Pressure Rises for Singletary, Phillips

Pressure Rises for Singletary, Phillips

The San Francisco 49ers are an irretrievable mess -- a colossal 1-6 disappointment that needs at least a 7-2 finish to have a shot but looks incapable of such because the team does not appear to be together. The quarterback is hurt. The defense is leaky. And the coach is a volcano. In fact, there's a theory going around the league that the only reason the 49ers didn't fire Mike Singletary this week is because they didn't want to distract from their game this week in London against the Broncos. When people are saying those kinds of things about your job security, you don't have much.

The Dallas Cowboys are an irretrievable mess -- a 1-5 train wreck that probably needs something like a 9-1 finish to have a shot but doesn't appear capable of such because it doesn't appear to be any good. The quarterback is hurt. The defense is a penalty machine. And the coach doesn't appear to have any control over anything. There's a theory going around the league that the only reason Wade Phillips might be back in Dallas next year is because he has a contract and Jerry Jones wouldn't want to be paying two coaches during a year that might not happen because of labor strife. When people are theorizing that way about your job security, you don't have much.

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