Podcast: Breaking Down the 49ers’ Shutout Victory with Jason Aponte →

49ers Name Trent Baalke to VP of Player Personnel

May 20, 2010 at 12:55 PM


In a move many expected, The San Francisco 49ers announced today that Trent Baalke has been named Vice President of Player Personnel. They also announced that Joel Patton has been named Director of College Scouting, and Bob Morris has been hired as the new scout for the South region.

Baalke's promotion is not a surprise. He was instrumental in leading what many analysts saw as a successful draft as well as the pre-draft acquisition of Ted Ginn.

Two things jump out at me about the move. First, Baalke is not being granted the title of General Manager, the position Scot McCloughan had before he left the team before this year's draft. He instead fills the position McCloughan held in 2005 when he was hired with Mike Nolan.

What this means for the front office structure is still unclear. In 2005 the 49ers moved away from a strong GM, a response to the Terry Donahue era. With McCloughan, the 49ers seemed to move back to a more traditional General Manager model. Whether this is an interim step or an "audition" before Baalke is handed the GM reins is unclear.

It is also significant that the 49ers did not feel the need to move outside the organization to fill the top position in the personnel department. Strong organizations promote from within, keeping a consistent culture as well as consistent processes. The 49ers front office is arguably one of the strongest parts of the franchise and quality internal promotions indicate well-functioning structures.

UPDATE 1:

Matt Maiocco posted a great article talking about how the "Rooney Rule" pretty much prevents Baalke from a promotion to GM. I'm all for minority candidates, but this situation only highlights the problems with the current rule. No one wants to be the "token" interview.

UPDATE 2:

According to the NFL, the 49ers complied with the Rooney Rule. If I understand correctly, this means the 49ers could have promoted Baalke to the GM role as they interviewed minority candidates, removing any potential procedural barriers to Baalke's promotion. The candidates who were interviewed requested anonymity.
The opinions within this article are those of the writer and, while just as important, are not necessarily those of the site as a whole.


1 Comment

  • pelos21
    Nice read. Were definitely on the up and up. It's about damn time!
    May 20, 2010 at 9:57 PM
    0

Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News



49ers Notebook: Shanahan happy with backup RBs in Mitchell's absence; 49ers overcome unusual week; Saints' impressive streak snapped

By Kirk Larrabee
Nov 27

It was a strange week for the San Francisco 49ers, who had to work through an unusual schedule that saw them arrive home from their Monday night game in Mexico City in the early morning hours on Tuesday, followed by Thanksgiving on Thursday. Still, they managed to work through it and prepare themselves to play against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, and in the end they came out on top with a 13-0 win. How did the 49ers work through that schedule? We'll look at that in this version of 49ers Notebook, along with some postgame thoughts from head coach Kyle Shanahan on the running back situation, a look at an impressive streak the 49ers snapped on Sunday, and much more. Let's get it started... (See also:



The 49ers' Defense is Becoming Elite Again: 5 Observations about Saints-49ers

By JD Salazar
Nov 28

This 2022 iteration of the 49ers is endlessly fascinating to watch. One of the best teams in football one week, getting humiliated the next. Back to the future, forward with the past. But as turbulent and ramshackle as it's been, the 49ers are morphing into a team ready to dominate in the playoffs, just as head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch have always believed. Here are 5 observations from yesterday's win over the Saints. 1. The Scoreless Streak Extends to 4… In the second half of the past 4 games, the 49ers haven't allowed a point. None. Zip. Zilch. Nada. The Rams, Chargers, Cardinals, and now Saints have all failed to crack the scoreboard once after halftime. While only this last contest has been a pure shutout, that mark remains



5 Keys to a 49ers Win Over the Cardinals in Mexico City

By Wayne P. Brown
Nov 20

The San Francisco 49ers face the Arizona Cardinals in an NFC West matchup on Monday Night Football In México City. The 49ers are coming in with a two-game win streak, and the team is looking to improve to 4-0 in the NFC West. If the 49ers want to defeat the Cardinals on Monday night, they must complete these five tasks to secure a victory. CONTAIN the Quarterbacks It doesn't matter if the quarterback is Kyler Murray (hamstring) or Colt McCoy (knee)—the 49ers must be disciplined, especially on the edges. The Cardinals were a playoff team last season, and Murray remembers that. He will do whatever it takes to get a win for the Cardinals. If Murray plays, expect designed runs to the outside. Murray is also dangerous for runs up the



Kyle Shanahan believes 49ers players stepping up has helped Jimmy Garoppolo, talks crowd expectations in Mexico

By David Bonilla
Nov 20

Jimmy Garoppolo is turning in one of the better seasons of his career. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback stepped in for an injured Trey Lance in Week 2 and has once again asserted himself as the leader on offense. Garoppolo has played well in the last two games. He hasn't thrown an interception in those matchups—a 31-14 win over the Los Angeles Rams and a 22-16 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. Tight end George Kittle has been one of Garoppolo's biggest supporters and had a theory as to why the quarterback has impressed over the last few weeks. "I


Featured

More by Oscar Aparicio

More Articles

Share 49ersWebzone