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The most important decision of the 49ers' future should have been made already. The York family can't help but be smitten with Mike Singletary's work in relief of Mike Nolan, and determined to lock him in as full-time head coach as soon as possible. What happens in the season finale at Candlestick on Sunday should be irrelevant. But what happens 500 miles to the south, where San Diego meets Denver for a playoff spot, could set up the second most important decision. If the Chargers lose, finishing an uninspired 7-9, Norv Turner should be fired as head coach, giving the 49ers a chance to bring him back as their offensive coordinator. That Mike Martz will depart after one season in the job, based on a report in the Sacramento Bee that also said the Niners will offer Mike Singletary a multi-year contract on Sunday, makes sense. Singletary has always been respectful of Martz publicly, but the two have very different sensibilities about building an offense. They have worked together remarkably well under the circumstances, avoiding an ego clash that could have kept the 49ers firmly planted under the pillow that suffocated them during Nolan's tenure.

San Francisco Chronicle