Former Niners coach Mike Nolan was on Sirius radio with Adam Schein and John Riggins, explaining his firing and his replacement by Mike Singletary:
"When they had told me I was fired, which Jed York had done, there was a lot of speculation about who did what. But Jed York was the one that told me and he told me in a one-on-one conversation in my office. Anyhow, I said, 'Who's the replacement?' And they had mentioned Mike Singletary and I had said that I felt that was a good choice from the standpoint of keeping the team together. Because, you know, when they have things like this that go on and you pick an offensive or a defensive coordinator, not that either one of those guys even would've taken it, because I don't think any of the coaches, you know, I think I have a very loyal bunch of coaches. I think that sometimes you get a division. All of a sudden players start to say, well, 'my guy,' 'your guy' and all that. So I thought Mike was a good neutral choice. Obviously, Mike Martz has got tremendous experience and could very well have handled the job. I mean, it's not a question of handling the job, but they just felt, that's who they had suggested to me. So I said, 'Look it, you need to talk to Mike if you haven't talked to him yet, because to let me go and not have somebody in line, I don't know how that's going to fare for you if he says no.' So, anyhow, they spoke with Mike and I said, 'Look it, I would imagine Mike's going to want to come talk to me.' So Mike did. He came down after they spoke with him and he came to me and we sat down and I said, 'Well, what's up?' And he told me what they all said, and he said, 'I can't do it.' He says, 'You're my friend and I can't do that.' And I said, 'Well Mike,' I said, by choice I chose a table other than my desk to sit down with Mike in my office, and I pointed to the desk and I said 'Mike, I just want to tell you something,' I said, 'You see that desk, there's no one sitting in it.' I said, 'I'm not the coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Right now they don't have a coach.' I said, 'So for you to say you can't do it because you're going to take my job, you're not taking my job.' I said, 'That job's already been vacated.' I said, 'Mike, you need to take that job.' I said, 'We came in here together. You know how important these players are to us and I think you'd do a hell of a job of keeping them together because right now that's the most important thing, is just keeping them together.' It's not X's and O's, it's not new ideas, everything's kind of on autopilot as far as the schedule goes. I said, 'They need somebody to lead them.' I said, 'I think you'd do the best job because of your position with this team. You are the assistant head coach.' I mean, we exchanged a couple more times where he said he didn't feel right about this and that, but I just told him, I said, 'Look Mike, they don't have a coach, alright? You're not taking Mike Nolan's job. You're taking the 49ers job and they don't have a coach.' And so one thing led to another and it was emotional and it was not easy, but that's kind of proof in the pudding, that's how it went down."