And here's why: you still have a coach. End of story.
Assuming its true, did Ross learn nothing from his off-season flirtation with Jim Harbaugh? You can't talk with another coach until after you've fired this one. Now I know its a fait compleat that he will be fired, but this is just wrong, and insensitive. And frankly, who would want to work for a guy that operates this way?
Oh, and on a related note, during the off-season shenanigans I made an allusion to this being like a relationship, that Tony was like a jilted girlfriend, and I wondered how he would respond, It appears as though we have our answer. Even if its not top-of-mind, he had to know (as do/did the players) that he was a 1-year coach. He is coaching like one.