I Want Winners

By Gary Norris Gray BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: November 29, 2011

OAKLAND, CA. (BASN)–“Cannot play with them, cannot win with them, cannot coach with them, cannot do it, I want winners”, this is the famous quote from the 1986 Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears linebacker Michael Singletary. He became head coach of the San Francisco 49ers in 2008-2010.

That press conference in 2008 was the beginning of turning the five time Super Bowl Champion into a respectful team again. Singletary made chicken soup out of chicken broth with a record of 18-22 and no talent.

Michael Singletary played linebacker and knew what he was talking about. He guided “The Monsters of the Midway” to the ultimate goal – the National Football League title. Singletary played for the Baylor Bears in college and moved on to the professional level in Chicago. He was also inducted into the National Football League Hall of Fame in 1998. Head Coach Michael Singletary passed the torch to Head Coach Jim Harbaugh in 2011.

Mike formed the ground foundation and Harbaugh just carried the football into the end-zone for a 49er touchdown. Singletary solidified the defensive units while Harbaugh crafted an offensive machine a winning combination. Harbaugh also restored the confidence of a shaken young quarterback in Alex Smith.

Singletary tried to put a backbone into Mr. Smith but it did not work out the way 49er fans wanted it to. Smith was indecisive on certain plays and Singletary had no choice but to pull him. The Singletary-Smith battles of two years ago made Smith a better quarterback dealing with adversities on the field and in the locker-room. Singletary wanted Smith to be the team leader but it was not his time. Harbaugh called on Smith in 2011 and this time he took the responsibilities.

After a little bump in the road by little brother John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Niners 16-6 on Thanksgiving Night. The San Francisco 49ers are now on the right track in 2011 The 49ers should be going to the playoffs this year if the Jim Harbaugh aggressive offensive philosophy of winning continues.

Three years ago a rookie head coach Mike Singletary put the fire back into this west coast team. It started with the ejection to the locker room of wide receiver Vernon Davis. Davis committed a foul by slapping an opponent and walking off the field like it did not matter.

In his first game Singletary made it clear to Davis and the rest of the 49er players that he was not above the team and that Davis affected the whole team effort. This was the first step in repairing a broken team.

Singletary put discipline, respect, and honor back and on to the road to recovery for the San Francisco 49ers, something that was lost in 2002.

The way to win in the NFL today is to form a dominating defense. In two years Michael Singletary did just that. He built a strong active line backing corps just like his old Chicago Bear team. The 49ers rose from the basement in 2008, to being one of the feared defenses in the league in 2011.

Jim Harbaugh played in college at the quarterback position for the Big Blue at the University of Michigan before turning professional with the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens, and San Diego Chargers.

Jim Harbaugh being a former quarterback and the head coach of the Stanford Cardinal restored the confidence of Alex Smith and created a new 49er offensive attack. He got his coaching career started at the University of San Diego.

This created a winning combination. Michael Singletary should get the credit for rebuilding the respect of the San Francisco 49ers. Now its time for Jim Harbaugh to carry this team the rest of the way to their sixth Super Bowl Championship.

The Gold Rush is back at Candlestick Point!

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