Niners to drop kicker, but other problems persist

Updated: October 27, 2003, 9:35 PM ET

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers are ready to hire their fourth kicker in 15 games, prompting Jeff Garcia to make a few suggestions.

"Is Landon Donovan available?" the Pro Bowl quarterback asked. "I heard Brandi Chastain is available."

Well, why not? The San Francisco Bay area's top two soccer stars could be the best answers to a kicking conundrum that's just one of the 49ers' numerous problems during a 3-5 start.

Owen Pochman, the goat of San Francisco's 16-13 ...

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