Biggs: Bly apologizes for hot dog turnover
Just imagine how Mike Singletary would have reacted if Vernon Davis had gone Dre’ Bly in the coach’s debut as the San Francisco 49ers coach last season.
Davis was banished to the locker room for virtually nothing, yet Bly got off with an “I’m sorry” on Monday a day after he intercepted Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and then was stripped from behind by Falcons wide receiver Roddy White while showboating during his return. The scoreboard must not have been in plain view for Bly as the 49ers were losing 35-10 at the time. After recovering the fumble, the Falcons promptly drove down and scored again to add further insult to Bly’s turnover.
“I guess it’s a matter of timing,’’ said one source close to the situation on the curious free pass for Bly, suggesting that Singletary was looking for someone, anyone to tee off on last season when he took over in order to startle those in the locker room if his pantsless halftime speech had not gotten that point across.
“I want to publicly apologize for yesterday. My comments were totally inappropriate. I apologized to coach, I'm not a selfish guy,” Bly told reporters Monday. “I didn't mean to embarrass him if I did, embarrass my team, embarrass the ownership, embarrass the fans. I’m a prideful guy. I like to have fun. I got caught up in the moment and it was wrong.”
Bly addressed the entire team at the meeting Monday morning after he sought out Singletary to apologize. He didn’t seem remorseful following the 45-10 loss, the worst for the 49ers in their history at Candlestick Park.
“Dre’s going to be Dre’,’’ he said following the game.
Singletary explained that he didn’t see Bly’s hot dog move—he put his right hand up beside his head a la a former 49er Deion Sanders—and would have preferred to have dealt with the miscue on Sunday.
“To me, it's done,” Singletary said.
That’s a reasonable explanation from a coach who wants to put a bad game behind him as quickly as possible moving into the team’s bye week. But like it or not, it also looks like a case of there being different rules for different fools. Bly is an 11-year veteran. Davis was a high draft pick in his third season. Davis acted out after a 15-yard penalty. Bly gave the ball back to the Falcons. One would seem to be more worthy of sending a player off to the dunce corner than the other.
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