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Coaches On The Chopping Block

Mike Singletary is in his second full season as coach. Much like the Millen Lions, Peterson Chiefs, Lerner Browns, Holmgren/Ruskell Seahawks and James Harris’ Jaguars, there has been the need to purge botched draft choices.

This cleansing was supposed to reap dividends early for the 49ers because, last year, they beat their division leader Arizona twice. This, coupled with the false perception that the NFC West is horrible (between Seattle and Arizona, the NFC West has won playoff games in ’05, ’06, ’07, ’08 and ’09) caused some in the dark – like Mike Greenberg – to pick them to go to the Super Bowl.

Of course, the ‘Niners went 0-7 against .500 or better teams outside the division last year. Of course, they don’t have a GM and they didn’t add any skill position players in free agency or the draft unless you count Taylor Mays who was considered to be probably the 4th most polished free safety coming out.

Comparing the 49ers and the Vikings, the 49ers have “survived” their QB going down with injury, survived a tough early schedule that had them going to London before the latest possible bye, benefited from a change at offensive coordinator and have been competitive in nearly every game with only one real dissenter, Michael Lewis (Patrick Willis stood up to Singletary at a half-time when Mike was ripping Alex Smith in the locker, to say that it wasn’t all Alex’s fault).

Yes, Singletary is unhinged, but he is 100% heart and effort and he COMMANDS that out of his players. Is he in the top half of the league in terms of innovation and strategy? Probably not. Does his team play more disciplined ball than the Vikings? Despite all the turnovers, yes. Both the Vikings and 49ers could make the case that their records should be much better than they are.

This is Childress’s fifth year and – with all the personnel power he has – he has a team filled with elite talent at 2-5 and his players now looking at it as a “business” because otherwise, they’d be too hate-filled to focus after he cut one of their six elite-level players (the other five being Peterson, Harvin, Winfield, Favre and Henderson). The 49ers have probably four elite players in Aubrayo Franklin, Patrick Willis, Frank Gore and Vernon Davis.

I think Singletary is maximizing his talent a little better than Childress is.

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