Mike Singletary wants better leadership from quarterback position

As we mentioned Monday, it looks like Troy Smith will get an extended chance to stick as the 49ers starting quarterback.  Coach Mike Singletary told Smith after the team’s win against the Broncos,  “Let’s not be a one-game guy.”

One of the reasons why Singletary thinks Troy Smith better than his old Smith is apparently his leadership skills.  No one has ever questioned the Heisman Trophy winner’s intangibles or ability to rally his teammates. 

“What became clear during Singletary’s press conference is that he was not seeing the kind of leadership from Alex Smith that he desires,” Matt Maiocco of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area wrote Tuesday.

Alex Smith has a separated shoulder, but it appears once again that his coach doesn’t fully buy into his ability to lead a team.

I meant by that was the quarterback position, to me, is a position that
you may have a great arm, may have a great mind, may have great feet,
but leadership is the ability to bring the entire offense together,
knowing there are going to be times that you’re going to have setbacks,”
Singletary said.

“To me, it’s very important that the quarterback understands that’s his role.”

Singletary was careful not to take a shot at Alex Smith, but it’s hard not to read between the lines here.  We think Troy Smith will get every chance to turn San Franciso’s season around.

If this latest plan fails, expect both Smiths and Singletary to be employed elsewhere in 2010.

30 responses to “Mike Singletary wants better leadership from quarterback position

  1. I’m pretty sure that if Troy boy had laid an even bigger egg than Alice Smith, Sing would be clearing out his desk this week. Troy saved Mr Not an Xs and O Guy but Pants Down when you Need It, for eight more weeks and then your last sentence comes true. Hallelujah!

  2. 49ers should just lose out and hope the Bills stick with Ryan Fitzpatrick so that the 49ers can take Andrew Luck at 2.

  3. Tough for a QB to be a leader when he can’t make plays and the coach has lost the team. I can almost hear the conversation in the huddle now:
    “Okay guys, I know our game plan stinks and the coach is lost. But don’t worry! If we stick together and continue to execute like we have all year, we can get him fired this week! Ready…break!”

  4. 2011. “If this latest plan fails, expect both Smiths and Singletary to be employed elsewhere in 2010.” You mean 2011 right? Or are all three gone in the next two months?

  5. “What became clear during Singletary’s press conference is that he was not seeing the kind of leadership from Alex Smith that he desires,” … such as knowing WHEN to drop his pants ….

  6. Yeah… that’s the problem. Luckily they have a great coach. The players are letting him down though. What a shame.

  7. Singletary brings a whole new meaning to the term, “Letting them down.”
    Pants on the ground.

  8. “To me, it’s very important that the quarterback understands that’s his role.”
    This coming from a guy who has NO CLUE what his role is!!!!!

  9. Ok, fine, I’m on the Troy Smith bandwagon…but this new confidence stating that we need leadership, etc….remember that the backup leadership up until 10 days ago was David Carr, not Troy Smith. Failing to see those problems ahead of time screams lack of preparation which I think most will agree is a large part of Singletary’s problem. Of course you need to know what to prepare…

  10. @
    Tinbender says: November 3, 2010 12:02 PM
    Like Gradkowski for the Raiders, yes that is important.
    WTF R U talkin about??????????

  11. Of course the 49ers will not put in a waiver claim for Moss or Merriman because these moves could possible make them better and why would they want that. Coach Sing loves the 2-6 record and the team the way it is. If we are lucky Jed will clean house soon and look for a QB and a real head coach. The SF GIANTS are kings in the Bay Area right now. No one cares about the 49ers this season.

  12. 49er fans think Singletary is the problem? He didn’t draft any of those qbs. 49ers are trying to win inspite of their qb situation. Davis and Crabtree are more than serviceable and Gore does what Gore does, any production from the QB position would already have this team in first place. Granted their D sucked the first couple of weeks, but are getting better and better. Offense needs to catch up.

  13. What’s the old saying… Hold out both hands… crap in one hand and wish in the other… and see which fills up quicker? Good luck finding leadership on a team that lacks consistent leadership from the coaching staff on down.

  14. Damn, everyone beat me to the “I would like to see better leadership from the head coach position.” Oh well. Maybe Singletary should have thought about that before he undercut Alex Smith’s leadership on the field and in the locker room. But hey, maybe strong leadership skills will make it so Troy Smith will be able to see over his offensive line.

  15. raiderrob21 says:
    November 3, 2010 12:30 PM
    Tinbender says: November 3, 2010 12:02 PM
    Like Gradkowski for the Raiders, yes that is important.
    WTF R U talkin about??????????
    I’m stating that it’s important to have a quarterback who is a leader, whom the team believes in and rallies around, like Gradkowski. Look at the difference last year. We had JaMarcus who can throw the ball 100 yards. So what, if your teammates have no confidence in you? Grad has the “It” factor, that’s important.

  16. As a Ravens fan, I am very familiar with Troy Smith and, in my opinion, his ability to lead a team has never been in question. What is in question, is why every time he was given the starting role in Baltimore, he had a sore throat, or an infection, or an injury. I think he could be a great leader if he doesn’t allow the stress of the position to make him crumble. It took a lot of time for Vince Young to make that leap, and Troy is a lot like him. If Mike S hopes that Troy can lead his team to victories, then I would work on not putting any added stress on him, with stupid Mike S rhetoric, or he may collapse under the weight of the stress and require 6 – 8 weeks to recover from whatever bug he catches (the singletary flu). When he did that in Baltimore, we found Joe Flacco and Troy Smith is now in SF. Good luck to Troy and hopefully he has worked past those previous issues, but I doubt very seriously that he makes a significant difference in the SF win column. And I certainly look for Mike S and anyone else that appears to be a Mike S “selection for QB”, will be looking for work next year. This is not the time, nor the team, to be selected to be the savior of. Tough luck for Troy.

  17. Troy Smith fared ok against a questionable Denver defense, and it’s reasonable to give him another chance. It’s also clear that no one thinks that David Carr is the solution, which calls into question why the front office spent so much money on that guy in the off season when there are clearly other positions on which the money could have been spent.

  18. So, Luck goes 1 to the Bills. Niners take Mallett at 2 and hire Gruden as coach. Chucky is back in the Bay with a stud QB. You’ve got Davis, Crabtree and Gore as weapons. Not too bad especially in that division.

  19. I think it is unrealistic for first year coach to get it right. If the team was 6 and 2. Everyone, would want to call Sing coach of the year.
    Troy Smith showed exposed Alex Smith for what he is. I don’t know how good he is and coaching staff doesn’t know. But his play lifted up the whole team.
    While Alex was dealt a raw deal in the worst francise in sports. Alex lacked the intangibles to overcome it. I like Alex and I wanted him to succeed. As I’m sure Sing did. But Troy Smith exposed Alex as the backup he is.
    My bigger concerns for the niners are the “rats” in the organization as well as ownership.
    Realistically Jed, is in his 2nd year as well.
    His players play too hard to say the coach has lost the team. But they aren’t as talented as everyone thinks.
    They have serious holes in the Defense, they lack O-Line consistency and they don’t have the leader at QB.
    This could change with Troy Smith, but let’s realize he has been in the offense for 2 months. He is an improvement over Alex though. He has leadership, poise, a better arm and mobility.
    Coaches coach, players play. Singletary didn’t throw all of those INTs, or fumble the ball. Alex did.
    They are a young team. The youngest in the NFL. I don’t call that dominant.
    Our teams of the past had dominant WRs and QBs. Those days are gone.
    Singletary’s biggest mistakes are:
    -Exposing to much of himself to people he doesn’t know.
    -Not bringing back the West Coast Offense.
    -Not bringing in someone to threaten Alex Smith.
    It is not his fault that people are labeling the niners better than they actually are.

  20. I dont really know if Troy has any better leadership that Alex. It just seemed like he didnt make any bonehead moves in crunch time, but I dont know if you can count that as leadership.

  21. sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiittttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt….

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