Traded RB Says Nolan Doesn't Know What He's Doing

Tailback Kevan Barlow, who was traded from the San Francisco 49ers to the New York Jets over the weekend, assailed 49ers Coach Mike Nolan in a telephone interview with the Contra Costa Times.

"Nolan just doesn't know what he's doing," Barlow told the newspaper. "He's a first-time head coach with too much power.... He walks around with a chip on his shoulder like he's a dictator, like he's Hitler. People are scared of him. If it ain't Nolan's way, it's the highway."

Barlow softened his remarks in a subsequent interview, the paper reported.

The running back said that Nolan has a solid relationship with only one 49ers player, second-year quarterback Alex Smith.

By Mark Maske |  August 23, 2006; 12:52 PM ET  | Category:  49ers
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Yeah well they actually won a game..ok in pre-season... but they actually WON.

Maybe the losers should swap the gatorade for a nice warm glass of shut-the-heck-up and get down to business. They can pose and bling after they've earned the right to it by winning games.

I'm a faithful, long suffering Niner fan and frankly, the complaints about a tough new coach sound like progress to me.

Posted by: Onestring | August 23, 2006 1:40 PM

Barlow shut up, you were a chump at Pitt & the 49ers...your lucky to be in the NFL..

Posted by: tom saunders | August 23, 2006 2:23 PM

Wait wait wait. Head coaches are...DEMANDING?! It's their way...or the HIGHWAY!? My God. Revelations coming at us left and right.

When your only good year is platooning with a by-then ancient Garrison Hearst, maybe you should listen to HitlerNolan. At least he might make your train run on time.

Posted by: P.K. | August 23, 2006 3:36 PM

Nolan is only coach b/c of his dad's fame. There was a Washington Post Magazine piece about him and how he was going to be a head coach and soon. Then he was a terrible D coordinator with the Washington. Yet somehow he managed to keep getting rehired. I hope he stays on with the Niners, because that means they will be bad for a long time.

Posted by: jacketpotato | August 23, 2006 3:47 PM

Wasn't Mike Nolan Baltimore's defensive coordinator when they won it all...with their defense?

Poor Kevan...doesn't like to be told what to do.

Posted by: Hooverball | August 23, 2006 3:48 PM

barlow was an east-west runner with the niners. nolan wanted a north-south runner. he has him in frank gore. barlow was also, frequently injured, and a complainer. there's no question that there's some talent there, but with his attitude, you're not getting a team player.

Posted by: johnnymack | August 23, 2006 3:53 PM

I think Marvin Lewis was the D-Coordinator for Baltimore when they won the SB.

Posted by: costov | August 23, 2006 4:06 PM

"I'm a faithful, long suffering Niner fan and frankly ..." Oh please, I hardly consider a team that was dominant in the 80s and 90s as having long suffering fans as a joke. Try being a Browns fan and then you can say long suffering.

Posted by: DudeWheresMyCar | August 23, 2006 4:49 PM

To Jacketpotato -- He was a great defensive coordinator with the Redskins. Norv Turner was a lousy head coach (a fact even Turner would agree with -- he is a good offensive coordinator) and the Redskins owner is a meddling idiot. Until last season, the Redskins hadn't made the playoffs since Nolan was defensive coordinator. Do some research before you speak.

Posted by: ohplease | August 30, 2006 1:43 PM

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