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The 49ers have turned into what the Warriors used to be

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It would’ve been unfathomable back in the late-1990s. But it has come true, at least in the short-term. The Golden State Warriors and San Francisco 49ers have switched places. Not geographically, of course — rather, in the way their teams are run and the successes and failures that have resulted.

We know about today’s Warriors. They are a “super team,” and the NBA’s owners will undoubtedly do whatever they can in the next collective bargaining period to legislate them back to the pack. The 49ers experienced this when Eddie Debartolo and Carmen Policy worked to create their own version of a “super team” every offseason during an era that seems like 50 years ago.

But under Chris Cohan, other than an unexpected blip of goodness in 2007, the Warriors were a disaster. They looked for ways to save money. The stench of distrust lingered in the front office. Coaches came and went. And all around the league, players who used to be Warriors were heralded as valuable contributors.

We’ve gone over most of that paragraph in regard to the 49ers numerous times, so there’s no point in delving into the ridiculous amount of available cap space currently available, the leaks and backstabbing, or the head coaching carousel yet again. But not much has been said about players who used to be on the team, who the 49ers could’ve afforded but chose to let go.

Lead among these players is Michael Crabtree, who might be the 49ers’ version of Gilbert Arenas or Chris Webber. After 927 receiving yards and nine touchdowns for the Raiders in 2015, Crabtree has 308 yards and is tied for the league lead with four touchdowns through four games. He’s the second-best receiver in the entire league according to Pro Football Focus. The 49ers’ best receiver this year is Jeremy Kerley, a guy they grabbed off the street. He has 202 yards and a touchdown. Torrey Smith and Quinton Patton have 212 yards and one touchdown … combined.

Think he would’ve helped this offense?

  • How about Mike Iupati? He’s the 15th best guard so far this season according to PFF.
  • Delanie Walker had 1,465 yards and eight touchdowns in seven seasons with the Niners. The 49ers chose Vernon Davis and Vance McDonald over Walker, and in three-plus years with Tennessee he has 2,708 yards and 17 touchdowns.
  • Future Hall-of-Famer Frank Gore has rushed for 1,220 yards since the 49ers let him walk. His replacement, Carlos Hyde, has rushed for 769 yards (albeit in nine fewer games).

It’s not like every player who left the 49ers via free agency produced at the same level as before or higher. For example, they’re better off without every member of the secondary they chose not to re-sign (Tarell Brown, Carlos Rogers, Dashon Goldson, Donte Whitner, Chris Culliver and Perrish Cox), and they’ve spent immense draft capital on defensive backs so those decisions made sense. And it was pretty obvious that Crabtree had problems, both with Alex Smith based on on-field chemistry and Colin Kaepernick based on comments the receiver has made since leaving Santa Clara.

The 49ers haven’t had the greatest luck, either. Two of their four famous retirements after the 2014 season were unexpected due to the age of the players (Chris Borland and Anthony Davis). The player they wanted to keep around forever, NaVorro Bowman, just tore his Achilles.

One other way to defend the 49ers: their run of bad play, bad vibes and bad luck has led to a much shorter downturn than the Warriors suffered through in the 1990s and 2000s. But without a quarterback of the future on their roster (unless you’re still a Colin Kaepernick believer; I believe if he ever becomes great again, it’ll be on another team), no obvious stars at other positions, and no proof yet that Chip Kelly is some master strategist who’ll bring the NFL to its knees with his offensive scheme, the possibility is out there that, several years down the road, the York family will be looked at much in the same way Cohan is now.

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bkjolhaug
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bkjolhaug

BASportsGuy no. Jed is on his way but he has a long way to go before he lives up to that name imo.

Ish
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Ish

BASportsGuy I think this applies to team announcers, too. Ted Robinson has become what Fitz was in the Cohan era.

phil_fortaleza
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phil_fortaleza

BASportsGuy John and Denise? Yes, accurate.

BrendonCassidy
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BrendonCassidy

BASportsGuy and Baalke is Bobby Rowell. Which is why they can’t start over until Trent is gone. His fingerprints are all over this mess.

SanFransFinest
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SanFransFinest

BASportsGuy good call, York is more arrogant but the end result is the same.

chunkierthanyou
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chunkierthanyou

BASportsGuy worse. they’ve a cash cow stadium, so no incentive to sell. all that remains — how long does the hubris & ineptitude persist?

CoachJall
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CoachJall

BASportsGuy It started with Mariucci being fired. Harbaugh was basically a prolonged We Believe. The York’s are losers.

J6A217
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J6A217

BASportsGuy at least those warriors were fun to watch

RalphNunez
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RalphNunez
As long as he is making bank on his Taylor Swift tickets he doesn’t care. I hear this guy talk at Michael Mina’s restaurant. Oh we are a young team. We are going to get better…. Blah blah blah. YORK IF YOU ARE LISTENING, I AM NOT GOING TO RIP YOU OVER THE RAILS FOR THE HARBAUGH THING. THAT SHIP HAS SAILED. BAALKE IS THE WRONG GUY. PARAAG WAS THE WRONG GUY. AND CHIP KELLY MAY BE THE WRONG GUY. YOUR TEAM IS VOID OF TALENT AND YOU HAD $50 MILLION TO SPEND. YOU HAVE NO INSIDE LINEBACKER DEPTH, YOU… Read more »
mikemillerdrums
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mikemillerdrums

BASportsGuy so much worse.

RealAmitRaman
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RealAmitRaman

BASportsGuy #sellthe49ers

al_martinez2
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al_martinez2

BASportsGuy excellent article!

BarhumFrank
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BarhumFrank

BASportsGuy been calling Yorks=cohans for years….and this misery will continue for the next 50 years, guaranteed!

Beaver
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Beaver

Hate to be a contrarian, but you have to give the Niners a pass on the Cowboy game – it’s really hard to win on the road.

Von X
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Von X

No no Berman but,nice try?

The 49ers are like the old 49ers- Erickson, Nolan, Singletary, Tomsula.
Please stay in the right lane?

Burke
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Burke

From the best ownership in sports to the worst – somehow all in the same family.

thepepperlanders
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thepepperlanders

The only solution is for fans to stop purchasing anything 49er related.

MondoMutiny
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MondoMutiny

thepepperlanders This comment is so tired. That is not going to happen. The only solution is the York’s selling the team or little boy Jed getting his head out of his ass and hiring a real GM.

MondoMutiny
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MondoMutiny

RalphNunez I hate the CAPS but well said.

MondoMutiny
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MondoMutiny

J6A217 BASportsGuy They were?!?!?!? Were you watching the same NBA Warriors as us during those years?

Limekiller
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“Several years down the road the Yorks will be looked at in much the same way Cohan is now”??? That’s wrong, because they are ALREADY looked at in the same way that Cohan is regarded: as useless money grubbing *bleep*’s who have run a once proud franchise into the depths of irrelevancy and tragicomedy. This team is going nowhere as long as the Yorks own them. Yeah, they had a blip of relevancy when they lucked into Harbaugh, but since the Yorks weren’t getting all the credit for the wins, they couldn’t wait to get rid of him either, and… Read more »
chickenfried234
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chickenfried234

CoachJall BASportsGuy huh?  We believe warriors were 42-40,3rd in the division yadda yadda yadda

jonplee
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jonplee

BASportsGuy warriors/giants owners, gm, coach are united together. dysfunction amongst any of the three kills a franchse

jamescaroll
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jamescaroll

BASportsGuy thanks. Find it interesting viewing from UK that Giants now seem closer with the city than 49ers. Levi’s can’t have helped.

BASportsGuy
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BASportsGuy

jamescaroll Yeah, the Giants invigorated a region of the city and the 49ers moved 45 miles south.

jamescaroll
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jamescaroll

BASportsGuy when you put it like that..

Michael_RA
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Michael_RA

BASportsGuy But when do the #49 ers start choking coaches?

ConsciousSports
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ConsciousSports

BASportsGuy jamescaroll important to note that SF made no real effort to facilitate a stadium in SF or help to update Candlestick

ConsciousSports
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ConsciousSports

jamescaroll both

thepepperlanders
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thepepperlanders

The only way to deal with the Yorks is not to purchase any of their products.  Otherwise they will continue to have the near lowest payroll in the NFL.  You get what you pay for.  Football is just entertainment.  Pick a team that is more entertaining to root for.  Or root against the 49ers (unless you enjoy masochistic punishment).  The Yorks know how to take money from their suckers, so stop being one.

mliaotest
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mliaotest

great

mliaotest
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mliaotest

baalke sucks

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