Guys, I'm really sorry to have to be the one to start this conversation. I'm not trying to make this into a witch hunt. I'm trying to see who is available out there that would make sense as a head coach for this team. Because, first of all, Mike Singletary has had his shot and he's just not cutting it. I like him, but his view is too narrow and he's not the kind of guy to learn and grow. He simply is who he is: a very inspiring guy who will soon be 0-5, and will then probably be fired.
As far as understanding modern football strategy, I have my doubts about Sing, I really do. How many times have we seen things go unfixed? Like communications problems that happened during the pre-season actually going unfixed right into the start of the season. Say what? That's just inexcusable. That's junior high football.
For that matter, it's inexcusable for Alex Smith not to have insisted in private that these things get fixed. He not not a leader. And he's not consistent with his passes. He is out of excuses. His lack of accuracy is obvious. And to some degree I think it forced Jimmy Raye to think more conservatively than he is capable of. I am NOT defending Raye, I'm just saying, if Sing told him to devise an offense like the Steelers and Ravens did a few years ago-- run first, pass second, then those were the parameters Raye was working under. (By the way, Mike, Charlie Batch looked like Dan Marino yesterday. The Ravens paid a truck load for Boldin. These are different times.) And, Sing, you were the one who said Alex was your guy. Now he's going to help get you fired with a great deal of help from Jimmy Raye, who was also hand picked by you.
Back to my point. I think delaying the obvious makes no sense, and we as fans shouldn't bury our heads in the sand any longer. We need a new head coach to come in and make serious changes and modernize this ball club which has a lot of crazy good talent.
The D is obviously our strength. But someone needs to teach them how to defend against the flippin' screen pass, which is not exactly new to the league! And how to defend on 3rd down, since it's been a problem for about 5 years now. These things should have been fixed long ago with the oversight of the head coach, who after all, has to be the point person on things like this.
The offense has its talent. I think Crabtree is also still a great talent. But ya know, Alex has to throw a catchable ball. How many balls can you throw behind a crossing route, or too high, or too short on a bomb, or just out of bounds? Hundreds of bad throws a year is just not excusable no matter who the coordinator is. And tipped balls that get intercepted are not always the receiver's fault. A lot of those tipped interceptions were bad throws, pure and simple. I saw a bunch of them in the first quarter in the KC game.
And even with a better O-line, which I think is fair to say we now have (better, and potentially great) Alex is still so inconsistent he's getting OC's fired because the pass plays that are called fail too often. Even Norv Turner could only make him mediocre.
Anyway, here is my question for those of you willing to admit that the writing is on the wall, because it is:
Who should be our next head coach of the candidates out there that are presently available, and WHY?