The 2011 San Francisco 49ers and Everything We Won't Miss from 2010

Caleb GarlingCorrespondent ISeptember 8, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 20:  Vernon Davis #85 and head coach Mike Singletary of the San Francisco 49ers celebrate a two-point conversion ruling was reversed in their favor due to instant replay during their game against the New Orleans Saints at Candlestick Park on September 20, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

With the NFL season kicking off today with the Packers vs. Saints, there is really little left to say about what lead up to today. It’s been said. Exhaustively. Whether real or somewhat manufactured, these last six months of offseason football have been a complete doozy of a roller coaster and now fans are finally going to get exactly what they’d wanted all along.


So, I’m just going to talk about my favorite team: The 49ers.

Here are a few things I am excited to—hopefully—not see this season.


Frank Right, Frank Left, Frank Center

The worst, and I mean worst part of Mike Singletary’s tenure was the absolute lack of creativity in the offense. Apparently, Midway Mike thought an offense with zero passing threat (more on that in a minute) could just get by with “pounding the ball with Frank Gore.” And by that I mean, “being super super predictable.”

There were Sunday mornings when I’d sometimes text a friend and ask if there was perhaps a chance that someone slipped some sort of far Eastern drug in my drink the night before and now I was damned to spend my day watching four loops of time over and over again in my brain. That’s how lame those Singletary play calls were. Frank here, Frank there, Frank nowhere.

IRVING, TX - NOVEMBER 23:  Running back Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers loses his helmet while tackled by Anthony Spencer #93 of the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium on November 23, 2008 in Irving, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Now the Niners have a coach that actually has some—actually a great deal of—understanding about how to run an offense. I’m excited to see the new ways we can use one of the league’s most underrated tailbacks.


100 MPH Screen Passes

Here’s the scenario: Alex Smith snaps the ball. Play begins. He checks down his options while his footwork resembles a man trying to walk on hot coals for the first time. No options appear open. In actuality, they are. Regardless, Smith checks down to his safety valve, Frank Gore swinging out of the backfield.

BLAM! Rather than twirling a nice outlet pass that’ll let Gore get his hips turned as he catches, Smith unleashes some sort of hell demon of a pass and nearly kills seven people.

Jim Harbaugh will address this with Smith. I’m guess Singletary just thought that getting assassinated with a football would make Gore tougher. A coach with a sound offensive understanding will correct that.


A Dumbfounded Look on My Coach’s Face

How many times did the Niners screw something up only to have the camera pan to the sidelines to Singletary looking onto the field as if someone just whispered in his ear that he needs to figure out the square root of 234,453,492 or his house will burn down. Everything appeared like a shock to him.

SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 08:  Head coach Mike Singletary of the San Francisco 49ers looks on against the Tennessee Titans during an NFL game on November 8, 2009 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Hey Mike, they’re screwing up because of YOU.

Even if the Niners make some bonehead plays—and they will—at least we’ll get a pan to the sidelines of a coach with a calm, collected demeanor, a coach that will actually have a constructive way to fix the problem rather than pointing at the bench and ending the conversation.


Okay, I’ll say it: Mike Singletary

Here’s to the Harbaugh Era.

Let’s watch some football.

Go Niners. 

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