Singletary: 'They've moved on and I've moved on'

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Singletary: 'They've moved on and I've moved on'

MOBILE, Ala. -- Mike Singletary sat in the top row of Ladd-Peeples Stadium on Tuesday, far above the Senior Bowl practice taking place on the synthetic playing surface.

In his new role as Minnesota Vikings special assistant to head coach/linebackers coach, Singletary has plenty to offer from his vantage point. Singletary was fired as 49ers head coach Dec. 26 with a 18-22 record in 2 1/2 seasons.

Singletary sat in the stadium with his former Chicago Bears teammate Leslie Frazier. Singletary was an interim head coach with the 49ers for the final nine games of 2008 before he was announced to take over as the head coach following the season.

Likewise, Frazier was the Vikings' interim coach, who was named to the permanent position shortly after the end of the regular season this month. Singletary actually has more experience as a head coach than his new boss.

"I think that's one of the things we sat down and talked about," Singletary told Comcast SportsNet on Tuesday. "It's very important for him, being an interim coach -- and me coming into it the same way -- there are some things that fundamentally you have to get in place early on. Sometimes as an interim coach, you say, 'I'll do that later.' But there are some things you have to do immediately in order to execute your vision and move forward."

Singletary declined to discuss many of the specifics of his tenure with the 49ers, but he did accept responsibility for a breakdown in communication with the team's top personnel executive Trent Baalke.

Team president Jed York said Singletary and Baalke did not have "great chemistry." Baalke was promoted to general manager after the season. Singletary did not dispute York's assessment of the inner-workings of the 49ers.

"I will take (blame) for all of that," Singletary said. "That's something that's on me. He's exactly right. That's something Jed knew last year. But Trent did a good job. And for me, it's a matter of some people you mesh with and others you don't. I just look at it as one of those things. Sometimes it's there, and sometimes it's not."

One source told CSN Bay Area that Singletary told team officials early in the season that if the club did not show marked improvement, he would voluntarily step down. Singletary declined to say whether he was asked to resign before he was fired, just hours after the 49ers' loss to the St. Louis Rams on Dec. 26 knocked them out of playoff contention.

"I don't really want to get into . . . it's done," Singletary said. "It's behind us. It really doesn't matter right now. I think the biggest thing is that they have moved on, and I have moved on. I wish them nothing but the best, and I'm certainly going to do the best I can do to continue the journey I'm on."

York's decision to fire Singletary with one game remaining in the season was not a shocking development, he said.

"Not totally," Singletary said. "You get to a point where frustration sets in on both sides, whether it's the 49ers; whether it's me; whether it's personnel; whoever it is. All you know is you're not going to go to the playoffs. And you're not going to have the opportunity to do something that hopefully you could have done at the beginning of the season. Like I said, it's all behind. You move forward and we'll go from there."

When asked if he wants to be an NFL head coach again, Singletary did not hesitate. "Absolutely," he said.

Singletary, a Hall of Fame linebacker, has never served as a coordinator on any level before he became 49ers head coach, and he said he does not view that as a prerequisite to get another chance.

"I'll work very closely with the coordinator there. They already have one there (Fred Pagac)," Singletary said. "Of course, Leslie Frazier is there -- one of my old teammates. That gives me an opportunity to work very closely on both sides of the ball. But to say I need to be a coordinator in order to be a successful head coach, I don't think that's totally necessary."

Singletary said the experience with the 49ers is something that will make him a better coach in the future. He said he is thankful to the organization for giving him the opportunity.

So why wasn't he successful as 49ers coach?

"Many different reasons," Singletary said. "You may know better than me. But I think many different reasons. But that's all behind, and I think for me it's continuing to be the best coach that I can be. And my goal is still be, one of these days, one of the best coaches in the league."

Shanahan delegates offensive duties to 49ers staff

Shanahan delegates offensive duties to 49ers staff

SANTA CLARA – Kyle Shanahan will retain the role he held the past nine seasons in his first year as head coach of the 49ers.

Shanahan eschewed the formality of naming an offensive coordinator because he will keep those duties for himself. Still, Shanahan made it clear that he alone will not be able to fix the 49ers’ offense.

Shanahan has assembled a supporting cast that he said makes him comfortable to delegate responsibilities whenever his attention has to be focused on something other than the team’s offense.

“I mix it up,” said Shanahan, who previously held offensive coordinator roles with Houston, Washington, Cleveland and Atlanta. “Different guys have different attributes.”

Mike McDaniel and Mike LaFleur joined Shanahan after time together on the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive staff. McDaniel is the run-game specialist, while LaFleur, the wide receivers coach, is the pass-game specialist.

Tight ends coach Jon Embree, formerly the head coach at Colorado, is Shanahan’s assistant head coach. Shanahan said Embree has a vocal role on his staff.

Moreover, long-time NFL running backs coach Bobby Turner is a trusted assistant after spending 14 seasons in Denver and four more in Washington with Mike Shanahan, Kyle’s father. Turner coached under Kyle Shanahan the past two seasons with the Falcons.

”Bobby Turner’s been an assistant head coach for our teams we’ve had in the past and anytime that I need him to take over, he does,” Shanahan said. “So it depends what period it is, depends what we’re talking about.”

The 49ers opened organized team activities last week. It was the first time the 49ers’ rookies and veterans were together on the field for offense vs. defense practices. Shanahan said it takes some adjustment for him to figure out how to best budget his time during the workouts.

“I’m used to knowing exactly where to go and what to do and I always did that from an offensive coordinator standpoint which I still do a lot of those responsibilities,” Shanahan said. “So, at times, I feel most comfortable when I go to do that because that’s something to do. But, when I pass it over to some other guys and let them do it, I find myself walking around a lot and I’m not used to that.

“It feels awkward, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I think I should walk around and watch everyone and see it. I always see it on the tape, but that’s later at night. You want players to know you’re there and paying attention to everything and I usually try to cover that in meetings the next day also.”

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Former NFL running back Brandon Jacobs spent one season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 under head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Jacobs only played in two games and gained seven yards on five carries. The results were nothing like his 5,087 yards and 60 touchdowns over eight years with the Giants. 

Apparently being pushed to the bench as a 31-year-old veteran running back didn't sit well with Jacobs. 

“Going somewhere where they don’t have route conversions into certain coverages was just absurd,” Jacobs said Thursday on the Tiki and Tierney Show. “They’re just running routes in the defense, getting people killed. Size and strength is what they had, and that’s why they won.

"Let’s be real. They had great assistant coaches, but Jim didn’t know what he was doing. Jim had no idea. Jim is throwing slants into Cover-2 safeties, getting people hurt. That guy knew nothing, man."

On Saturday morning, Harbaugh responded to Jacobs with a tweet to him. 

Harbaugh went 44-19-1 in four seasons as the 49ers' head coach. He also added five playoff wins and a trip to the Super Bowl in the 2012-13 season, the one that Jacobs played for him.