Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
The San Francisco 49ers will take the field nine more times this season. During those games, there will inevitably be some bright spots that will have you wondering if things are finally starting to click. The team may even be able to put enough of these magic moments together to get them back into the win column one, two...maybe even three more times. When this exemplary display of football happens, please promise me you'll think rationally and take it for what it is: Fool's gold.
The 49ers are an awful organization right now. Notice I didn't say an awful team, that's giving them too much credit. This is a total disgrace from the highest peak right down to the lowest valley. Their utter lack of competence start's at the top with the owner and his cronies, drips down to the general manager, seeps into the coaching staff, and plops down right in-between the lines on game day.
There's no fixing it either, at least not with what's currently in place. The only way to right this ship is to tear it all down and start from scratch. Yes, the situation is that dire.
To the dismay of many fans, Jed York
isn't going anywhere. It's his team, for better or worse, and we can only hope he begins to put his ego aside and see what he really has to do, which is admit he made a mistake.
I'm not even talking about Jim Harbaugh
here. Maybe that situation was too toxic to move forward with. Maybe it was time to part ways. Sometimes that happens in life, and Harbaugh is notorious for being difficult and wearing out his welcome. But it wasn't the fact that Harbaugh was let go, but more the way the organization moved forward without him.
York's first mistake, and the one he has to immediately rectify, was putting too much faith in general manager Trent Baalke
. You see, Baalke is another example of fool's gold, largely living off of a roster that was built by his predecessor, not him. Sure, he hit on players like Aldon Smith
, Chris Culliver
, Bruce Miller
and Colin Kaepernick
(to an extent) in 2011, but his draft's have been a dumpster fire ever since, and are a large reason
why the team is so devoid of talent right now. He did have the right idea in selecting the likes of A.J. Jenkins
, Tank Carradine
, Vance McDonald
, Marcus Martin
, etc. to eventually take over for aging veterans, he just took the wrong players.
While Baalke has drafted a number of current "starters," he hasn't hit on many impact performers. You can make an argument for Eric Reid
(although he seems to be regressing) and both Aaron Lynch
and Carlos Hyde
do look like cornerstone pieces. After that?
Well look at this way, as bad as the offense has been, it could get worse because there's no one to come in and take the place of Anquan Boldin
, Vernon Davis
, Alex Boone,
etc. all of whom will probably be elsewhere next season.
York's second mistake was thinking that Jim Tomsula's reputation as a solid defense line coach and overall good guy could somehow translate into a winning head coach. It hasn't, and I don't think it ever will. Tomsula looks like he's drowning, and has no idea how to get himself back to the surface. His coaching staff, while filled with familiar names, appears to be a who's who of has beens and never-will-bes. For examples of this, look no further than defensive coordinator Eric Mangini,
who's unit looks lost and confused, and offensive coordinator Geep Cryst
, who's actually made what was already a sputtering attack worse. Proof? The 49ers have three games this season with 10 or fewer first downs. The rest of the NFL combined has ONE.
So what should our friend Jed do here? What's the only answer to get the 49ers out of this lowly state? Clean house. Fire them. All of them. Start from scratch. I know it's scary to use that R-word, but there's no other way around it. York has to hit the reset button and start rebuilding. Baalke, Tomsula, Mangini, Cryst...all of them...gone.
While it's not common to fire a head coach after one season, it's not unheard of either. Also, it's not like the York's will have to eat a massive contract, as Tomsula is the lowest paid head coach in the NFL. Seriously, I think he makes like $18.00 per hour or something like that. The guy's lived in his car before, he'll be fine.
The new general manager, whoever that may be, would obviously have a hand in selecting the replacement, but in an offensive era of football, it's about time the 49ers got with the times. Harbaugh was a terrific all-around coach, but some of his offensive philosophies were prehistoric. The Niners need a bright, young, forward thinking offensive-minded head man, who can mold the most important position on the team: The quarterback.
Personally, I would love to see San Francisco go all in on someone like Sean Payton
, but the odds him being let go by the New Orleans Saints AND actually wanting any part of the dumpster fire that is the 49ers are slim. The latter might be said for any big time coach actually, so York may have to hope someone's looking for a challenge.
While this process won't be easy, make no mistake, it HAS to happen. This is the defining moment in York's legacy. Will he be the type of owner who sees the writing on the wall and takes swift action to fix things, or will he continue to be a perceived egomaniac, shrouded in denial and seeing his team through Baalke-colored glasses?
It's your move, Jed. Do the right thing. Push the button.
Al Sacco has covered the 49ers for various sites over the years. He's been a guest on multiple podcasts and had his work used by ESPN NFL Insiders and USA TODAY. Follow Al on Twitter @AlSacco49
By: Frank M
Date: November 1, 2015 at 5:25 PM
Comment: Al, I'm among the more optimistic posters in the forum, but I have to admit I hate what I'm seeing on the field. Things aren't getting better...toss in some key injuries and the result is uninspired play. Kap's missing too many opportunities, but it's far from all on him. His OL is horrible, with Hyde & Bush out there's no impact RB. His TE's stink and no one among the WR corps has stepped up, either. The defense is giving up too many big plays and no help from the offense. IMHO, Jed needs to make a clean sweep after the season...new GM, HC and staff and a TON of new/better players. Jed must ask mother may I or whatever it takes, but the York's can't allow this debacle to continue.
Date: October 31, 2015 at 7:47 PM
Comment: I am very close to someone who works for Jed Yourkin the 49er organization. He tells me that York is controlled by his mother and father and they are the ones who are actually calling the shots for the 49ers. They are very cheap and are only concerned with the bottom line. Face it the 49ers are a billion business without doing anything! the Yorks don't care about winning, would you if you had that kind of an asset?
Date: October 30, 2015 at 1:29 PM
Comment: Good article. It caught my interest because I used the same reset expression a week ago. I recommend we reset by bringing in Holmgren as an "advisor" with a lot of authority. He will advise Chryst; in actuality, he will replace him and try to salvage the offense. Down the line, if York wants to replace Tomsula, he has the man in place. Next year Mike can continue as HC or replace Baalke. He will be able to attract good assistants regardless.
Date: October 28, 2015 at 12:27 AM
Comment: Jed York is like Al Davis, except hes too young to simply die off so the professionals can revive the franchise.
Date: October 27, 2015 at 11:11 AM
Comment: It seems that the Ravens are worse off than the 49ers and they have crashed as well with a Harbaugh. ..let the media crucify them for awhile
By: The Team
Date: October 27, 2015 at 10:07 AM
Comment: Can everyone agree lets stop f%$3ing Nessa Diab! She is a black hole and your careers will end in this dark place. Aldon Smith and Kaps careers are over. Lets move on as a team and learn from this experience. Bro's without Ho's! should be on the team t-shirt this year.
By: Dallas Niner Fan
Date: October 27, 2015 at 10:07 AM
Comment: Yea, until we get rid of the Dorks who don't give a crap about winning, where ego and money are more important we will never have a winning team.
By: Terry B.
Date: October 27, 2015 at 9:14 AM
Comment: "It's your move, Jed"? "The Niners need a bright, young, forward thinking offensive-minded head man"? You don't get it, Al. Jed already MADE his move. He had the brightest, youngest, most forward-thinking offensive-minded head man right there in front of him (Gase), and his move was to go with a mouth-breathing idiot instead. You really think he's going to admit he was wrong after seven weeks? And go "all in" with a big-name coach who's going to accept working for a meddling doofus like Jed just because he's "looking for a challenge"? Give me a break. And your best line of all: Jed HAS to do this, because "this is the defining moment in York's legacy." Wake up, won't you? The only legacy Jed cares about is that piece-of-shit stadium, which will line his family's pockets for generations. He won just enough games to get it, and now he doesn't care anymore. After all we've seen, you really think he gives one hot damn about winning? Of course he doesn't. And yet here you are, wasting your time, speaking to him as if he does. As I said, you just don't get it.
By: Lucky Phil
Date: October 26, 2015 at 6:16 PM
Comment: Here's what we need to do now. #1 Keep Tomsula as coach, we need to lose every remaining game this season. And he's the perfect man for the job. #2 Play Kap every game this season, we need to pump this QB's value up. We are going to trade him, not cut him. His contract is very team friendly and their are at least five teams that we should be able to get interested him. I want a first rd. pick, and if I have to throw in a conditional 2nd rd pick in 2017, I would do that. Based on whether the team that trades for him wants to trade him back to us after one yr. / one month before his 2017 salary vests, so we can trade him again. There are hand full of desperate teams every season looking for a QB. #3 Fire Baalke this week, ownership needs a fall guy. This team needs to show the rest of the NFL we made a big mistake letting JH go. And further more we made a bigger mistake trying to destroy the man's reputation. Baalke needs to go so when we try recruit a new Coach and Players after this season, we can show talent we have turned the corner and learned from our mistakes.
Date: October 26, 2015 at 4:33 PM
Comment: York! U and dallke hafta end your marriage! YOU and only YOU have fkd.this organization up so bad I get sick even talking about it! How can u just sit back and be all bout $$$! You SUCK!!!!! Sell this team to someone that loves football and not have an asshole like dallke!!:York.get off your lazy ass and FIX IT!!!..Oh yeah,look who I'm asking..
Date: October 26, 2015 at 2:15 PM
Comment: thank you for your thoughtful piece... I still have a hard time talking about the Harbaugh situation without reaching for an Tums.... I have many long term concerns and they all start with Jed and team York... Stuck has it.. the team needs a president of Football operations then a GM.... ( Carmen Policy, Bill Walsh, john McVey, .. Eddie leaned when he took over the niners and messed them up the first time) aside from football operations the ownership needs to be committed to winning on the field. No winning with Class, No money ball, the results on the fiend are everything... Eddie got this .. he was a fan that wanted to win... I am concerned that team York is not...
Date: October 26, 2015 at 4:25 AM
Comment: Unfortunately for 49er fans, Jed York now realizes the big mistake he made in getting rid of Jim Harbaugh. That along with replacing him with Tomsula have made the 49ers an embarrassment. Not only will the 49ers not play in the Super Bowl this year at Levi Stadium, but he will have to endure watching the hated Seahawks play there on SB Sunday. Replace Baalke with Mike Holmgren and don't interfere with any NFL related football decisions. What if any was the last team decision Jed York made that actually benefited the 49ers on the field? Can't think of any....
Date: October 25, 2015 at 3:54 PM
Comment: Reset Button? Or did you mean EJECT button?
Date: October 25, 2015 at 3:39 PM
Comment: We will have a Harbaugh type coach without the edge. And he is in our backyard.Kap stays. And its in the works. Any idea who it is?
Date: October 25, 2015 at 3:18 PM
Comment: While this isn't as bad as the Joe Thomas situation, there's still a bit of that. Despite Thomas dragging the 49ers into the NFL cesspool, Eddie D still extended his contract another 4 years before he realized his mistake and hired Bill Walsh. Baalke hasn't been as bad as Thomas, but he hasn't been that great either, and despite all the time spent hyping up his recent draft picks, those picks aren't looking so great. Like Al wrote, maybe the Harbaugh situation was too toxic to make right, but the fact that Rob Chudzinski, who by all accounts seemed like the perfect person to create an offense that would elevate Kap's play, dissed the Niners to stay with Indy was telling. The difference is, though, is that while by all accounts Eddie D was, for all his bluster, determined to create a winning organization, while Jed just seems content to focus on the bottom line. I think that was the vibe Chudzinski and Adam Gase got, which is what ultimately made them go elsewhere.
Date: October 25, 2015 at 1:52 AM
Comment: If anybody would like to know who the next Niner coach will be I can tell you. Change will be after the season. Also, Kap will stay.
By: Balke Bumsula
Date: October 24, 2015 at 10:44 PM
Comment: Dear Dork
What happened? We all like JT but ..you were so sure Jim Tomsula was as good as Harbs. NO he is not and not too many coaches are if any. What makes you think a defensive line coach who never coached beyond a position coach in the NFL is going to be as good as Jim Harbaugh??. You were so sure, you said hold me accountable, so how exactly do we do that now??
Jed York, John York & Denise York……YOU SUCK.
Go back to OHIO losers
Please bring back Eddie D
Date: October 24, 2015 at 6:27 PM
Comment: The problem is not only with the head coach. I think Tomsula is a great defensive line coach, just not head coach material. But the real problem is York and Baalke. What can you say about a GM who has a draft where 3 years later, when the players you draft are supposed to become a force, there is no one left on the team from that draft. I don’t believe anyone from that 49er draft is still in the NFL. That’s 0 for the whole draft. That’s an air-ball for the 2012 draft! 2013 was terrible too.
It’s not like there were no good players those years. Baalke just couldn’t find them! A team with a terrible GM goes into the toilet fast. Look at what Terry Donahue did to the franchise. Belichick couldn’t field a winning team with the players Baalke drafted.
But look on the bright side. the 49ers front office won’t have to put up with that irritating JH. He was only a winner.
By: Ant Con
Date: October 24, 2015 at 4:14 PM
Comment: The root of the problem; is the condescending decision, primarily by the Dorks to let go of a winning head coach. Its not hard to notice the big difference, Balkes roster is exposed and clearly not as good with Tomsula and his coaching staff. Colin Kap was a much better QB with JH. Even the Yorks looked like competent owners. With Harbaugh, the Niner’s had an identity, were always in the hunt and winning most games. When you have someone like Pete Carrol, Bill Bilecheck, a coach with a high winning percentage you don’t just fire them just because you’re the owner and are insecure that your a weenie. Jed York you know better by now, you f*cked yourself and this team.. I’ve heard suggestions about bringing Eddie D back or someone from the glory years to help Jed and John, not a bad idea if they will do it. Jed, just go into politics or something. Good luck Dorks
Date: October 24, 2015 at 3:53 PM
Comment: Know one is mentioning a structure where Jed is removed from football operations too. We need a President that knows football which would have both the gm and coach reports to. If they had that structure then the issues between Baalke and Harbaugh may have been resolved.
By: Dallas Niner Fan
Date: October 24, 2015 at 3:33 PM
Comment: Great article, should be no surprise, we all knew this was going to happen since they got rid of Harbaugh.
By: Mike C
Date: October 24, 2015 at 1:26 PM
Comment: This whole season is easily going down the tubes. Again, it starts at the O-Line. The defense is holding up pretty well since they spend the most time on the field. At this point, its time to know that we as fans have to be realistic and look forward to the draft.
Date: October 24, 2015 at 12:52 PM
Comment: I wonder if jed dork is reading any of this. This is what happens when you fire a winning head coach and replace him with a DL coach. Dumb, like the dad.
Date: October 24, 2015 at 12:43 AM
Comment: This is sad, I love this team, and I don't see many good days ahead. It's gotten to the point where it's embarrassing to be a fan. The saddest thing is I don't see it changing any time soon. I feel for 49ers fans we had an amazing team that teams feared playing, now they are laughing at how simple our gamplans are. York is not going anywhere, the only way he sells the team if people stop going to the stadium and stop buying merchandise, which I don't see people doing. The fastest way to reset is to cut ties with balkee who I blame the most out this, tomosula who does look lost and hate how he answers every f@cking question, chryst for having the simplest gameplan ever since 1960 and mangini who clueless defense gets beat by a deep pass every game. Best replacements, Payton is far reach, holomgram would need to be begged but could turn it around, maybe Harbaugh if he was offered an apology, a raise and GM position as well. Parcels but might be too old, or a college coach who is X's and O's guy but also tough, but respected coach. I don't everyone wants to be GM for this team, I think any body in their right mind is better than what we have now, so yea push the reset button Jed!
Date: October 23, 2015 at 11:20 PM
Comment: This article seems to offer an either or situation.
But does Jed have the ability to choose the right new people? Who knows? Maybe he'll just sort of incognito hand the rebuilding effort, secretly, to Uncle Eddie. :)
But, more likely, Jed and John and Denise will stick to old patterns. The product produced will continue to be bad, and Denise will eventually reach the conclusion that the only way to minimize the damage to a major family investment is to sell the team and get whatever they can for it.
I'm just hoping they sell to a new owner who keeps the team in the bay area and also knows how to build a winning organization.
Date: October 23, 2015 at 10:23 PM
Comment: Thought about going to the new stadium, but I won't spend another dime to support this horrible leadership.
By: K Wells
Date: October 23, 2015 at 8:43 PM
Comment: I would like to put a rest to Lynch being good. he get's the whiteboy discount like ulbrich and old #50 ( i forgot his name) used to get. point is he is hella slow. He is the first to show up on a pass rush. he should be, he is unblocked. he is twice as slow as last year. i'm sick of the media creating these fake media darlings. Lose them all and start over.
Date: October 23, 2015 at 7:44 PM
Comment: Thank you so much for your elaborate analysis. I got banned for stating as much over at the Niners "official" forum as early as last January. Or actually, I got banned for being censored, and then complaining about being censored, for "calling out" the mods. Go figure.
By: Zach Amin
Date: October 23, 2015 at 6:37 PM
Comment: He is worst owner than his DAD. He is a dork and have no clue how to run this organization. He doesn't care about 49ers. He only cares about money that he making from different events at Levi's stadium. I hate him. He is a disgrace to 49ers fans. Operation Dorky drop
By: Jed York
Date: October 23, 2015 at 5:31 PM
Comment: Winning With Stupidity!!!! Whose Got It Better Than Us?
By: Lucky Phil
Date: October 23, 2015 at 5:29 PM
Comment: Jed York's wife has a baby this morning! Congrats Jim Harbaugh!
Date: October 23, 2015 at 4:56 PM
Comment: Well said! I could not have said any better. The question remains: Will Jed have the gut to do it? I hope the coach is one and done.
Date: October 23, 2015 at 2:45 PM
Comment: Why would a coach with any kind of pedigree or credentials come the Santa Clara? It's a rhetorical question of course, they wouldn't. What has happened to this franchise in the last 14 months is unparalleled in the history of sport, and they brought it upon themselves, almost entirely. Spectacular, really. My theory is that there is some sort of Brewster's Millions scenario unfolding. It's the only reasonable explanation.
By: Baalke Must Go!
Date: October 23, 2015 at 11:37 AM
Comment: The team's current predicament can be traced to Baalke's bad decisions. We can all see that see that the right side of the offensive line is the problem for the inept offense. Other teams will loose starters due to injury, free agency and retirement. This is expected so you account for that via the draft or free agency. Baalke's sad response has been Martin, Devey and Pears. It's been one bad decision after another. How can a person keep accepting a pay check knowing that his poor decisions have resulted in the demise of the once great 49er organization? Baalke must go!!! nuff said.
By: Lucky Phil
Date: October 23, 2015 at 11:14 AM
Comment: My relationship with the Niners is like a bad marriage. Jed York is my wife and she is dum bitch only interested in the family money. Trent Baalke is my second wife, she knew that going into the marriage. However, she is a passive aggresive that isn't happy with the situation. She needs to make all the decisions. And when I let her; well, that brings me to my third wife. Jim Hardbaugh... my Ex. God how I loved that women! She brought light into my life when all I saw and felt was a dark hole. I got rid of Mike on my own, he was a bible thumping jack ass. He didn't treat my boys right. Jim was a little crazy, but I like crazy. But Jed didn't like her, said she was very expensive (high maintaince) and had to go. So now we added Jim Tomsula to our happy home. Jed likes her said she reminds him alot of Ron Jeremy. Which if you're out there, Ron? We got the buns if you show us how to make the sausage!
Date: October 23, 2015 at 10:45 AM
Comment: What seems to me is that they are not able to put a complete game together on offence and defence. Either one or the other fails completely.
Date: October 23, 2015 at 10:19 AM
Comment: Harbaugh and toxic is a P.R. focus group myth you are perpetuating. There was no evidence that it was toxic at UCSD, nor Stanford, nor in the 49ers locker room. So be a journalist and do your own research. He was difficult maybe for Jed and Baalke to deal with because he was truly the ONLY football guy in that organization. Baalke is a bean counter that thinks he's Billy Beane and Jed is a petulant little boy. If demanding the best out of everyone, including himself, is toxic then toxic is what every team should want.
Date: October 23, 2015 at 10:11 AM
Comment: As the saying goes, the fish stinks from the head down. Lucky Sperm Jed is an incompetent little rich kid handed a toy by his clueless parents.
Date: October 23, 2015 at 10:11 AM
Comment: Well written Al ! Coudn't agree more. If anyone tries to tell us that Baalke had no time to get replacements for the players that left or retired are not in touch with reality . Baalke had time and money yet chose to pick up guys like Devey and Pears. I can just imagine what the Patriots were saying on that trade ... wow lets get a potential star tight end for a proven bust !
Date: October 23, 2015 at 9:59 AM
Comment: The niners had a great team when harbough was there. York dismantled the team his coaching staff doesn't have a clue what they r doing we r in big trouble it will take years to put a winning team back together. Deal with all the loses that we will have if an when they find a coach like Walsh and Harbaugh and let them fix the team we will never be a good team so very sad
Date: October 23, 2015 at 9:53 AM
Comment: I actually think this is a well reasoned article. I'm not sure anything major should happen this year, what's the point? But I do think the real test of Jed's ownership ability is right around the corner. He and Baalke are apparently pretty tight but it's becoming clear that Baalke just isn't getting it done in the draft and is setting the team further and further behind the 8 ball with some of his recent picks. It will be interesting to see if York has what it takes to make a change there.
Date: October 23, 2015 at 9:47 AM
Comment: Hey AL, it's so obvious the offense coordinator is not ready for NFL level play calling. You can see from the players lack of confidence when they start the game. It's like they don't believe in the system the coaches are calling. I can see the play calling doesn't use the entire field. No creativity at all in the offense. It's not the players, it's the coaches. There's just not enough experience at this level on either side, offense or defense, help this team be competitive. I pray the upper staff sees these, get a experienced coaching staff, I like Tomsula, but he needs quality coordinators. Do anyone else see this? Or am way off track here?
By: Das Dweeb
Date: October 23, 2015 at 9:37 AM
Comment: I normally would try to be a voice of calm and reason amid disaster, but I have to agree with Mr. Sacco. Baalke's drafts since 2011 have not been, on balance, positive. There are certain positions (i.e. WR) he apparently will never be able to draft. Given that the draft isn't the only measure of a GM's effectiveness, look at the other two phases - free agency and acquiring/working with the HC and staff.
In FA, he has hit a few nicely - Bethea comes to mind. But his refusal to restock the O-line when it was in such dire straits and players such as Evan Mathis were out there, and we are reportedly $12m under the cap this season - that's utterly inexcusable. Baalke tried to pass off that Erik Pears would be better for the team than Mathis. That's garbage, and our pathetic line play has blown up any chance of offensive stability. Horrid. Unforgivable.
Worst, though, is his selection of a HC and staff. Tomsula looks overwhelmed. The team does not look prepared. Its assets are not being properly deployed. The staff is glacially slow to react during games. Chryst is almost making us pine for Roman - almost. Mangini failed up again.
RESET. It's time.
Date: October 23, 2015 at 9:22 AM
Comment: When Mike Nolan was with the Niners he was a complete narcissist and he couldn't see that he was a lousy coach. Granted Harbaugh had that problem but he did operate at a higher level. Balke seems to be a narcissist, you can tell by all his decisions that it's his way or no way, and he has failed. I'm sure he would never admit it because narcissists never do. He seems to think he was the reason for success and it didn't matter who HE got rid of because after all the team had HIM. I think Balke needs to go. A couple things on Kap, I don't think he sees the whole field. Does he have eyesight problems? I was amazed that he many times throws a short pass into the ground and the receiver is 10 or 15 yards away. Montana made ALL those throws. I don't know how you can fix that?
Date: October 23, 2015 at 9:18 AM
Comment: Second on Vermonator. The whole front office is a mess. Personally, I think executives should work together with coaching staff in order to achieve same goals. Parage, Baalke, Tomsula & coaching staff should leave and bring somebody capable with winning experience. I like the idea of bringing Ed Policy and Ali Highsmith from GB to be the Pres & GM respectively. Despite his name, Ed had been a remarkable executive with a successful background as Commissioner of Arena Football League and being groomed by Packers FO also Highsmith is moving up charts as personnel and scout manager. The final say will fall in York's hands if he wants a quality team from top to bottom or his ego is above everybody else...
By: Leticia Bravo
Date: October 23, 2015 at 9:11 AM
Comment: You are so correct. It is possible that if York follows through with your suggestions, he may be seen as a hero as he did what is best for the team and fans. I for one will not be focusing on him admitting he was wrong; I will be so relieved and happy to care about history. I will be focused on the future.
Date: October 23, 2015 at 9:04 AM
Comment: Just a slight overreaction from Niner fans. Ever since the team got embarrassed in Seattle in the 2012 season, every time Seattle has beaten the 49ers its been this bad. This team just can't seem to get over this psychological hurdle and play well
Date: October 23, 2015 at 8:59 AM
Comment: You said "To the dismay of many fans, Jed York isn't going anywhere.". The York's are the root cause of this organization's failure. The GM. Coach, etc.. are just the latest lightning rod. As long as the fans support a York owned organization, there will be no need for them to sell and this is the sort of thing you can expect indefinitely. These are not the 49'ers that we loved and supported! If you want our 49'ers back, boycott this organization until the Yorks sell. Or stop complaining and get used to the last 20 years. Couple short Harbaugh years were the exception. Was that to get the stadium?
Date: October 23, 2015 at 8:37 AM
Comment: Did you write this article for the after New York Giants game, or after the Ravens team, but finally just now got a chance to post it?
Calm down Chicken Little. Any team would be in disarray with the amount of guys (particularly on defense) that the Niners lost. Go into Seattle, get rid of 3 of their best defenders. You pick from Clint Avril, Bobby Wagner, Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman. Leave one of those guys on the defense and Seattle would probably have 0 wins this year.
Now I'm not saying that everything is golden in Santa Clara, but what I'm saying is that there wasn't enough time from the time that Willis, Borland, Justin Smith and Aldon Smith left the team to replace them. College football pumps out new stars ever year, and the Niners should have the money to grab what they need in the draft and free agency.
The fact is, the Niners are going to lose more games this season, and they are going to win games, but what really drives me crazy are articles like this, where if they win it's a fluke and if they lose well the whole organization is in shambles.
I'm not a Jed York fan nor am I a Trent Baalke fan, but this is just more fair weather, band wagon garbage.
Date: October 23, 2015 at 8:36 AM
Comment: How can anyone blame jimmy T? The dude has been hamstrung from go, and most likely has been told what to do and how to do it every step of the way this year. That being said, he should have never taken the job. BUT he took the job and the buck stops with him. He's in a no win situation and will be fired sooner or later.
Baalke has to go, his drafts have been epic failures. He has left this team without talent, no hope for the future. The offensive line has gone from above avg to maybe the worst in the league. I could go on and on, but we already know the problems.
I actually turned off the game in the 2nd quarter, and I don't see them every week like a lot of you guys. I just couldn't take it, from top to bottom, complete disarray complete incompetence.