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Niners throw Al Everest off the cliff

Though the 49ers have finished with a non-losing record for the first time since 2002, at least one head is rolling.

According to Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, special teams coordinator Al Everest won’t be returning in 2010.

Everest joined the team in 2007, hired by former head coach Mike Nolan. His three-year contract expired after the 2009 season.

As Maiocco explains, Everest freelanced on December 6, calling for a reverse on a punt return without the blessing of coach Mike Singletary. The exchange resulted in a fumble, and the turnover contributed to a 20-17 loss to the Seahawks.

After the game, Everest explained that he had not properly communicated to Singletary the possibility that the maneuver would be used in a game.