There is no way that Dre Bly is allowed to walk out of practice on Tuesday without an extra orifice in his backside and an article of footwear lodged in his existing one. Not as long as Mike Singletary is the coach in San Francisco. The interception/showboat/fumble was embarrassing and completely unacceptable. For those unfamiliar with the play, let me take you back:
Third quarter, Falcons driving downfield at the start of the half. Niners losing 35-10 at the time. Bly picked a Matt Ryan pass intended for Roddy White at his own 10 yard line. He then proceeded to sprint up field with the ball. But that’s when things went awry. By the time he reached his own 20 yard line (only 10 yards after making the pick) he puts a hand behind his head and high steps, all while carrying the football like a loaf of bread. He was instantly caught from behind by Roddy White, who stripped him of the ball and allowed the Falcons to recover in San Francisco territory.
There’s no way that Singletary saw that play as it happened, because there is no way on Earth that Bly would’ve been able to make it to the locker room under his own power after his coach was done with him. This is the coach that will get in anyone’s face, sent Vernon Davis to the locker room last year for not contesting an overthrown pass, and will openly jaw with any opposing player near his sideline. He’s not going to stand for a play like this. Nobody should and it certainly won’t be Samurai Mike.
The worst part is that the team was down 25 points at the time and needed a momentum swing badly. The pick would’ve helped. A veteran player, like Dre Bly, would’ve realized this and used some of the wisdom he’s gathered in 11 years in the NFL and tucked the ball while running straight up field. Instead, the cocky and selfish Bly went Primetime nowhere near the end zone and cost his team a shot at rallying. His gaffe allowed the Falcons to recover and convert a field goal, extending their lead to four touchdowns in the third quarter.
As if the play itself isn’t bad enough, Bly cockily replied after the game, “Like I say, I’m going to be me. That’s who I’ve been my whole life, that’s who I was in college. I have fun. Dre’s going to be Dre.” Mike Singletary certainly won’t stand for selfish players who put themselves ahead of the team. Not only did he make the mistake, he showed no remorse for his misdoing. Reverend Mike isn’t going to be very forgiving of that. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Bly, whose on his third team in four years, get benched or even cut for his transgressions. They are completely counterproductive to the mission that the Niners are on. Playoff teams don’t make those careless mistakes. Most rookies wouldn’t make those careless mistakes. Veteran players absolutely shouldn’t make those mistakes. It could be time for bye-bye for Dre Bly.