Day of decision looming?

Following Sunday's 31-28 overtime victory at Arizona on Sunday, 49ers owner John York confirmed that he will meet Monday with coach Dennis Erickson, but denied reports he would fire Erickson or ask him to resign. However, York said there are plenty of things that need to be discussed.

In responding to those reported rumors that circulated before the game, York said, "I know there were some things that were on the national sports channels. I don't know where those came from. I will tell you that Dennis and I meet every Monday. So for me to tell you that we were not meeting is not true. I did talk to Dennis (Sunday), and Dennis said that he did not know where those reports were coming from and that he intended to meet with me like we always do."

When asked point-blank if he would ask Erickson to quit tomorrow, York said, "I have no plans to ask him that."

But York did say there are plenty of issues that need to be discussed before anybody can be certain that Erickson will be back for the third year of the five-year contract he signed with the team in 2003, including the possibility of changes on Erickson's coaching staff. All of Erickson's assistants are signed through the 2005 season.

When asked if Erickson is open to changes, York replied, "Dennis has been open with me the entire time we've been together." But when the subject turned to whether all of Erickson's assistants will be back next year, York said, "Those (issues) will all be discussed. I don't think it would be possible to have all of them back."

Erickson already has said that he is "tied" to his assistant coaches and, "I believe in them and that's just how it is. I don't think there is any other thing you have to say about it."

York and others in team management apparently feel changes are needed to Erickson's staff.

"I think that we need to evaluate some things," York said. "I think there are a lot of things that we need to look at. (Erickson) has a contract. That contract will be honored. We will sit down and discuss a number of things. We obviously have made mistakes and we have to get them fixed. We need to sit down and talk about everything going on in the organization. This has been a totally unacceptable season. We knew it was going to be a tough season but nobody expected it to be 2-11. We need to get the thing turned around and we need to get it turned around quickly."

York added, "According to (Erickson's) contract, he will be the coach next year. Right now, I expect that to be true." After leading the Niners to their second victory of the season – both of them 31-28 overtime wins against the Cardinals – Erickson declined to comment on the latest rumors swirling over the team and his job status.

"I'm not going to talk about rumors that are out there, about meetings, about all the different things," he said. "I'm going to talk to you about this football game and about how hard we played and how they came back. But I'm not going to waste my time or your time talking about rumors."

He'll save that for his weekly media conference Monday afternoon. Unless something big happens first.


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