Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Former 49ers coach Mike Nolan has issued a statement through the team:
"I want to thank the York Family for the opportunity to coach the San Francisco 49ers. It is the responsibility of the head coach to build a foundation and an environment for success. In many area's we were, although it is winning that ultimately determines success.
"I also want to thank our players for their dedication and willingness to work hard. Even during the toughest of times they remained strong and fought through it. It is difficult to put into words my respect for guys that played for the 49ers over the past 3 1/2 seasons. They have my complete respect and admiration. I am forever indebted to them.
The 49ers made a more symbolic statement Tuesday beyond the coaching change. Niners vice president of strategic planning/owner Jed York took the lead role in the news conference, ahead of his father and principle owner, John York.
Jed York and general manager Scot McCloughan were in the room with Nolan when Nolan found out the 49ers were firing him Monday. John York wasn't in the building. McCloughan said he wasn't sure of John York's whereabouts at the time.
Something to keep in mind as the 49ers move forward. John York and Denise DeBartolo York are the owners, but their son's role in the organization is gaining prominence.