The 49’ers did as promised today, naming Scot McCloughan, their top personnel executive, as the teams new general manager. He also gets an extension and a hefty pay raise. The move was done as the team decided to keep Mike Nolan, was is 16-32 in three seasons as Niners coach, aboard, but he has been stripped of all personal decisions and now McCloughan will be the man to make the final decisions within the team. “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.”
The team also fired offensive coordinator Jim Hostler today, finally putting him out of his misery as the team was ranked last in offense in the league this year. The team put up just 237.3 yards per game, 92.3 rushing and 145 passing. They also were last in the league in points scored, putting up just 219. The team also went through an eight-game losing streak this past season. The team overall went 5-11 this year, and has not played in a playoff game since 2002, and since then has gone 25-55.
“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.” The word on the new offensive coordinator deal is that they want someone with experience – can you say Mike Martz?