Originally posted by Bejaard49er:
Originally posted by jimbagg:
I believe that Coach Clark was the HC who succeeded the first HC (Dick) Nolan, and who got a raw deal when GM Joe Thomas was brought in by Eddie D to run the show. Coach Clark was a stand-up guy. Now we are evaluating the HC who has succeeded the 2nd HC (Mike) Nolan.
You are correct. Eddie bought the team in 1976-77 and brought in Joe Thomas who promptly fired Monte Clark who in his first year had led the Niners to an 8-6 record. Clark replaced Dick Nolan who had led the Niners to two NFC Championship games but once Brodie retired and Spurrier became QB things got rough and from 1973-75 the Niners won an avg. of 5 games.
Clark was a good coach who went on to Detroit and helped the Lions make the playoffs 3 or 4 times.
Did you also know that Joe Thomas burned our entire history of past game films of the team? Like, everything. He did it during a "motivational" speech about how the past means nothing. Most of the (very limited) footage of past Niner greats are a result of other teams' archives; ie, Gayle Sayers torching us, Wrong Way Marshall's TD/safety.
Joe is, hands down, the biggest idiot in our franchises history.
RIP Monte Clark.
[ Edited by IWASATTHECATCH on Sep 17, 2009 at 9:56 PM ]