Originally posted by Oakland-Niner:
I can't even begin to tell you how irritated I am at the Yorks right now! Though it is not official, many trusted 9ers writers are now reporting that Baalke will be the new GM. I have no idea whether this will be a good move or not, but I am sure of one thing. I am sick and tired of the Yorks blowing smoke up our ass. I have lost all respect for this organization. Don't come out and proclaim that you are going on a world wide search for a GM, when all along you know who you are going to choose. It's flat out dishonest.
Note to Jed: If you think Baalke is good enough to turn this ship around stand by your man and endorse him from day one. But please, don’t put on this big dog and pony show when anyone that is paying attention can tell it's a farce.
I use to think Jed wanted to win just as bad as us fans. Now I'm starting to think he just says whatever he thinks we want to hear as long as we continue to line their pockets.
Again, this is not about Baalke. It's about the manner in which Jed went about it.
The Yorks are a joke and should be kicked out of the NFL.
P.S. I've been flamed on this board for calling the Yorks cheap, but I stand by that. One day, and in another thread I'll be happy to lay it out in detail.
I can't help myself. Here is a little teaser:
1. Acquiring one big name free agent a year for a few years when your team has almost zero talent (2005,6,7) does not make you a big spender.
2. Signing guys to contract extensions (Haralson, Brooks, Staley) well before they have proven they deserve it is not smart, it's cheap. They are just hoping to get lucky and not have to pay what the real market price would be if they turned into something.
3. When you have not had a winning season in 8 years you shouldn't be 30 million under the 2009/10 cap.
4. VD&PW could easily be chalked up to a PR move.
It's funny you wrote this. I actually wrote this email to Matt Barrows a couple of hours ago.
I had written you a couple years ago regarding the 49er offseason and greatly appreciate you taking the time to respond back to me. I was hoping to pick your brain on the current state of the GM/HC search. I have to say, I am feeling a little uneasy about the way things have been progressing. Jed says they are going to explore all options for an experienced GM/HC, but then references the ATL model of Dimitroff and Smith . Now word is that Baalke pretty much has the job sewn up, which seems to contradict what Jed initially said in regards to qualifications. I don’t have a problem with Baalke, but he is certainly not the “experienced” GM that I was thinking of. Another thing that I am bothered by is the dog and pony show that seems to be taking place. They are conducting interviews, yet supposedly Baalke already has the job. To me it seems that Jed already had his mind made up about Baalke, but is conducting interviews just to make it seem as though he is exploring all options. If he wanted Baalke all along, then he should have just hired him and not insult our intelligence by staging these sham interviews. Like I said, I think Baalke could be good, but at the same time, I am tired of the whole “promote within” (aka easy and cheap) philosophy that this ownership seems to embrace. Where exactly has that gotten us? What started out as a promising GM/HC search has now seemingly turned into another mess from this inept ownership. My question to you is, do you think Baalke is going to end up with the GM position and do you think we land Harbaugh? If we could land Harbaugh along with some strong coordinators, I will be happy.