A little time to kill before heading to the game

Just went out for a walk around downtown Tempe, and now I’m back in the hotel awaiting a call from a Phoenix radio station. In the meantime, I’ll set aside an hour or so to answer some questions on any topic. Thanks for asking some questions. Now, I’m heading out to the the stadium.

If you didn’t read my three-part series, entitled, “49ers: Dynasty to Dysfunction,” here is Part One, here is Part Two, and, finally, here is Part Three.

 

I’ve covered the 49ers on a full-time, year-round basis since the 1995 season. I’ve seen it when it was really good, and I’ve seen it when it’s been bad.

 

In 2004, before the hiring of Mike Nolan and Scot McCloughan, the 49ers were a mess from top to bottom. The infighting was unbelievable. I’d talk to one high-ranking person (off the record or for background) and he’d be ripping apart another well-known name in the organization. Then, I’d turn around and talk to that person and he’d return fire – not knowing the other person had already trashed him.

 

The problem with the current 49ers is not like that. People in the organization seem to be on the same page. The locker room is packed with good guys who bought into Nolan’s coaching.

 

One of the problems with the 49ers is that they do not have enough “jerks.” They don’t have any players who are willing to lay down the law in the locker room and make things uncomfortable – maybe even come to blows with a teammate, if that’s what’s needed.

 

Football is an emotional game. Right now, the two most emotional individuals in the organization are Mike Singletary and Vernon Davis. Singletary knows he has to keep his emotions under control as head coach, and Davis‘ emotions are generally not harnessed in a way that’s beneficial to the team.

 

OK, if you have questions about those previous four paragraphs or anything else, I’ll be here with some answers (hopefully).

 

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