The San Francisco 49ers fired their head coach, Mike Singletary, late Sunday night after their 25-17 loss in St. Louis. Read more on Singletary’s dismissal below.
The 49ers’ loss yesterday thwarted the team’s hopes for making any kind of playoff appearance, and their record this season is 5-10.
Last night’s loss also saw Singletary and Troy Smith having a little skirmish on the sidelines after Smith threw an interception to the Rams’ O.J. Atogwe in the third quarter. You can see video of their squabble here.
Singletary was brought on as interim head coach after the 49er organization released then head coach Mike Nolan in October of 2008. The Hall of Famer was subsequently hired permanently and finished with an 18-22 record over the last two seasons.
No hard feelings on Singletary’s part, and was thankful to the 49er organization for the chance to coach their team. He said:
“One of the greatest experiences of my life was having the opportunity to coach the San Francisco 49ers. 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. I am thankful to the York family for having given me the opportunity to be a head coach in the NFL. I am indebted to them for that. I am also thankful for the Faithful fans, I am just sorry I couldn’t give them more.”
The 49ers have named defensive line coach Jim Tomsula as the interim head coach, and will assume those duties when they meet the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in their season finale. I’m rooting for my Cardinals on this one, we’ve got to keep the momentum going after our win on Thursday, heh, and not to mention our horrible loss on MNF against the 49ers when we got stomped 26-7.
So all you 49er fans, I want to know what your thoughts are on this topic! Are you happy that Mike Singletary was fired? Comment away… More pictures and videos can be found below.