Sunday, December 6, 2009
Niners make inexplicable miscue
By Mike Sando
Mike Singletary's body language gave the impression he didn't know the 49ers were going to try a reverse during their recent fateful punt return.
Cameras showed Singletary shaking his head and appearing unimpressed while special teams coach Al Everest appeared to be explaining the situation.
The fumbled handoff was exactly the sort of play the 49ers needed to avoid. The Seahawks appeared largely listless to that point in the game. Their offense had done nothing. The 49ers led 7-0, and another score might have served as an early knockout blow.
Instead, the Seahawks scored quickly to tie the game, 7-7.
The 49ers still look like the better team, but that turnover could make them work much harder for victory.