John Madden On Mike Singletary Yelling: “That’s Not Coaching”

John Madden found time out from reading Brett Favre’s text messages to speak on Mike Singletary coaching style.

Here is what he had to say:

“That’s really not part of coaching, that’s sometimes I worry about that. I see youth football and I see high school football and coaches yelling at players and I cringe when I see it. I think people get the picture that’s what coaching is and believe me, that’s not what coaching is.”

“You have to coach, you have to teach, you have to strategize, you have to encourage,” Madden said.  “That’s what coaching is, not the opposite.”

Mike Singletary is like the rapper Plies.

Plies found a niche, raps of gangster tales, does the mini Tupac thing and it has been very successful for him.

The reality is Plies is college educated and from the suburbs.

Not to knock on him—he is playing to his audience while masking the truth.

Mike Singletary does a lot of colorful talking, is a great soundbite and that episode with Alex Smith on the sidelines was straight out of Melrose Place (Amanda and Sidney would be proud).

But all it does is mask the fact that at his core, Singletary is more of a motivational speaker than a head coach.

That is fine if it works, you have top flight assistant coaches to assist you in your lack of Xs and Os skills, but being 0-5 means that it isn’t working.

Because the 49ers are in the NFC West, he might able to hide behind some gold teeth and Ne-Yo choruses, but if he doesn’t go platinum when the year is out, don’t be shocked if he is dropped from the label.

15 thoughts on “John Madden On Mike Singletary Yelling: “That’s Not Coaching”

  • When is it that you can't get past givin somebody a break: Mike Singletary has the makings of bein a good coach. All he needs is just a little time. They said Sean Payton couldn't coach either and look what he's done. I refuse to believe that Mike Singletary can't make it. He may not have commetary skills but I'll be damned if he doesn't know the game.

    • Knowing how to play the game and knowing how to coach the game two totally different things.

  • Do you really think Singletary doesn't understand X's and O's? Really. Come on.

    • I am not the only one. Just google it is a widely known fact that he doesn't among NFL execs, coaches and players. I don't say anything without tons of research and I said this the day he was hired.

  • He has no QB so it’s too early to judge the guy, in the NFL you need a few key positions and you will be competitive regardless of everything else, look at Childress he’s terrible and should have been the Super Bowl just by kissing Favre’s rear.

    • He picked his QB. He has had 3 years in awful division

  • It's been three years! When is too early long enough? Mike might be a fine linebacking/position coach, but as a head coach he's in over his head. You don't learn what it takes to be a head coach in the NFL while in the position, you learn while being a co-ordinator. Mike wasn't even ever that. Mike Tomlin, Todd Haley, these guys have got it from the day they became head coach for their teams. Mike, Josh McDaniels, Brad Childress, don't have it, very much doubt they ever will.

    Robert has it right.

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