The Monte Clark firing was IMHO the biggest disaster in 49er history. Some context to why it happened.
Originally posted by cciowa:had willie mcgee not busted his leg when we were 6-1 we would have made a deep run in the playoffs,, with that defense we had, i bet we could have won the super bowl that year with plunkett managing a 16-0 win, had a great rush attack with delvin and wilbur, gene washington on one side, mcgee on the other , kwalik at tight end,, lord with that front 4 you never had to score much. all went south in the second half
Not only were the 9ers playing good ball, the momentum of the whole franchise was extremely good. The morabito sister were selling the club which was good. They didn't have the financial resources to play with the big boys of the league.
So eddie d bought the club and turned to that noted lover of the 49ers, AL Davis, for advice. Joe Thomas was al's guy for the 9ers.
A bit of the wikipeia on joe Thomas:
[i](Thomas) was fired by team owner Joe Robbie. Prior to the next campaign, he arranged for Robert Irsay to purchase the Los Angeles Rams for $19 million before exchanging them for Carroll Rosenbloom's Baltimore Colts in the most bizarre transaction in NFL history. As a result of this deal, Thomas became general manager of the Colts. After a 5â"9â"0 finish in 1972, the first losing record in sixteen years, Thomas began rebuilding the team, albeit controversially. It all started on January 22, 1973 when Johnny Unitas was traded to the San Diego Chargers. During the next ten days, Tom Matte would follow Unitas to San Diego, Bill Curry was sent to the Houston Oilers, Billy Newsome to the New Orleans Saints, Norm Bulaich to the Philadelphia Eagles and Jerry Logan to the Rams. By the end of 1976, he had had five different head coaches in his five-year tenure, having fired Super Bowl V-winning coach Don McCafferty after just five games in 1972. then following him with John Sandusky, Howard Schnellenberger. Thomas himself, and Ted Marchibroda. When he targeted Marchibroda next, despite two straight Colts playoff seasons, Irsay had had enough and fired Thomas.
Thomas then was hired as GM of the San Francisco 49ers in 1977 by new owner Eddie DeBartolo at the recommendation of Al Davis and immediately fired head coach Monte Clark. The 49ers went 7-23 in Thomas' two seasons with the franchise, and his biggest trade, a series of 5 high draft picks for O.J. Simpson, was a colossal bust, as Simpson proved to be washed up. Thomas also fired two more head coaches, Ken Meyer and Pete McCulley, and Thomas' third hire, Fred O'Connor, was fired along with Thomas at the end of the 1978 season.
I still get pissed off thinking about how Davis punked Eddie D!!! Davis knew Thomas was a total disaster who would wreck the 9ers. How hard Davis must haved laughed at us can only be known behind the closed boardroom doors of the raiders. Davis Sabotaged the niners. it still burns. Then -Surprise- Jim plunkett, ends up with the raiders. Under Monte Clark plunkett might have won a superbowl for the 9ers instead of the raiders.
May AL Davis rot in hell.
That is why this firing was the worst in 9er history, it was the first act in the joe Thomas era. Come to think of it, May Joe Thomas rot in hell.
Now that article linked at the beginning:
is worth reading. Also, Use the cursor grabhand and read the article to the left titled "Morabito should be fired instead of Shaw.
Our franchise heritage for head coaches started with "It's all your fault we we didn't win the title - YOUR FIRED!
you couldn't make this stuff up.