SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 10: Head coach Mike Singletary of the San Francisco 49ers talks with quarterback Alex Smith #11 against the Philadelphia Eagles during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on October 10, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
As the San Francisco 49ers prepare for their Monday Night Football matchup with the Arizona Cardinals, 49ers players are taking jabs at coach Mike Singletary like it was a game of basketball with President Obama.
In a bombshell report by the San Francisco Chronicle’s David White, one 49er said off-the-record that the 49ers’ offense “doesn't make adjustments like other teams.” Another 49er complained that his family watching the game on television can figure out the 49ers’ playcalls before the ball is snapped.
White writes that all of the 49ers with whom he spoke “agree the 49ers have been one of the worst NFL teams this season at making halftime adjustments and in-game countermoves to what the other team is doing, particularly on offense.”
Not surprisingly, none of the players were willing to give their names. Coach Singletary responded to the report without anger or use of the term "dadgum".
“Once (Tampa Bay) did some things a little bit differently, then we tried as best we could to counter those things," Singletary told the Chronicle. "I just think that some games, a team just has your number, or things just don't work the way you want them to work.”
And maybe some games, the families watching at home on television have your number.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who hasn't been this disappointed since Lindsey Lohan lost out on the role of Linda Lovelace.