Niners fire Nolan after 2-5 start

The 49ers fired coach Mike Nolan on Monday, reports NFL Network’s Adam Schefter. Mike Singletary is expected to take over for the team.

In each of Nolan’s four years with the 49ers, the team opened the season 2-5. After starting with a 2-1 mark, San Francisco has dropped four straight games.

“We lost four games but at the same time, you’ve got a very strong group of players,” said Nolan when asked about his job security earlier Monday during his regular press conference. “I think that our players play hard week in and week out, that’s a sign that I think that they’re prepared. I think that the proof is in the players more than anything else. The missed opportunities and the penalties is something that we need to correct but we haven’t got a divided house.”

Nolan’s tenure as coach ends with an 18-37 record. His best finish came in 2006, when the 49ers went 7-9.

He becomes the third coach this season to get fired, joining Lane Kiffin (Raiders) and Scott Linehan (Rams).

Singletary has been the assistant head coach of the 49ers since joining the team in 2005. He was also the linebackers coach in 2005 and has spent the last three seasons working with the defense. He began his coaching career as inside linebackers coach with the Baltimore Ravens (2003-04)

Singletary was a Hall of Fame linebacker player with the Bears.

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