Grant Cohn on 95.7 The Game: Fire Baalke and the 49ers could have a quick turnaround

Sep 1, 2016 at 3:59 PM--


Beat writer Grant Cohn of the Press Democrat joined Zak and Guru on 95.7 The Game to discuss all things San Francisco 49ers as the team heads into their final preseason game and gets ready for the regular season.

Of course, he discussed the whole situation surrounding 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. However, one of the more interesting items that he discussed was a way for San Francisco to quickly turn around the roster and the team. It involves the firing of their general manager, Trent Baalke.

"It almost feels like they're tanking," said Cohn. "Like they know that they don't have the roster and they know that they don't have the quarterback. And it's hard to get a quarterback so why don't they just lose as many games as possible this year and put themselves in position to get the best quarterback in the draft next year – Watson, the kid from Clemson.

"To get him, and then free agent wide receivers will want to sign here. No free agent wide receiver is going to want to sign here if Gabbert's the quarterback. But if you draft a good quarterback, then you can use all this $50 million cap space to sign the best receivers possible and then you actually have a team. So this could be a quick turnaround if they lose enough this year."

Regarding Baalke, Cohn believes that the team could turn things around quickly without him at the helm of the roster. "The way I think that it's going to happen this year is that Kelly is sort of setting Baalke up to get fired," said Cohn. "If they lose a lot of games, it's Baalke's fault. It's not Kelly's fault. Kelly didn't pick these players.

"So I think Baalke's neck is on the line and if and when they lose all of the games that we expect them to lose, because they don't have a quarterback or wide receivers ... or a defense really, then Baalke's going to be held responsible. I think that's clear. They promoted Tom Gamble. Tom Gamble's going to take Baalke's job in a few months unless a miracle happens."

Cohn went on to say that with Baalke out of the picture and a "real" general manager in place that can help bring in players that fit Chip Kelly's system, then the team could head in the right direction. "If they lose enough games this year and get Baalke out of the equation, they could have a quick turnaround – theoretically," said Cohn.

You can listen to the entire interview on 95.7 The Game.





More San Francisco 49ers News



Do the 49ers have an identity crisis on offense? Joe Staley thinks so...and he's not alone

By Marc Adams
Oct 12

Do the San Francisco 49ers have an identity crisis on offense? Former 49ers great, and current analyst, Joe Staley, thinks so. And he's not the only one. Staley went on KNBR's Papa & Lund show on Monday to talk 49ers. In addition to saying Kyle Shanahan will likely go back to Jimmy Garoppolo in two weeks, but that the offense is more exciting with Trey Lance, Staley spent some time talking about the identity of the team. Particularly, the identity of the offense. "What's been shocking to me is that, one of the things, too, has been that stretch zone, but all the play-action roll-outs, that was one of our identities, the keep game. And it hasn't been



49ers-Cardinals: Jimmy Garoppolo misses another practice; Trey Lance could start Week 5

By David Bonilla
Oct 7

It would appear that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is still sidelined due to the calf injury he suffered during this past weekend's loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He was not on the field with his teammates for today's practice, hurting his chances of playing on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. #49ers Jimmy Garoppolo is NOT participating at start of practice— Cam Inman (@CamInman) October 7,



Kyle Shanahan: Jimmy Garoppolo 'doing a lot better,' 49ers QB could be 'ready to go' for Week 7

By David Bonilla
Oct 12

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan joined KNBR this morning and provided an update on his starting quarterback. No, not rookie Trey Lance. Jimmy Garoppolo. If healthy, Garoppolo is expected to be the Week 7 starter against the Indianapolis Colts. Lance may not even be available for that game. The rookie quarterback suffered a knee sprain during his first start this past weekend. The injury could keep him out for one or two weeks. Garoppolo is attempting to return from the calf injury sustained on October 3. It sounds like the 49ers are optimistic about his recovery. "I mean, he's doing good," Shanahan said on the Murph &



Trent Williams: No need to panic; 49ers have the 'talent we need in-house' to end losing streak

By David Bonilla
5 hrs

The San Francisco 49ers have lost three consecutive games and look to turn their season around on Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts. At 2-3, the team finds itself looking up at the division-leading Arizona Cardinals (6-0) and Los Angeles Rams (5-1). The Niners have lost to the Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks and have yet to play the Rams. Williams says there is no panic in the building. The team knows the locker room is talented enough to rebound on its own. "We're not waiting for somebody to walk through the door," Williams told reporters after today's practice. "We've got all the talent we need in-house. ... We've just got to put it all together on Sunday." San Francisco still has four division matchups remaining. There remains a chance


Featured

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone