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Another year, another coordinator for 49ers

12/30/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The 49ers have confirmed Mike Martz's dismissal as offensive coordinator after one season with the team. The changes coach Mike Singletary forced upon the offense after taking over for Mike Nolan after the seventh game of the season made this move seem likely.

The 49ers' belief in Singletary trumped their hope to develop continuity on offense. Mike McCarthy, Norv Turner, Jim Hostler and Martz have come and gone as 49ers offensive coordinators since the 2005 season.

Expect the next coordinator to install an offense consistent with Singletary's traditional, run-oriented values. Such an offense will help the 49ers get the most from their offensive personnel. The choice Singletary makes in replacing Martz could become the key variable in whether Singletary succeeds as a head coach.