Dear Jed York,
The San Francisco 49ers are an embarassment. This once-proud franchise is now officially a laughingstock and you, as team president, need to take action.
A division title was not an absurd expectation going into this season. The 49ers play in the NFL's worst division and the mere fact that they could win the division at 7-9 is all the proof you need. The 49ers didn't have to be elite, they simply had to be the best of the worst. And yet, the 49ers find themselves assured of a losing record for the 8th straight year.
In the face of a decade of ineptitude, your playoff declarations are laughable. I envoke the coaching ghost of Jim Mora Sr. when I say, "You want to to talk about playoffs?!" If your aim is to ensure the world is aware of how abysmally bad this team is then please, continue with your playoff drivel. This team cannot even hang with the worst team in the NFL, falling to the oh so mighty Carolina Panthers. On Thursday, the 49ers exhibited what would happen against the NFL elite.
The San Diego Chargers absolutely obliterated our pedestrian and elementary offense. Simply rushing four players they were able to consistenly harass Captain Checkdown, who sometimes goes by Alex Smith. They did this against an offensive line with FOUR players selected in the first two rounds. Joe Staley, the regular left tackle, would make that total five. The Atlanta Falcons have arguably the best offensive line in the NFL and from the center to the right tackle they field two undrafted players and a 7th round draft pick.
This is not to say the 49ers are completely devoid of talent. Our offense has an elite tight end and running back. Michael Crabtree and Josh Morgan are not elite, but starting quality receivers. Delanie Walker is a versatile chess piece that creates mis-matches. Patrick Willis is the best middle linebacker in the NFL and Takeo Spikes is having a career season. Aubrayo Franklin is a top five nose tackle and Justin Smith is perhaps the most underrated player in the NFL. And yet, the 49ers find themselves against fighting to climb out of the cellar of the NFL's worst division.
The 49ers are squandering what talent they have. They are squandering talent because its head coach has no idea how to craft an innovative offense. It pains me to hear Mike Singletary use his oft stated, "I have to look at film" refrain, as if staring at a screen will turn Sing into Bill Belichick. It's deflating as a fan to see your team fire Jimmy Raye mid-season because his offense was as diverse as a neo-nazi rally.
If you don't believe me, believe the man who built the throne you awkwardly attempt to fill. "Like everything else in society, coaching has become more sohisticated," opined the late Bill Walsh. "There's much more science to coaching, more reasearch. The game is more refined, strategies and tactics have changed. It's certainly a faster game, more wide-open."
It is in this enviromnent that you try to shove pre-historic football down our throats. You try to sell motivational speeches wrapped as if they were a strategy. If you want motivation, hire Tony Robbins. The 49ers require more. You need innovation. You need an offense. You need change.
I emplore you to hire someone who is on the cutting edge because, quite simply, I am tired of having my soul crushed every Sunday. I am tired of being a laughingstock. I am tired of losing.
I am tired of losing.
By: Fred Higginbotham
Date: December 20, 2010 at 4:45 AM
Comment: Amen Brother!
Date: December 19, 2010 at 10:01 AM
Comment: Oscar, please stop writing to Jed. It'll give him the idea that we think he knows what he's doing. We don't and he doesn't. Hang in there fans. The Yorks will go away when they realize there's no money to be made here. They certainly aren't fans of the San Francisco 49ers. Thanks, A fan.
Date: December 18, 2010 at 10:47 AM
Comment: Bravo Oscar, Bravo!
By: ID fan
Date: December 18, 2010 at 8:39 AM
Comment: When the Yorks leave, the 9ers will begin to come back. Simple. Oscar, please don't write Jed any more letters. It makes it look like we think he has clue. Which he doesn't.
Date: December 18, 2010 at 8:27 AM
Comment: thanks well put. If jed want fire singletary and this joke of a coaching staff then PLEASE somebody fire jed. COMPLETE OVERHAUL!!! WE R THE FUCKING 49ERS PEOPLE!!!!
Date: December 17, 2010 at 4:15 PM
Comment: The coaching change is coming. The ownership, as tone deaf as they can seem, surely knows that fans won't stomach Coach Singletary or Alex Smith beyond this season. We don't need to ask President York for change; it's definitely coming. We should ask that the ownership invest the money and power in a new coach that can use this talented team to win.
Date: December 17, 2010 at 4:01 PM
Comment: Dear Sir , Dont give a rats az what you want, need or desire. My family got this team because my uncle screwed up and my mother thought she could make some money. I'm not sure i even like the game. As long as i am in charge we will be under the cap, hire amateurs to run the team ( at a reasonable rate) and hide from the press in Ohio. My father has shown me winning is not the most important thing making money for the York family is! ( eg.. Mooch Donahue and NOlan) Tough luck, also I will keep A Smith around as well since he is cheaper than a high first rd qb pick. signed Jed York
Date: December 17, 2010 at 3:12 PM
Comment: Oscar, Well said...watching last night's game, it was vividly clear what the Niners need...some true direction, which will not come from no GM and Singletary. So, Jed, the ball's in your court...it's time to pay the piper. No more head coaching "experiments"...no more rookies...bring in someone who knows how to get the best out of his players. Hire a real GM who knows how to get the best talent. Get that new stadium. Get this team an identity. Do it as soon as the season's over...don't delay, you don't want to miss out on any opportunities to fix this mess. Frank
Date: December 17, 2010 at 2:47 PM
Comment: I am left to wonder if the Yorks actually know how to run a business. Are they not aware that the immense expenditure of funds toward a new stadium would net more immediate and possibly greater returns if they were invested in building a winning team? How is the promise of a stadium in 2015 more valuable than a team that wins games and contends for championships, RIGHT NOW? Why in the world would a team owner campaign to build a new stadium BEFORE even hiring a competent GM to run the damned team? The 49ers ownership makes me sick to my stomach. Only in the bizarro world of the Yorks could one actually believe that fans will flock to a new stadium to watch their team lose. I don't like a losing team; not in a house, not with a mouse, not with a fox, or in a box, and definitely not in Santa Clara. Jed, from one 27 year old to another: be responsible with your company and holdings - turn control of its primary asset over to someone who is competent. Hire a GM and win some goddamned games.
By: Big Re
Date: December 17, 2010 at 11:42 AM
Comment: We feel your pain Oscar, but it is implore not emplore.
Date: December 17, 2010 at 10:38 AM
Comment: I TOTALLY agree! As long as I have been a 49er fan, I cannot stand another season like this. I will not watch another season like this. Can't watch it, can't live with it, can't deal with it. I no longer live near the Bay area, I have to buy NFL Ticket now to watch my Niner games, and it ain't cheap! I am very SERIOUSLY considering not purchasing it next year. The Niners simply are not worth the expense right now. I can put the money to better use elsewhere. I too, am tired of losing, and hope to God there are some positive changes this offseason.
Date: December 17, 2010 at 9:45 AM
Comment: Jed York is a idiot ... He dont know his A@@ from a hole in the ground just another rich boy that got handed a team..
By: Bob Menzies
Date: December 17, 2010 at 9:33 AM
Comment: I totally agree, we need change desperately!!!!! Please let the niners bring in Chucky. It's my only Christmas wish.
Date: December 17, 2010 at 9:20 AM
Comment: Oscar, well said.
By: Preston Baker
Date: December 17, 2010 at 8:51 AM
Comment: It seems to me that the Yorks have business minds not football minds. The only way to get their attention is to stop buying season tickets. If Jed can't get the front office and coaching structure right this time around stop buying season tickets.
Date: December 17, 2010 at 8:39 AM
Comment: I couldnt have said it better,i just wish the players could say it as well,i'm pretty sure they know they need a better coaching staff to,they're just afraid to come out and say it.
Date: December 17, 2010 at 8:10 AM
Comment: what a great article! We do not deserve this situation and neither player all begins with a good GM, or else with a proven HC we're all tired and sad
Date: December 17, 2010 at 7:05 AM
Comment: FANTASTIC ARTICLE! This season was as disappointing as they come. Alex Smith is way to paranoid to be a starting quarterback. If you don't take chances, then you can not succeed, period! I don't see Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, or Phil Rivers checking down 95% of the time. It doesn't cut it! What is so exciting to Alex about this one yard out route to the the flat. You might as well QB sneak your entire way down the field. I saw Jed at Lambeau Field standing 10 feet away in the Hall of Fame. They were leaving, otherwise I was going to go up and tell him... "This years Christmas would be complete if the you, Mr. President, were to take a stand and make a commitment to the Fans that come April, you would do everything possible to ensure that Andrew Luck and either Jon Gruden or Jim Harbaugh were in Red and Gold." Albert Einstein once said "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results". You do what it takes to win or you remain a loser. It's that simple.
Date: December 17, 2010 at 7:02 AM
Comment: I'm so tired of losing as well we need to fire singletary release Alex and get real head coach with expertise in the west coast offense. Draft a real qb after watching last night I'm sick of losing. I watched Steve Marriucci cut our baloon saying we would not make the playoffs and with the way our team is playing I would'nt want to see us get whipped like that anymore. I cant wait until next year Jed please listen we hate being the laughing stock of the entire NFL we need a new staff OC DC HC everybody was outcoached so bad last game. Why play ten yard off wr who arent even that fast Munusky defense no pass rush soft zone coverage he made phillip rivers look like next coming of joe montana and we could stop tolbert all night. The offense is pathetic deion sanders said it after game how can you draw up a game plan where your best player vernon davis has no catches until 4th qtr when game is already a blowout. Mike Singletary greatest failure is he knows nothing about offense and chose a rb coach jimmy raye as offensive coordinator fired him and now we have mike johnson who is predictable & boring offensively. The offense is the worst in the NFL. Alex Smith is huge bust cut him asap
Date: December 17, 2010 at 6:52 AM
Comment: Any good 49er fan is sick of losing but some of your statements are a little over the top. Like this one, "If your aim is to ensure the world is aware of how abysmally bad this team is then please, continue with your playoff drivel." The team is not abysmally bad - except for the KC game they have been competitive. Do you actually believe Jed York WANTS the team to suck? And this one: "They are squandering talent because its head coach has no idea how to craft an innovative offense." Not HC responsibility to craft an innovative offense. OC job. Most creative game plan in the world can't work if offensive line doesn't block. And this one: "It's deflating as a fan to see your team fire Jimmy Raye mid-season because his offense was as diverse as a neo-nazi rally." I don't believe you can fault the game plan if the line doesn't provide an opportunity for the plays to develop. And lastly, this one: "If you don't believe me, believe the man who built the throne you awkwardly attempt to fill." Apparently you believe its easy to find another Bill Walsh. 31 other teams have the same idea. Jed will make changes.But "cutting edge" is not a 100% solution unless the team makes plays.
By: Roy in San Jose
Date: December 17, 2010 at 6:27 AM
Comment: It is fittingly ironic that Singletary would jettison Mike Martz, the last bit of creative thinking at the 49ers, and now, Martz has the Chicago Bears soaring. Congratulations, Jed. Chalk this down as yet another milestone achieved under your watch. If Singletary were the CEO of Apple, he would be trying to push rotary phones by imposing his will. What a joke! He is not even smart to realize that week after week, he is making a jackass of himself. Note to Mike - you are lousy even as a motivational speaker. You don't understand basic grammar. You mix up present, past and future tenses. You are inarticulate. You can't coherently communicate any sophisticated idea. Your speech is limited to primitive soundbites and screaming that appeals to people with double digit IQ. Your vocation is to be a preacher for jailed juveniles. Get out of here. Note to 49ers fans: 1. Stop going to the game or watching the games on TV. 2. Do not vote for any stadium deal. Until Mike Holmgren is hired as GM, that is.
By: Raul Reyes
Date: December 17, 2010 at 6:20 AM
Comment: Amen! Jed, We trust in your power as a owner, Now Give us belive in your intelligence as a CEO
Date: December 17, 2010 at 5:47 AM
Comment: Dear Lucky Sperm Jed: Please sell the team, preferably to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, and head back to Ohio! 49er fans: DO NOT RENEW SEASON TICKETS UNTIL THE YORKS SELL THE TEAM!
Date: December 17, 2010 at 4:22 AM
Comment: Will Jed actually read this? I hope so. He needs to.
By: Joshua Flores
Date: December 17, 2010 at 3:57 AM
Comment: Co signed; time for a change starting from the top.
By: FIRE MIKE DNGLE
Date: December 16, 2010 at 11:38 PM
Comment: Amen! Pretty much sums it up... No need for comment.
Date: December 16, 2010 at 10:26 PM
Comment: Well said! I know you are speaking for myriad fans of this once proud franchise. Thank you.
By: Wendell Innis
Date: December 16, 2010 at 10:22 PM
Comment: I couldn't agree more. If Sing isn't gone I'm done as a season ticket holder.