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January 5, 2010
Niners part ways with special teams coordinator

Mike Singletary and the 49ers have decided not to renew the contract of special teams coordinator Al Everest, who was in the final year of his deal, a team spokesman said. Everest was hired by then- head coach Mike Nolan in 2007. The 49ers had one special teams player, punter Andy Lee, named to the Pro Bowl, and another one, Michael Robinson, named as an alternate.

However, the return units struggled this season. The 49ers ranked 23rd in kick returns, although they were given a boost when receiver Josh Morgan began returning kicks late in the season. Punt returns were worse. The team finished last in that category with a 4.4 average.

Allen Rossum, who was brought in by Everest in 2008, began the season as the 49ers' return man but was released after Week 5. After that, Nate Clements, Brandon Jones and Arnaz Battle were given an opportunity to return punts but none made an impact. Clements, in fact, fractured his shoulder returning a punt Nov. 1. The 49ers plan to add a return man this offseason ...

-- Matt Barrows

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MATTHEW BARROWS

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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