Singletary: 'They've moved on and I've moved on'


Singletary: 'They've moved on and I've moved on'

MOBILE, Ala. -- Mike Singletary sat in the top row of Ladd-Peeples Stadium on Tuesday, far above the Senior Bowl practice taking place on the synthetic playing surface.

In his new role as Minnesota Vikings special assistant to head coach/linebackers coach, Singletary has plenty to offer from his vantage point. Singletary was fired as 49ers head coach Dec. 26 with a 18-22 record in 2 1/2 seasons.

Singletary sat in the stadium with his former Chicago Bears teammate Leslie Frazier. Singletary was an interim head coach with the 49ers for the final nine games of 2008 before he was announced to take over as the head coach following the season.

Likewise, Frazier was the Vikings' interim coach, who was named to the permanent position shortly after the end of the regular season this month. Singletary actually has more experience as a head coach than his new boss.

"I think that's one of the things we sat down and talked about," Singletary told Comcast SportsNet on Tuesday. "It's very important for him, being an interim coach -- and me coming into it the same way -- there are some things that fundamentally you have to get in place early on. Sometimes as an interim coach, you say, 'I'll do that later.' But there are some things you have to do immediately in order to execute your vision and move forward."

Singletary declined to discuss many of the specifics of his tenure with the 49ers, but he did accept responsibility for a breakdown in communication with the team's top personnel executive Trent Baalke.

Team president Jed York said Singletary and Baalke did not have "great chemistry." Baalke was promoted to general manager after the season. Singletary did not dispute York's assessment of the inner-workings of the 49ers.

"I will take (blame) for all of that," Singletary said. "That's something that's on me. He's exactly right. That's something Jed knew last year. But Trent did a good job. And for me, it's a matter of some people you mesh with and others you don't. I just look at it as one of those things. Sometimes it's there, and sometimes it's not."

One source told CSN Bay Area that Singletary told team officials early in the season that if the club did not show marked improvement, he would voluntarily step down. Singletary declined to say whether he was asked to resign before he was fired, just hours after the 49ers' loss to the St. Louis Rams on Dec. 26 knocked them out of playoff contention.

"I don't really want to get into . . . it's done," Singletary said. "It's behind us. It really doesn't matter right now. I think the biggest thing is that they have moved on, and I have moved on. I wish them nothing but the best, and I'm certainly going to do the best I can do to continue the journey I'm on."

York's decision to fire Singletary with one game remaining in the season was not a shocking development, he said.

"Not totally," Singletary said. "You get to a point where frustration sets in on both sides, whether it's the 49ers; whether it's me; whether it's personnel; whoever it is. All you know is you're not going to go to the playoffs. And you're not going to have the opportunity to do something that hopefully you could have done at the beginning of the season. Like I said, it's all behind. You move forward and we'll go from there."

When asked if he wants to be an NFL head coach again, Singletary did not hesitate. "Absolutely," he said.

Singletary, a Hall of Fame linebacker, has never served as a coordinator on any level before he became 49ers head coach, and he said he does not view that as a prerequisite to get another chance.

"I'll work very closely with the coordinator there. They already have one there (Fred Pagac)," Singletary said. "Of course, Leslie Frazier is there -- one of my old teammates. That gives me an opportunity to work very closely on both sides of the ball. But to say I need to be a coordinator in order to be a successful head coach, I don't think that's totally necessary."

Singletary said the experience with the 49ers is something that will make him a better coach in the future. He said he is thankful to the organization for giving him the opportunity.

So why wasn't he successful as 49ers coach?

"Many different reasons," Singletary said. "You may know better than me. But I think many different reasons. But that's all behind, and I think for me it's continuing to be the best coach that I can be. And my goal is still be, one of these days, one of the best coaches in the league."

Report: Shanahan 'almost certain' to accept 49ers' offer

Report: Shanahan 'almost certain' to accept 49ers' offer

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is reportedly “almost certain” to accept the 49ers’ offer to become head coach.

Shanahan is the lone remaining candidate among the six individuals who interviewed with 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe. The 49ers plan for a second interview with Shanahan and a job offer, a source told Shanahan is expected to accept the 49ers’ offer, reports Michael Silver of the NFL Network, citing sources familiar with both parties.

The 49ers continued to work Tuesday evening on the process of narrowing down the general manager choices, a source said. Shanahan is expected to play a role in the select the team’s next GM, sources said.

On Tuesday, Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable and Seahawks co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner removed their names from consideration for the vacant coach and general manager positions. The 49ers fired Chip Kelly and Trent Baalke after the 49ers' 2-14 season.

One source said Cable and Kirchner believed the 49ers were using them as leverage to hire Shanahan. Cable interviewed with 49ers co-chair Denise DeBartolo York over the phone on Tuesday, NFL Network reported.

The 49ers are allowed to interview Shanahan for a second time after the Falcons’ NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The 49ers are prohibited from hiring or making a formal contract offer to Shanahan until the Falcons' season has concluded.

The top remaining candidates for the general manager job are believed to be Green Bay executives Brian Gutekunst and Eliot Wolf, Arizona's Terry McDonough and Minnesota's George Paton.

Source: 49ers plan second interview with Shanahan; Cable withdraws name

Source: 49ers plan second interview with Shanahan; Cable withdraws name

The 49ers will interview Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan after this weekend’s NFC Championship game, a source told on Tuesday.

The only remaining head-coach candidate, Tom Cable, formally withdrew from consideration, according to his agent, Doug Hendrickson. Cable interviewed with the 49ers on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the 49ers also have a general manager vacancy to fill. The team is in the process of narrowing down their list of eight candidates, a source said. Seattle’s Trent Kirchner pulled his name from consideration on Tuesday. The 49ers could have a round of second interviews for the GM job.

The 49ers fired coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke after the club finished the regular season with a 2-14 record.

The 49ers conducted their first interview with Shanahan on Jan. 6, as allowed by NFL rules, when the Falcons were on their bye in the first week of the playoffs as the NFC’s No. 2 seed.

The 49ers are allowed to conduct a second interview with Shanahan next week, regardless of whether the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl or their season comes to a conclusion against the Green Bay Packers.

If the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl, the 49ers would not be able to make a formal contract offer to Shanahan until following the Super Bowl.

Shanahan, 37, is the son for two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Shanahan. He has served nine NFL seasons as an offensive coordinator. His offenses have ranked in the top-10 of total offense in six of those seasons.

Shanahan interviewed for the head-coaching vacancies with Jacksonville and Denver this offseason. Another scheduled interview with the Los Angeles Rams was canceled when Rams officials could not get to Atlanta due to weather conditions.