Around the NFC West: Digesting the Nolan news

October, 21, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Lowell Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says recently fired 49ers coach Mike Nolan will be remembered in San Francisco for what he could not do. "Nolan will be remembered as a man who couldn't adequately evaluate talent, who could not get the most out of whatever talent he had, who could not effectively manage games, who didn't always know the rules and, worst of all, who could not win."

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat was traveling from the East Coast when the 49ers fired Nolan. Other than that, nothing much happened on the beat while Maiocco was cruising along at 35,000 feet.

Also from Maiocco: Initial thoughts on the coaching move, including the feeling that Mike Martz now becomes a short-timer.

More from Maiocco: 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan says he's confident in Singletary's ability to "turn our season around."

Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle says news reports of Nolan's possible firing influenced the 49ers' decision to make the move sooner instead of later. Nolan presumably wasn't pleased when the reports came out.

Also from FitzGerald: Singletary appears to have the respect of the players.

Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers should have waited until the bye week to make a coaching change. He says a lousy sense of timing is standard for the organization.

Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider says Nolan's failure to listen, reflected in multiple cases of alleged misunderstandings, dragged him down.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says Nolan enjoyed a better reputation nationally than in the Bay Area.

Ailene Voison of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers should have fired Nolan in January.

Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News described Nolan's tenure as "an epic failure for a coach who arrived full of confident talk and audacious gestures."

Also from Brown: A look at Singletary's connections to Bill Walsh.

Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News says Nolan's firing begins a long rebuilding process for the organization. He doesn't expect success under Singletary.

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