Opportunity was knocking at the door of Mike Singletary this season, but unfortunately, the San Francisco 49ers couldn't answer that call.
With quarterback Alex Smith fresh off to a tremendous preseason, most folks in the Bay Area felt good about their chances in 2010. San Francisco had just gained two great offensive lineman in Mike Iupati and Anthony Davis, and given that the NFC West was as weak as water heading into September, it looked to be a surefire playoff spot come January.
Boy did we get ahead of ourselves.
Fifteen weeks down the track—Mike Singletary is now unemployed. Following in the footsteps of Brad Childress, Wade Phillips and Josh McDaniels this season, Singletary's former-Chicago Bears mentality wasn't enough to transform his team into a playoff contender, as the 49ers were eliminated from playoff contention this past Sunday and now sit at a dismal 5-10.
Who will replace the outspoken and highly-criticized head coach?
It's a question that needs a serious answer with one week remaining in the regular season, so here's a look at the top 10 candidates.