Originally posted by SonocoNinerFan:
Originally posted by MadDog49er:
Since some minds are curious how I feel, this would be my response:
1) Baalke is not the "smartest man in football"
2) Baalke is not the "dumbest man in football"
3) Baalke may be the "luckiest guy in football to this point of this year"
P.S. Some board members get all lathered up when I critique management for things I think they do in error. I ask these members to not take things so personally, as if they are personally related to Baalke, Jed, or any other person at headquarters. You would think that I go around kicking puppies, or spitting on nuns. I simply disagree with many of the manuevers this team has taken this offseason. Only time will tell if I am right on my criticism or not.
Finally, some people are stating that I am dodging these threads, or laying low. Neither of these are true. This has been an extraordinarily busy few months for me, and I simply am not on the board that much. My apologies to those who demand for me to spend hours on the board daily. That ship has sailed for now. And, now, back to more fun stuff offline.
IMO it's not your criticism of the front office that people respond to but the strident way in which you do it. Of course being strident isn't unique here, but your stridency seems to come from a self-styled expertise and knowledge of front office operations that you really do not have. Even with this latest response to the success witnessed to date you play the fly on the wall and paint most of the off season as either limited options, or spinning a board and throwing a dart, or dumb luck. When you gave him credit you qualified it as, "OK, but let's wait and see". Whatever.
I really don't know what Dilfer meant by smartest football man in the league. To me smartest doesn't directly translate to best and it certainly doesn't mean the most experienced or knowledgeable. It just means he's smart, which to me means with more experience he has, in scouting lingo, nice upside as an NFL General Manager. The results to date, free agent and rookie class alike, look very promising. And I'll take some luck to go along with smarts any day.
Fact is, MadDog lives in Ohio, and doesn't routinely get the weekly network telecasts of Niner games. He doesn't get CSN Bay Area telecasts, with "Chronicle Live," "Niner's Post Game," "NinerTalk," "SportsNet," etc., etc. He's never indicated that he's attended any Niner training camp days, or Family Day, or any other local event, or Niner home games, for that matter.
He posted in one of the Heitmann threads that he has to go to a local bar on Sundays to catch all the NFL games. So he apparently doesn't have the Red Zone on Direct TV.
Yet, despite access to the Niners that's limited by distance if nothing else, somehow he knows everything that goes on in the Niner's War Room on draft day and before? And somehow he knows what goes on in their Front Office during free agency?
I agree, it seems unlikely.
[ Edited by oldninerdude on Oct 27, 2011 at 10:00 AM ]