Originally posted by aiiyiiyiii:
For one thing, whether it was due to family problems or something else, McCloughan would fall out of the loop for prolonged stretches. That shortcoming contributed to more than a few job-related blunders, the way we hear it.
One incident that blew up in the team's face was the league's ruling that the 49ers had been guilty of tampering with LB Lance Briggs during the 2007 campaign, resulting in the forfeiture of a 2008 fifth-round draft pick and the swapping of third-round picks with the Bears.
that's basically the "most important" part of the article, the one everyone is clinging to, and its meaningless. What does "falling out of the loop" mean and how did that contribute to the Lance Briggs fiasco? No explanation. Everything else in the article is rehashed speculation from other sources.
It's speculation, because nobody's going to tell us exactly who muffed the play when the Niners got tagged for tampering. However, it is reasonable to assume that the responsibility lies with the GM.
I was also thinking about a couple of recent events:
1) The way Shaun Hill's trade was handled. Wouldn't it seem the responsibility of the GM to notify the player that he has been traded?
2) The Akin Ayodele visit last week. Ayodele came on Monday. On Tuesday they said he will speak to the press at 1pm. I figured that meant he was signing! Instead, there was apparently no press conference, and no signing, and no further word from the 49ers.
The next day, the Scot thing blew up.
Are these "out of the loop" events by the GM? Sure sounds like it to me. The 49ers didn't WANT to take this action at this time. Their hand was forced.
You are right. its speculation. but you're also right that its reasonable to assume that the tampering stuff might have been Scot's fault. But how does that mean he wasn't "in the loop"? What DOES that mean? Does that mean he wasn't doing his job? Well, I call BS on that, because if the Niners had cause to fire him, they would just fire him.
Your other points:
A). Moot point. Shaun Hill wasn't told about the trade officially because it wasn't final. What if something fell through--say Carr changed his mind and signed elsewhere? There couldn't be an official announcement until things were, you know, official.
B). The potential Ayodele "signing" or press conference or whatever might have been a casualty of the Scotty drama, but we have no way of knowing for sure. So again, speculation, and not even speculation from the article, that's just your speculation.
I'm ambivalent about Scot being gone, but I think its damn foolish the way people are running around like little women crying about a bunch of rumors from second rate football rumor mills.
[ Edited by HessianDud on Mar 21, 2010 at 6:55 PM ]