Around the NFC West: O'Sullivan's job status

October, 20, 2008
10/20/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee sees the 49ers' game against Seattle as a potential must-win for coach Mike Nolan. 

Also from Barrows: Nolan is suddenly open to considering a change at quarterback after J.T. O'Sullivan suffers through another turnover-plagued performance.

More from Barrows: Manny Lawson says his surgically repaired knee hasn't bothered him all season, one reason the linebacker blocked another field-goal try.

Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle says O'Sullivan remains the 49ers' best option at quarterback, which isn't saying much.

Chrissy Mauck of 49ers.com checks in with Frank Gore after the running back's least productive game as a full-time starter.

Also from Mauck: Josh Morgan provides one of the few bright spots for the 49ers.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says the Giants didn't need to be at their best to beat the mistake-prone 49ers. Nolan cites a lack of discipline.

Also from Crumpacker: A report card singling out special-teams coach Al Everest for praise.

More from Crumpacker: Morgan became the second receiver in two-wide personnel groupings, a change for the 49ers. Also, Allen Rossum's first-quarter injury hurt the return game.

More from Crumpacker: A closer look at how the 49ers set up the blocked field goal. Tully Banta-Cain noticed the Giants' guards were going low, one reason Lawson was able to jump over the top for the block.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat quotes Nolan as saying the 49ers aren't headed in the right direction. A home loss to Seattle in Week 8 might be enough to seal Nolan's fate.

Also from Maiocco: The 49ers are the first team in NFL history to return blocked field goals for touchdowns in consecutive games. Meanwhile, Nolan offers a "fuzzy" explanation for not using a timeout when the team had three remaining.

More from Maiocco: O'Sullivan gets an "F" on the postgame report card.

Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News gives O'Sullivan a "D" on his report card.

Also from Brown: Another look at Morgan's reemergence, plus a classic note about how the Giants' game-day program listed Mike Holmgren as the 49ers' head coach. Ouch!

More from Brown: O'Sullivan joins Nolan on the hot seat.

More from Brown: A bad game for the Giants beats what the 49ers might offer on a good day.

John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News points to the Rams' success after a coaching change in suggesting the 49ers should fire Nolan.

Ann Killion of the San Jose Mercury News uses the word "inept" to describe the 49ers' franchise, ownership, coach and quarterback.

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