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The 49ers don’t care, so why should you?

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The owners don’t care. They’re under the salary cap by more than $40 million even though everyone knew their team suffered from a severe talent deficit in 2015.

The owners rarely communicate with the fans who keep boosting their shoddy franchise’s value to new heights. They don’t even show their faces throughout the season. We haven’t even seen a tweet about the action on the field since a year ago (after a lucky victory in Chicago).


The general manager doesn’t care. The 2016 draft was supposed to be his most important yet, but without apology he drafted another player coming off an ACL tear in the third round and waited until the sixth round to draft a quarterback, running back and wide receiver (the WR is the only one who remains, and he has done absolutely nothing).

The general manager rarely talks, but at least he feels contrite (sarcasm implied). “I feel bad for the fans,” he said, before continuing with: “I feel bad for a lot of people, the ownership in particular.” So yeah, we can probably just ignore the “fans” part.

The coach doesn’t care. In the week before heading to conditions that were guaranteed to be rough, if not brutal (which they appeared to be, at least on television), he opted to stay in … sunny Orlando, at his buddy’s college. Kelly talks a lot about the science of sport, but practicing in Orlando this week made him look like a guy who would train for a marathon by eating Munchie Meals from Jack In The Box in smoke-filled rooms.

The coach talks all the time, because it’s part of his job. We haven’t seen much action, though. The players seem just as bad as they were in Week 2, by and large, and they play worse after halftime most weeks.

The players don’t get a reprieve, either. Their effort today, against an undermanned (and not all that great when they were fully-manned either) Bears team, was pathetic. Laughable.

Jordan Howard ran through guys and became the third running back who started this season as a backup to rush for over 100 yards against this sorry outfit. Receivers who most viewers hadn’t even heard of frequently found themselves wide open against 49ers cornerbacks. The 49ers finished with six passing yards. Colin Kaepernick looks like a man who can’t wait to leave. The 49ers committed 11 penalties, including this one that did a fantastic job summarizing the entire season.

The fans deserve better. They deserve to not have to spend their money on this. Moreover, they deserve the freedom to spend their Sundays not paying attention to this trash.

The fans can speak loudly. Stop showing up to Levi’s Stadium. If you absolutely must attend games, bring your own food. Refrain from purchasing beverages in the concourses or club areas.

When the owners, GM, coach and players spend a Sunday in Chicago displaying just how little they care about the fans’ time, pride and need for distractions from work and the world at large, it’s time for the fans to reassess. To resist.

They’re playing all of you for suckers, and not just the season ticket holders either. But you aren’t suckers. Taught by Bill Walsh, 49ers fans were groomed to appreciate the finer points of the game. It’s not that 49ers fans were put off by the violence — they loved the physicality of players like Ronnie Lott, Charles Haley, Bryant Young, Justin Smith and Patrick Willis. Still do. But they expected something more than brainless smashmouthism from their team. They expected intelligence and urgency. From the mid-1980s through the early 2000s, some called 49ers fans spoiled, and that was true on the surface. But your decision to invest so much — not just money, but entire days — into something, anything, should be reciprocated with equal passion and care in return.

The main problem here is that the Yorks, along with Paraag Marathe and Trent Baalke, think they know everything. They think we’re all idiots. “We’ll show ’em,” they think (and that idea is directed at the fans, media and former employees alike). This unchecked arrogance, combined with incompetence and a lack of (yes, you guessed it) ACCOUNTABILITY, trickles down to the coach, his staff, and their players, and will continue to do so.

This is what we have. This is what we’ve faced for most of the last 17 years, and this is probably what we’ll continue to face for a long time. The only ones paying a true price are the ones who aren’t millionaires, or billionaires. But we outnumber them. It’s time to issue a reminder to the least talented, least inspiring and least hopeful team in the NFL. How? By making it so the number of the 49ers owners + employees comes close to outnumbering the team’s fans in Levi’s Stadium during each home game until significant — and by that I mean transformative, uncomfortable and humiliating — changes are made.

Niners Notes

— The Bears were without their starting quarterback, their top two receivers, their top tight end, and several key defensive players, and they scored 26 unanswered points in this game.

— Kaepernick took too many sacks and fumbled, but it was amusing to see Blaine Gabbert get some run and throw every down after Kaepernick went 1-for-5 over three quarters of play. Especially after the report that Kaepernick will void his contract after the season came out today.

Jay Glazer, who knows pretty much everything before it happens, says Chip Kelly will be the 49ers’ head coach in 2017 no matter what happens. They said that about Jim Tomsula before the 49ers got crushed by Johnny Manziel, too. That didn’t come from Glazer, but Jay Feely heard it straight from the Guido’s mouth.

— If Kelly is back, that either means Tom Gamble will replace Trent Baalke or the Yorks will give Baalke another shot, fire Jim O’Neil, and call it a January.

— Anyone else feel dumber after watching that game? Snow games on HD are generally wonderful, but a poorly-played December game between two terrible teams battling for draft position is beyond depressing, regardless of conditions. Hopefully most of you enjoyed a day without the 49ers or turned the game off after halftime.

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sourdoughsam
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BASportsGuy I am pretty much rooting for them to lose every week so we can bomb the 2nd overall pick

timlincecumgoat
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timlincecumgoat

BASportsGuy have some respect for Chip Kelly’s father, cmon man really?

Medfordniner
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Medfordniner

BASportsGuy You forgot to mention Barkley was the 3rd string QB

KGtheBEAST
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KGtheBEAST

BASportsGuy didn’t turn it off at halftime. Honestly fell asleep in the first Q. Woke up, saw Gabbert in at QB. Fell back asleep.

PhillipPhipps
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PhillipPhipps

BASportsGuy Well said. Way to get their attention is quit going to games. Make York’s take notice and make changes

c_mullan12
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c_mullan12

BASportsGuy cuz I have a gambling problem

PattiCass
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PattiCass

sourdoughsam BASportsGuy They will probably take than 2nd overall pick and draft someone with a torn ACL

BarrMC
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BarrMC

I’m deployed in Osan, South Korea and I woke my happy ass up at 3am to watch this sorry ass performance. The sad thing is, I won’t stop. That said, I won’t buy a damn thing from the team. There’s plenty of knock off stuff in Korea for a 1/10th of the price.

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AdrianReynolds

timlincecumgoat RIP, but was CK’s father calling plays? Or making personnel decisions?

Brekfast86
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Brekfast86

I was having lunch at a bar in Minnesota, when our waiter saw my 49ers t-shirt and asked if I wanted them to put the game on. I politely declined his offer. I don’t need to watch this trash anymore this season.

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hubbard_sabian

It is so sad and pathetic how the 49ers organization has completely torn this franchise down I am from Dallas,Tx but Iam a die hard 49ers fan I have been a fan for 30 yrs. It hurts to see the 49ers losing like this. The owners of the 49ers need to fire Chip kelly and the rest of the coaching staff and Trent Balkke. And they need to fire a lot of players as well

lacayoMundo
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lacayoMundo

BASportsGuy If York hates criticism he will find out that being irrelevant is much worse

coredump
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coredump

BarrMC  Can they get players there at 1/10th the price too?  Baalke might try it.  As long as they have ACL problems.

WaheGuru__
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WaheGuru__

49ersSpin something needs to happen .

Chrish_Pilapil
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Chrish_Pilapil

49ersSpin BASportsGuy don’t care?

mlivengood1
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mlivengood1

49ersSpin
My wife want to go see a niners game bad, but I wont spend money as long as JedYork is there.

samhaeuser
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samhaeuser

PattiCass sourdoughsam BASportsGuy and he’ll be a CB.

Dazarbeygui
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Dazarbeygui

49ersSpin BASportsGuy well see how far the Niners owners will continue their arrogance when no one buys tickets JedYork

seanmatt
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seanmatt

timlincecumgoat BASportsGuy How did he disrespect his father?

Dudeman2134
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BarrMC I bought a black Patrick Willis and a road Frank Gore jersey right out the front gate when  I was stationed there in 2010 for 10,000 Won.

quart
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quart

I haven’t watched a game or purchased any merchandise this year. I miss it, but I’m sick of our ownership not giving a crap about the fans that pay his bills.

JalapenoMan1
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JalapenoMan1

49ersSpin BASportsGuy Been doing all Season. Even gave up Dallas tix to avoid funding Krap!

707AllDay
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Spot on.. Embarrassing banners may evoke superficial change (swap out coaching staff, but retain entire front office, including Baalke), But like you inferred, real change comes when you hit ownership where it counts.  From the bus boycott in Montgomery, to any labor movement really, money talks.. It’s simple capitalism.  But how do you unite a die-hard fan base, who’s loyalty has been conditioned over years, and reinforced though corporate propaganda in shows like ‘The Faithful?’ Through articles like this I suppose.. But Jed will not step down.. He will enact minimum  change (fire Baalke) in the hopes of reinvigorating the… Read more »
Joey_Doo31
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jon_abari danislate can’t believe my fam paying $ for these season tix

CarlaJacobs
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CarlaJacobs

Give Christian Ponder the steering wheel, and let him drive for a while . . . why not?  The players seemed to respond to his leadership by playing well in pre-season.  As is, this team is a laughingstock and an embarrassment to the NFL, the game of football, and the memory of Bill Walsh and the 49er teams and players of our not so distant past!  Hey, Jed . . . where’s the pride in the team your uncle made great?  It’s just sad what his leadership has done to the formerly proud (no longer San Francisco) 49ers!!

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This article is so far off.  Please look at ESPN’s stat page and check out attendance.  Niners are at 110% for the year.  The stadium is always empty though.  Most of the tickets are owned by Corp. sponsors.  York Family will make money whether you show up or not.,

elfshotthefood
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elfshotthefood

It’s a good thing I don’t read these articles in hopes of finding out what the final score was.

MastaLeeBjj
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MastaLeeBjj

BASportsGuy Great article! JedYork does not care about the team and fan base at all!!!

BASportsGuy
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BASportsGuy

Fans would’ve avoided a game between a team that blatantly quit on MNF and the wretched 49ers no matter what I or anybody else wrote.

BASportsGuy
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But if the Yorks are on the fence with Trent Baalke and others, a 25% full stadium could push them over the edge.

glanini
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BASportsGuy: Do you really believe that’s going to effect them? They make more coin on U2/Luke Bryan/Bieber concerts. It’s an event center

BASportsGuy
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glanini Billionaires have egos, too. Huuuuuuge egos.

PhillipPhipps
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BASportsGuy Good! People need to stand up and show them. Force their hand to make major improvements. Best way to get their attention

INDlVlDUAL
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INDlVlDUAL

BASportsGuy somehow I think the wifi connection going out would upset the Yorks more.

mnewton8
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BASportsGuy glanini and even though it’s smaller #. Concession hits on the order $1-2M per game add up as well.

BASportsGuy
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mnewton8 glanini Yeah, if 40,000 don’t show and they’d normally spend $25 each, that’s $1,000,000 right there. And $25 is probably low.

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BASportsGuy I hope they DO stay away. Fans can have an influence by doing so and concession/merchandise sales fall off a cliff.

glanini
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BASportsGuy: I AGREE they do but I think with the Yorks is about $$$

glanini
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glanini

BASportsGuy: If they were so concerned w/ the team….why has the team had 3 playoff appearances in their tenure? The crown jewel is Levi

stormin9
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stormin9

BASportsGuy Maybe. But do the Yorks even give a crap? That is not evident.

mnewton8
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BASportsGuy glanini Right. Coupled with hopefully fleeing PSL holders that haven’t paid their full PSL’s, might force change

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mfridb
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BASportsGuy great stuff as usual, you should do a Podcast

Medfordniner
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Medfordniner

BASportsGuy KNBR you need to add this picture to your article https://t.co/hWCRQa5uTO

aroman2013
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aroman2013

BASportsGuy KNBR There’s was a day when we had an owner that cared about winning #EddieD #49 ers. I’ve been a fan since 78′ shameful to see

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BASportsGuy KNBR #writerwednesday #because #football #NFL #crowds #throng #magic #sport #love #teamSpirit #reading #living #yippee #power

JonnyWhy49
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BASportsGuy KNBR like Charlie Sheen said to the fans pissed about his live stage shows: “Dude, I already got your money!”

BASportsGuy
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JonnyWhy49 Exactly. I’m just glad they haven’t received any of mine for several years.

acheney747
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acheney747

BASportsGuy Many terrific points. Keep going Steve.

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There needs to be a change – from the top down.  If Jed isn’t going to leave on his own accord, then start just below him with Marathe and Baalke.  They have done absolutely nothing to help the franchise.  Baalke’s draft picks have been abysmal at best.  As fans, we need new blood and new ideas to invigorate the organization that right now is, frankly, failing us.  While I had hope that Chip Kelly could bring some of Kaepernick’s luster back, both men need to go.  Kelly’s offense, while great in the college ranks, really doesn’t work in the pros… Read more »
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