I know there has been talk about Nolan under notice that his team has to get better or he has to go. People even talk of Martz replacing Nolan eventually, which was uncalled for because Martz was brought in to run the offense, not to be groomed as Nolan's successor. Capisce?
Nolan brings a legacy to the 49ers dynasty. He has the dignity to have suits made by sponsors and wear them in honor of his father Dick Nolan and after the likes of Dallas Cowboy's late Tom Landry. Nolan may not be Bill Walsh, the Niner legendary coach, but he is coming after his own.
Nolan has a brilliant defensive mind and brought in a great coaching staff on both sides of the ball, and the very one thing I want to bring up is the team chemistry he brings to the table. If there is one reason why the 49ers will win this year, is the cohesive chemistry of the team. This is not only a business to all the players, coaching staff, and 49ers management, but it is a family.
Remember Eddie DeBartolo? All the players loved him and played their hearts out for him, and DeBartolo rewarded his players and coaches lavishly. Not that I don't know if Denise York treats the team the same way, but she is not a cheapskate like Marge Schott of the Cincinnati Reds were. Not that York is a penny pincher, but she wants a championship like all of us do. I dread the moment Eddie DeBartolo decides to buy the St. Louis Rams, because he creates the same kind of team chemistry Nolan has built up to date, and team chemistry is a very dangerous thing for opposing teams especially if the starting quarterback and the go-to-receiver are on the same page on every jot and tittle.
Yes, the 49ers personnel (both players and staff) know that Nolan means business, not a coach to go around on. At the same time, Nolan is not that rigid as a coach, he stresses team chemistry because he knows that has to happen in order for all of the players to be on the same page. If that takes team BBQs, or taking part in team fundraisers or skiing in Tahoe, those are the things that have to bring the players together. The 49ers want to win. If Alex Smith and Isaac Bruce have to go to a movie together, even if the movie is called "Goldilocks," to build chemistry, then so be it.