2 Players Hope That Nolan Doesn’t Return

Not sure how FireNolan.org missed this gem but it’s worth mentioning from Nancy Gay of the San Francisco Chronicle:

 ”What if the 49ers go to Cleveland on Sunday and pull off the season-ending trifecta, getting a win over a Browns team that blew a chance to clinch a wild-card berth Sunday by losing to the struggling Bengals?

What should happen to Nolan then?

“Do you think he’s coming back?” two defensive starters asked point-blank. The question was startling. For obvious reasons, they didn’t want their names used.

Told that Nolan appeared safe for a fourth season, both players reacted negatively.

“This win shouldn’t gloss over anything,” one player said. “I really hope it doesn’t.”

Both players said they wanted a coaching change, citing numerous issues with Nolan they said have been setbacks for what they consider to be a strong defense: questionable personnel schemes, such as abandoning the base 3-4 scheme too often in favor of nickel and dime sub packages that left the edges and middle of the field exposed; favoritism that determines playing time; poor game and clock management; poor communication that extends beyond the Nolan-Alex Smith injury flap.”

 The full article can be checked out here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/12/24/SP3OU401I.DTL

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