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York rehab project begins: 49ers will fire Trent Baalke and Chip Kelly

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).

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. 

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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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brewdall
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BASportsGuy I’d like to see Kelley for one more year but baalke and paarag can take a hike

TheDavid_Show
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TheDavid_Show

BASportsGuy you were right on about not believe York keeping Chip.

BayAreaBias
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BASportsGuy Would rather see full house-cleaning but Jed can’t let go of his buddy. Any good GM can see JedYork & Paraag know nothing about football

stormin9
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BASportsGuy “Maybe the 49ers have officially hit, and gotten past, rock bottom after all.” I’ll believe it when I see it.

SLOCracker
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stormin9 BASportsGuy I see nothing to indicate we r not the Browns of the west coast as long as Jed continues as our leader. Nothing but incompetence.

Shawnmatt1
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SLOCracker stormin9 BASportsGuy Jed was the one who brought in harbaugh. Somehow trent convinced him to fire harbaugh. Now Jed knows

breasinger76
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breasinger76

BASportsGuy It’s happening! It’s really happening!!!

SlowhandKev
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SlowhandKev

BASportsGuy Yorkian Drama! U0001f602

MikeClark7
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MikeClark7

“What is past is prologue.”  Don’t get your hopes up.

Mr_KevinJones
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Mr_KevinJones

BASportsGuy never say never with Paraag. Browns made their cap guy Sashi Brown the GM

BASportsGuy
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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
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BASportsGuy

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).

MuchachoPayaso
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MuchachoPayaso

BASportsGuy no, that defense is too good.

NDIrishFan_72
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NDIrishFan_72

BASportsGuy They already did that once, last week.

wstrojan
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wstrojan

BASportsGuy Niners really need John and Denise to fire their son

bigpapi3438
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bigpapi3438

BASportsGuy id love it if he just didn’t show up. To leak this tonight is beyond asinine

BASportsGuy
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BASportsGuy

Then Jed will keep Chip and give him full control over personnel. Happy New Year, everyone. U0001f37b

BASportsGuy
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NDIrishFan_72 hence, the word “again”

timmay_111
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timmay_111

BASportsGuy even with a win, we keep #2 .

GnoccoFritto
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GnoccoFritto

BASportsGuy He’s like Bobby Petrino. Never will coach in NFL again.

c_mullan12
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druski5150
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druski5150

BASportsGuy Chip could not beat Seattle Sounders, let alone Seahawks

NDIrishFan_72
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NDIrishFan_72

BASportsGuy ah right, missed that. My bad.

BASportsGuy
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BASportsGuy

NDIrishFan_72 all good

BASportsGuy
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GnoccoFritto Maybe he can replace Sonny Dykes at Cal after Dykes bails.

wil_matthews
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wil_matthews

BASportsGuy is this confirmed or just wishfull thinking?

johnnysfgiants
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johnnysfgiants

BASportsGuy great get W

INDlVlDUAL
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INDlVlDUAL

BASportsGuy you totally forgot that their defense kinda sucks

GnoccoFritto
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GnoccoFritto

BASportsGuy And in a symbiotic (correct word?) move, 9ers draft Davis Webb. Chippy Kaka to Cal does make sense, more 56-50 games…

LilHurl
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LilHurl

BASportsGuy I would if I were him but the Niners should trade their first round pick. We need depth!

BRod5019
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BRod5019

Mr_KevinJones BASportsGuy for the love of God, NO. U0001f633U0001f631

BASportsGuy
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BASportsGuy

INDlVlDUAL Don’t let my bad jokes fool you; I haven’t forgotten that.

sfgmjh
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sfgmjh

BASportsGuy U0001f602

heychrismorris
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heychrismorris

BASportsGuy why leak today? Just fire on Mon. Don’t they understand this makes look bad? Shoot themselves in foot again. Looks amateurish.

bushwoodgc
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bushwoodgc

BASportsGuy Like chip but biggest indictment was Kerley saying it was most fun he had playing football. Losing should not be fun.

BASportsGuy
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BASportsGuy

bushwoodgc link?

slowrunner33
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slowrunner33

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

chrislitch
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chrislitch

BASportsGuy how about Jed hiring a president of football ops who then hires the GM.

bushwoodgc
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bushwoodgc

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.

bushwoodgc
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bushwoodgc

BASportsGuy KNBR guys didn’t get the negative aspect of that quote.

SeattleFaithful
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SeattleFaithful

BASportsGuy Steve. Why man.

NuBotzCity
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NuBotzCity

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.

Tank_453
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Tank_453

BASportsGuy Jed has to be stripped of his responsibilities too

coredump
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Shawnmatt1 SLOCracker stormin9 BASportsGuy  I suppose (maybe) we’ll find out sometime after today’s game, but I have real doubts that lil Jed has learned anything.
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”?

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brewdall BASportsGuy  I wouldn’t have immediately picked Kelly for another niners HC firing, even though this season was another debacle and he has to own a lot of that.  But, if it means that Baalke finally goes away (at least 1 year, probably 2, too late) so the niners can rebuild for real (not “reload” or “retool” or whatever lame term Baalke uses) then so be it.
Sorry Chip – you stepped into a mess and you might be collateral damage at this point, but you had to know what you were getting into by working for Yorks and their henchman Baalke.

Russo49
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BASportsGuy were locked in at 2

Common Sense Guru
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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.
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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.

Common Sense Guru
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Baalke hired Chip if you get rid of 1 you have to cann the other as well it only makes sense especially sense the next GM is going to want to hire his own coach.

Ivette Ricco
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Ivette Ricco

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.

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