Originally posted by brucesf49:
Originally posted by JeuSF49:
IMHO Baalke´s draft has been better than Scott Mc Cloughan´s drafts.
All have more or less played to expectations.
He also was not afraid to make a move in FA, see Westbrook, who besides Spikes has been the best FA pickup we had.
If Baalke brings in a good coach ( Harbaugh, Billick), a good QB, a solid backup QB ( really having Carr as a backup does not help), a CB i´ll have no problem with him.
I agree. And David Carr was one of Scot McCloughan's last signings. Troy Smith was one of Baalke's. Seems Baalke understands more than Scot did.
Also agree with the idea that if we waited much longer to sign a GM we would be behind in the coaching search. And if Jed had hired a coach first, the media and a lot of crying fans would be ripping him apart. He can't win either way with you guys. We all know (or anyone who actually reads knows) that Jed contacted Eddie, Tuna, and someone in the Pats (i know one of you can name him) for advice. The Tuna knows Baalke (actually brought him on his staff years ago) and surely vouched for the guy.
To me, this the right path. Are there more prominent names out there...sure. But at what cost would we have to give up to get them? Waiting for them is the first cost....costing us a coach that we all want. All just to interview some people who may not even want to come here.
Agreed. The biggest legit criticism that anyone can have of Baalke is that he used a 4th rounder to move up and get Anthony Davis.
I don't dislike the hire. I just wish we would bring in someone from a winning organization. Is it a necessary ingredient? I'd say so. Bill Walsh was a part of Paul Brown's Cincinatti Bengals for years before he turned Stanford into a decent squad.
Although Eddie D. has reportedly told Jed we have too many people in our front office, they do serve a purpose. Marathe has done a great job with contracts and I hope we keep him in that roll as our numbers guy. I just want one person who has been some time in a winning organization to either take over Baalke's position as VP of Player Personnel or to be who Baalke directly reports to as Head of Football Operations. At this point, Jed York's judgement cannot be trusted and if he were wise, he'd have someone in his organization that has been a part of a winning franchise.