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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
First NFC West coaching casualty

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

The San Francisco 49ers are parting ways with special teams coach Al Everest, Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reports.

Everest has coached with the 49ers since 2007. The 49ers have had highly productive specialists during that time, from Andy Lee to Michael Robinson to Manny Lawson and others.

A botched reverse during a crushing defeat at Seattle stood out as the primary special-teams lapse this season. That play seemed to turn the momentum against San Francisco in a game the 49ers could not afford to lose.

Punt returns were a problem all season.