This was not supposed to be a defense over whom mediocre offensive skill players licked their chops.
"Sometimes when a guy doesn't go through training camp, it shows," Singletary told the San Jose Mercury News.
Sometimes when a guy has never been a coach or a manager at any level, it shows too, coach.
Franklin bristled at the suggestion his game has fallen off because he missed all of training camp.
"I feel that my play is the same where it picked off last year," Franklin told the Merc. "I don't think there's a drop-off or anything. My body feels better missing training camp. I think I'm right where I should be."
Right where he should be? Franklin is 0-5, and getting paid $7 million this season for it.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who blames the 49ers' decline on their lack of a corny fan-produced pop song parody.