Some of you are likely stewing right now...be it for the 49ers stunning lack of offense in the 2014, your belief that Greg Roman is the sum of all things wrong with the game of football, or perhaps because Colin Kaepernick is never going to become the player you want him to be. To those of you stewing: there are reasons that the 49ers have struggled...and none of them can be pinned on one player, one coach or one opponent. That isn't an opinion, kids...it's a fact. The 2014 has been a "perfect storm" of sorts for the 49ers and their coach. Injuries, which had been uncommonly rare in 2011, 2012 and 2013, struck with a vengeance...making the 49ers the most injured team in the NFL. Scheme, which had once been lauded as the strength of the team, became bland...predictable, even. Suspensions and off-field distractions capped what might be the most disappointing season in 49er history. But is this "confluence of misfortune" a reason to shake things up?
What Happened to the Wins?
As it turns out, all of the aforementioned are interconnected. This season, the 49ers have lost Patrick Willis, Navorro Bowman, Aldon Smith, Glenn Dorsey, Ian Williams, and Tremaine Brock for much (if not all) of their games. Anthony Davis, Daniel Kilgore, and Chris Culliver have missed significant playing time as well. Care to guess how many teams missing 9 starters for the bulk of a 16 game schedule have ever challenged for a division title? A conference title? A Super Bowl ring?
With some of the 49ers most talented players cooling their heels on IR, injured or suspended, results were tragic...if not predictable. The loss of Daniel Kilgore left the 49ers with a starting C (Marcus Martin) incapable of calling protection schemes...a duty that fell to RG Alex Boone. The loss of Anthony Davis for 9 games meant that Jonathan Martin started the bulk of the season at RT...and that the 49ers simply COULD NOT run to the right (which effectively took the teeth out of their primary strength - the run). The loss of Bowman and Willis meant that the 49ers struggled to cover interior receivers consistently on 3rd and 4th downs. The loss of Dorsey, then Williams, to injury effectively eliminated the 49ers' ability to stop the run without committing 8 defenders to it. The persistent injuries in the secondary meant that on critical late season passing downs, the 49ers were trotting out unheralded players like Marcus Cromartie and Leon McFadden...because that is all that they had left. The net-net of this fabulous disaster was under performance...on both sides of the ball, week over week.
Trade Harbaugh? Fire Harbaugh?
To say that this season has failed to live up to preseason expectations for the 49er faithful would be a colossal understatement. The 49ers have underachieved by every measurable standard...and as one would expect in a "win now" league, the sharks have begun to circle. Some say Jim Harbaugh is destined to be traded (or fired) in the offseason. Some say Colin Kaepernick's (Harbaugh's hand picked QB) best football is two seasons behind him. Some say Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh don't talk. Others say that the team and its players are over Harbaugh's coaching style...and that an acrimonious end to the 49ers recent success is at hand.
The truth of things likely lies somewhere in between the most extreme unconfirmed reports (on both ends of the speculative spectrum)...and likely means there is at least a chance that the 49ers will be parting ways with Jim Harbaugh before the 2015 season. If that is indeed the case, the 49er brass is about to make their biggest mistake since dealing Charles Haley to the Dallas Cowboys (those of us familiar with the 90s remember that this was the final piece in the Cowboy's championship recipe). And like that deal, the rumored trade of Harbaugh reeks of personal prejudice instead of pragmatism.
Why? Because the first question that the York/Baalke brain trust must ask themselves is a simple one: Can they replace Harbaugh with a better coach? Is there a better coach available? Can they win with a lesser coach? The answer to those questions is a simple one...the answer is no. Football coaches aren't paid to be pleasant. They are not paid to be pliable. They are not paid to give soulful, thought provoking interviews. Football coaches are paid to win...and that's it.
Coaches that can win regularly are uncommon. Coaches that win at a historic clip are downright rare. The number of coaches to reach the Conference Championship in each of his first three seasons: just one...Jim Harbaugh. The number of NFL coaches with a winning percentage (over multiple seasons) in the same zip code as Harbaugh: five...in the last century. Replaceability is the principal issue in this tawdry little drama...at least as it pertains to fielding a competitive football team. And make no mistake...it is highly unlikely that there is a coach available right now that can replace Jim Harbaugh...at least as it pertains to winning football games.
Jim Harbaugh is probably about to coach his last game as the Head Coach of the San Francisco 49ers. When he is let go, justification will likely center around poor team performance, internal strife, off field distractions, or some unforeseen excuse to cover up the fact that Jim Harbaugh is not an easy guy to work with for an extended period. That, in and of itself, is no reason to let him go. At the end of the day, football coaches are not supposed to be cuddly, cute, amiable or friendly. Football coaches are obstinate, brilliant, uncompromising, unpleasant, results driven individuals...especially the good ones. Individuals like that tend to be winners.
The 49er brain trust doesn't see it that way, however...because the 49er brain trust has lost sight of where they were when Harbaugh took over...or how far they've come in the last four seasons. The 49ers went from a laughingstock to Cinderella story in a single offseason. They went from a Cinderella story to a Super Bowl dark horse in a single offseason. They went from a Super Bowl dark horse to a trendy Championship favorite in yet another single offseason...and until the inaugural season at "not nearly loud enough (aka Levi's)" Stadium...that is exactly what was expected of them: Super Bowl or bust. Expectations like that don't come easily...but they can be lost easily. The 49er brain trust is looking for someone who will toe the company line. Someone who won't make waves. Someone who is easy to work with. That someone may or may not win...and that is something that many have failed to consider.
You see, the 49ers are broken. Not broken because of a quarterback that has failed to live up to unrealistic expectations. Not broken because of a coach that isn't particularly chatty with the media. Not broken because of injured players, pouty superstars, or criminal investigations. The 49ers are broken because they have an owner that tweets displeasure about his team's performance on the field. The 49ers are broken because the have allowed the first perennially victorious coach they have had in over a decade to be relentlessly skewered in the media. The 49ers are broken because their front office has leaked rumors of internal strife, which have made the team fodder for the NFL rumor mill. Effectively run organizations do not function that way. Chaos does not breed success.
So when the 49ers go to the well for their next coach, they'll do so as a broken organization. That will be evident to every candidate they interview. It will be apparent to every potential candidate they pursue. And whomever they end up with will be okay with that...which brings to mind a serious question: is there a winner out there who would be okay with that?
I've checked with my magic 8-ball on this...and it replied, "outlook not so good."
By: Lucky Phil
Date: January 11, 2015 at 7:59 PM
Comment: Miss Sinn, If a "flaccid penis" is a money maker Jed York would be a multi-millionaire. Wait a minute... I got a big big problem in my hands.
Date: January 9, 2015 at 6:13 AM
This team is too talented to fall into the abyss, however, if they don't hire V.Fangio I don't know what they're thinking
By: Old Mac
Date: January 1, 2015 at 9:04 AM
Comment: You make many good points. This breakup is a head scratcher in many ways. Success in the NFL, like with most ventures, requires excellence at all levels of the organization, from top to bottom. In the NFL, perennially successful teams are characterized by stability and unrelenting competence throughout the organization, starting at the top. The 49ers face their "Crucible" at this juncture, which will show the basic character of the team's leadership.
Your comments did not, however, address one continuing failure of the Harbaugh coaching staff. Halftime is not really for rest. Good teams make adjustments for the second half. The fecklessness of the 49er offense in the second half of games this season underlines persistent coaching shortcomings. For that, Harbaugh must be held, dare I say it, accountable.
By: Lucky Phil
Date: December 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Comment: Here's what Jed York wants for a "Head" Coach. He wants a steely eyed, lantern jawed take one for the team S.O.B. He wants a crossed eyed, black assed S.O.B. that is old school. He wants a flabby assed, deflated wind bag that is a team player. Rex Ryan you're on the "clock" make it happen. You poor bastard.
By: Lucky Phil
Date: December 30, 2014 at 7:37 PM
Comment: "I work at the pleasure of the organization", was one of JH's last departing words. Jed said "That's a complete lie, things could have worked out better if Jim was serving on my staff". And there you have it, the real reason JH is no longer on Team York. Baalke is Jed's favorite. I always remember Jim saying he bows to no man, things went down hill quickly after that. Poor Bastard. I wonder if Singletary's pants down speech... Never mind.
Date: December 30, 2014 at 7:19 PM
Comment: Lucky Phil makes many valid points! You should copywrite the phrase, "Flaccid Penis in Shoes" Phil....I see a moneymaker....
By: Lucky Phil
Date: December 30, 2014 at 6:01 PM
Comment: Capitalizing on his growing popularity, Jed York is selling a very exquisite and dainty pair of panties. Trying to jump on the Mad Bum boxer shorts phenom-om. Jed is selling his personal favorite undergarments with "Flaccid Penis In Shoes" on the front and "F@#$ This" on the back.
By: Big York
Date: December 30, 2014 at 3:52 PM
Comment: Jed, sounds like the name you give to boy you know will be scooping turd in a barn with a heavy shovel. If Jed's penis wasn't so short, he would be the type of guy walking around with his pecker hanging out of his pants. Why? Well... because the correct use of the zipper is too labor intensive and time consuming.
By: Lucky Phil
Date: December 30, 2014 at 9:19 AM
Comment: Jed "The Flaccid Penis In Shoes" York, he will always talk big and have grandiose goals but he will never stand up and get the job done. "Philosophical Differences", what a bunch of horse shit. If Baalke is so brilliant why didn't he figure out JH and he had "Philosophical Differences". These two shit heads just tore this franchise apart in less than a season. Why would "Plenty of good coaches" want to work with this organization. Total fucking idiots. These assholes made in personal, JH always took the high road and I respect him for it.
By: Terry B.
Date: December 30, 2014 at 7:48 AM
Comment: "Harbaugh wanted to be the 49ers coach." Oh, please, AJ. How could you have followed everything that went on this year and still believe that? Oh, BTW, are you interested in purchasing some land in Florida? And can you help me get some money out of a Nigerian bank?
By: mike v
Date: December 29, 2014 at 10:52 PM
Comment: great summary. The firing of Harbaugh will probably have its own self-titled special on 30 for 30 10-15 years from now. What a joke
By: Wendell Nascimento
Date: December 29, 2014 at 5:29 PM
Comment: And that my friends is how the 49ers in those 11 paragraphs have earned the name the 40 whiners
Date: December 29, 2014 at 3:18 PM
Comment: Think how good the defense could be without all the injuries and almost no second half scoring by the offense. I hope these guy make the right decisions, but I'm concerned.
Date: December 29, 2014 at 7:32 AM
Comment: Good article. However it goes both ways. Harbaugh never accepted that in the NFL the owner has to be happy because he signs the checks! This isnt college football. If Jim wants to do it his way or the highway then Michigan is where he belongs. NFL coaches have to be able to deal with the politics of it.
By: Terry B.
Date: December 29, 2014 at 7:13 AM
Comment: AJ, did you seriously believe up until Saturday that Harbaugh might be back? What rock have you been living under?
Date: December 29, 2014 at 6:31 AM
Comment: The decision to undermine and force Harbaugh out is easy to evaluate. If over the next four seasons the Niners win at least 50 games go to the NFC championship at least 3 times, and make the playoffs a 4th, go to the Super at least twice, and win at least once, then they upgraded and York/Baalke and will deserve all the credit. If, however, they fall short over the next four years they deserve all the blame. It's just math.
Date: December 29, 2014 at 5:32 AM
Comment: Lets see hmmm, our Defense is 7th overall without Willis, Bowman, Brock, Williams, Dorsey ( Cully missed a few games and Aldon missed 9).
Are you listening?
We are 7th with over half the defensive backups, this means we have a deep and talented roster on defense.
Now on offense, our sorry 30TH passing and 20th overall is the reason and only reason we are watching the playoffs.
There is no excuse to have the 30th ranked passing game when our roster has: Crabby, Boldin, Johnson, Davis and future Hall Of Famer F. Gore!
The problem here is poor QB play from Kap, he is our weakest link....NO DEBATE....Regardless who the coach is or will be, Kap is not the answer. Injuries are a part of the game but offensively we suck.
By: Terry B.
Date: December 29, 2014 at 5:20 AM
Comment: AJ, did you honestly go into Sunday's game thinking there was a chance Harbaugh would return next year? Seriously, what rock have you been living under?
Date: December 28, 2014 at 9:38 PM
Comment: Thank you Mr. Harbaugh...What a mess...Jed York should step down too. We need leadership, not a Tweeter.
Date: December 28, 2014 at 9:18 PM
Comment: I don't see why everyone is down on this move it had to happen lay off Jed he did the right Eddie wouldn't have let him do if he thought it was wrong.
Date: December 28, 2014 at 6:49 PM
Comment: I just want to F-Bomb the 49ers brass.
By: John boyke
Date: December 28, 2014 at 5:03 PM
Comment: It seems to me that the front office of York and Baalke need to think for a very long time about this and there decision on what they truly want for the NINERS Empire, because I truly believe they are about to make the worst decision in Football history by letting Harbaugh walk out and coach elsewhere! Like I had said earlier hello SB 50 it was nice knowing you!
Date: December 28, 2014 at 4:28 PM
Comment: i could not have said it better. I agree 100 percent. I have been a fan for 33 years and this is the worst mistake I've ever seen!! As a fan I feel bad for my team because I do not see a very bright future!
By: Dallas Niner Fan
Date: December 28, 2014 at 3:02 PM
Comment: great article AJ I totally agree with you.
Date: December 28, 2014 at 1:32 PM
Comment: thank you... I could not agree more.. Thank you Jim Harbaugh for 3.5 great years of football.. it was a great ride.. As for the future.. I fear it is time to bundle up because it is going to be a very long and dark stretch...
Date: December 28, 2014 at 12:26 PM
Comment: Great article and spot on. I can't understand those few who blame Roman and ignore their lieing eyes when watching the game. The O line was decimated this year, and opponents loaded the box to prevent the run, knowing Kap is not a pocket passer. We had no depth on the O line like we did on the D line. Drafting priority has been with the defense. We just didn't have the horses on offense and many of the horses w did have were injured or held out. Coaches can motivate and scheme but they can't play the game. The team made a bet that Kap would be better this year and that if they added a couple of experienced receivers, they would be much improved. They lost the bet.
By: Phil C
Date: December 28, 2014 at 11:58 AM
Comment: So I just posted a long comment that for some reason didn't make it through. Is it because this writer and these "fans" can't handle the truth? HARBAUGH IS OVERRATED. If not for Fangio's consistently elite level defense, the Niners wouldn't have even made the playoffs with the crappy offenses they've had the last four years. Other than Alex Smith being good enough not to lose games and Kaepernick surprising people in 2012, the offense has been abysmal. Harbaugh's only responsibilities has been offense (crap) and quarterback personnel (horrible; not only did he replace Smith with Kaepernick, he has failed to get Kaepernick even a capable NFL backup. Colt McCoy? Blaine Gabbert? Really?) But it's Jim Harbaugh's failure to do what his brother had the balls to do, and that's replace his OC, that ultimately led to his downfall.
By: Phil C
Date: December 28, 2014 at 11:53 AM
Comment: Sorry, it was hard to read this article due to the brown that was all over it from being pulled out of the writer's arse. You blamed injuries for the 49ers demise, yet how is it that the defense, which dealt with more serious injuries than the offense, not to mention a suspension to Aldon Smith that cost him more than half the season, still remained very good? "Underperformance, week-after-week?" Did you watch any of the game? The defense kept the Niners in most of those games; if the offense could've even gotten to 20 points in any of those games, we could have been in the playoffs. Harbaugh is responsible for Roman and the offense, and all the failures of that side of the ball, and the season, are on him. Don't give me this "Harbaugh is the victim" bullcrap. He could have done what his brother John had the balls to do and replace his inept OC with someone else, but instead he couldn't hurt his BFF Roman and stayed with him even though everyone and their mother knew Roman couldn't run an offense with Dan Marino at quarterback, Barry Sanders at running back, Jerry Rice and Calvin Johnson at wide receiver, Rob Gronkowski at tight end, and the early 1990s Dallas Cowboys O-line.
By: Robb Malone
Date: December 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Comment: I couldn't agree more... Jed York, are you mature enough to understand this? I fear not. If in fact you do fire Jim Harbaugh, you show the NFL world that you're just another spoiled little rich kid brat!
Date: December 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Comment: This article is spot on, really missing Eddie De Bartalo right now
Date: December 28, 2014 at 7:33 AM
Comment: This is exactly how I feel, how could you fire consistancy, How can a owner/general owner not see what he has in coach harbough. Granted he might be a little nuts at times!! But what winning coach isnt? Think about it.... all coach's which have won a super bowl have been hard nosed, jerks or whatever you want to call it. This season has been exactly what you stated BROKEN, Since the end of last year in Seattle, the injuries, Front office Drama, suspension and more
Injuries. The worse move the 49ers will make will be if they fire Coach Harbough. .. in every job there are misunderstandings people bump heads but you deal with it and move on. It's not about the name of the individual it's about the name on the Jersey 49ERS! !! YORK/BALL GET OVER IT LET OUR LOVED WINNERS COACH DO HIS JOB AND GET OUT OF THE WAY!!!! REMEMBER THOSE YEARS OF LOSING??? THIS CHANGED WHEN JIM HARBOUGH WAS NAMED COACH!! It's your duty to the 49ers fans to keep him here!!! Never has a person who has been successful ever looked down upon but some how you seem to do that easy, the problem here is the york/ballkee tag team....
By: Davy young
Date: December 28, 2014 at 7:07 AM
Comment: This article touches a nerve with me, I couldn't have put it better myself. The yorks knew what they were getting when they signed Harbaugh. It's their problem that they don't have the skills to manage him correctly. That's what management are supposed to do, manage the systems and the people. To that end the yorks have failed, but then they do have a proven track record of whiffing on any piece of success we get. Disgraceful is the only word I can use to describe their treatment of Harbaugh.
Date: December 28, 2014 at 4:38 AM
Comment: I completely agree with what you have written. I do however think that York should be sent to bed with no supper. Act like a child,get treated as such. His online comments and tempertantrums only prove he is not mature enough nor smart enough to hold his position. He should take thorough stock in the fact that his choices could impact his allowance, since it is us the fans who in reality are his boss and pay him. Piss off the bosses,you don't get paid. getting rid of harbaugh is a very stupid choice and if he allows certain players to leave, would add to that stupidity and well, maybe he needs to face his bosses......
By: Fletcher Valentine
Date: December 28, 2014 at 3:59 AM
Comment: Coaching is a technique and a style of leadership. It's the Leadership style that's missing in SF. My experience has taught me when a leader has lost his or her troops it's OVER. Harbaugh has done just that ... He refuses to fire Roman in the face of numerous offensive lack luster performances, for years. In the eyes of the troops how do they process that ? They do the bare minum ie Vernon Davis, King Crab or OLine blocking. Then you have Trent ... A guy that might be good at evaluating Def talent but sucks on the offensive side of the ball. How ODB jr or Jerry Rice's cousin both standout WR get away from us is inexcusable, especially with 12 picks. Then there's Trent's daughters tweet, that reaffirms it's amateur hour in SF. All the names out there are good ones to replace Jim ... I'd like them to throw in Jack DelRio too ex Niner Coach who knows our culture. Or Gary Kubiak ... The guy we shoulda hired last year after the NFC championship game loss to be our Offensive Cordinator.
Date: December 28, 2014 at 3:55 AM
Comment: i give you props on reading your comments so much. So much that you delete all of the negative ones to make yourself look better. There is not one other commenter like me who feels like me that this article is just a "blame who you feel like blaming" article? The fact of the matter is that Harbaugh doesn't want to be in SF. Plain and simple. Go ahead and delete my comment. I just want you to see this AJ. You self riteous prik.
Date: December 28, 2014 at 3:04 AM
Comment: I love Jimbo and it is a great loss for the Niners. However, I suspect there is more to this that we are not aware. York is no Eddie and I am no fan of his that's for sure. But i am certain that one loosing season is not the reason why Jimbo is allowed to walk out. I still believe something has happened in the locker room this season. Also, his stubborness to keep Roman may have accelerated his demise. I can't say Baalke is a bad GM. He has brought in many talents while accumulating hits (Borland, Hyde, Reid ) and misses (Ward, Lattimore). Something tells me they already know who will coach next season for a while now. No doubt the gigantic task of succeeding Harbaugh will fall on either Fangio or Tomsula shoulders. No way York would risk anyone of them leave the team. Then as I mentioned earlier, York is no Eddie. So who knows! Then there is a big question mark. ... Kap! Next year, unless he can improve under new coaching, Kap will be traded by mid season. Roman is gone. Good riddance. Our quest to get a great HC is very important but in my opinion, the OC is the most pressing issue. Finally, York has some serious explaining to do once the dust settles in. GO Niners.
Date: December 28, 2014 at 2:59 AM
Comment: Thanks AJ, Jed is young and thinks wins come with the territory. When you have a coach that wins keeping him is the priority, period. So he doesn't play nice with Baalke, so what, we know who has Jed's ear. How many GM's are in the Hall Of Fame? You don't know what you have until it is gone.
By: Steve Ockerman
Date: December 28, 2014 at 2:05 AM
Comment: Every true NINER FAN should read this very true right here in this statement I will be very sad to lose Jim do to the fact #1 who can take his place and help us win also all the injury's this year is one of the biggest reason we've loss so many game be honest if all where healthy we would not be talking about any of this so remember this JED YORK when your star players want to get traded or not performing like they could I've seen it with my own eyes I know everyone may not agree with Jim but you need that in a head coach to stand firm no one can say he's a bad coach if they do they need to stay away from football NINER FAITHFUL
By: Great Ed
Date: December 28, 2014 at 2:04 AM
Comment: Nice article but when U have a coach that shows that much LOYALTY 2 an idiot-offensive-co-ordinator this is what U get! All he had 2 do was fire Greg Roman (or call the plays himself) & we'd be in the play-offs! ANYWAY U DICE THIS SEASON UP IT ENDS WITH 1 RESULT: GREG ROMAN (& THE LOYALTY HARBAUGH SHOWED 2 HIM!) & that was unfair 2: the organization, the players, & us as FANS!!! . . Say what U want but Jim H should have done like his brother 2yrs ago & fired G. Roman 8 weeks ago! & did some coaching & "the Quest for 6" would still be alive right now! But when U have a coach that shows that much LOYALTY 2 his SORRY-O.C., U MUST GET RID OF THEM BOTH!!!
Date: December 28, 2014 at 12:34 AM
Comment: Some may have forgotten the Dallas cowboys of the 1990's, Jimmy Johnson had them winning and their stupid ass owner interfered saying anybody could coach that team with the talent they had. He was both right and wrong, they replaced Johnson with Switzer and guess what, they won another Superbowl. Would they have done better had Johnson stayed, we will never know, but they did win. The 49ers will win also because they have talent, the question is just as in the cowboys situation is how much.
Date: December 28, 2014 at 12:16 AM
Comment: Spot on article and comments. 49ers back to the cellar. Power struggle between Balke and Harbaugh Balke spread all the rumors leaks and discord to get rid of Harbaugh Disgusting Harbaugh was a gift to 49ers from Bill Walsh who hired him at Stanford And was a ten year coach for the team. Now its back to the cellar forcthe loser Yorks
By: Dave B
Date: December 27, 2014 at 11:51 PM
Comment: i could not have said it better , except that even if you remove the management from the equasion you still have Roman's inept offensive game planning. Poor management or not coaches want to win because it's their name at stake and the offense couldn't produce when it needed to.
Date: December 27, 2014 at 11:20 PM
Comment: Your assessment is spot-on! couldn't have been said better. The loss of Harbaugh will probably put the 9ers right back in the realm of mediocre for another decade. Breaks my heart.
By: Norris Boutte'
Date: December 27, 2014 at 11:00 PM
Comment: AJ you couldn't have said it better than you just did. Jim is a great coach & not that many ( if any ) coaches in the NFL can do what he has done in 4 years. I honestly think it's bogus to get rid of a coach after having 1 unsuccessful season.I think any team with as many injuries like they have would be in the same boat as them. It may not be Jim they should focus on they should STRONGLY & CAREFULLY focus all the offensive problems on Mr.Greg Roman.
By: Carolyn Jette'
Date: December 27, 2014 at 10:24 PM
Comment: I vote for Joe Montana to be the new coach..Who else can play as well as Joe! He would be a great QB Coach!!
That is IF he would want the JOB!
Winning is the best that can happen to a football team, but
there has to be harmony, between people and the team has to enjoy their game as well..Everyone involved, needs peace of mind with losses as well..and that includes Coach Harbaugh..Sometimes changes, good or bad are necessary for everyones growth..
Just one opinion! The forty niners need a more positive attitude next year...with that there is room for growth in their games..
Thank You for letting me make my comment and the best to you for your good article..
Date: December 27, 2014 at 10:23 PM
Comment: well written! I have been saying that to anyone that would liaten for the last seven weeks. The only thing missing from this brief but accurate discription is the "money" how its cost not just the fans and tax payers but anyone who has invested heart, soul and time into this team. What happen to bringing in some of the old and mixing it with some of the new. I heard that comment personally from Jed York and he has not moved one inch toward the direction that even uncle Eddie has suggested. Dont make another poor business decision. 9er fan since 1979
Date: December 27, 2014 at 10:14 PM
Comment: Exactly What I've been saying. Those spoiled rich kids used to getting their way in the front office, do not know how to handle a true 100%pure coach. Our entire front office is going to h* in a hand bag. And taking the whole organization down with them. Including us faithfuls. Shame on you York/Baalk.
BRING BACK EDDIE!!!!!!
By: Michele Kerr
Date: December 27, 2014 at 9:58 PM
Comment: I agree, I was appalled when York apologized for the team's performance. Eddie D. Would never have done that, York like his father know nothing about owning/running a championship team. I think they should get Eddie back. He was a proud owner and treated the players like champions, he made no apologies for them... The front office for this team is piss poor!
By: THE VOICE OF REASON
Date: December 27, 2014 at 9:57 PM
Comment: PERFECT STORM MY REAR END...
FANGIO HAS A TOP TEN DEFENSE WITH BARELY ANY OF HIS REGULAR STARTERS AND PRO BOWLERS HEALTHY.
NOT ONCE HAS HARBAUGH AND ROMAN HAD A TOP TEN OFFENSE.
PLAYERS DO NOT BELIEVE IN THE CIRCA 1972 SYSTEM.. JOE STALEY, CRABTREE AND ANTHONY DAVIS HAS CALLED OUT THE OFFENSIVE STAFF..
WITHOUT CONFIDENCE IN THE SYSTEM. THE SYSTEM FAILS.
By: Antonio Jackson
Date: December 27, 2014 at 9:56 PM
Comment: one thing I can say. we need hardball and all the players the next to you will win the Superbowl are Stadium next year with Harbaughyeah you are you going on there any would have been the same thing he kept him do what he does do today to the injuries and all the offseason acquisitions you got to realize that next year Harbaugh's last year let him finish it and I guarantee you he will take us to the Superbowl will plan our own stadium I work for Eddie DeBartolo from 1977 to 2000 and I bodyguard it Joe Montana Bill Walsh George c4 and all the rest and a DB EDD take me to five Super Bowls I remember when you first came to Candlestick Park as a little boy you know me as the Terminatoryou know what you doing and you keeping Harbaugh willing to win the Superbowl next year and our house