Originally posted by BHulman:
Originally posted by English:
I don't see them as being the problem. For NT they are just convenient whipping boys after losses and they get forgotten after wins.
Coming into this decade (when the Yorks took over) the Niners were in bad shape. The salary cap situation was about as bad as it could be. There was one year when the Niners were paying more to players no longer on the roster then the one's that were. But given a bad situation, the Yorks made it worse through two disastrous decisions: Donahue and Nolan. How could a guy who had never been more than an assistant coach be made head coach and general manager? How? Both Donahue and Nolan were able to persuade the Yorks to hang onto them when it should have been clear that these men were not competent to do the job they were being paid for. There has to be some concern about the judgement at the top.
I'm not counting the good doctors impulsive decision to fire Mariucci because I don't think Steve could have won with the teams the Niners fielded after 2002. Also, I could add how Dr. York changed the perception of Niners as a first-class organization with such petty things such as his highly public cost-saving measures like putting a lock around the freezer were the players got their gatorade.
Maybe Jed can do better. I'm not sure he can't. He seems to have a passion for it which already puts him way ahead of his father in my opinion. Get the stadium deal done. Keep the Niners in the Bay Area. Get the organization straightened and keep the team competitive year in and year out. Throw in a Super Bowl or two would be nice. I'm willing to wait and see before I form a definative opinion on young Mr. York.
I don't entirely disagree with what you say, but when you mention Donahue and Nolan as two huge mistakes, that is a hindsight call. Nolan seemed a good shot at the time, and to be fair he started the rebuild. His player development skills were dismal, though.
And whilst I would agree in retrospect that TDon was appalling, he was recommended by Bill Walsh. Sorry, but can you blame the owners for followinng the advice of such a man?
I think not.