49ers Coach of 2010-2011: Could Jon Gruden Take Over For Mike Singletary?

Casey Crail@@crvilsCorrespondent INovember 29, 2010

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 14: Coach Jon Gruden of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers directs play against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on December 14, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco 49ers are currently playing division rival Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football. After a shaky 3-7 start, some speculate who could be coaching the team next season assuming there is not a miraculous playoff comeback.

One potential coach that makes sense is Jon Gruden, who is calling the game on ESPN. Gruden who has been with the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers has won a Super Bowl which is always a plus when your looking at a head coach because the 49ers top priority is restoring championship tradition.

One reason many think Gruden is a great fit in San Francisco is because he has had success without having an elite quarterback. He is known for being an offensive-minded coach, and the Niners have a lot of talent on offense.

Also, he has shown commitment to the run game. Frank Gore is a top running back, and Gruden would love to run his offense around a player of his caliber. Also, tonight Brian Westbrook is emerging as a threat for the first time as a 49er.

Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis, Josh Morgan and Ted Ginn Jr. should make for a more potent and explosive offense. Intern offensive coordinator Mike Johnson has shown potential, but the offense is not playing at the caliber it could be.

If Johnson continues to improve, he may be able to keep his job even if there is a switch at head coach.

It is hard to tell from here because the 49ers will only be one game behind the Seahawks and Rams for first place if they secure the win tonight.

If things do not go well there is a good chance that Mike Singletary will be dismissed. Jon Gruden is at the top of most fan's wish lists. Other options are listed below:

1.) Jim Harbaugh - Current head coach at Stanford

2.) Bill Parcells - President of Miami Dolphins, likely would become Team President

3.) Brian Billick - Former Baltimore Ravens head coach, Super Bowl XXV champion

4.) Jeff Fisher - Current head coach of Tennessee Titans

5.) Greg Manusky - Current defensive coordinator of 49ers