DIRTY BIRDLAND – Made it through the bye week!!!
Got to see the end of the Patriots win over Baltimore. Was running to the garage to listen to the end of the Browns vs. Bengals on Sirrus radio in the car. The Denver vs. Dallas game was boring. Doesn’t look like the Cowboys are going anywhere with Tony Romo as the QB. In the night game, the Super Bowl champs had a tough time finishing off the Chargers.
Now, it’s back to the Falcons. We can dig in for the long haul, starting with this San Francisco game.
The 49ers are 3-1 and coming off a 35-0 pasting of the woeful St. Louis Rams. The offense, defense and special teams all scored against the Rams. It’s their best start since 2002, the last year they made the playoffs.
The biggest question about this game is what would have happened if Falcons owner Arthur Blank had hired Michael Singletary instead of Bobby Petrino back in 2007?
Singletary was a candidate after Petrino bolted for Arkansas, but the Falcons never called. Blank went in another direction and hired Thomas Dimitroff as the general manager and then Mike Smith as the head coach.
You couldn’t find a good “football reason” why Singletary would not make a good head coach. He played for Iron Mike Ditka. He was the anchor of those strong Chicago Bear defenses of the 1980s. His “old-school” approach to the game is what a lot of these young players need.
About the only thing circulating in the media was that he had a large family and that didn’t allow him to spend 36 hours a day at the office. That sleeping on the couch stuff might be overrated. If you have excellent organizational skills and a talented staff, there shouldn’t be a need to spend the night in the building.
It was just a matter of time before Singletary got one of the NFL’s 32 jobs.
Seven games into last season, Singletary, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998, took over in San Francisco. His motivational talks have been a part of the 49ers’ turnaround.
If Singletary had landed the Falcons job, he would have been the one dealing with the Michael Vick dog fighting case. He’d probably would have had the same disastrous season that was waiting for Petrino. He likely, wouldn’t have left for Arkansas.
Where things would have taken a different path would have been over that offseason. Singletary may have had the swing vote in the Glenn Dorsey vs. Matt Ryan draft day drama.
It’s reasonable to conclude that former linebacker would have gone defense and Ryan would be the starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs right now. Oakland, had taken JaMarcus Russell earlier and probably still would have picked Darren McFadden in 2008.
But history took a different path and things appear to be working out for both franchises.
What do you think would have happened if the Falcons had hired Singletary? Would he have pulled his pants down and said the team was getting their butts kick in 2007? Would the Falcons have gone to the playoffs last season?