After two and a half seasons of being the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Mike Singletary has been fired now that they have been eliminated from playoff contention. He started out hot in San Fran taking over for Mike Nolan after he was fired in the 2008 season. As the interim head coach, he helped the team finish 5-4 and was signed on to be officially be the head coach. In 2009 he helped the 49ers have their first non-losing record since 2002 going 8-8. With a lack of talented teams in the NFC West, the 49ers were the chic pick to win the NFC West but failed to do so which is sad considering that the team who will win the division will be 8-8. A sad end to one of the most respectable and honorable coaches out there, and he took it in stride and was incredibly grateful for the opportunity. I would expect nothing less from Singletary as he’s a high-character guy. Getting him to speak ill or negatively about someone is like getting Tom Brady to throw an INT at this point. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him land somewhere as a defensive coordinator real quick as he’s one of the best. With so many teams switching to 3-4 defenses, Singletary will be in high demand. As for San Francisco, they’ve announced that their looking for an experienced GM to find them an experienced head coach stating they’re exclusively looking for experienced candidates. What they really need is a solid QB who can perform consistently and manage the offense all season long. For far too long they’ve used scrubs like Troy Smith, Shaun Hill, Alex Smith, and even Trent Dilfer. Who are they fooling thinking Alex Smith or David Carr are “the answer”? If the 49ers want to turn it around, get a QB people actually have to prepare for and not just wait around for an errant throw. If they were smart, they’d draft someone like Ryan Mallett round 1 or trade for someone like Kyle Orton.
A lot of times when people get bored, they tend to ask the hypothetical question “would you do this for a million dollars?” A lot of times, it’s something embarrassing to try and test the other person’s limits, but here’s an easy one. Would you play nose tackle in a 3-4 defense in the NFL for $100 million dollars over 7 years? As simple as an answer as this should be, Albert Haynesworth seems to be leaning towards no. Following 2 all pro seasons with his former team, the Tennessee Titans, Haynesworth signed the first 9 figure contract by any defensive player with the Washington Redskins (which isn’t all that surprising considering it’s Dan Snyder). Everything was fine until this offseason when Mike Shanahan was hired as coach and decided to run a 3-4 defense in which Haynesworth would need to play nose tackle. He pouted all season, not showing up for a good majority of training camp, or claiming he was injured before he finally started practicing. Haynesworth seemed to be getting back on track until Mike Shanahan suspended him on Tuesday for the rest of the season for “conduct detrimental to the team” in which they claimed he wasn’t participating in practices and wasn’t even speaking with the coaches.
He didn’t like the 4-3 defense a year ago. He didn’t like the base defense. He didn’t like the nickel defense. He didn’t want to play nose tackle, didn’t want to play defensive end (in the 3-4 defense). We got him playing the nickel package, first and second and third down. He didn’t like first- and second-down nickel, wanted to play third-down nickel in passing situations. Hey, it was just time. – Mike Shanahan
At this point, I applaud Shanahan for suspending him. It became painfully obvious that he didn’t want to play in Washington anymore with his lackluster attitude, and I’m sure having all the money he’ll need until he dies isn’t motivating him otherwise. With no other options present outside of releasing him, which would include a monster cap hit, Shanahan did the next best thing. It definitely sends a message to the other players on the team that everyone get on the same page or you will be gone. If he has no problem suspending one of the highest paid players in the NFL, what’s stopping him from punishing everyone else? I hope for Washington’s sake they can find some way to rid themselves of the headache better known Haynesworth. He needs to enjoy his money because I doubt any other team will ever be willing to pay him the big dollars ever again.