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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.

85 Comments
86 comments
Common Sense Guru
Common Sense Guru

If you are not serious your team will never be serious it starts with the hire ups and trickles down the ladder you got to put the right ppl in place in order to win and due to so many bad decisions made by ownership and GM hire you end up with these kind of negative results. Its hard to look at this im interested to see what happens in the off season, but I have to admit unless this organization puts the right pieces in place im not sure how successful this next season will be for the sf 49ers. The only thing I see is cleaning out the closet starting over truth hurts, but this is the NFL if you want to succeed you got to man up.

LMarkBuell
LMarkBuell

This is exactly what the Yorks deserve.  The worst owners in sports deserve the worst team in sports.  I am enjoying the weekly dumpster fire. As far as I am concerned you can't pile enough negative energy on the Yorks. I hope Atlanta beats them by 40

Common Sense Guru
Common Sense Guru

Well your right this is what happens when you have a family of circus clowns that obviously dont know that much about running a great organization. This whole shit is a discrace, and if the owners are going to run a great coach like Jim Harbaugh out of town which decent coach in his right mind would want to come to SF? Injuries left and right a quarterback who is a discrace to the NFL and his teammates and his fellow Americans. Owners and GMs that have no earthly idea what the hell they are doing this team is lost the ownership is not serious enough to hire anyone who is serious because they have egos and disagreements with coaches and dont know how to hire someone and just let them do the job they employed them for.

Common Sense Guru
Common Sense Guru

Furthermore having dissagreements in an NFL setting should be expected you cant fire someone every damn time you have a dissagreement with them. Seriously im sure alot of coaches have erks in the bizzness its part of the job its high pressure what do these ppl expect?

LMarkBuell
LMarkBuell

@Common Sense Guru Whats so sad is they are laughing all the way to the bank and really could care less about winning and the fans. They care more about booking acts in the new dump than the football team. These are owners who only want employees who will not make waves or question their authority, like Harbaugh did. They won't make that mistake again. So its yes men and stooges from now on. 

Common Sense Guru
Common Sense Guru

You cant hire a guy and tell him how to do his job at the same time. What real coach wants to work with incompetent ppl? I would'nt.. Point is your going to continue to hire incompetent coaches and GMs if you are incompetent as an ownership, and who you hire proves how serious you are and at the moment this team is being ran like a family circus lol. Love my team, but you cant ignore the obvious issues they have.

Common Sense Guru
Common Sense Guru

Lol hahahaha at this point all you can do is laugh I wonder why this team even shows up to the field to play anymore its been a long season as Tim Ryan predicted and if they dont get it together next few seasons will be the same..

Common Sense Guru
Common Sense Guru

Clearly this team does not want to play for Chip Kelly enough to get at least 5 or 6 wins. They had more respect for Tomsula lol. You can see it in this team onfield play they just want the season to be over. Even when we had guys like Mike Nolan or dennison Erickson it was'nt this bad they have to realize Chip Kelly is not the right guy..

Common Sense Guru
Common Sense Guru

They need to go after Jimmy Grappolo before someone else snags him next season with Shanahans and Jimmy G this team would be a beast especially on offense..

Common Sense Guru
Common Sense Guru

If the niners had half a friggin brain they would swoop up Jimmy Grappalo before another team snags him. And get Kyle Shanahan as HC and father mike as GM this could be a really great team, if the owners would remove their heads from their asses..

Common Sense Guru
Common Sense Guru

Thats why they need to hire a great GM and HC and steo back and let them do their jobs. I know John york is'nt the best at making decisions himself, but if I know john hes considered Shanahans I think john york will be in on this next coach or GMs hire and or both, but if they hire Mike as GM hes not going to keep kelly which is fine with me.

Common Sense Guru
Common Sense Guru

Trent gotta go Kelly gotta go replace HC and GM with guys that have a proven track record in the NFL tired of watching this drama..

Common Sense Guru
Common Sense Guru

Trent responsible for Jim Harbs leaving Baalke has never once except Jim Harbaugh made a brite decision when it comes to offensive line or coaches for that matter Baalke has had plenty of time to get it right and that time went out the window when Jim Harbs got ousted and now its time for Trent to be ousted including Kelly. Bring in Kyle Shan and father Mike as GM and get a qb from draft, get rid of crapernick oops I mean Kaepernick and if they are smart they will make the right moves, at the moment nobodies sure they will cut ties with either of these morons, but hey only time will tell. This team needs an overhaul play times over little Jeddi time to grow some nutz! Dork!

DenverDrew44
DenverDrew44

@BASportsGuy @KNBR they employ no likable people. Baalke hates talking, so there is no one anyone wants to hear from. We hate all of them.

Common Sense Guru
Common Sense Guru

They're going to have to realize one way or the other that they cannot win with this kind of personel and hopefully it'll get better before it gets worse. If they make the right decisions in this offseason they could be a significantly better team its all about hiring the right HC and once they hire the right GM im sure he will get the right HC. It is true that Harb got kicked to the curb because of Baalke and in order for them to win they need to take the advice of those such as Mike Shanahan true NFL vets that know their stuff. Jed needs to get serious or gtfo..

DenverDrew44
DenverDrew44

@BASportsGuy issue is none of the York's are comfortable talking to regular people. Denise is reclusive, John is awkward, Jed is unlikable.

Common Sense Guru
Common Sense Guru

Then they will never win if you cant work with those and learn to deal with serious ppl otherwise wtf you doing in the NFL?

ARJones12
ARJones12

@BASportsGuy @KNBR - exactly! I considered myself pretty diehard, but expect me to invest in this team when ownership doesn't care.

Common Sense Guru
Common Sense Guru

You cant expect anyone to invest in you if you dont believe or invest in yourself, and put the right pieces in place. Also its very unfortunate that this team has completely lost its edge with a deep tradition steeped in winning, and bringing something to be proud of to their city and community has came to this kind of demise.

LMarkBuell
LMarkBuell

@Common Sense Guru When you have a family who cares about money first, second and third, then winning comes in a distant fourth, this dumpster fire is what you end up with. The Yorks also will not work with a coach who might question anything that the Yorks do. They fired the most successful coach in the history of the NFL after four years, because he had the audacity to question what they were doing to support him. When you do that, you have told your fan base that their ego's are more important than dealing with one of the best coaches in football. The Yorks have done a wonderful job of destroying one the best and proudest franchises in all of sports. Now its nothing but a laughingstock and the butt of jokes for all to ridicule. I suggest to all that follow this team, to find another team to root for. The owners do not deserve your support, money, or energy. 

Common Sense Guru
Common Sense Guru

On top of that its pretty messed up to do shows like The Faithful "Claiming" how you have love and respect for the Faithful community, but as die hard fans you leave us with nothing to be proud of especially when you destroy your own organization getting rid of a great coach to keep a GM and now "you reap what you sew" , but for me as a fan im truly dissappointed.

nelneltheninerfan
nelneltheninerfan

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 and Kap is more of a distraction than a team player.  I'd take a leader in a QB over talent any day.  It's really time to clean house.  Get rid of the trash that doesn't want to participate in the overhaul and work to bring back this organization to what it once was...something that we fans can be proud of again.  I'm faithful through and through and will love the Niners no matter what their situation is.  It's just so hard to be a fan when you see that almost nobody in the organization give as f@#%.   

I do think that the fans should begin boycotting games.  PSL owners and those who attend home games should just opt to watch on tv if you're faithful like the rest of us.  While the Yorks probably make a ton of money on other evens at the Levi's, the drop in regular cache from home games should put a significant enough dent to ring some bells.  Enough pissed off people (fans) and change will happen.  History proves this, and not just in football.

Common Sense Guru
Common Sense Guru

Yup Baalke has picked acouple of good defensive players, but has'nt done much all the coaches hes ever hired have been crap all the way back to Mike Nolan or Dennis Erickson even Mike Singletary all crap coaches he got lucky with Jim Harbaugh, and he knows nothing about offense just like the stupid guy Chip Kelly he hired. The only time Alex Smith did any good is when Harbs was there the players left cuz of the sabatage, and demise of this ballclub they should have known it it sickens me that the owners are this stupid. Been a 49er fan since 86 and this is the worse I think ive seen thus far as far as incompetence and negligence within this org. Im die hard, but the proofs in the pudding.

JonnyWhy49
JonnyWhy49

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

BASportsGuy
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
BASportsGuy

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

glanini
glanini

@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

PhillipPhipps
PhillipPhipps

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

BASportsGuy
BASportsGuy

@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.

nfl49er
nfl49er

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

glanini
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

mnewton8
mnewton8

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

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  1. […] I’ve been asked by friends like KNBR 1050 host Ted Ramey if the 49ers have hit rock bottom several times this year (pretty sure I got the same question last year, too — we were so, so naive). My answer is no, the abyss could be never-ending. Because every time I think things can’t get any worse in Santa Clara, they lose to a team like the Bears. Or the Jets. And no matter how bad things get, no one seems to care. […]

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