This is about Mike Singletary getting flustered at his Monday news conference and it?s about Singletary trying to intimidate a writer. I admit I was the writer.
I was sitting in the interview room listening to Singletary speechify. He is not yet one of the best coaches in the NFL but when it comes to launching into a speech, nobody can touch this guy. He was saying Sunday?s loss to the crummy Titans was ?one of the better offensive performances I?ve seen since I?ve been here.? I was thinking there is nothing ?better? about losing to that bunch.
He was saying, ?We?ve got a coaching staff that will continue to work its tails off,? and he was saying, ?The guys are playing hard.?
I was thinking that?s Tom Cable material, stressing how hard the team works. Like anyone cares how hard a team practices. Football is a bottom-line business. Your record is 3-5, Bub.
I asked myself why Singletary has a better reputation than Cable, a crummy coach. What does Singletary actually have over Cable? Singletary gives better team huddle. He has a better voice and a better stare and a better build. He was a better player. He has zero physical-harassment accusations.
On the other hand, he has a longer losing streak than Cable: 4 vs. 2. He seemed to be making progress but now his team is backsliding. So, what makes him better than Cable? That?s what I was thinking when Singletary launched into one of his whoppers:
?In these moments, this is when I?m at my best,? he intoned. ?Because in these situations you just have to rise above and you have to put your best foot forward. You have to look at where things are. I can?t get lost in the reality of the four losses. It?s not a place that you want to be but that?s where it?s at. For me it?s just getting ready, coming in this morning, being excited, talking to the coaching staff, ?Hey let?s go, let?s get ready, call your guys, let them know we?re on, be ready to go tomorrow when they come in.?
I wanted to run up front and shout, ?I believe, Coach!?
Singletary kept going. He is pure voice:
?I would much rather have it this way where you come in, you start off right, you know you can do it. Then all of a sudden all these changes ? you?re changing the quarterback ? you start finding out about yourself. You start finding out about the people around you. You start finding out what you?re made of. And then you come back together and things start working again. Then you feel better about what you accomplish. I feel good about these next eight games. I feel good about the situation we?re in and feel good about the guys and having to work through some things to climb back up again and get ready for that next one and let?s go.?
Well, I felt my heart palpitating from sheer joy. I never realized a record of 3-5 was a good thing. And I thought about the Niners? marketing campaign slapped on buses and billboards, Singletary saying, ?Don?t tell me. Show me.? And I thought he was doing a ton of telling. But mostly I was impressed how good he feels about ?the guys.?