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Mike Singletary fired as 49ers coach

Posted on: December 27, 2010 12:05 am
Edited on: December 27, 2010 12:43 am
Posted by Will Brinson

Following the 49ers' loss to the St. Louis Rams (an ugly 25-17 elimination party), Jed York didn't exactly endorse his head coach, and it seemed likely that Mike Singletary would be fired.

York didn't wait to think about his decision, though, and he asked Singletary to resign following the loss. Singletary refused, however, and York was forced to fire him and replace him with Jim Tomsula, the Niners defensive line coach.

"I want to thank Mike Singletary for the passion and effort that he brought to this organization," York said in a statement. "He is a tremendous person for whom I will always have great respect."

Singletary was also grateful in a statement.

"One of the greatest experiences of my life was having the opportunity to coach the San Francisco 49ers," Singletary said. "What made it so special were the players. They were some of the most outstanding men I have ever been around in my life. The coaches were truly professionals. I wish the 49ers nothing but the best."

One of those coaches, Tomsula, has his work cut out for him.

Unfortunately for Tomsula, the interim is only "one week," meaning he won't have much time to justify himself as a possible full-time candidate, although it seems unlikely that he'd nail the gig anyway -- York mentioned that the team isn't afraid to spend money and that means, if the right coach is available, the Niners could be looking at an upgrade.

As for Singletary, he was only kept afloat by the fact that San Fran, who's horribly underperformed this season, resides in the NFC West, where winning five games still gives you a shot at making the playoffs.

His head coaching tenure will be remembered for his many public antics (admitting he dropped his pants, yelling at "Yahoo! commercials," etc and his inability to realize the faults with his own quarterbacks. And that's unfortunate, because Singletary's a hell of a position coach and probably deserves a job with another NFL team in the pretty immediate future.

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Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2010 12:25 am

Mike Singletary fired as 49ers coach

I'm unsurprised by the firing, which I consider well-deserved. But the timing is asinine.

The coach you might have (or should have) fired before the season began, or by midseason when you could see the writing on the wall even more clearly (in case you needed reading glasses), you fire with one bleeping game left in the season?

That's a belated/too late maneuver to make you look a tiny bit less stupid, but the only thing it accomplishes is to demonstrate that ownership and management are less interested in team success than they are in a game of CYA.

Good luck Mr. Tomsula. You win the dubious "honor" of being the interim coach of a team, for a single, season-ending game, that (regardless of the reasons) underperformed all year. Best of luck, man. You'll need it.

Since: Apr 1, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2010 12:23 am

Mike Singletary fired as 49ers coach

IT was only a matter of when not IF.

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2010 12:22 am

Mike Singletary fired as 49ers coach

Mike Singletary deserved better than that.  I'll bet they leaked it to the press before telling him.  This was a stupid, crass move.  Singletary is a very good football man who was handed a weird grab-bag of talent mixed with incompetents, a world-class linebacking corps (I don't know of anyone with three better linebackers than Takeo Spikes, Patrick Willis and Manny Lawson) and a garbage-class offensive line.  He had a couple of questionable quarterbacks, a great running back who missed the whole season or nearly the whole season (Frank Gore), and a hugely talented but horribly raw wide receiver (Michael Crabtree).  Out of that, he was supposed to make a winner. 

If the top 49ers brass really thought Singletary had to go, they could have had the decency to let him finish the season and fire him then.  Nobody's going to turn that team around in one week.  This was a rude kick in the pants to a good man, and it reflects less badly on him than on those who canned him.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2010 12:20 am

Mike Singletary fired as 49ers coach

Bye dont let the door hit you on the way out. Cool

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2010 12:19 am

Mike Singletary fired as 49ers coach


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