SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 10: Head coach Mike Singletary of the San Francisco 49ers talks with quarterback Alex Smith #11 against the Philadelphia Eagles during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on October 10, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mike Singletary;Alex Smith
The San Francisco 49ers may be favored to win Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, but odds makers are not giving similar love to the Niners' embattled head coach.
Mike Singletary is near the top of the list of an online sports book's pool waging on which NFL head coach will be the first one fired, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports.
Carolina Panthers coach John Fox is ranked the likeliest to get fired first, with 5-2 odds. Wade Philips of the Cowboys and Chan Gailey of the Buffalo Bills are tied for second as the next-likeliest coaches to get the ax.
And there is 49ers coach Mike Singletary in third place by himself, with 7-2 odds that he will be the first NFL coach fired this season. It's a far cry from the being the pre-season pick to go to the Super Bowl.
But the 49ers are 0-5 this season, and being winless past mid-October does not do wonders for a coach's job security.
York gives some insight to that ballyhooed text message prediction he sent to ESPN's Adam Schefter in a Comcast Sportsnet interview. "Adam asked if we were going to fire our coach," York explained, "and I respectfully said, 'Adam, we're going to win our division.'"
In other words, York was avoiding the question of whether he was going to fire his coach.