Originally posted by BHulman:
Right. In the real world if you had worked for a company that has been as bad as the Niners have for nearly a decade there would be no job left to lose.
Studied management for years and it is surprising how badly some companies are managed. Usually they have a good idea or product and overcome some years of bad management but eventually begin to fail as well managed competitors replace them. This has happened to the 9ers since Eddy D lost the team. Slowly, the management began bringing in inferior coaches/GMs who slowly eroded the talent pool and spun the ship into a tailspin. Nolan and Singletary were reaches as HCs, and they could not overcome their mistakes because there was no oversight from an experienced HOFO or Pres.
They have managed to bring in some talented players but the systems were so bad and the coaching so badly managed that the talent was never developed or allowed to excell. Each of the coaches may have been talented but there seemed to be no cohesion. The receiver coaches were not working with the QB coach, etc. Even the D, that seemed so talented a few years ago, began to worsen under Singletary, a defensive guy.
So, in this environment it cracks me up that some are willing to blame the guys at the bottom. Smith, Crabtree, Franklin, Rachal...whoever! Now, Harbaugh has brought in coaches he knows and trusts to create an environment with continuity and unity throughout the organization. The players are starting to buy in and we will see if JH and his system make a difference or whether JH wasn't ready for the NFL. I'll put my money on Harbaugh because I'm a fan.
Edit: PS--The NFL is such a monopoly that even the worst owners can go on indefinately it seems!
[ Edited by dtg_9er on Sep 10, 2011 at 12:39 PM ]