After taking a bit of a hiatus from my sports blog to recover from the Red Sox being eliminated in the playoffs, I'm back.
First off, I now have a favorite NFL football coach. Hall of Famer Mike Singletary was named the interim head coach of the San Francisco 49ers this past weekend and coached his first game on Sunday. Although the Niners got beat by the lowly Seattle Seahawks 34-13, I firmly believe that he's got what it takes to be a successful NFL head coach.
For a guy that's never been a head coach before, he sure hit the ground running. In the second quarter, he benched starting quarterback J.T. O'sullivan after he threw his second interception of the game. Then, in the fourth quarter, starting tight end Vernon Davis (a former first round pick) got an unnecessary roughness penalty after he slapped the facemask of a Seahawks defender after a 7 yard reception. The following is an excerpt from the Associated Press article on NFL.com about what happened when Davis went to the sideline...
Davis tried to avoid his coach as he ran to the sideline, but Singletary got in his face and gave him an earful before sending him to the bench. Singletary said he was upset by what he considered a nonchalant attitude by Davis, who did not seem to understand why his coach was so upset.
Singletary later walked over to talk to Davis on the bench, yelling some more at the former No. 6 overall pick in full view of his teammates. Then with 10:41 remaining in the game, Singletary went back to Davis and told him to go to the locker room. Davis started walking before being called back to get his helmet. He then waved his helmet at the crowd as he left.
"I'd rather play with 10 people and just get penalized all the way until we have to do something else rather than play with 11 when I know that right now that person is not sold out to be a part of this team," Singletary said. "It is more about them than it is about the team. Cannot play with them, cannot win with them, cannot coach with them. Can't do it. I want winners. I want people that want to win."
Davis wanted to talk to his coach after the game, but Singletary advised against it.
"I told him he did not want to talk to me," Singletary said. "I assured him, 'You do not want to talk to me right now.' "
I sincerely hope that Mike Singletary is able to get a full time NFL head coaching job after this season. I hope that the Detroit Lions are aware of this...
Now, back to baseball. The Philadelphia Phillies are now 1 game away from winning the World Series. The Tampa Rays are experiencing something similar to what the Red Sox experienced during the ALCS. Their heavy hitters are not hitting. Evan Longoria is 0-16, Carlos Pena is 0-13, and ALCS MVP B.J. Upton is only 4-16 with 0 home runs. Combine that with the Phillies bats coming alive (Ryan Howard hit 2 home runs and drove in 5 last night) and that makes it all the more difficult for the Rays to win. Unless the Rays start hitting, this series will end tonight.