There isn't a man-jack of us out there who at one time or another had the thot of "Oh, how i wish for the good old days of Eddie D." So what, EXACTLY, is he forbidden from doing? Yeah, he was required to "dis-invest", ie, sell his entire interest in the team. But make no mistake, when that briefcase of $100K was brot to the Louisiana governor as a "sweetner" to get the riverboat gaming concession, all our hearts sank. When we later learned of the disconnect between Dr and Mrs York(DeBartolo) and the 49ers, we hit our nadir...and then proceeded to stay there. For 4-5 yrs, this team was so low it looked up and saw a snake's belly...and that is pretty low. However, we were that bad...disorganized, inept, and awful.
Now, instead of having a meddler in the front office, who knew virtually nothing of football, we have a kid raised around the game by his uncle, Eddie. That's the good news. Bad news is he's 23. How smart were you when you were 23, and keep in mind this is not your regular job, but a very complicated dance of integrating talent, coaching, dollars, philosophy, stadiums...not to mention egos. On a scale of job difficulty 1-100, being a successful owner in nfl is probably pretty close to 99. So how does a kid, an nfl owner(no, he did not earn it), become successful at what he is doing?
His first attempt(as non owner) was to learn the trade from a guy, well schooled by Ron Wolf, who became our GM. By all accounts they became friends, which is to be expected. But the firing of Scot by Jed really took some of us by surprise. I have posted previously that we were really stuck, since our GM was owner's favorite, and had proven himself not up to the job. So what next? Then the Jedi showed some stones and did the heretofore unthinkable...fired McClOWN.
Well, that's where the subject of this thread is directed, and i am now, and have been for some time, curious as to whether Eddie D could legally(according to nfl) return to the 9ers in some capacity, perhaps unpaid, as asst to the president, or some such. In fact, he wouldn't have to have a title at all, but if he were around, and fully understood his boundaries, would he not be a really great tutor for our team president?
Yes, Eddie D was successful because of Bill Walsh. Turn it around tho, and Bill Walsh was successful because of Eddie D(essentially a hands off policy, and always amenable to writing the big checks). Anyone know for certain exactly what Eddie D can do re: 49ers, if he were brot back in as a presidential sounding board? And lastly, would it be a good, or bad, idea?