NFL Coaching Carousel: John Fox and 10 Coaches Who Could Replace Mike Singletary
The San Francisco 49ers decided on Sunday that they wouldn't even let head coach Mike Singletary keep his job for the last week of the regular season.
For the Niners' last game this weekend against the Arizona Cardinals, defensive line coach Jim Tomsula will take over the head coaching duties.
So, in all likelihood, the 49ers will be looking for a new head coach this offseason.
Here are 10 coaches who could be taking over the San Francisco job next season.
10. Jim Tomsula
It's highly unlikely that Tomsula will be able to take over the head coach spot after just one game as an interim.
But, maybe, if he shows some real talent and ability, he can persuade Jed York to give him the job full-time.
9. Bill Cowher
Cowher recently said he'd only consider the Giants, Texans or Dolphins for his return to coaching.
But, the 49ers should at least try to persuade him to reconsider.
Though this is a long shot, San Francisco needs to at least pick up the phone and give Cowher a call.
8. Dave Wannstedt
Wannstedt was a failure as the Bears' coach, but he did have some good moments as a head coach of the Miami Dolphins.
His Pitt Panther teams never quite lived up to expectations, but they weren't failures by any stretch of the imagination.
Maybe it's time for Wannstedt to make a return to the NFL.
7. Tony Sparano
If the Dolphins' head man loses his job as predicted, he deserves a second chance.
The problems with the Dolphins aren't his fault.
They need better running backs, and Chad Henne probably isn't the answer at quarterback.
Changing the head coach is the easy thing to do, but they should really look at changing the players.
6. Winston Moss
Moss receives very little recognition for the work he does as the Green Bay Packers' linebacker coach.
But, year in and year out, Moss has his unit ranking amongst the best in the league.
It's amazing what he's been able to do this year despite the injuries to Nick Barnett, Frank Zombo, Brady Poppinga and Brad Jones.
It's about time Moss got some credit and starts being considered for head coach positions.
5. Gary Kubiak
Kubiak took an unknown Arian Foster and made him the best running back in the league.
Just imagine what he could do with Frank Gore.
Kubiak would install his famous zone blocking scheme from his days in Denver and improve the running game in San Francisco.
That would open up the kind of passing lanes that led to Matt Schaub leading the NFL in passing yards last season.
But first, the Texans need to fire him, something that will likely happen after next weekend's games.
4. Wade Phillips
Singletary would scream at and berate his players.
Maybe it's time for a change of coaching style in San Francisco.
No one is more unlike Singletary than Phillips, who has always been known as a players' coach.
Though Phillips had a really bad year at Dallas, his previous teams have all been very competitive, usually reaching the playoffs.
Reaching the playoffs would be a good first step for the 49ers.
3. Jon Gruden
Gruden's name gets tossed around whenever anyone talks about a head coaching position.
In San Francisco, he'd have an ideal situation for him. He loves having a lot of quarterbacks, and he'd have Alex and Troy Smith to work with.
Plus, he'd probably be allowed to take a QB in the first round of this year's draft and work with him all offseason.
Finally, the 49ers job is a pretty historic job, something that might interest Gruden.
2. Brian Schottenheimer
Schottenheimer is ready to take on his first head coaching gig, so he should be highly considered for the 49ers job.
The Niners need an offensive revitalization, and Schottenheimer might be able to provide them just that.
Plus, he's a young guy, so maybe the players would respond better to someone who is closer to their age.
1. John Fox
Fox is going to get another chance to be a head coach in the NFL.
Before Jason Garrett's recent success, Fox was on the shortlist of potential candidates for the Dallas job.
Now, he should be the leading candidate in San Francisco.
He led the Panthers to some very good seasons in the days before the Saints became a powerhouse.
He could have the 49ers wreaking havoc in the weak NFC West.