The dismissal of former 49ers head coach Mike Singletary Sunday Night may have turned the heads of several NFL GMs.
Singletary leapfrogged the traditional coaching hierarchy when Mike Nolan was fired by Jed York.
The former Monster of the Midway was the 49ers linebackers coach and assistant head coach. He had a fiery disposition and strong charisma and was thus the logical candidate to be the team's interim head coach.
At season's end, Singletary held a 5-4 record as interim head coach, while the team itself was 7-9. The sensible move was to entrust the 49ers to the former Hall of Fame linebacker, and let him recreate the team in his image.
Blessed with 20/20 hindsight, we can now say with relative certainty that Singletary was not ready for the responsibility, and many agree he would have been better suited for defensive coordinator.
It's highly doubtful the NFL has seen the last of Samurai Mike, and there are at least ten teams who need a defensive coordinator enough to give the man an interview.
Having been a student of Buddy Ryan, Mike could find great comfort in coordinating a defense. After all, defense has been the mainstay of his entire career.
In fact, no one really ever questioned his ability—even as a coach—until offense entered the equation.