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Mike Singletary Fired As Head Coach Of San Francisco 49ers

Let the NFC West shake-up begin. After a disappointing loss to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary has reportedly been fired. The 49ers were officially eliminated from playoff contention with the loss and Singletary was caught engaging in a heated argument with quarterback Troy Smith by Fox cameras.

According to Comcast Sports Bay Area, the only question left is whether or not Singletary finishes the season or is relieved of his duties immediately.

The drama and dysfunction reached new depths Sunday for the 49ers. And coach Mike Singletary will not return as head coach next season.

The only question is whether Singletary will be fired before or after the team's season finale, according to a source close to the situation. The 49ers are 5-10 with one game to play.

Singletary has suffered a dismal season after starting 2010 with high expectations. The 49ers stumbled out of the gate, losing their first five games of the season. It was a hole San Francisco was never able to dig out of, despite a midseason push for the playoffs and a weakened NFC West.

Singletary never had a winning season as head coach of the Niners, slogging to an 18-22 record. In 2009, Singletary had his best season at the helm, finishing at 9-9. Through 15 games in 2010, San Francisco sits at a disappointing 5-10.