Singletary shows poor coaching etiquette, AGAIN

49ers head coach Mike Singletary complains to the officials in the first quarter. Johnny Crawford / jcrawford@ajc.com

49ers head coach Mike Singletary complains to the officials in the first quarter. Johnny Crawford / jcrawford@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons coach Mike Smith didn’t want to make a big deal of the slight.

When Mike Singletary’s name was brought up in the press conference about why there wasn’t a post-game handshake, Smith appeared uncomfortable and then eased into the next question.

But on Wednesday, Singletary, who was a candidate for the Falcons head coaching spot when Bobby Petrino was named, came out and admitted that he exhibited poor sportsmanship after what had to be an excruciating loss.

“That was poor sportsmanship on my behalf,” Singletary told the San Francisco media before practice Wednesday.

Here’s Matt Barrow’s blog for the Sacramento Bee on Singletary’s antics.

Falcons coach Mike Smith celebrates after Atlanta defeated the 49ers. But San Francisco coach Mike Singletary would not shake his hand. Johnny Crawford / jcrawford@ajc.com

Falcons coach Mike Smith celebrates after Atlanta defeated the 49ers. But San Francisco coach Mike Singletary would not shake his hand. Johnny Crawford / jcrawford@ajc.com

Center Todd McClure asked about it on Monday. I hadn’t watched the Fox tape yet. Once I did, you couldn’t see anything. At the end of the game, the camera was all over the place and never showed the obligatory handshake.

At the time, I was leading several writers down the stairs to the locker room area and missed Singletary antics.

It’s clear Singletary’s blood gets boiling when the 49ers and the Falcons play.

After he was a candidate in 2007, he didn’t even get an interview in 2008 after Petrino walked.

Last season when the Falcons pummeled Singletary and the 49ers by the score of 45-10, he got into a shouting match with Harvey Dahl, a former 49ers whom the Falcons plucked off their practice squad.

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232 comments Add your comment

robertussen

October 7th, 2010
6:53 am

classless, i want to like singletary, but now its harder to do that. i dont think ill care as much when he looses his job now

Barkin'Dog

October 7th, 2010
6:55 am

I’ll take the win – the handshake is not an issue with me.

London Falcon

October 7th, 2010
6:55 am

Get over it Singletary!! I’m bored of your coverage on TV over here and your lame team will be the reason I miss my first Wembley NFL Game!

Play Offs here we come!! Go Birds!!!!

The Trippmeister

October 7th, 2010
6:56 am

First!!! Early bird gets the worm…er Falcon.

Shame on Singletary, but I can understand the frustration factor when you basically lead the whole game for 59 minutes and 58 seconds —- then lose!!

Grow some gonads Singletary…

This Sunday….Falcons 31, Browns 13

The Trippmeister

October 7th, 2010
6:58 am

Oh well…4th….

Paddy

October 7th, 2010
7:01 am

Shaking hands after games is silly. Shaking players hands after trying to make them cry and embarrass them is silly. This has nothing to do with sportsmanship! Sportsmanship is playing by the rules of any given game. If you hate the other guy, why shake his hand, when you would rather kick his dag?

some sense

October 7th, 2010
7:06 am

Guy gets a pass on this one.

M/S isn’t cut from head coaching cloth…the rants, callin’ players out, etc.. but, if you saw the game, let him go on this one.

FrontRow

October 7th, 2010
7:09 am

Singletary is making a case for Jerry Glanville’s near famous description for the NFL acronym…..Not For Long.

Never mind ignoring the unspoken rule. Singletary wasted a red flag with a first down at the 1 yard line (a TD but he lost a flag).

I would let that pass but calling 2 timeouts during the Falcon’s final drive puzzles me. We were moving the ball in chunks of yards and he was using his assets to help us down the field.

IMO he’s on the far side of Jim Hasslett.

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Jeb

October 7th, 2010
7:32 am

If he was interviewed in 2007, but not in 2008, then guess what?

THE FALCONS WEREN’T IMPRESSED WITH HIM!!! So why interview him in 2008 if they knew they weren’t going to hire him. He should have thanked them for not wasting his time.

Wallace

October 7th, 2010
7:33 am

@FrontRow – seriously dude, you need to learn about football before you blog.

Singletary called those time-outs because the Falcons were already in field goal position and he was trying to preserve some time on the clock for his team. Duh.

82Dawg

October 7th, 2010
7:35 am

Who cares about him??

Rod

October 7th, 2010
7:35 am

Here’s what I want to know:

There’s a rule in the NFL that a field goal attempt (not blocked) takes 5 seconds – yes, this is an actual rule. However, Smith called time out for the last field goal with 7 seconds left – guaranteeing that the Falcons would have to kick off and give the 49ers a chance to run back the kick with 2 seconds left. Why didn’t he call time-out with 5 or less seconds? Does Smith not even know the rules? And no, the play clock was not about to expire.

Section242

October 7th, 2010
7:37 am

He has been the National media darling but his star is setting fast. SF has talent in a week division. If he does not win soon, he will become a TV analyst.

Falcons should handles Browns easily this week if Ryan has a better game. Turner and Snelling should put up some numbers.

BET

October 7th, 2010
7:40 am

WHO CARES, this is not a story!!!

Brand

October 7th, 2010
7:40 am

I like Singletary, I think he could be a good coach. His team fought hard sunday & kept the game closer than it should have been. Very Classless to not do the handshake, but I will not hold it against him, his emotions just got the best of him and he will learn from it. We got the Win, that’s what matters, maybe we can get the handshake next time.

J dubb

October 7th, 2010
7:49 am

When he took a knee at the end after we made that field goal……he looked like DeNiro or Pacino in a very dramatic death scene. He was soooo beaten. I almost felt sorry for him and his team a little bit. Man that hurt. We didnt hire him; we crushed him at home last year; and this year when they basically outplayed us for 55 minutes, we rip his heart out.
No wonder he doesnt like us.

Me

October 7th, 2010
7:53 am

@Rod, your 5 second rule may be true but it does not matter because the play only has to start before time runs out. They do not stop a play, even a field goal after time expires.

SirReal

October 7th, 2010
7:57 am

Personally i dont think it was all that classless. Think of his emotion at the time. It had nothing to do with Mike Smith. His team had the win in the bag and they blew it. I’d have been upset too.He was just caught up in the moment. Coaches do this all the time. I’ve seen Beli-cheat do it plenty of times. If anyone watched the Tenn vs. LSU thriller last week then you saw it there too. Its just emotion from these coaches. No one likes to lose. Has nothing to do with class and everything to do with passion. I dont see Smitty crying about it so why should we? By the way, we have a game against Cleveland this week. Are you more concerned that Mangini shakes Smith’s hand or of we get another W?

Bird Droppings

October 7th, 2010
7:57 am

I’m sure the last thing that crossed MS’s mind at the end of the game was, “Hey, I better run across the field and shake hands with Coach Smith”. Singletary is a fiery, emotional man. It’s why he was hired. It’s also probably the reason he will be fired in the months/years to come. This was a devastating last second loss. For God’s sake, if it didn’t bother Coach Smith, why should it bother you?

FrontRow

October 7th, 2010
7:57 am

@Wallace and how did that work out for him?

You must have been watching on TV with Jim Mora telling you how to think. The Falcons had to drive from the 10 yd line – twice. If you ever played football you would know that is tiring and a timeout is your best friend.

Thanks Mike S (and Wallace) for being dumba$$es.

gtdave

October 7th, 2010
8:00 am

@Rod….my guess is that if the Falcons were called for a non-dead ball penalty (like a hold/illegal formation, or something like that) during the kick, they would still have the opportunity to kick it again since there would most likely be some time on the clock. Otherwise, the game would have been over and they would not have been able to kick again with the accepted penalty. (Now of course if the clock was already running, there would be a 10 second runoff, which the game would have ended anyway but that wasn’t the case as the clock was stopped before the FG attempt) What Smith did was to prevent a more likely scenario than SF running back a kickoff.

Dan

October 7th, 2010
8:12 am

Singletary was always a fav of mine, a HOF player with unrivaled passion and work ethic, yet I always wondered why he toiled as a low level asst all those years, I assumed after you’ve been to the top as a player coaching might not get you going as much (very few great players are good coaches) but as it turns out he is just not a very good coach (and I am not talking about the non handshake) His passion is still evident his team is simply unprepared.

Dan

October 7th, 2010
8:16 am

@rod
He probably left 7 seconds so if there was a bad snap they could fall on it and still have a chance for a kick, also why they line up on 3rd down. So it is actually a well thought out move ( as for the rest mentioned by front row I doubt there are many offensive starters on the field goal team so that isn’t an issue)

FalconFan

October 7th, 2010
8:17 am

D. Orlando? As a black man, I’ve noticed one thing about Mike Singletary and that one thing I’ve noticed is that he has that stereotypical Angry Black Man syndrome. We all get it from time to time, he just seems to have it all the time. He needs to take a chill pill, go enjoy his wife before a game. He needs to stay calm before he go do something he’ll regret. I hate to throw race into this, but I’ve been watching him for awhile and there was no other reason. Oh well, Go Falcons!!

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

October 7th, 2010
8:22 am

I have to agree with the poster that Mike gets a pass on the handshake he is competitive and fighting for his job , and i like him .
the win is better than the handshake anyday.

BobDawg

October 7th, 2010
8:23 am

….Let’s face it, anytime we get to beat San Fran for all the years of misery with Montana and Young is sweet… I’m glad it hurt….Go Falcons!!!!!

Jason

October 7th, 2010
8:24 am

@ME. You missed Rod’s point. By taking the timeout with 7 seconds and kicking the field goal, San Francisco was garunteed another opportunity to get the ball (i.e. 2 seconds would be left because a field goal attempt by rule takes 5 seconds). If Smith had waited until there was only 5 seconds left, then he would have garunteed that the field goal attempt was the last play of the game. So the question is, why didn’t Mike Smith wait until there was only 5 seconds before calling the timeout to ensure that another “Music City Miracle” type kickoff didn’t occur?

FrontRow

October 7th, 2010
8:25 am

FalconFan…Angry Black Man Syndrome? LOL gimme a break. Mike Singletary must have had “ABMS” when he was a player too.

MS coaches like he played….with extra intensity. He’s not gonna calm down and I doubt it’s because he is black.

d.carter

October 7th, 2010
8:27 am

When a black coach does this its called classless, lmao you guys apparently havent been watching BB these last ten years…. BTW Pork (steak) Shapiro is an absoulute idiot he needs to let the other guys do the program and just call in ever now and then when something stupid needs to be said….

Jason

October 7th, 2010
8:29 am

@Dan. If there was a bad snap, time would have expired before they would have had the chance to get the kick off on 4th down. The Falcons were out of timeouts. So unless the holder could get the handle on the ball, stand up, and spike it, it seems very dubious that the intent was to protect from something happening.

@gtdave. I might be a little mixed up here, but I was thinking that the game couldn’t end on an accepted offensive penalty? In other words, if the Falcons made the kick, but had a penalty, and San Fran accepted, wouldn’t the Falcon’s be garunteed one more attempt? I could be wrong here, but that is my understanding.

Brian

October 7th, 2010
8:30 am

There is a big difference in playing vs coaching. Singletary needs to coach college ball.

From Where I Sit

October 7th, 2010
8:30 am

Funny, had Coach Smith pulled this BS, he would have been labeled as a Racist and all of the liberal media would have asked for his head. No doubt, he would have been suspended and the like.

Singletary is no freakin head coach, but a MORON!

d.carter

October 7th, 2010
8:33 am

classless was the coach smith d.hall situation… now thats classless

Ted

October 7th, 2010
8:38 am

What was the deal with the stopwatch that Singletary was wearing during the game? Was he trying to say he didn’t trust the officials?

Roy

October 7th, 2010
8:39 am

Who cares lets move on!

Falkin Phraud

October 7th, 2010
8:47 am

Chuck Noll didn’t care for the handshake nonsense, either. But, when pressed by an idiot like Sam Wyche, he would do it.

MWC

October 7th, 2010
8:48 am

bob

October 7th, 2010
8:48 am

Hall had no class and singletary should not be a head coach.
ove Mike Johnson up, he has class.

BirdDirty

October 7th, 2010
8:50 am

Who cares? This is not reality t.v., this is football. Singletary chose not to shake hands. Big deal. Coach Smith is worried about winning football games and he should. This team is focused. No time for distractions. Why are we still talking about the 49ers anyway? It’s time to beat the Browns.

jbird

October 7th, 2010
8:50 am

Mike’s a good guy, not sure about his coaching. He might not have talent to win. Sunday’s deal was an oversight in a bad situation for
SF. Go Falcons!

Smokewagon

October 7th, 2010
8:51 am

I do not care a bit about how Singletary feels about getting beat. I remember several beatdowns by the Niners during the Montana years and nobody cared about how we felt. Beat him until he is down then kick him square in the nose.

Charles

October 7th, 2010
8:54 am

Singletary is a frek & a loser.

Charles

October 7th, 2010
8:54 am

That’s JERK.

Bear Down!

October 7th, 2010
8:57 am

The Browns are going to throw you all a beating. Mark my words.

ReddJonn68

October 7th, 2010
9:01 am

This is all about nothing, Belichick has done this more than once. Singeltary’s head is on the proverbial chopping block. So what he didn’t shake Smitty’s hand, he has a heck of lot more to worrry about. This is the NFL, where the real men play. He knows now what a mistake he made, but at the time he was thinking about the mistake his player made. This one brain fart will not stop him from going to Coopertown, I guarantee you that !!!

ReddJonn68

October 7th, 2010
9:02 am

I meant Cooperstown

Elvisinthehouse

October 7th, 2010
9:12 am

Ok so when mike smith got into it with D.hall,why wasn’t it a BIG deal Dled? This is football,things get heated players get mad coaches get mad fans get mad so whats the BIG deal off of a simple hand shake? Its called wanting to win.If coach singletary was classless ect…then coach smith fits that catagory too because of his past incident which he got fined by the league.How quickly we forget about other people incidents thats not exposed and how quickly we target and single out who we will pick at this week.Ill say its a none issue!

SeenThisB4

October 7th, 2010
9:13 am

Singletary is exactly like most of the falcan’t fan posters on this blog, and yes, he’s classless and clueless…

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

LJ

October 7th, 2010
9:13 am

@ReddJonn68

I can guarantee you that he will never go to Cooperstown….because…um, that’s where the BASEBALL hall of fame is LOL.

I suppose you meant CANTON?