San Francisco 49ers: Mike Singletary and the Coaching Conundrum

Ken StansellContributor IIOctober 11, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 10:  Head coach Mike Singletary of the San Francisco 49ers talks with quarterback Alex Smith #11 against the Philadelphia Eagles during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on October 10, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Who will be the next coach of the San Francisco 49ers

Mind you, I am not asking who might be the new interim head coach that will likely take over after the 49ers bye week following the Bronco game in London.

I am speaking of the next head coach of the 49ers for the 2011 NFL season—if there is a 2011 season that is.

The NFL collective bargaining agreement expires at the end of this season and all signs point to a player walkout/owner lockout.

What star coach, be it former NFL coaching great Jon Gruden, Bill Cower, a young and rising NFL offensive/defensive coordinator, or outstanding college football mind would want to come to the 49ers when there may not even be a season next year? 

The answer? No one—in his right mind—would jump to coach the San Francisco 49ers with the threat of a season-long player strike/owner lockout.

That is the conundrum the 49ers organization finds themselves in as their dismal 0-5 start begins to settle into the offices and hallways of the 49er headquarters like a damp, mind-numbingly cold fog at 4949 Centennial Boulevard in Santa Clara.

The 49ers are good at getting themselves into pickles these past several years.

The 49ers ownership desperately wants to build a new stadium and charge its fans high prices but can't seem to put a quality product on the field to justify things like personal seat licenses.

The 49ers had the No. 1 overall pick in what was considered one of the weakest NFL drafts in years. They reached for Alex Smith and the franchise has never been the same since.

The 49ers tried to reach into their successful past—their way-back, 1970s past—by hiring Mike Nolan, the son of one-time great Dick Nolan.

The 49ers have systematically avoided picking any fruit from the Bill Walsh coaching tree. Is this a continuing rebuke to Eddie DeBartolo by his sister Denise?

The 49ers drafted Michael Crabtree who seemingly "fell into their lap" at the 10th overall pick only to have him hold out the entire preseason and part off the regular season before signing.

The 49ers drafted two behemoth offensive linemen in the 2010 NFL draft in the first round but still can't seem to run-block or pass-protect.

The 49ers went out and signed Nate Clements for big money to be their shut down corner but they still have no pass defense.

This is an organization that is grasping at straws and finding nothing.

The 49ers now have a coaching conundrum on their hands.  They have a coach in Mike Singletary who is seemingly in over his head and they have no knight in shining armor to save them in sight. They have the threat of a shortened or cancelled season looming in 2011. 

A team that was projected to win the NFC West now finds themselves at 0-5. It has gotten so bad that some fans are already looking at NFL standings to see where the 49ers might stand with respect to 2011 NFL Draft selection order.  We once witnessed the Reggie Bush Bowl during the Mike Nolan regime. Could we be on our way to witnessing the Andrew Luck Lottery Game at Candlestick?

The saga of the York era continues.  It is entertaining if nothing else.

If you enjoy the game of Pickle that is.