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December 31, 2007
All's quiet ... for now

Just rolled into 49ers HQ after getting back from Cleveland and found that the players are gone but the coach, for now at least, is still here. Nolan originally had scheduled a press conference for 2 p.m. It has been moved back to 4 p.m. Does that time switch auger a bigger announcement? I'm told by the team's PR staff that it's because Nolan merely wants to meet with his coaches before meeting with the press.

A lot has been made of John York's brisk stroll (almost a jog) through the bowels of Browns Stadium yesterday. York never broke stride as reporters asked him questions and he wouldn't say one way or the other whether Nolan would remain with the team. Is that a hint that Nolan's doomed? Maybe. But it also could be that York was peeved he had to answer pesky reporters' questions. I think York felt he would get out of Cleveland scot free. He even seemed to plan his exit for the same time Nolan was giving his post-game presser. It was just dumb luck that one of my fellow reporters -- ok, it was Maiocco -- poked his head out the door at the precise moment that John and Jed walked past. My point is that York was surprised, and if there's one thing we know about Dr. York, he doesn't like surprises.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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