By now, you’ve seen the video and know the story of what went down between 49ers coach Mike Singletary and QB Alex Smith on the sideline Sunday night against the Eagles.
Hall of Fame coach John Madden saw it too, and had a problem with the way Singletary verbally undressed Smith on national television. Madden said during a radio interview he didn’t like the way Singletary handled himself, per David White of the San Francisco Chronicle.
“That’s something that, a lot of things go on in a game that you’re not proud of as a coach,” Madden said. “That’s really not part of coaching, that’s sometimes I worry about that. I see youth football and I see high school football and coaches yelling at players and I cringe when I see it. I think people get the picture that’s what coaching is and believe me, that’s not what coaching is.”
Madden was asked what he would have done in Singletary’s situation.
“I don’t know if you have to yell at players. Now, someone’s going to say you yelled like heck, but I wasn’t yelling at players, I was yelling at officials. That’s not what it is. You have to coach, you have to teach,, you have to strategize, you have to encourage. That’s what coaching is, not the opposite.”
— Frank Tadych