San Francisco 49ers Fire Head Coach Mike Singletary

Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IDecember 27, 2010

This just sums up how Singletary's coaching career has gone thus far.
This just sums up how Singletary's coaching career has gone thus far.Harry How/Getty Images

Mike Singletary is out as head coach in San Francisco, after a dismal 2010 that has produced just five wins.

In two-plus seasons in the Bay Area, Singletary compiled an 18-22 record before being canned.

In 2008, he was 5-4 as the interim head coach of the Niners; last season, he went 8-8 and narrowly missed tasting the postseason.

This year, he has gone 5-10 before being given the boot. The 49ers were the sexy pick to win the NFC West and many expected them to sneak their way deep into the postseason for the first time since Jeff Garcia skipped town.

However, many things stopped San Francisco from achieving to its highest potential: injuries, constant quarterback underachieving (both starters having the surname Smith, Alex and Troy) and a dreadful defensive unit sum up the problems that need to be fixed within the franchise.

"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," Singletary stated after being alerting of the firing, which happened at about 10 p.m. in San Fran.

Famous for declaring, "I want winners!" to his squad in October of 2008, Singletary wanted to make it once more to the Super Bowl, just as he did as a Hall of Fame linebacker for the Chicago Bears in 1985.

But it wasn't meant to be and after just 26 months after hiring him, Mike Singletary is gone.