Mike Singletary put himself out there. He wined and dined Scott Linehan, he even flew him out to Santa Clara — twice!!! In the end, Linehan heartlessly chose his wife and kids over Singletary, saying his reasons for rejecting the 49ers’ offer to be their next offensive coordinator were “all personal,” according to Matt Maiocco.
Head games! After Linehan’s insensitive actions, BASG got a copy of new Craigslist ad Singletary posted this morning in hopes of finding a new O.C.:
ARE YOU HONEST????????
Local professional team looking for new Offensive Coordinator. Must be spontaneous, DD-free and love to run the football in the fourth quarter. I’ve been hurt before and am now looking for somebody who is honest, trustworthy and won’t cheat, either on or off the field. Commitment-phobes need not apply. No games.
– cats are OK – purrr
– dogs are OK – wooof
– it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
Please Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hopefully this will teach the 49ers to stop going after former Rams coaches. Mike Martz spent over half his tenure trying to sabotage the Niners by going with J.T. O’Sullivan (Hey, he’s from Davis … these stupid Niner fans will fall for this hook, line and sinker!). Now Linehan gave this reason for spurning Singletary’s offer to be his Offensive Coordinator:
“Maybe it’s because of where I was the last three seasons (head coach of the Rams). It doesn’t mean that a week from now I won’t be kicking myself. But it’s just not fair to the 49ers to hold up the process.”
Sure, that’s it Linehan. Not fair to hold up the process. Sure, he had the time to do two fly out for two interviews for a job he probably never had any intention of taking, while other perfectly good candidates were busy taking other jobs. Supposedly Linehan doesn’t want to move his wife and three kids yet again after spending a few years in St. Louis, which will sound totally ridiculous when he inevitably takes a job with the Jets or some other team just as far from St. Louis as San Francisco.
Linehan’s just the latest proof the 49ers can’t keep going into enemy territory to find coaching help. Norv Turner was best known for calling the plays for those Dallas Cowboys teams in the early 1990’s that were the Niners’ biggest rivals, yet Mike Nolan hired him anyway. Turner did just enough to get everyone’s hopes up on a Alex Smith/Frank Gore tandem that since has done next to nothing, then left a year later.
At this rate, the 49ers O.C. after next season will be Brett Favre, with Antonio Freeman and Alvin Harper serving as co-receivers coaches. Singletary, if you don’t feel like dealing with anymore coaching head games, maybe it would be best to stay away from former rivals of the 49ers. Or if you feel like you absolutely have to go for a former Niner-hater, at least offer him more money.