The Mike Singletary era officially begins at Arizona in Week 1. The 49ers showed marked improvement when Singletary took over for Mike Nolan who was fired after Week 7. The 49ers went 5-3 over the final eight games of the season, one win better than eventually the eventual NFC champions. Though the Cardinals did sweep the season series from the 49ers in 2008.
The 49ers will play host to the Seahawks in Week 2, the first meeting between Singletary and new Seahawks coach Jim Mora. This game also will serve as a homecoming for Mora, who was a secondary coach for the 49ers from 1997-98, and served as defensive coordinator from 1999-2003.
The 49ers will play two primetime home games, starting with a Week 10 matchup against the Bears on Thursday night. Obviously, the storyline in this game will be Singletary coaching against the team he led to a victory in Super Bowl XX. As an added twist, the 49ers were often mentioned as one of the teams interested in new Bears QB Jay Cutler.