Singletary fired as 49ers' head coach

Posted Dec. 26, 2010 @ 11:17 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The 49ers fired head coach Mike Singletary late Sunday evening, the team announced via Twitter. David White of the San Francisco Chronicle first reported the news.

Defensive line coach Jim Tomsula will coach the team in Week 17 vs. the Cardinals.

A playoff berth was still at stake Sunday when the 49ers played the Rams, but a 25-17 loss in St. Louis ended those chances. Singletary got into a shouting match with starting QB Troy Smith on the sideline, the last in a long series of coach-player confrontations during the coach's 40-game tenure.

According to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, Singletary was asked by 49ers president Jed York to resign when the team arrived back in San Francisco. When the coach refused, he was fired.

Singletary's career record with the team was 18-22, including 5-10 this season when the team was expected to win the NFC West.

The way we see it

The move to fire Singletary is not surprising, but the timing is. With only one game to go in the season, it is strange that York and the team would make this move. Clearly, though, a lot has to change with the team before next season.