San Francisco, CA (TheSpread) - In the end, the San Francisco 49ers couldn't wait any longer. After yet another loss, the team has fired head coach Mike Singletary.

According to NFL odds and oddsmakers from online sports book, the 49ers were 1-point underdogs against the Rams in Week 16. Their margin for error to make the playoffs was razor thin, but yet another unprepared team showed up in St. Louis on Sunday and San Fran fell, 25-17.

During the second half of the game, Singletary told Alex Smith to warmp up after Troy Smith threw an interception. That made Troy Smith irrate and he started to arguing with his head coach on the sidelines. Ted Ginn Jr. tried to intervene to calm his former Ohio State teammate, but Smith and Singletary carried on. Smith was eventually benched in the fourth quarter for the other Smith, which is ironic considering that Alex Smith and Singletary also got into it in a game earlier this season.

In his two and a half years in San Francisco, Singletary finished with an 18-22 record. His tenure will largely be remembered for his press conferences, his sideline antics and his inability to manage quarterbacks. Making matters worse is that the Niners were projected to win the NFC West this year and instead, they're 5-10 and have been eliminated from the postseason. What's worse is that the NFC West is easily the worst division in football and yet, Singletary couldn't get his talented team to compete week in and week out.

Jon Gruden's name has come up as a replacement for Singletary, although the 49ers want to hire a general manager first.

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