As the season wears on and frustration grows with Mike Singletary, it's safe to say that most folks are pretty much convinced the 49ers will be looking for a new coach at the end of the season. Personal feelings aside, it simply seems inevitable. Given that, we'll continue to have an official coaching discussion FanPost. Additionally, 49erFanSince1950 put together an excellent FanPost about Jim Harbaugh specifically as a candidate.
If the 49ers do in fact conduct a head coach search at the end of the season, we'll have plenty to post about here at Niners Nation and at the Bay Area regional site. In order to facilitate the most information possible, I've decided to come up with a list of potential candidates for the 49ers job so we can begin the research process. If Mike Singletary is let go (most are assuming it but who knows until it happens), we want to be ready with all the necessary information.
Accordingly, I've created this FanPost as strictly a place to post coaching candidates. This isn't the place to proclaim to the heavens why person X should be the 49ers head coach. You can give some background on the guy if he's less known, but no need to proclaim his glory and awesomeness. This is a very black and white FanPost. Please keep the strong opinion discussion in our official coaching discussion FanPost.
Now, given the nature of this FanPost, we already have several names that will be in the rumor mill. Please do not post these names in the comments. While some might never actually consider the job, they're still people we'll want to be prepared in case they suddenly decide to get in the mix for the 49ers head coaching job:
These are names that have been mentioned elsewhere, and in the case of Rob Ryan he's a name that will likely be in the mix for the various head coaching jobs around the NFL.
So, feel free to list out any other names you can think of, even if they might not be the likeliest of possibilities. Throw out previous head coaches, current NFL coordinators, or other college head coaches. If somebody writes a name that you think is absurd, I'd actually rather you just email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) why you think this rather than post in the comments and open up a can of worms. Consider this a sort of house-cleaning type of FanPost.