He was on Murph and Mac this morning on KNBR from the 8:30 to 9:30 am time slot and had some very special words to say about BOTH Harbaugh and Baalke. I know everyone likes Harbaugh but his words regarding Baalke are especially enlightening and getting me even more fired up that we may have finally righted this sinking ship. If you want to hear it, go to the KNBR website but here is what was asked and answered.
Murphy asks: “Now here’s the deal, you came on the day after Singletary was fired an you said Trent Balke was going to be the GM and now then you probably see it out there that everyone has different views and there are those who said that there are media critics who said well ‘Dilfer is only saying because he is loyal to the York’s’ so I want to throw that at you and see how you respond to that and then how you feel about the Baalke hire and the Harbaugh hire?”
Trent Dilfer response: “Well I want to say this as gently and I don’t care if its controversial but I will try to as gentle as I can. You know my experience with the Bay Area print media—they are not the most informed group of people that I have been around. So they can say whatever they want about me. I do know this, that in terms of gathering information and understanding football and understanding the league, I would love to do a face-to-face with any of them. My loyalty is not to the Yorks. I like Jed—Jed has been great to me while I played there and John was great. Obviously, I like the 49ers organization—I am absolutely a homer. I try though, to let people understand what’s really out there and try to not let their perceptions pollute their minds and try to give them factual information. Trent Baalke is a ‘rock star’. He is going to be a ‘rock star’ in this league. And he deserves the credit here. His pursuit of Jim Harbaugh goes back seven years to an all-star game in Las Vegas when he saw him coaching ball. That’s the kind of forward thinker Trent Baalke is and he’s a guy, and this is what separates good football people from average and bad football people, they are always one- to two-steps ahead of you. So Trent Baalke was the Director of College Scouting for the Washington Redskins and says ‘One day I will be GM and one day I am going to hire a head football coach’ and he starts looking at guys seven years ago and he targets Jim Harbaugh and he gets the opportunity to do it underneath the Yorks of San Francisco and he goes and he lands the ‘Big Fish.’ Okay, so if you want to be critical of somebody out there that has a very limited understanding of football in general…? But especially this situation…? Then go ahead and believe that guy. But I’m tell you the 49ers are in as good a shape as they have been in a long time and it’s because of the leadership of Trent Baalke. Now you get Jim Harbaugh who I think is straight ball coach and his record speaks for himself with what he did at Stanford. He’ll get…here is what you get from Harbaugh, he will get the most from least. That’s what good coaches do. They maximize everything you are as a player, as a group, as a unit, as a team. That is what Jim Harbaugh’s history was at the University of San Diego, at Stanford, he takes the least and makes it the most. Is there a better thing you can say about a football coach? Really under Webster’s if it said ‘coach’, that’s what it would say. Taking the least and making it the most. Maximizing the potential of anyone you touch. That’s what Trent Baalke sees, that’s what Jim Harbaugh does. 49ers now, I don’t know why you would want to be cynical of the situation…if you love the 49ers like I do, like we all do, we got to be FIRED UP right now that Trent Baalke is calling the shots and Jim Harbaugh is the head coach.”