As was reported earlier today here at NFL Gridiron Gab, Mike Nolan was perilously close to losing his job as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers; it has been reported by Adam Schefter of the NFL Network that Nolan was fired by the team on Monday, seven games into what can be described as yet another dismal season. Nolan will be replaced by assistant head coach Mike Singletary.
Apparently, team owner John York was impatient in replacing Nolan as he chose not to wait until after the 49ers’ next game against the Seattle Seahawks and then the bye week. On Monday, Nolan conducted his usual press conference and had not been informed of his dismissal; he didn’t immediately return any phone calls and several team executives and coaches didn’t return calls either.
In 3 1/2 years with San Francisco, Nolan’s record was 18-37, yet brought a degree of respectability to the franchise as they had the worst record in the NFL in 2004 just before his arrival; but at te same time, the 49ers on Nolan’s watch never reached the playoffs or record a winning season. Nolan was in the 4th year of a 5-year contract.