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January 2, 2008
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

Today's press conference reminded me of a magician's act. There was a lot of razzle dazzle, a lot of cape waving, a lot of magic words. But when the trick was over and the smoke cleared, you were left wondering: Did anything really happen? As far as I can tell, the only change is that Scot McCloughan got a raise. He is now the general manager -- John York insists this was the plan all along -- but both McCloughan and Nolan said that they will continue to make personnel decisions the same way they have for the last three years.

The real change, the one that fans will see next year, is on offense. Jim Hostler was released yesterday and Nolan said he would continue to evaluate the rest of the offensive staff this week. Once that evaluation is complete, most of the offensive coaches could be gone. Nolan said he has a short list of replacements at offensive coordinator, but would not share his list. He said, however, that he only was looking for men with NFL experience.

One bit of injury news: CB Tarell Brown tore the MCL and partially tore the ACL in his right knee. It's not known whether he will require surgery.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW 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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