Around the NFC West: 49ers move on

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat spent 15 minutes on the phone with recently fired 49ers coach Mike Nolan. Nolan used the word "sad" to describe his post-firing conversation with running back Frank Gore.

Nancy Gay of the San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers need to reassess their approach from top to bottom.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle explains the 49ers' stated reasoning for firing Nolan. GM Scot McCloughan pointed directly to losing a fourth-quarter lead at home.

Also from Crumpacker: George Warhop's firing as coach of the offensive line came as no surprise.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee puts Mike Singletary's latest job in perspective by mentioning his former ones, from motivational speaker to Hall of Fame linebacker.

Also from Barrows: He thinks the 49ers' front office leaked word of Nolan's impending dismissal.

Gary Peterson of the Bay Area News Group says Singletary hasn't failed at anything of significance, but this job is tougher than the others.

Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says Singletary plans to bring fire to the job, something ownership said the team needs.

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News thought McCloughan should have shown less empathy for Nolan during the news conference to introduce Singletary.

Ann Killion of the San Jose Mercury News wasn't impressed by what she saw when the 49ers announced their coaching change: "There was Scot 'Trigger Man' McCloughan looking uncomfortable in the spotlight. There was Jed York looking like a teenager play-acting as an NFL owner. There was Mike Singletary, sounding exactly like a newly minted, untested head coach."

Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News describes the upcoming offseason as a pivotal one for the 49ers.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says former Cardinals center Al Johnson plans to file a grievance against the team, as expected, following his release from injured reserve.

Also from Somers: Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt spent his bye-week Sunday watching football with his wife at a sports bar. The story addresses the thought of expanding the season to 18 games.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams' defensive line is playing to expectations.

Bill Coats of Around the Horns says the Rams' Steven Jackson is the NFC's player of the week after rushing for 160 yards against Dallas.

Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star looks at Jim Haslett's contributions in two games as the Rams' head coach.
Jose Romero of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks' quarterback situation remains in flux.

Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times looks at Seneca Wallace's career and wonders if the Seahawks could have made better use of the backup quarterback.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer looks at Mike Holmgren's future and the likelihood of the Seattle coach landing with the 49ers.

Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune says frustrations boiled over on the Seahawks' sideline Sunday night as running back Julius Jones lashed out. Holmgren sounded unconcerned.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Lofa Tatupu expects to be fine following the concussion he suffered in Week 7.