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Niners Coach Nolan’s Future Still in Limbo

It appears that 49?ers head coach Mike Nolan should not be resting too easy tonight, as on Monday the owner of the Niners, John York, didn’t exactly give up the fate of the coach staying around too much longer. Sunday in Cleveland Nolan and his team wrapped up another losing season, and after the game Nolan didn’t talk at all about his future as the Niners head coach, only that he wanted to meet with York and go from there.

Monday York said that he would need more time to think about the future of Nolan and the coaching staff, basically meaning that he and the staff will likely be fired on New Year’s Day. Nolan and the York’s (John and Jed) spent Monday afternoon talking about what needs to be done to turn the 49?ers back into the proud team that once dominated the league. “We met for some time today, and we’re going to meet again tomorrow,” John York said from the wheel of his car, giving no timetable for a decision on Nolan’s fate. “There’s no point in talking about this until we finish.”

Nolan is 16-32 in his three seasons as Niners head coach. Could Nolan’s former boss in Baltimore be in the mix somehow? Brian Billick was fired on Monday as coach of the Ravens, and now that York is well aware of that, his options to give Billick a long look could be there if he in the end decides to let Nolan go.

Bottom line is that the 9?ers were supposed to be an up and coming team this season, and they fell flat. Nolan has had numerous issues with franchise QB Alex Smith, and along with the fact the team has not been in the playoffs since 2002, which was also the last time they had a winning season, Nolan could easily be shown the door and a new regime be brought in.

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