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October 19, 2008
O'Sullivan's stock falling, Nolan needs bailout

The 49ers have lost four straight, and J.T. O'Sullivan has thrown nine of his 10 interceptions in those games. To me, it's a little like a big league pitcher who looks awesome in his first two starts but who gets rocked once the batters figure him out. Mike Nolan, who last week brushed aside suggestions that O'Sullivan might get the hook, was more open to the possibility after today's game. "We'll watch the film and we'll evaluate that," Noland said when asked whether he was thinking about replacing O'Sullivan with backup Shaun Hill ...

... Speaking of getting the hook. I caught the Yorks walking through the tunnel after the game. I asked Jed, the most approachable of the three, if he had a moment to speak. He declined and the team owners didn't slow their pace, which was all-too-reminiscent of the brush off last year in the bowels of the Cleveland stadium. I've written that I don't think the Yorks will make a move, and I'm sticking with that. However, consider this: The 49ers' next opponent, the Seahawks, not only are playing Sunday night, they're making the second-longest trip possible. And they have to go back on the road next week. And they might not have their QB. And, as I'm writing this, they're losing yet again. In other words, this seems like a game Nolan MUST, MUST win ...

... Frank Gore's line for the night: eleven yards on eleven carries. It's the worst ground game he's had as the 49ers starter, although it should be noted that he had 50 yards receiving. As well as the 49ers defense played, the Giants D was even better. And they obvioulsy focused their efforts on Gore and not O'Sullivan. Would Alex Smith have been any better at this point? Dunno, but the inside-HQ theory heading into the season was that while O'Sullivan may have been better than Smith in Martz's offense at the beginning of the season, by the end Smith would have been the superior player. Of course, that's all shoulda, woulda, coulda at this point ....

... Injuries. The worst seem to have been suffered by Allen Rossum (groin) and Michael Lewis (knee). Ray McDonald and Dashon Goldson also suffered knee injuries. Nate Clements (ribs) and Mark Roman (groin) both returned to the game. More will be (should be) revealed Monday ....

... Barrows has a 6:56 a.m. flight out of Newark tomorrow. Why does April Barrows keep writing checks October Barrows has to cash? whaaa.

-- Matt Barrows

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Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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