Apparently they could no longer resist going public with some things:
The 49ers held a press conference earlier this afternoon explaining the “changes” made after 2 days of meeting. I use the quotes because really, I’m trying to wonder what changes were made.
-McCloughan was elevated to the GM position, but noted this his relationship and decision making process with Nolan would not change.
-Nolan claimed that is the voice of the organization and its face.
– Jim Hostler was fired.
At one point, McCloughan stopped short of declaring his man love to Nolan by saying that his and Nolan’s friendship is strong and will “last forever.”
So now that there aren’t any strong changes made after 3 years of losing, we can only get out our bag of popcorn and anticipate more of Nolan’s antics. He was wailing around and doing hand gestures during the entirety of the press conference almost as if he was Al Pacino from Any Given Sunday. It was a fairly funny scene in Santa Clara, but we wonder how long the humor will last in 2008.
So according to several sources including Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports! the Yorks have decided to retain Mike Nolan as the the head coach of the 49ers, but have stripped him of his decision making powers.
Given the nature of this website, we are angry and disappointed at the decision the Yorks have made. It also makes no sense to us because the Yorks have basically stripped Nolan of his personnel powers yet somehow still believe tha the’s the answer at head coach. It’s a puzzling decision and there is word from Pro Football Talk.com and their sources that Nolan won’t last more than a year tops.
Regardless, the mission of this website is to exploit Nolan as a subpar coach and we will continue to see it through until he is gone. The 2008 season will be filled with more anti-Nolan sentiment and you can bet that there will be protests, walkouts, frustration, and anger to go around when, as we believe, Nolan fails yet again.
So word is that Mike Nolan is currently meeting with John and Jed York to discuss his future. We can only hope that the outcome of this meeting is a swift kick out of the door for Nolan and a suggestion that he pack up his things and clear his office. Hopefully, the Yorks do the right thing and fire Nolan by tonight.
So the 49ers have won 2 games and could end the season on a high note. That’s all fine and we, as 49er fans, like to see the team succeed. But where was this for you know…the other 13 previous weeks?
As far as we’re concerned, whatever the team is doing now to have more success only proves how incompetent Nolan was from the get go. Why wasn’t Shaun Hill used sooner? Why weren’t horrible incumbents like Derek Smith phased out sooner? Why wasn’t an offensive consultant brought in when we actually had a chance to compete for the division?
Nolan doesn’t get a free pass because we won the past two games. More or less, it’s just a sad reflection of what could have been and hopefully what next year could be with a more effective coach who actually utilizes his players. Furthermore, while the Buccaneers win was nice, it was against a majority of the Bucs backups in an utterly meaningless game for Tampa Bay.
We’re not impressed.
Not sure how FireNolan.org missed this gem but it’s worth mentioning from Nancy Gay of the San Francisco Chronicle:
“What if the 49ers go to Cleveland on Sunday and pull off the season-ending trifecta, getting a win over a Browns team that blew a chance to clinch a wild-card berth Sunday by losing to the struggling Bengals?
What should happen to Nolan then?
“Do you think he’s coming back?” two defensive starters asked point-blank. The question was startling. For obvious reasons, they didn’t want their names used.
Told that Nolan appeared safe for a fourth season, both players reacted negatively.
“This win shouldn’t gloss over anything,” one player said. “I really hope it doesn’t.”
Both players said they wanted a coaching change, citing numerous issues with Nolan they said have been setbacks for what they consider to be a strong defense: questionable personnel schemes, such as abandoning the base 3-4 scheme too often in favor of nickel and dime sub packages that left the edges and middle of the field exposed; favoritism that determines playing time; poor game and clock management; poor communication that extends beyond the Nolan-Alex Smith injury flap.”
The full article can be checked out here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/12/24/SP3OU401I.DTL