Not long after the 49ers 10 loss of the season, President Jed York was talking to reporters and the result is that it is clear Mike Singletary is gone after the season and from some reports he may not even be coaching the finale. Here is the Q&A from Jed after the game:
-Q: Is there a chance Singletary won’t coach the final game?
-YORK: We’re going to take our time before we make any decisions like that. We don’t want to make an emotional decision right now, after the game.
-Q: Will you talk about it on the flight back and tomorrow?
-YORK: Obviously, we didn’t achieve the things we set out to achieve. We should be a playoff team. We aren’t a playoff team this year. Very disappointed about that.
We need to figure out how we can get into the playoffs and how we can start competing for Super Bowls.
-Q: Singletary has a couple years left on his contract. A new coach would cost a lot more. Is money a factor in this decision at all?
-YORK: Money is no object. I mean, our object is to win the Super Bowl, year in and year out be there and compete for Super Bowls. We’re going to make sure we get this right.
-Q: The cameras caught Singletary in a heated conversation with Troy Smith, which is something that has happened a few times this season. What’s your reaction when you see that happening?
-YORK: I’m not worried about individual things like that. What bothers me is we come in here, this is a playoff-caliber game, and we didn’t get it done. And that’s the bottom line.
-Q: Is there an aspect of this team’s performance that particularly disappoints you?
-YORK: I think the focus. You come into a game like this and we look inept on offense in the first half. We didn’t get anything done except for two plays that really players made. Crab made a great play, Teddy made a nice play on the punt return.
We aren’t where we need to be. I’m not taking anything away from the Rams, I’m not taking anything away from the Seahawks. I wish those teams the best of luck going forward, and somebody has to win the NFC West, which is strange enough that somebody’s probably going to win it at 8 and 8.
There’s no reason that we aren’t the team that won this division this year.
-Q: Do the 49ers have enough talent?
-YORK: Absolutely. We need to keep getting better. But we’ve got enough talent on this team that we should’ve been the NFC West champion and we should’ve been competing in the playoffs.
-Q: So is the problem the coaching?
-YORK: I think there’s a combination of a lot of things. But we haven’t put it all together yet.
-Q: Where is this team with the QB position? Is that almost as high a priority as finding the right coach?
-YORK: We can’t get a quarterback until the draft, really.
-Q: But for the future…
-YORK: Is that a need? Yeah, absolutely.
-Q: Looking forward, do you need a head coach who can develop a QB and get him ready to play?
-YORK: We need our entire team to be ready to play. It’s not just one position. I mean, obviously, it starts with the quarterback. But we need the entire team to be prepared to play.
We can’t come out and have our offense play good one week, our defense play good one week, our special teams play good one week. We need to do it altogether.
-Q: Could you hire a general manager?
-Q: Are you going to hire a GM?
-Q: From within your staff or is it something you’ll have a search for?
-YORK: We’ll have a search.
-Q: In what order will you do this–would the GM make the coaching decision?
-YORK: We’ll have a general manager, and as we go forward, that will be something that the general manager and I discuss together.