49ers say one thing, do another with Singletary

The San Francisco 49ers have said one thing and they’re doing the other this week.

The club will kick off OTA’s today in order to get a better look at the linemen before the draft. But coach Mike Singletary will not be there to see it happen. An OTA without a head coach? Yep. Singletary hit the road on Sunday with Trent Baalke, the new/temporary overseer of all matters personnel, on a three-day scouting trip in advance of the draft.

That makes sense. The 49ers have the 13th and 17th picks in the first round and need to get these selection right. But it flies right in the face of what team president Jed York said just last week.

"Mike is concentrating on coaching," York said, according to Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rose Press Democrat. "No matter who is the point person in the draft, the coach is always going to have a say. There has to be good communication between personnel and coaching, but Trent will be the point person for the draft."

Singletary will leave the coaching to Jimmy Raye and Greg Manusky today and Tuesday, an abbreviated session designed to allow the new coaches to get a handle on what they have to work with in advance of the draft. In particular, Maiocco reports that new line coach Mike Solari will be getting a look at his group, you know, as much as a line coach can tell from linemen doing drills with no pads.

The head coach is always going to play a role in the draft room but there are those in league circles who wonder about Singletary taking a primary role for the Niners. The club is doing its best to make a transition after the abrupt departure of Scot McCloughan look smooth. We’re not sure this is the way. What would have been wrong with OTA’s on Thursday and Friday this week?

We’re looking forward to the reports of where Singletary and Baalke are at.

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