With the 49ers at 0-3, coach Mike Singletary can’t feel very good about his job security. But he apparently isn’t going to be fired any time soon.
Adam Schefter reported on ESPN this morning that sources inside the team say Singletary’s job is safe for now.
Of course, in the NFL, a coach whose job is safe “for now” doesn’t necessarily feel safe for very long. Just ask Jimmy Raye, whom Singletary fired as 49ers offensive coordinator last week — shortly after Singletary said Raye’s job was safe.
In fact, Schefter reports that Singletary could be out of a job after the season even if the 49ers were to turn things around and get to the playoffs. The biggest reason Singletary doesn’t appear to be in danger of getting fired during the season is that the 49ers’ front office wouldn’t feel confident giving any of the assistant coaches on the staff the title of interim head coach during the season.
So Singletary probably won’t get fired in 2010. But that doesn’t mean he’ll be safe at the start of 2011.