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Absolutely agreed, and I think both should go sooner than later.
On the Smith note, it’s not going to matter who calls the plays (or what those plays are) if the QB is simply incapable. Unfortunately, I think it’s now time to declare Smith a bust.
After the opening drive, the Niners ran exactly one play inside the Falcons’ 35—and that play, late in the fourth quarter, saw Smith get called for intentional grounding, knocking the Niners out of even the thought of field goal range and setting up the Falcons’ winning drive.
In addition, Smith himself blew the only two drives where San Fran even looked remotely coherent by throwing picks, and I won’t even mention how Frank Gore led the team in receiving again or had 21 of the team’s 23 rushes. Oops, guess I did.
Flat out, Smith can’t run this offense. Whether or not David Carr, Troy Smith, or anyone else actually can remains to be seen, but at 0-4, the unknown can’t be any worse than what they put out there now.
Now, as for Singletary…I’m sorry, he’s not cutting it.
It’s bad enough that a defensive guru can’t get his defense to show up more than every other week, and now Michael Lewis wants out.
Add in the fact that this week’s stat sheet proves that the game plan of Gore, Gore, and more Gore couldn’t have been all Raye, and it’s clear that Singletary is failing on all fronts.
The truth hurts, and the sad truth is that I’d be surprised to see Singletary make it past their Week 9 bye.
The Niners play the Eagles, Raiders, Panthers, and Broncos between now and then, with three of those four games at home. If they’re 2-6 or worse after that, it’ll be hard to ignore that changes are needed.