Or is Young Sir Jed simply hiding behind the latest scapegoat in his brilliant attempt to fold, spindle, and mutilate a once proud franchise? I have no idea, but on the surface, this appears to be a good move to me. There are NO football people in high places within this organization. This isn’t a prerequisite for greatness, but it sure seems to help.
For once in Jed’s (or Denise’s, or Dr. Dorkian’s) life, I’d like to see him clean out the front office and hire a football savvy GM who can then craft the organization in his image. Not this hodgepodge of pieces and parts that got lucky with 5 years of high draft picks by a guy dismissed as a drunk, and later hiring a head coach to improve a talented but rudderless team. For those not paying attention (you know who you are), that would be Scott McLaughan and Jim Harbaugh). The current GM, Trent Baalke has not done nearly well enough to replace the talent that Scotty assembled. And Jim Tomsula certainly isn’t reminding anyone of Bill Walsh.
Jed has done things like hiring his head coach before hiring his GM, hiring coordinators before head coaches, and, if you believe the pre-season talk, nixed the hiring of Adam Gase because Gase wanted to keep Fangio, but Jed wanted Tomsula as the DC.
Which brings us to Paraage Marathe. He has worked his way up the organization for 15 years as Jed’s sidekick and confidante. Is he falling on the sword for Jed’s ineptitude? Is Marathe really the source of the leaks, as proposed by various other ‘sources?’ Is he Jed’s mouthpiece for disseminating his leaks?
Either way, I’m glad to see him gone. And he will be gone after the Super Bowl. How this all plays out is a mystery, and Jed sure has a lot of ground to make up to get anywhere NEAR being thought of as a competent owner, but could this be the first step?
Let’s hope so. Again, this whole org needs to be gutted and retooled. Start with a GM that has a clue. I’ve mentioned Scott Pioli. Maybe there are others that could come in and do some good. And don;t say Tuna or Holmgren. They’d be nice as advisers, not GMs.