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Friday, December 26, 2008
Around the NFC West: Singletary's chances

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers will name Mike Singletary their head coach for 2009 and beyond once the regular season ends Sunday. Barrows: "The lone obstacle that remained for Singletary as the season drew to a close was articulating his vision, especially for the offense, for the next few years. He cleared that hurdle Monday during a meeting with team officials." Do not expect offensive coordinator Mike Martz to return.

Also from Barrows: Singletary sidesteps questions about Martz's future with the team. Singletary's thinking becomes apparent, in my view, upon reading between the lines. Here is the quote from Singletary: "I think Mike Martz has been great this season. I think everything I've asked him to do, he made every attempt, I think, to do the things that he needs to do. Going forward, I just feel that after the season that we have to sit down - as well as myself, everybody - and try and look at what gives us the best opportunity to move going forward." 

Lowell Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says the 49ers shouldn't rush into hiring Singletary beyond this season. He questions whether anyone at 49ers headquarters is qualified to hire a head coach.

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News says Singletary has earned the full-time job, and there aren't better candidates.

Gary Plummer of 49ers.com sees similarities between the Redskins and 49ers at running back and quarterback. He's eager to see the 49ers' Patrick Willis take on the Redskins' Clinton Portis.

Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle thinks the 49ers should pursue Norv Turner as offensive coordinator if the Chargers fire Turner. One potential complication: Turner is expected to remain the Chargers' head coach.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle sizes up the poetic pursuits of 49ers receiver Josh Morgan.

Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider wonders why the NFL doesn't make a Rooney Rule exception for the 49ers.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says Singletary sidestepped questions about Martz's future with the 49ers.

Also from Maiocco: Kentwan Balmer isn't satisfied with his production as a rookie.

Gary Richards of the San Jose Mercury News says Jeff Ulbrich's choice in vehicles sets him apart from the typical NFL player.