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Niners, with NFL-worst defense, fire two coaches

Updated: January 3, 2007, 2:24 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

The San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday fired defensive coordinator Billy Davis and defensive line coach Gary Emanuel. Each assistant had served two seasons on coach Mike Nolan's staff.

"After an evaluation period, we felt this was the right time to make these moves," Nolan said. "I wish Bill and Gary the very best, and I enjoyed our time together. These were tough decisions, as they are both great individuals, and have the potential to be very successful coaches in this league."

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