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Niners coach Mike Nolan will meet next week with team owner John York to learn about his future with the club. York is expected to retain Nolan, but likely will order him to fire offensive coordinator Jim Hostler and replace him with someone capable of turning Alex Smith into a productive NFL starting quarterback.

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Yes to Hostler.

No to Smith. He doesn't get a free pass this off-season. If Hill wins this weekend, Alex is in a world of :censor:.
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Nolan keeps his job, but loses GM duties. I like that decision personally. I'd like to see what Nolan can do with one more season.

Also, we have 3 good candidates (IMO) to replace the fired Hostler. Any of them would have to be an improvement over Hostler.

San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Nolan reversed course Thursday and revealed the names of three just-fired coaches who he says he's mulling for the team's offensive coordinator job, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Nolan, on his weekly radio spot Thursday, said he's considering Cam Cameron, Mike Martz and Brian Billick to replace the fired Jim Hostler, according to the report.

Cameron was fired as the Miami Dolphins' coach Thursday, Martz was let go by the Detroit Lions Wednesday as offensive coordinator and Ravens coach Billick was fired Monday after nine seasons in Baltimore.

Nolan this week avoided the same fate as the three candidates and will return to the 49ers next season despite going 16-32 in three years with the club.

Scot McCloughan, San Francisco's top personnel executive, was formally announced as general manager Wednesday, getting a contract extension and a raise.

And other than those new business cards for McCloughan, 49ers owner John York apparently made no significant changes to his beleaguered franchise's power structure after the longest streak of losing football in team history.

Nolan, who previously had the final say on all football decisions, and McCloughan will continue to make joint decisions on every issue for the 49ers (5-11), even though McCloughan now has "the trigger," as Nolan put it.

"I will remain the one voice in this organization, and the face," Nolan said. "I don't believe it will change at all. The important thing is that we will maintain the relationship. We'll still communicate on all issues. ... I'm not disappointed at all. I was in favor of it. I've been in favor of it for a long time."

Nolan made one inevitable move by firing rookie offensive coordinator Hostler, whose unit finished last in the NFL with 219 points. Nolan is on the lookout for a veteran NFL man to become San Francisco's sixth offensive coordinator in six seasons.

But Hostler's ouster appears to be the only significant alteration to the 49ers' direction after a season that began with playoff hopes -- and fell apart with an eight-game losing streak and an embarrassing public disagreement between the head coach and quarterback Alex Smith, the former No. 1 draft pick.

Nolan thinks he can mend his relationship with Smith, who said Nolan undermined him in the locker room after he complained about the severity of his separated shoulder, which kept him out for most of 10 games.

"If there was some way to improve the lack of communication, as Alex called it, I would have," Nolan said. "We were two people exchanging conversations, but not hooking up well."

San Francisco lost 20-7 at Cleveland last Sunday to complete an embarrassing run of losing for a franchise with five Super Bowl trophies. The 49ers haven't finished better than 7-9 in three seasons under Nolan and McCloughan.

"It was a big part [of the decision] that Mike Nolan would be around, because I totally believe in what he started here, what we started here," McCloughan said. "We're all in this together, and we want to make the best decisions together."

Their third season in San Francisco easily was the most disappointing, with 10 losses in 11 games erasing Nolan's bold hopes for a playoff run. The season also was personally taxing on Nolan, whose father, former 49ers coach Dick Nolan, died one day before a game at Seattle.

Nolan, who didn't get a contract extension, has two years left on a five-year, $8 million deal. The sharpest-dressed coach in franchise history also is the first to return after three straight losing seasons.

Two days after abruptly canceling his season-ending news conference for a series of intense meetings with York, Nolan gave no indication his future ever was even in doubt with the 49ers. York, the much-criticized owner who has presided over the 49ers' fall from power, answered only one question from reporters before fleeing.

"Mike had recognition and solutions to these problems that were completely acceptable to us, and we moved forward from there," York said.

According to Nolan and McCloughan, those problems are nothing they can't fix together.

McCloughan, a 36-year-old former minor league baseball player, was hired by Nolan to run the 49ers' personnel operations three years ago. Considered a rising star executive with ties to respected former Packers GM Ron Wolf, McCloughan is eager to continue the work he's already done in restocking the talent-starved roster left by Terry Donahue.

Nolan and McCloughan have made significant strides in rebuilding San Francisco's decimated roster and installing a decent defense. But the franchise that reinvented offensive football in the 1980s has been mostly incompetent with the ball in Nolan's tenure.

Nolan was left in a jam when coordinator Norv Turner departed for San Diego last February. Former quarterbacks coach Hostler was hastily installed, but the desperate hire didn't work: San Francisco finished last in the league in total yards (3,797), yards passing (2,320), offensive touchdowns (23), first downs (218), sacks allowed (55) and third-down conversions (31.4 percent).

Nolan didn't announce any additional departures from the offensive coaching staff, saying those jobs will be reviewed by the new offensive coordinator. Frank Cignetti, who replaced Hostler as quarterbacks coach, reportedly is a candidate to become the University of Tennessee's offensive coordinator.

The 49ers also said rookie cornerback Tarell Brown injured two ligaments in his right knee in the season finale at Cleveland, but might not require surgery.
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A day after saying he would not divulge names of people he's considering for the 49ers' vacant offensive coordinator job, coach Mike Nolan divulged names of people he's considering for the vacant offensive coordinator job. On his Thursday morning KNBR radio spot, Nolan said he has three recently fired coaches on his list of prospective coordinators: Cam Cameron, Mike Martz and Brian Billick. -- SF Chronicle
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dznutz88 wrote:A day after saying he would not divulge names of people he's considering for the 49ers' vacant offensive coordinator job, coach Mike Nolan divulged names of people he's considering for the vacant offensive coordinator job. On his Thursday morning KNBR radio spot, Nolan said he has three recently fired coaches on his list of prospective coordinators: Cam Cameron, Mike Martz and Brian Billick. -- SF Chronicle


Pretty sure that's what I said in the post right above yours :lol:
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NikeJohn wrote:
dznutz88 wrote:A day after saying he would not divulge names of people he's considering for the 49ers' vacant offensive coordinator job, coach Mike Nolan divulged names of people he's considering for the vacant offensive coordinator job. On his Thursday morning KNBR radio spot, Nolan said he has three recently fired coaches on his list of prospective coordinators: Cam Cameron, Mike Martz and Brian Billick. -- SF Chronicle


Pretty sure that's what I said in the post right above yours :lol:


Sorry... Stealth merging while passing through. It was actually the thread right above this one. :)
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Looks like it's Martz:

Despite some initial resistance from ownership, San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Nolan has hired Mike Martz as his offensive coordinator.

Martz, offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions for the past two years, agreed to a two-year deal with the 49ers. The reason for a two-year contract is that it coincides with the remaining length of Nolan's deal in San Francisco. The two coaches worked together when they were with the Washington Redskins.

Nolan interviewed former Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey late last week and was planning on visits from former Dolphins head coach Cam Cameron and former Ravens coach Brian Billick.

Martz visited Monday and was offered a contract Tuesday morning.

The team hopes Martz will reinvent a unit that finished last in most statistical categories last season.

Martz, who tormented the 49ers for years during his greatest success with their NFC West rival St. Louis Rams, was fired by the Detroit Lions last week after two seasons.

He replaces Jim Hostler, who also was fired last week after the 49ers matched a franchise low and finished last in the NFL with 219 points.

Hostler, who got the job on short notice after Norv Turner left to coach the Chargers, also produced the league's worst statistics in total yards (3,797), yards passing (2,320), offensive touchdowns (23), first downs (218), sacks allowed (55) and third-down conversions (31.4 percent).

Martz is San Francisco's sixth offensive coordinator in six years. He was the Rams' offensive coordinator in their last Super Bowl win, and he was head coach from 2000-05, including a Super Bowl loss in 2001.


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I love that they got MARTZ. He is huge with the passing game and that is what we need. If we can the offense to move the ball we will be dangerous. We are a couple of players from a playoff team and maybe a year or two away from pushing for the Super Bowl. Our Defense is there and we need a QB and a top WR.
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