Who is to blame for 49ers’ problems?

If we’re to believe what we hear, Mike Singletary isn’t going anywhere and Alex Smith is keeping his job. And the winless 49ers will win the NFC West.

49ers president Jed York said he does not have any immediate plans to fire Singletary, and he took it one big step farther Monday by firing off a text message to Adam Schefter with a guarantee his team would win the NFC West this season.

(York is no stranger to predictions, but somebody should have mentioned no 0-5 team has ever made the playoffs)

We’ve seen similar situations before. So, should this be viewed as the dreaded vote of confidence for Singletary, a thinly disguised kiss of death?

Turning to some closer to the situation, Matt Maiocco wonders if Singletary is the problem, and whether changing the head coach is really the solution for the 49ers. Cam Inman believes the team is “littered with myriad issues” beyond quarterback problems. Tim Kawakami opines Singletary and Smith can’t succeed together.

Singletary, the face of the organization, has been under intense scrutiny but appears unfazed by it all.

“I think it’s great,” Singletary said of York’s guarantee. “I think that’s what we’re doing. That’s why we do what we do. We started the season, that was our goal. That was our first goal, to win the division, to get in the playoffs, and have a chance to play for the big one. That is still our goal.

“Unfortunately, we’re having to deal with these things very early on that could kill most teams, but it will not kill our team. It will only make us stronger. We just have to continue to work at it. I think I said this before, we’re not — we’re not in any shape or form, we’re not standing back trying to wonder about this or that or whatever. It’s just a matter of knowing that we have what we need. It’s just a matter of not continuing to kill ourselves to get there.”

Much has changed since the 49ers were the fashionable preseason pick two months ago. So, 49ers fans, is what has taken place this season a perfect storm of problems, or is someone to blame in San Francisco?

— Frank Tadych

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