Mike Singletary Fired: Why Now and What Comes Next for the San Francisco 49ers?

December 27, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Late Sunday night, it was announced that Mike Singletary had been removed from his post as head football coach of the San Francisco 49ers. He was given the opportunity to resign, but declined, forcing the team to relieve him of his duties.
Singletary and the 49ers had a must-win game against the Rams on Sunday. A win not only kept their playoff hopes alive, but also guaranteed them a birth with a win over the Cardinals next week and a Seattle loss (which Seattle obtained with their defeat on Sunday against Tampa Bay).
The 49ers looked undisciplined, accruing costly penalties and coverage break downs consistently throughout the game. The big storyline was not in the costly errors, but rather in the way in which the 49ers conducted themselves.
In a somewhat surprising move, Singletary made the choice to go back to Troy Smith at quarterback. Troy Smith had already taken out the Rams earlier in the season and Singletary gave him an opportunity to enter back into the starting...

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