McCloughan Raises the Bar In 49ers Draft Room


Published: April 29, 2009


... with the team, both in regards to talent and when he walked the sideline, it's becoming apparent that the one bright side to his "legacy" could be the hands he left the team in upon his midseason dismissal last year.

In an almost comical sense of irony, the first time coach that insisted on being the sole face of the franchise when he was hired in 2005 brought not one, but two, of his own successors into the fold—guys that were supposed to be his support and subordinates.

Ultimately, Nolan was replaced by his linebackers coach Mike Singletary, and fired by Scot McCloughan—a man he brought in as a glorified talent scout who was supposed to help Nolan with his General Manager duties but wound up assuming them himself, and then giving the sharp dressed coach his walking papers the following season.

If this past weekend's draft is any indication, Nolan's replacements have this team headed in the right direction.


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