Mike Singletary was fired today, after his team fell to 5-10, after a loss to St. Louis. Singletary has been a lightning rod for controversy in his 2+ years as head coach, for sideline arguments, and fiery press conferences. His sideline argument with Troy Smith might have been the last straw.
Many experts picked the 49'ers to win a very weak NFC West(yours truly included) but instability at the quarterback position, and losing Frank Gore a few weeks ago, certainly didn't help matters.
Singletary had an 18-22 record in just over two seasons, after he took over for Mike Nolan, who was fired. Defensive line coach Jim Tomsula will coach the Niners finale against Arizona.
Kevin Says: The timing of this decision is questionable in my opinion. The move might have made more sense when the Niners started off 0-5. Even at 5-9, the Niners still controlled their own destiny for a division crown.
When Singletary took the job, I thought he would be able to win eventually, but Alex Smith never gave him much of a chance. He did build a solid defense in San Francisco, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him get another job. Retreads like Chan Gailey and Norv Turner did.