Report: Making Playoffs Won't Save Singletary -- Only Winning Them

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 10: Head coach Mike Singletary of the San Francisco 49ers looks on 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

    San Francisco 49ers fans would like to just focus on this Sunday's Raiders game at Candlestick. But it's hard with all these dad-gum Yahoo commercials flying around.

    Yet another bombshell? A Yahoo! Sports report says that even if 49ers coach Mike Singletary fulfills Jed York's prediction of coming back and winning the NFC West, they might still fire him anyway. Singletary would have to win a playoff game or two this season to retain his job.

    Win a playoff game. Or two. This season. The team is currently 0-5.

    "According to a team source," writes Yahoo!'s Jason Cole, "Singletary will need to do some extraordinary things over the final 11 games to have any hope of coming back as coach. That extraordinary thing would be something like winning all of the remaining games and even a playoff contest or two."

    Does this report sound silly? Yahoo! Sports!?! This could be such complete and utter internet speculation that Singletary might be tempted to call it a "grand-dadgum Yahoo commercial."

    But keep in mind that Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole's last inside report about Jimmy Raye and communication problems looks, in retrospect, entirely correct.

    And it's probably a moot point. No team has ever started 0-5 and won its division. Tom Tolbert explained quite eloquently on KNBR Tuesday why the 49ers are so remotely unlikely to pull this off.

    "They're the worst team in the worst division in football," Tolbert said, in a segment available online. "You're 0-5 behind three teams."

    "These teams are going to eventually play each other as well," Mr. T continued. "So while one of them is losing, one of them has to win those games, so that's another game you have to make up. I don't see any reason to believe this team can come back from 0-5."

    Tolbert concluded his argument in the most psychologically healthy way a San Francisco fan could. He changed the topic to the Giants' playoff run.

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who theorizes that we should have roughly an hour-plus to run to the liquor store between the conclusion of 49ers-Raiders at Candlestick and the first pitch of Giants-Phillies in Game 2 of the NLCS Sunday.