Originally posted by longtime49erfan:
Mike Florio is not a reporter; he is an editorialist, meaning he only provides his personal opinion, regardless of the truth.
In a recent article, Florio try to foment dissent by resurrecting the off season discussions between the 49ers and Peyton Manning. He all but says JH and GR lied when recently stating they were just evaluating Manning. He wants to make the point that the 49ers failed in their efforts to sign Manning, and that somehow this represents a black mark on the team, front office and coaching staff.
"We understand why Harbaugh wouldn't want to talk about Manning. The 49ers tried to get him. They failed. And they'd prefer that the rest of us not remind them of it."
However, the 49ers never offered Manning a contract; that is a fact. Nobody has yet disputed that fact. If the team really wanted Manning they would have offered him a contract. If a contract had been offered then media would have published it everywhere.
Occam's Razor says the simplest solution is probably the right one. In this case, the simplest thing is to believe what JH and GR said to be true; that they were evaluating Manning and decided not to pursue him.
Florio is just using his position to foment dissent... he is a bad sports reporter because, like O'Reilly of FOX News, he only gives his own opinion... truth be d*mned!
We could speculate all day on what was going on behind closed doors...
Here's what I know.
- 49ers "evaluated"/looked at/showed interested in Manning.
- 49ers did not offer contract.
Saying we failed to sign him or didn't want him either is assumptive. Did we "want" Manning, that is too simple of a question, the circumstances and perimeters of the situation would define that word. Yet, we and the media know much too little to answer that question. It would require to much confidential information that the organization would let out to define the word "want" in their situation....
...Que the editorialists.
So here's my editorial on it: this situation was the perfect storm for the media to pick at the obvious imbalance between the business side
of the NFL
and the brotherhood and loyalty
that binds a team
. Specifically Harbaugh, will continue having a difficult time (and I expect will get better with experience) dealing with this fact, which will test his "Reality Distortion Field".
[ Edited by stillpans4gold on Aug 25, 2012 at 1:18 AM ]