Singletary steals Bay Area hot seat from Cable

Mike Singletary was not hired as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers because he brought an X’s and O’s expertise with him that the franchise needed to have.

Some coaches get jobs just for that reason. Their scheme is en vogue. Their playbook is in demand. Their track record is a winning background.

Singletary was hired because he’s a leader. The belief was his message would resonate throughout the locker room and the franchise. The players would buy in and follow. Singletary, a skilled and inspiring motivational speaker, would motivate.

That’s not happening right now and off to an 0-3 start, the question in San Francisco start with the coach. If a motivational coach can’t motivate, well, there’s a serious problem and you can’t convince the most rabid 49ers followers that Singletary’s players showed any motivation in blowout losses at Seattle and Kansas City.

The 49ers have a wealth of core talent. They’ve drafted well in recent seasons. They have marquee players to build around. And they’re getting pummeled by teams they should at least be in games with. Tactically, the coach has been a disaster this season. The 49ers can’t mismanage their timeouts any more than they have. It happened in Seattle. OK, it’s noisy there. It happened last week against New Orleans. It happened again Sunday when he used timeouts late in a blowout to extend the game, score a worthless touchdown and watch wide receiver Josh Morgan suffer a knee injury in the process. That’s a great way to turn off his players.

Asked for answers afterward, Singletary offered none.

“I don't know,” he said, according to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News. “I mean, it could be a number of things.

“I would not say out-coached. I think that's something that you could always say, 'Well, we were out-coached.' But I think in a loss like this, a lot of things look wrong."

The 49ers remain a mess on offense and Singletary continues to strongly back offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye. They have been unable to get running back Frank Gore going and when he’s not running well, quarterback Alex Smith rarely plays well.

“I just feel that right now the season is still early," Singletary said, "and we have to make some hard decisions early on and get back on the right track and go from there."

The 49ers are in a bad decision so all hope isn’t lost at 0-3. But it’s fading – fast – and what’s troubling is there is no sign the Niners are going to pull out of this. Not with Singletary at the controls. Not based on what he’s shown in the past.

What Singletary has managed to do is accomplish the unthinkable. He’s swiped the Bay Area hot seat from Oakland’s Tom Cable. Singletary is now sitting on it. That's what happens when he can't get his team prepared and motivated to show up.</p>

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