If one factor could be singled out for Mike Nolan's downfall it's this - he didn't listen. The best example is the Alex Smith Debacle.That last anecdote is funny. But there's nothing funny about a staph infection.
While trying to make up before the season, both said it was a miscommunication.
Even in simple exchanges with the media, it was clear Nolan hadn't listened to the question.
One last example - a reporter asked Nolan about wide receiver Josh Morgan's staph infection that caused the rookie to lose 15 pounds. Nolan said that was just Internet speculation. Then he asked the reporter where he got that information.
"Josh Morgan" was the response.
So what did Nolan's final meeting with owner John York sound like?
York: Hey Mike, thanks for meeting with me.
Nolan: Thanks, John. I got it from Men's Wearhouse.
York: Um. Sure. Mike, your on-field decisions and game management have been questionable lately.
Nolan: I'm not really a breakfast guy. Just had some yogurt and orange juice.
York: Mike, how would you sum up your three-plus years in San Francisco?
Nolan: Kathy says she's ready to try again, but I think four kids is plenty!
York: Jeez. We suck. Do you need a star player? A spark? Maybe we should start Young Alex again. J.T. would fumble his cock while jerkin' it at this rate.
Nolan: I just was prescribed Ambien for my night terrors.
York: Mike, the suits. The fucking suits. Why?
Nolan: Yeah, I got the Filet. Though the New York with a peppercorn crust looked good.
York: Why isn't Gore getting more touches?
Nolan: I watch Desperate Housewives with Kathy, but I can't stand Dancing with the Stars.
York: Mike, this is tough for us...you've been part of the 49ers family for over three years. But it's time this partnership ends. Mike, you're fired.
Nolan: Quarter after five.