With a core of young talent led by a fiery head coach with a history of winning as a Pro Bowl linebacker, many preseason prognosticators had picked the San Francisco 49ers to take the next step and claim their first NFC West division title since the days of Steve Young and Terrell Owens.
Instead, at 5-10, the 49ers took a step back and the losing record in the worst division in the NFL has cost head coach Mike Singletary his job as San Francisco fired their coach with one game to go in a disappointing regular season after being eliminated from the playoffs in a 25-17 loss at the Rams.
Singletary took over the 49ers in 2008, bringing passion to the team that had been missing. He turned around the team with a record of 8-8 last season and even started out the preseason in 2010 with an undefeated record. The regular season, start, though, was a disaster. The 49ers began the season with a 0-5 record and could never recover.
The 49ers have been searching for a winning formula for the better part of a decade, going 45-82 in an 8-year span for a .354 winning percentage compared to a .656 winning percentage over the 24 years prior to that under legendary coach Bill Walsh, George Seifert, and Steve Mariucci.
Now, this once proud franchise begins anew. The team promoted DL coach Jim Tomsula for the season finale and will begin searching for a new candidate after that.
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