Originally posted by Pillbusta:
I don't care for Nolan because he tried and failed horribly as a 49er HC. I don't care for him nor how well he might be doing elsewhere. He was a jerk here and he was a turnoff to many players while he was here and he came off as a complete moron in his head coaching capacity. Under his reign we got away from the WCO and we were a laughingstock. Aside from that he couldn't even carve out a preseason roster spot so that Jerry Rice could retire a 49er. What an arrogant, self-absorbed douchebag!! Most of the former 49er players during our glory years stayed away and had little to say of him
We were a laughing stock before he took over. You do realize this was the team he took over
Final record: 2-14 (honestly should have been 0-16, but the Cards screwed that up by losing both games in OT by the same score, basically we got lucky).
30 out of 32 in total offense
32 out of 32 in defense
-19 in turnovers (31st in the NFL)
Within two years, Nolan had this team at a 7-9 record and things were looking up until Smith's injury, then the wheels fell off.
Nolan may have had issues as a coach, but you can't deny his impact on the team. We wouldn't be where we are today without some of the personnel moves that he made.