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Don’t get your hopes up, 49ers fans

Even if you don’t appreciate what you’re about to read, remember that I’m attempting to provide a service.

There’s nothing worse than getting one’s hopes up, only to have them dashed hours, days or weeks later. This is true in just about every part of life, from asking someone on a date to going on a job interview.

It’s also true in the world of sports. There are those who believe that ending your season in heartbreaking fashion with a close loss in a playoff game is better than not making it to the postseason at all.

Those people are idiots.

Not a single 49ers fan has benefitted from obsessing over the failings of Kyle Williams or fade passes to the corner of the end zone, just to provide a couple of painful examples. And it’s in that spirit where I’ll try to pump the brakes on this whole Jason La Canfora dream scenario, where Denise and John York strip Jed of his football powers and hand the reigns to a guy like Mike Shanahan.

I’ve had a day to digest his reportage, and sure, a logical person can easily imagine how the Yorks might look at what the Jedster has done and wish to make a change. If I was an old rich person and my son was a petulant tool who chased away the franchise’s best coach since Bill Walsh, I’d send him to his cabana with no supper and tell him to figure out a new line of work.

“How about sailing, son? Maybe you can hook up with Larry Ellison and zoom around the bay in a catamaran. Or become a dogwalker! You’d be good at that. No matter what you choose, you can still come to the games and eat and drink as much as you like in one of our posh suites. You just don’t get to pick the GM, coach and players anymore.”

But the Yorks have shown no desire to put football above family (or their profit margin). We also have several reasons to question the veracity of any report from Mr. La Canfora.

Disclaimer: La Canfora’s job isn’t easy. I’ve broken a half dozen or so stories over the last five years. They’ve all turned out to be true, but each one materialized within hours of my “scoops” being published on this website. I’ve had a chance to break a few other bits of local news, but I’m cautious about this stuff (translation: I don’t want to end up being wrong and hear about it from Twitter eggs for years). I’m also under far less pressure than La Canfora, whose job is to be an educated speculator on all NFL matters. And, as we all know in this crazy world where clicks matter more than facts, the juicier his educated speculation, the better. Throw in the fact that he’s competing against two absolute giants in Jay Glazer and Adam Schefter, as well as Ian Rapoport, Albert Breer, Chris Mortensen, Mike Silver, Jason Cole, Jim Trotter, Mike Florio and others, along with editors wanting La Canfora to produce scoops on a weekly (if not daily) basis, and it’s not difficult to see how an “insider” might run with something that’s a little less than airtight from time to time.

Yet, when a guy reports something that propels a battered, desperate group known as 49ers fans into a state of cautious optimism — which is clearly irrational considering how much this ownership group has punished the fans over and over again with poor decisions built on equal parts greed and arrogance — well, we have to look at past reports from JLC and see if we should grab a grain of salt or two. It’s the only responsible thing to do..

From a La Canfora story published on Dec. 7, 2014:

While many are connecting Harbaugh to the opening at Michigan, where he was a star quarterback, sources close to the coach maintain he is not interested. Harbaugh’s family has close ties to outgoing Michigan coach Brady Hoke and Harbaugh is much more interested in NFL possibilities.

Harbaugh ended up in Michigan, and Kaepernick is still the starting quarterback for the 49ers. So when La Canfora goes on KNBR and says this:

“They would ostensibly hire someone to actually run the football operations on a day-to-day basis. There would be someone there, whether it’s Mike Shanahan or whomever, who may then themselves decide I should be the coach and executive vice president of football operations. But at the very least, there would be someone, a football man, atop the entire personnel pyramid, who would essentially be sort of a team president/head of football ops, who would be making the day-to-day decisions on the way things operate.”

And this:

“Jed would be out, he would be out. He wouldn’t be involved in football operations. I mean you can get cute with titles. You can do whatever you think you have to do. But the premise would be, the top of the pyramid would be this person they bring in, to effectively be running the football operation.”

We probably shouldn’t ignore this report from Pro Football Talk (as much as some of us would like to).

According to a source with direct knowledge of the situation, none of those things will be happening. Jed York won’t be leaving the football operation, his parents (Denise DeBartolo York and Dr. John York) won’t be replacing him, and the team won’t be hiring Mike Shanahan in any capacity.

Not may be or could be or possibly will be or any of the other weasel words that will litter so many reports of comings and goings over the next few weeks. Will not be, period.

As the source explained it, the CBS report likely originated from an effort by Shanahan to get his name in circulation as the offseason carousel begins to spin. He has made no secret of his desire to get back in the NFL, but to date he has found no takers.

Granted, La Canfora and Florio have quarreled in the past. La Canfora also doesn’t appear to like Rapoport.

Again, it’s a pressure-packed job. La Canfora has gotten some things correct throughout his career, but to think that Denise and John would do EXACTLY what fans have been clamoring to see ever since Harbaugh departed and move Jed out of football ops (essentially admitting that they never should’ve fired Harbaugh in the first place), is to ignore 17 years of the Yorks not even hinting that they give a rat’s ass what the fans want.

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mm3813
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BASportsGuy Florio hates the 49ers. Even during Harbaugh years, he always bashed the team on PFT.

JGomes6
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JGomes6

BASportsGuy I quit

BaseballJeff1
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BaseballJeff1

BASportsGuy that picture is just the worst.

BASportsGuy
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BASportsGuy If you look up the term ass clown this is the pic you’d get. Lil Jed

stormin9
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BASportsGuy Crap. How depressing. You’d think the league would lean on incompetent owners…. but then again the league is incompetent.

slowrunner33
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slowrunner33

BASportsGuy great summary(reality). I lost my emotional attachment to 49ers a yr ago after being a fan for 40 yrs. it’s been liberating.

Friscogal49
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BASportsGuy That’s a face only a mother could love!! U0001f602U0001f602U0001f602

AdrianReynolds
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AdrianReynolds

LaCanfora is a bit cray

bigpapi3438
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bigpapi3438

BASportsGuy why can’t someone just beat the piss out JedYork on video so Niner fans would have a decent Christmas

oneputtblunder
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oneputtblunder

BASportsGuy My hopes were two wins and they don’t like they’ll get there. So now what? Questfor1

chaseparker22
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chaseparker22

BASportsGuy here in SD, JLC has been riling up locals by stating Chargers have decided on LA. Many think it’s spox Fabiani playing him.

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BayAreaBias
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BASportsGuy There are 49ers fans who have their hopes up?

Barber2910
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Barber2910

LloydJNelson BASportsGuy JedYork sucks as an owner.

LATERALsprewell
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LATERALsprewell

BASportsGuy I’ve officially lost all hope in this team. It’s Cohan’s Warriors all over again, only the York’s are less broke.

nflguy49
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Michael_RA
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Michael_RA

LloydJNelson BASportsGuy I never got my hopes up in the first place.

aroman2013
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aroman2013

LloydJNelson BASportsGuy Time to root for the Raiders. A 49ers fan since 1979 and today I got an Amari Cooper Jersey. Go figure.

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JeffMWoo

LOLKNBR Let’s make Niners great again. Oy.

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LOLKNBR BASportsGuy Printing that photo out for use at the shooting range might just be an idea…

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BASportsGuy
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LOLKNBR You’d be surprised what JLC is doing to 49ers fans. WAY too optimistic. On FB, anyway.

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BASportsGuy LOLKNBR Why is La Canfora letting himself be played by Shanahan? That’s pretty suspect journalism.

LOLKNBR
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BASportsGuy SOURCE: Yorks reportedly set to disown Jedster and sell the team back to Eddie and buy the Dodgers instead

coredump
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coredump

Trying to figure out what the Yorks (any of them, pick ’em) are going to do is like trying to juggle jello — hard to get a handle on it, the stuff is all over the place, and you mostly just end up with a mess.

BASportsGuy
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LOLKNBR JEDSTER! U0001f60e

joezinsf
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BASportsGuy The fact that Jed let Baalke sign McDonald to an extension convinces me 2017 will be the same. Proves Jed trusts Baalke. Sigh..

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LOLKNBR BASportsGuy 1-16 49ers just tops off the miserable af 2016

PavlosRozis
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BASportsGuy LOLKNBR Wait, what happens to ”Trader Trent?”

BASportsGuy
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PavlosRozis LOLKNBR Replaces Dodgers GMs. New LA manager: Jimmy T

SportsAnxiety
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BASportsGuy LOLKNBR I’ve got in a very good authority that Jedster is poised to receive coal in his stocking.

nickolasbrown77
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PavlosRozis BASportsGuy LOLKNBR coach em up Teacher T

BASportsGuy
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SportsAnxiety LOLKNBR He’ll just have Baalke turn it into a U0001f48e for him. You know how.

wil_matthews
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LOLKNBR BASportsGuy GET R HOPES UP FOR WHAT???

BASportsGuy
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SportsAnxiety LOLKNBR And I don’t mean you know how like *you* know how, just that there’s a saying about coal and diamonds and … nm

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Blazethe

BASportsGuy I just wanted to read that baalke is out. Oh well

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BASportsGuy hlandaverdez not a more punchable face, well maybe Trump’s but it’s close

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BASportsGuy I want to see that mug when Santa Clara takes over the stadium on Dec 22

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LloydJNelson BASportsGuy one can only hope that it’s true… Lol

Slam
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This is the problem with PSL’s. Fans who funded this new stadium are stuck. DeBartolo’s got their money, no incentive to win. Hide in Ohio, don’t feel the sting of Bay Area disgust. Without PSL’s, attendance goes down 30-40% next year, forcing ownership to build a winning team.

Slam
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This is a cautionary tale to Raider fans in Oakland. LA, and Vegas. Once they get their new stadium ….

JeffFarley
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As a San Diegan following the Chargers stadium saga, I’ve seen all too many instances where LaCanfora was dead wrong in his reporting

coredump
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coredump
The Rams have fired Fisher, before the season ends and shortly after extending his contract.  Certainly it’s up there on the weirdness scale to sack the guy you just gave a new contract, but it still pales in comparison to the niners dysfunction. Say lil Jed had fired Chip after that come-from-ahead loss to NYJ; no one outside the bay area would’ve been particularly surprised since the team is literally setting records for badness and rumors have been flying around for a while.  But since the York Piggybank is still paying for the last bad coaching decision by the York-Baalke… Read more »
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49er fans haven’t figured out that the York’s put profit over winning. Jedster is the incompetent figurehead while Mommy and Daddy give him the allowance to play with.

thepepperlanders
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Slam too many fans believe in being ” loyal” to a team and don’t realise football is just entertainment. If you want to enjoy afootball game  youpicka team with a quality product.

Slam
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coredump  I say go all-in on Chip Kelly.
Give him 2 more seasons to build a competitive team. Fire Trent, promote Tom Gamble (who is basically Kelly’s executive assistant ). You can’t eat all that Chip Kelly money after only one season. And you can’t throw new coaches at the players every frikkin’ year.
If it turns out Chip isn’t the answer, at least you gave it 3 seasons and this team won’t be good next year anyway.

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Slam coredump  I agree.  But then I’m in favor of any scenario where Baalke is gone; he may be a good scout and, under different ownership, even a good GM (though you couldn’t prove it by the niners results), BUT either way it’s time to move on from Trader Trent and try something new.

But I also think it’s far from a sure thing that lil Jed feels the same way.  Any reasonable person would logically conclude “well of course the niners need a new GM”, but these aren’t reasonable people:  they’re Yorks.

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coredump Slam  If they keep Trent, they are truly clueless/indifferent to their fans. I think they’re feeling the heat through the media, they HAVE to fire him. It’s too contentious right now. And if I’m Denise or Jed, no way I eat that Chip Kelly contract. If they fire him that would be unbelievably stupid, especially when you consider SF isn’t exactly a dream job these days for potential new head coaches. But like you say, the Yorks are a special kind of stupid ….

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Wasn’t it La Canfora who broke the Kaepernick “opt out” story the morning of the Chicago Bears game which proved to be totally false?  Of all the NFL “insider” guys I think he is the absolute worst of the bunch..

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