49ers, Stop Telling Me and Just Show Me the Win!

S LCorrespondent INovember 11, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 01:  Mike Singletary the Head Coach of the San Francisco 49ers is pictured during the NFL game against  the Indianapolis Colts  at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 1, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts won 18-14.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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"Don't Tell Me, Show Me"

All season long, the 49ers have used that slogan to tell the fans to believe once again. The catchphrase from Mike Singletary is plastered all over the Bay Area. You can see them on billboards, bus stops, or even in the local paper.

Quite simply, the 49ers team is not all talk. The action on the field will speak for itself.

One problem: We've heard a lot of talk, but no action recently.

The team is riding (or stalling) a four-game losing streak, and after each loss Singletary confirms with the media and fans that the team is getting better and will "be there." But when a team loses games (the 49ers had halftime leads in the last two), we start to wonder if the team is going anywhere.

It's easy to believe Singletary and stay positive through the hard times, but how much longer can we stand and hope that his words come to fruition?

Thursday's home game against the Bears will practically determine the season for the 49ers. At 3-5, two games behind the division-leading Arizona Cardinals, the 49ers cannot afford to add another loss to the streak.

As for Singletary's prediction of a playoff berth, the probability decreases with every team struggle. In fact, the 49ers probably have to win five or six of their remaining eight games even to stand a chance in the division, and those wins have to come against division rivals.

Anything less and the 49ers go through another losing season.

Would you still believe in the 49ers' playoff hopes if they lose on Thursday and drop to 3-6? Optimism can go so far when harsh reality really kicks in.

When Singletary talked about the hardships of the team, he said those situations bring out the best in him.

“In these moments—this is when I’m at my best. I think in these situations, you just have to rise above. You have to put your best foot forward. You have to look at where things are; you just have to call it like it is. I can’t get lost in the reality of the four losses. It’s not something that you want. It’s not a place where you want to be. But that’s where it’s at.”

If it takes a four-game losing streak to put your best effort forward, then I wish he could have had his best earlier.

When Santa Rosa Press Democrat reporter Lowell Cohn shared his thoughts on Singletary's constant affirmation of better days for the 49ers, he spoke of what many people were thinking but too afraid to ask. Singletary has said a lot so far, but the results don't show up on the field.

Very contradicting to what he has preached.

Maybe that's partially our fault. We expected so much from the team after their second-half surge in 2008. The organization was riding high and even president Jed York promised that the 49ers would be a playoff team. We wanted it so bad that we refused to believe that the team still might not be ready for it. The promotion and hype were what we wanted to hear and we stuck with it.

With a struggling offensive line, questionable offensive play-calling, a switch at quarterback, and constant injuries on both sides of the ball, can we really believe that the 49ers are a playoff-caliber team?

Singletary promised that the team would be better, and on Thursday we'll see if the team can. A loss to Chicago will more than likely eliminate any realistic possibility of a playoff appearance.

After the game, we might hear the same hopeful talk from the head coach—and I don't want to hear it.

Maybe the team slogan should go through a midseason change. "Don't Tell Me, Show Me" is apparently something the 49ers have not followed during the losing streak. The team should adopt another Bay Area slogan that is also misused: "Just Win Baby!"

OK, maybe we can eliminate the image of Al Davis saying that phrase, but the 49ers are in desperation mode and there are no other solutions.

Don't tell me...just win the game.

(original piece from this page)


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