Originally posted by PA9erFaithful:Originally posted by danimal:
lets get specific then.
Who here thinks it was stupid of the 49ers to only draft 1 QB in the first round this decade while we kept losing?
If you agree that was stupid, who do you blame more? The multiple GMs who went another direction year in and year out, the multiple GM's and coaches who took too long to recognize their current QB's would never pan out...or the owner who hired said GM's and coaches?
Personally I put the blame on the owner. Ultimately you have to keep your brand relevant. I think good owners know when to intervene. And I think a good fan base and local media can help push an owner into intervention
Losing teams + lackluster effort to acquire a QB = you deserve to lose
Fair questions, here's my take:
As far as player decisions are concerned, the GM takes the blame. Why? Because his job can be in jeopardy. As much as some people would like to, you can't fire an owner. Personally, I blame Terry Donahue and Mike Nolan for a lot of the problems this team has had this decade, but that's just my opinion.
I don't think media and fans can/do/should have ANY affect on what direction an owner or GM takes with a team, especially when it comes to decisions on players. The overwhelming majority of fans and media don't know nearly enough about football to make or even influence personnel decisions. Hell I'm sure that there are plenty of owners that know little more about the intricacies of football than most fans.
I mainly agree with your point. I just think top picked QB's are the exception. Owners are not involved in player decisions; but there are exceptions.
a smart GM is going to at least run it by the big guy that he is planning on signing T.O.!! I think owners ARE involved in high profile players and top QB prospects.
I envision even the most hands off owner calling the GM into his office. "Look; we missed the playoffs again; I read in the papers that many people think our QB sucks.......I want a new QB drafted ASAP