Any organization that doesn't have clear leadership and direction will continue to be sub par. I used to have long discussions with some other posters here and they've always said it's the front office down to the players on the field. I thought we could get away with not having that.
The greatest flaw with the team isn't the offensive linemen, not their head coach or their offensive coordinator, but it's the overall leadership of the team. Until we are able to either develop or hire a strong GM, the team will continue to falter. Again, a GM's job is just more than bringing talent to a team. Talent-only GMs almost always have a involved team president or director of player personnel. The 49ers have a dysfunctional hierarchy where they draft best player available, don't select players for any particular system and ultimately have no direction.
Yes, the HC is the leader of the team, but who makes sure he's making the right decisions? Where's the healthy cooperation and when necessary guiding hand to say "that is working" or more importantly, "that isn't working". Regardless of who comes and who goes, the organization should provide stability and it hasn't . The organization should say to any coach coming in, "we run this... we select player based on this system..." and chose coaches accordingly.
That can't happen when you have a weak hierarchy, when the HC has a more powerful clear voice than your GM. That won't happen when the GM allows the team to fail and then fails to assess need and resolution.
I'll always be a Niner fan and root for this team, but the real enemy is the lack of real leadership. The team needs more than inspirational talking and a return to fundamentals, it needs smart decision-making and vision from the top. It does happen rarely, but certainly not enough.
[ Edited by NinerGM on Nov 1, 2009 at 17:40:18 ]