I’ll try to make this relatively short because it’s New Year’s Eve, I have baby back ribs on the grill, and I have no idea where the Yorks will go from here (although Matt Barrows has some interesting potential GM suggestions here).
San Francisco is expected to make sweeping changes, dismissing both HC Chip Kelly and GM Trent Baalke, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 1, 2017
One issue re: with Chip Kelly, #49ers was d-coordinator — both Chip’s reluctance to part w/ current DC and ability to bring in veteran one.
— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) January 1, 2017
That’s an interesting tidbit from Barrows, but how about something more pressing? The team was awful, no one seemed to get any better, and Kelly seemed as worried about what was transpiring as a MUNI driver does when he (or she) comes within an inch of hitting a cyclist.
Based on performance, starting fresh with a new GM and head coach sounds like the obvious choice. What’s crazy about this situation is that what we’ve learned about the Yorks told us they’d probably want to keep Kelly, or even figure out a way to hallucinate some ridiculous reasons why they should let Baalke stick around to lick Jed York’s shoes while continuing to pretend like the most important position in the NFL is cornerback. That’s how cheap and/or insular so many people perceive the Yorks to be.
That will have to change, because of what the Yorks have created. A nearly brand new stadium that few respect, let alone revere, and has sat half full for the majority of games. A front office that is considered abnormally toxic by NFL standards and might as well be named Leak Central. A true bummer of a roster.
The Yorks aren’t just competing with other teams in the NFC West for a chance at a first round bye. They aren’t just competing with every other NFL team for the top front office, coaching and athletic talent. They’re competing with themselves. They’re competing with their belief that they know everything. They’re competing with their reputations. Finding the right general manager, who would presumably be allowed to hire the coach of his choosing, wouldn’t be easy — even in the best of circumstances. With what the Yorks have created, they’re going to have to fight even harder and stop this streak of one-and-done coaches.
At least 49ers fans get a chance to feel a weird emotion called “hope” again, right? No more getting hyped for the draft, only to see Baalke make a flurry of trades that result in additional mid-round picks that are eventually wasted on players who never see the field, either due to injuries they were nursing during the draft or because they’re cut. We don’t know that the Yorks will go outside the organization and hire one of the top minds to form the team’s vision, but today’s news tells us that it’s at least a possibility. That’s fun, at least compared to what fans have had to deal with for the last two seasons.
They’ll have to go outside of the organization, since Tom Gamble is linked to both Baalke AND Kelly and there are no other viable options. Well, unless they make Paraag Marathe the GM, which would be the biggest troll job the Yorks ever pulled.
Just kidding! Unless it happens.
To summarize: At least the Yorks are doing something about this mess … but because they’re the Yorks, we have to prepare for an equally poor set of hires followed by more finger-pointing, leaks, and generally embarrassing behavior on and off the field.
I guess I’ll come up with a prediction for all of this, since we’re all prediction-obsessed and my ribs aren’t done yet. The 49ers spent a good portion of the 2000s seemingly trying to emulate the Baltimore Ravens, and we all know about Trent Baalke’s love for Bill Parcells. Now there’s a good chance they’ll look to New England for spiritual guidance, and either go after their current director of player personnel (Nick Caserio, who got a mention from Barrows) or Scott Pioli. I’m guessing the “Full Shanahan” has very little chance of coming to fruition, and all of this will lead to Josh McDaniels becoming the team’s next head coach.
But we’ll see, and that’s the beauty of tonight’s news. We knew that things probably wouldn’t be all that interesting next year if Kelly stayed (boy, I couldn’t have been more wrong on that one), and Baalke was the living embodiment of every lame “football guy” cliche we’ve ever heard.
Happy New Year! Maybe the 49ers have officially hit, and gotten past, rock bottom after all.
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As far as Baalke getting fired goes, this move really should've happened a long time ago. I'm definitely happy about this! The guy helped sabotage this team. Why would I want someone like that as the GM of this team? The Niners were a Super Bowl contender just 4 seasons ago, and now they are one of the worst teams in the NFL. In order for this team to really move forward, Baalke had to go.
As far as Chip Kelly getting fired goes, in a way, it is kind of too bad he didn't get another year to see how he would do coaching a hopefully better 49ers roster next year. At the same time, if you're going to do an overhaul, might as well tear down the whole thing. Plus, in a way, it would've been kind of weird to bring him back after he won 2 games this season despite the circumstances.
With both Baalke and Chip Kelly gone, it will be interesting to see who the 49ers replace them both with. I really hope the Yorks and whomever else will be involved in picking the new GM and new head coach, will really take the time to find a GM and head coach that can eventually take this team to where Harbaugh had them, or at the very least, put them back in the right direction.
THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH: As a 49er faithfull since "55" , I have followed my team during the off season and through the pre-draft. I had concluded a few years ago that Baalke did "his" drafting and signing of free agents because of his arrogance that only he knows best, but with a significant disconnect with the head Coach and his system! This is why we witnessed a slowly but surely dysfunctional mess over the years on the field of play. Many talented players that Baalke drafted or signed did not fit the system. Note that Coach Walsh drafted or signed talent that "fit"his system that contributed to winning results on the field. I guess Baalke thought he was too smart to read and learn from the Genius and his book that was in the same building! Read his book, the Score will take of itself! https://hbr.org/1993/01/to-build-a-winning-team-an-interview-with-head-coach-bill-walsh
Leaking the news of key firings to the national media a day before you have the dignity to inform the people that are getting fired? This, from an organization that is always invoking the aspiration of "class" at every public chance they get? This is a sad franchise, a shell of what it was under its former owners. Family blood does not equal competence, or in this case "class." The current ownership group cannot look men in the eye on key decisions and resorts to pathetic leaks to out-of-area reporters (again, don't have to look out-of-area reporters in the eye each week!) Any other multi-billion dollar business would not be run this way. From the Webster Dictionary: Coward: a person who lacks courage in facing difficulty. The 49ers are led by a coward.
A necessary measure to stop the ridicule and stem bleeding.
But can we trust Jed to get it right this time?
I agree with your organizational plan.
Hire a VP if football ops to establish a strategy and vision.
Hire a top notch GM, who hires the HC that shares the mutual vision.
Then go out and upgrade your staff and every position of need.
Its more then likely the niners will lose to seattle this sunday, but its good to know that they are taking the right steps to re-write the ship so to speak. Nick Casario is a good choice and Josh Mcdaniels as coach not a bad choice hes defenently a great OC. Nick Casario, Josh Mc-d and Jimmy grappolo as qb mite be somethin to look at especially since Josh has worked with Jimmy. Whatever they decide I really hope they make the right choice problem is yorks never hire the right guy it'll be interesting to see what they do.
@BASportsGuy Jed has to be stripped of his responsibilities too
@BASportsGuy how about Jed hiring a president of football ops who then hires the GM.
@BASportsGuy why leak today? Just fire on Mon. Don't they understand this makes look bad? Shoot themselves in foot again. Looks amateurish.
@BASportsGuy is this confirmed or just wishfull thinking?
@BASportsGuy Niners really need John and Denise to fire their son
You know Chip is gonna open up a bag of tricks he never used during the season, beat Seattle by 20, and screw up Niners' draft spot (again).
@BASportsGuy no, that defense is too good.
@BASportsGuy They already did that once, last week.
@BASportsGuy id love it if he just didn't show up. To leak this tonight is beyond asinine
Then Jed will keep Chip and give him full control over personnel. Happy New Year, everyone. \U0001f37b
@NDIrishFan_72 hence, the word "again"
@BASportsGuy even with a win, we keep #2.
@BASportsGuy He's like Bobby Petrino. Never will coach in NFL again.
@BASportsGuy Chip could not beat Seattle Sounders, let alone Seahawks
@BASportsGuy ah right, missed that. My bad.
@NDIrishFan_72 all good
@BASportsGuy great get W
@GnoccoFritto Maybe he can replace Sonny Dykes at Cal after Dykes bails.
@BASportsGuy you totally forgot that their defense kinda sucks
@BASportsGuy And in a symbiotic (correct word?) move, 9ers draft Davis Webb. Chippy Kaka to Cal does make sense, more 56-50 games...
@BASportsGuy I would if I were him but the Niners should trade their first round pick. We need depth!
@INDlVlDUAL Don't let my bad jokes fool you; I haven't forgotten that.
@BASportsGuy Like chip but biggest indictment was Kerley saying it was most fun he had playing football. Losing should not be fun.
@BASportsGuy Heard it 2x on knbr. He told it to Kevin Lynch, who referenced it on air & again referenced by murph & mac in Kelly interview.
@BASportsGuy KNBR guys didn't get the negative aspect of that quote.
@BASportsGuy Steve. Why man.
@BASportsGuy Sea still playing for something so I highly doubt that. I cud be wrong tho I've tuned out to the rest of the league already.
@BASportsGuy Jed will be on verge of hiring a great GM but demand that Paraag be asst GM. Great GM balks at idea, Jed will hire Paraag as GM
@BASportsGuy were locked in at 2
No we need a good qb first. Worry about depth later right now you need a qb to build around that has good skills and leadership.
@BASportsGuy never say never with Paraag. Browns made their cap guy Sashi Brown the GM
@Mr_KevinJones And they thought I was hard on them before. If my half-joking prediction comes true I'll have never-ending material all year.
@BASportsGuy Yorkian Drama! \U0001f602
@BASportsGuy It's happening! It's really happening!!!
@BASportsGuy "Maybe the 49ers have officially hit, and gotten past, rock bottom after all." I'll believe it when I see it.
Actually, more accurately: we won't find out if lil Jed has learned anything until they're well into the search for the next GM and HC. Is there a plan *this* time, Yorks? Or another round of "fire 'em and figure it out later"?