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Mike Singletary Speaks On Being Fired

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The 49ers have released a statement from Mike Singletary regarding being relieved from his head coaching duties:

"One of the greatest experiences of my life was having the opportunity to coach the San Francisco 49ers. What made it so special were the players. They were some of the most outstanding men I have ever been around in my life. The coaches were truly professionals. I wish the 49ers nothing but the best. I am thankful to the York family for having given me the opportunity to be a head coach in the NFL. I am indebted to them for that. I am also thankful for the Faithful fans, I am just sorry I couldn't give them more."

What he says is coach speak, through and through, but it's all still very real. He did bond well with the players, they looked up to him and played hard for him and him only, at least in the beginning. It wasn't enough though, and while 49ers Faithful may be happy at this point, as they are now in the hunt for a top-flight head coach, it certainly is bittersweet with how enamored the fanbase became over him and how fast it happened on top of that. But sixteen weeks of poor play and empty promises coupled with what appeared to be a truly clueless coach in postgame press conferences is more than enough to send him on his way.