Mike Singletary was on the opposite end of a sack yesterday when he was fired as Head Coach of the 49ers by owner Jed York. The 49ers were considered to be contenders this season but after failing to win the pitiful NFC West, York had seen enough. The once fearsome Chicago linebacker had lost the respect of his locker-room after several childish rants and displays from the otherwise intense Coach. j
It remains a mystery who could be up for the 49er job after this season much like the other head coach openings around the league. There probably won't be any Head Coach jobs filled until at least after the regular season is over and other disappointed owners begin to let their coaches go. There are some big names out there that keep getting thrown around like Gruden, Cowher, Dungy, and Parcells. Other guys to consider could be UFL's Jim Fassel, the Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, and collegiate coaches like Florida's Urban Meyer and Boise State's Chris Petersen.
This is all speculation until other NFL teams finish firing their own Coaches and all the openings hit the market. We could see up to 10 NFL teams looking to replace their Head Coaches this offseason. We might see many of those teams promote from within which would make for a much easier adjustment if the teams are going to begin playing after shortened offseason due to lengthy and drawn out Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations.