I am a Chiefs fan from Arrowhead Pride. I am also the lead moderator and a blogger for Warpaint Illustrated. I thought I would share an outsiders perspective with you. I think most of America really likes the 49ers. Its hard not to like a team that gave us Joe Montana and Jerry Rice followed by Steve Young.
This is probably more true amongst Chiefs fans as you gave us Joe Montana here in KC and he gave us hope.
I thought I would share some of the thoughts from the members on Warpaint and around the league as I tend to frequent other teams fan sites in order to gather news for Warpaint.
First and foremost, it is very clear that San Francisco has the talent to be a very good team in the NFL. The pieces are in place to elevate this team to the next level. I think the weakest link in your chain would be your QB play. I can appreciate that being a KC fan as we have had very inconsistent play from our QB Matt Cassel. I am not bad mouthing Smith by any means, it just seems that with the type of offense Singletary apparently wants to install in San Francisco, that Smith may be the most questionable part of your team. The QB position is just so important above all other positions that it can not be left out of this conversation. He may well yet come around just like Cassel might, but for now that is an area of concern at least.
I think though that what I see as an outsider looking in is a team that is in a bit of disarray internally. As much respect as I have typically had for Mike Singletary, there are some things I would like your input on with regards to him.
I think in general you look to a head coach to bring continuity to a team. I think the NFL world is questioning whether or not he has been able to unite his players and if they believe in his leadership or not. Now again guys, this is strictly perspective here, I am by no means any type of authority on the 49ers, so please do not think this is me trolling or bad mouthing your team at all. I like the 49ers, which is why I have followed the Singletary era so closely.
The reason I say that Singletary may be the reason this team is in disarray is because first, he gets rid of Mike Marts, who I think anyway, would have been perfect for the 49ers if he had more time there. He can really improve an offense with a so so QB at the helm. But whats done is done right? Then there is Jimmy Raye, who I do not claim to be in love with, but has had success in this league and again, I think could have been good for your team if he would have been allowed to do his thing and had been given the time to do it. I could be wrong, but it seems a little fickle on the surface to have made such drastic changes, starting with Marts, when the team was obviously headed in the right direction.
Then there is the curious case of the QB shuffle in San Fran. I am sure it is a bit weird to see Shawn Hill doing so well in Detroit after being cut so abruptly by Singletary. Again, I just think that he was a good fit for you guys and just needed time with one coordinator to work out the kinks, but I could be wrong.
Lastly is the case of his interview with the radio personality that ultimately ended up being fired after setting Singletary off in a post game interview where he referenced the "rat" issue brewing in San Fran. I thought it was pretty classless to get a guy fired for simply asking the questions that are on the minds of the fans. He is not there to suck up to Singletary, he is there to represent the NFL fans who want to have their questions answered.
I just think that whole scenario added to the confusion and now doubt in Singletary as a head coach in the NFL. Now you have players that are quitting your team because of Singletary and his indecisiveness as a coach. Listen, this could all be perspective and could all be wrong, but if a person looks at the whole big picture it is a bit confusing to decipher.
In summation, I think you should be 2-2 right now and have all the ability to be a regular contender year after year. The silly little mistakes that have cost you a couple of games are typically what you see from a locker room that is in a state of flux. By no means are these issues irreconcilable. If Singletary can humble himself a little and stay the course, being a little more consistent going forward with his decision making, I am sure your team will come through this with flying colors.
Hey, best of luck to you guys. Hang in there, all is not lost. The NFL world believes in you guys and wants to see you succeed.