 overall pick), running back being an all-league performer, tight end and wide receiver (V. Davis, M. Crabtree) being high picks and Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, and Joe Staley all first round picks. Then consider the defense. Patrick Willis, Aldon Smith, Justin Smith, Carlos Rogers, Donte Whitner all first-round picks. Harbaugh inherited a pretty talented team so try not to forget that.

  13. It was a good training tool I think. Mount pain is more of a testiment to the Late, Great Walter Payton than Singletary. Walter Payton and Jerry Rice famously included grueling hill runs as part of their training regimens, and Singletary knew that those players were great players and that it was a good way to stay in shape.

    Sometimes the old school works, you just have to be open to it.

  14. 2010 was an embarrassing year for the 9ers and for Sing, and he was the only 9er coach (besides Dennis Erickson) that I didn’t feel bad about getting canned, I still have respect for the man and the character he instilled in this team. Harbaugh has mentioned that too, that these guys were hungry before he walked into the building. Nolan and Singletary were frustrating, but a lot of what we have now was built on their backs so I respect them for that.

    Harbaugh is light years ahead of them though in scheming and game planning and it shows. Plus he even has better motivational skills. Dude is the complete package as far as coaches go.

  15. Sour grapes much Salmen? You are showing ‘concussion-like symptoms’ stemming back to the Marshawn Lynch B-slap put on your team by the 7-9 winners of that scrub division in 2010.

    Good luck winning your division next year with the Falcons and Panthers both getting better and more experienced.

  16. Oh yeah, regarding Mount Pain, 9er players will tell you, and if you don’t know any, they have told the media…Harbaugh kicked their azzes in training camp. They thought it couldn’t be tougher than Singletary’s camp, although it was a different type of camp, it was tougher.

  17. Singletary was responsible for bringing in Bowman. That is it! I don’t see how anyone can credit him with building that defense. All those players came in when he was simply a linebacker coach which by the way he was against drafting Willis. The rest came in with Harbaugh. Also they were average other than against the run and they were nowhere near disciplined so lets get the facts straight.

  18. I always found it funny that Singletary wore that big honking cross around his neck while coaching in the least religions city in the union. Wondering what the locals thought of that.

  19. “Harbaugh has helped to demolish the losing, often embarrassing culture surrounding the 49ers over the last decade.”

    In one season which ended in an embarrassing loss.

  20. goldrush36 says: Feb 10, 2012 12:24 PM

    Singletary was responsible for bringing in Bowman. That is it! I don’t see how anyone can credit him with building that defense. All those players came in when he was simply a linebacker coach which by the way he was against drafting Willis. The rest came in with Harbaugh. Also they were average other than against the run and they were nowhere near disciplined so lets get the facts straight.
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    Exactly, he helped the guys mature as men, but he didn’t really build that defense or teach them how to play any better. He retarded their offense growth as well.

  21. johnnyshore says:
    Feb 10, 2012 11:37 AM
    @salmen76 says “Yea but they still suck! I’m so glad they lost to Eli and the Giants. They won’t be able to sneak up on anybody next year. But they are in a scrub division with 3 other losing teams. A 7 and 9 record by the seahawks won that division 2 years ago. Too funny! Both harbaugs lost in the post season and i think its funny. Ha ha. Geaux Saints!”

    You know what else is funny? The fact that those Saints you refer to lost two the NFC West champs in the playoffs 2 years in a row. Those 7-9 Seahawks sure didn’t look like a 7-9 team against the Saints in the 2010 playoffs. Perhaps you forgot about this already? Who Dat? The NFC West.
    ___________________

    take it one step further…the so called “scrub division” had another team that beat new orleans in the regular season. that’s right, st louis beat them too. who dat?

  22. liner1900 says: Feb 10, 2012 12:36 PM

    I always found it funny that Singletary wore that big honking cross around his neck while coaching in the least religions city in the union. Wondering what the locals thought of that.
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    The locals could have cared less. We all would have converted from our heathen liberal ways had he won…

  23. @salmen76

    Seattle won the division last year at 7-9, but three of the 4 teams in the division finished with that record or better this year.

    The NFC West is better than people think. There are no dominating QBs there, but the Defenses are no joke.

    Additionally, the Niners were 9-1 to start the season and had only played ONE divisional game. Who did they beat this year? Giants. Saints. Bengals. Lions. Steelers. All playoff teams. Only losses came to Ravens, Giants (in playoffs) – both also playoff teams, Cowboys and Cards (those divisional games are 12 round boxing matches every year).

    I’m so sick of hearing “fluke”. They were an overtime fumble away from the Super Bowl. Niners are here to stay. Get used to it.

  24. 2 things

    A) they were probably going to doze it anyway

    and

    2) Niners lost, can’t hang your hat on an in season record in the NFC

  25. seeyouinhelljohnny says:Feb 10, 2012 10:49 AM

    I wonder how many games Harbaugh wins without the defense Singletary built?

    Huh? Singletary didn’t build anything, he didn’t even want to draft Patrick Willis. And why would Harbaugh be without the defense? Why do people pull stuff out of their @ss with these comments, damn.

  26. @jbcom

    You’re wasting your time talking football with 49ers fans.

    Singletary inherited a 2-6 team in 2008 and almost took them to the playoffs.

    Went 8-8 in 2009 and almost made the playoffs…..AND THE CLAIM HARBAUGH TURNED AROUND A LOSING CULTURE.

    It was Singletary who changed that culture. Harbaugh just put the frosting on the cake. Singletary baked the cake.

  27. “In just one year, Harbaugh has helped to demolish the losing, often embarrassing culture surrounding the 49ers over the last decade.”

    Not as long as Alex Smith is on that team.

  28. 808raiderinparadise says:Feb 10, 2012 1:34 PM

    The Vikings LB’s are running up mounds of snow in Minny.
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    Not this winter

  29. As Mt. Pain was being bulldozed, Harbaugh was heard uttering “Cannot play with the hill, cannot win with the hill, cannot coach with the hill. Can’t do it!”

  30. I love Singletary. His incredible intensity, passion and worked awesome for him…. as a player. He was great and I loved watching him play with that phenomenal intensity and passion. Problem is, what’s going on in his brain does not translate as a coach into the players very well. I don’t think you can just blame the players either. Some might say… “Ohh the present day players just aren’t as passionate and that’s why Singletary can’t get them to perform”. NO…. the problem is that Singletary is super intense and super passionate….. but he’s not well versed on coaching, teaching, tactics, strategy, game planning, situational football, assessment of players capabilities (beyond their intensity level) and generally thinking beyond the narrow-mindedness of his own sheer emotion.

    BUT!!!!…..I will always love him for what he was as a player.

  31. zaggs says:
    Feb 10, 2012 12:42 PM
    “Harbaugh has helped to demolish the losing, often embarrassing culture surrounding the 49ers over the last decade.”

    In one season which ended in an embarrassing loss.

     ————

    Ummmmmm yeah losing in overtime is always so embarrassing. It’s like they never were even in the game. You make 0 intelligent points. Try not to reproduce the world is already overburdened other ppl like you.

  32. Singletary can only be credited for getting Vernon Davis in line. VD was the only player that responded well to the negative reinforcement, humiliation style motivation that Singletary was trying to sell.
    Harbaugh clearly is a huge upgrade, because he took essentially the same team from the year before and took them all the way to the NFC Championship Game. Any true 49er fan is, of course, a little disappointed, but elated at what could be done in one season with no off season. Elated at the sheer possibilities, at the talents of this coaching staff to coach to the strengths of the on field talent. We have a positive future ahead of us. So we missed the Superbowl our first time out under a new coach. Like the cliche says, there’s always next year.

  33. This show that ‘old school coaches ‘ are useless. You have to believe in your players and earn their respect like Harbaugh did with Alex Smith … Harbaugh Believe in him and he had the best season of his career , Singletary benched him …

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