Nolan wasn't a complete failure with 49ers
Mike Nolan's 3½-year tenure as head coach of the 49ers offered few highlights on the field. An 18-37 record before a mid-season firing in 2008. No playoff berths for a franchise used to winning championships. A parade of offensive coordinators unable to develop Alex Smith at quarterback. Yet to call Nolan's run in San Francisco a complete failure would clearly miss the point.