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Monday, October 27, 2008
Around the NFC West: More Singletary fallout


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat describes Mike Singletary's postgame rant as "blistering" after the interim coach called out Vernon Davis, questioned the quarterback and apologized for the team's performance.

Also from Maiocco: The 49ers are destined for another sub-.500 season.

More from Maiocco: Singletary benched J.T. O'Sullivan only days after offensive coordinator Mike Martz showed "unwavering" support for the quarterback.

Lowell Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says the decision to bench O'Sullivan proved the 49ers had a new leader on the sideline. Cohn:

"Martz is the guy who, a few days before when asked if JTO would continue at quarterback, had declared, 'I'll just lay it out there for you real quick, and then really it's not an issue at all. J.T. is our quarterback.' On the sideline, Singletary laid it out there for Martz real quick -- O'Sullivan was not the quarterback, at least not for the rest of the game."

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says Singletary lost his first game but won his first postgame news conference.

Also from Barrows: A look at Davis' benching and a matchup between two former Sacramento-area high school quarterbacks (O'Sullivan and Seneca Wallace).

More from Barrows: Shaun Hill plays things safer than O'Sullivan, settling for checkdowns instead of always going for the big play.

Paul Gutierrez of the Sacramento Bee invokes the Super Bowl Shuffle video in noting that "Samurai Mike" Singletary stopped 'em cold.

Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says the 49ers' first game under Singletary was uneventful except for three things: "the quarterback controversy, an insubordinate player and a performance so ghastly that it required an apology."

Also from Brown: A report card with a "D" for coaching.

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News says the 49ers need to bench Jed York and the ownership group.

John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News says Mike Nolan had to console York when the coach lost his job last week. Ryan: "Nobody wants to say that in the moment when he took control of the franchise, Jed York broke down and had to be bailed out by his general manager."

Monte Poole of the Oakland Tribune says Singletary showed the fury of a player during his postgame news conference.

Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle calls Singletary a "bouncer" instead of a head coach.

Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle says Davis wasn't sure what he did wrong in drawing the ejection from Singletary.

Also from FitzGerald: The 49ers allowed 30 points or more for the fifth time in eight games.

John Crumpacker and Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle break down a growing list of injuries, including the loss of right tackle Barry Sims.

Also from Knapp: Singletary prefers a game manager to a gunslinger at quarterback.