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.
Uncertainty plagues the Niners under the current regime. Who’s really in charge? And what direction is this team going?
Well, that’s the long of my latest screeds. Jed needs to hire a football guy and get out of the way.
Ony that way will be gain credibility and trust from the fans. I’d be feeling out ex Niners for feedback. Guys like John McVay. Do this in an orderly fashion not haphazardly.
Our thanks to NYners at Niners Nation:
👍 A 49er Christmas Poem – For Jed, by Jed
Twas the night before Game Day, when all through our house
All the fans they were stirring, heck, even my spouse.
The Jerseys were hung by the lockers with care,
In hopes that Coach Harbaugh soon would be there.
The players were huddled in the building of Jed’s,
While visions of victories danced in their heads.
And Bow in his dew rag, and Q in his cap,
Had just settled their brains for the next victorious snap.
When out on the media there arose so much chatter,
They sprang from watching film to see what was the matter.
Away to the TV they flew like a flash,
Never expecting to hear so much rumor and trash.
Maiocco, Kawakami, and the Rich Eisen Show
Gave the news no none fathomed that would be such a blow.
No one would believe what they would next hear,
It was about to confirm their most awful fear
News was reported on the networks bout sport
By all the announcers, and next Rapoport
More rapid and frequent and burned like a flame
Our owner had screwed them and blew up their game
Harbs and his excellent coaches now all were out
Replaced by a moustache, all stupid and stout
Instead of champagne that pops when un-corked
The payers now knew, we all had been Yorked!
Tomsula, Sporano, McMoron and more
Mangini moved to DC as Geep tries to score
Hopes for our next Ring were now futile and dead
No chance for our future, eat my shorts, Jed!
Jed is in the fetal position sucking on his thump crying “Mommie!”
Yeah, but he could be sucking on his thump.
Chuck, I don’t know who’s available or the people who are true masters of the game. But, I imagine there are quite a few. My major concern is the ability for Jed to just back-off and give the decision making to whoever comes in. There are a lot of young&dumb people in this world and hopefully Jed won’t turn into an old&dumb asshole. My fingers are crossed. Most people learn from mistakes but not everyone
Yeah, that’s the deal. Jerry Jones is the poster boy for meddlesome owner. Dan Snyder is his protege.
how ’bout those cardinals? was at the park and it was all very sweet. especially so see them crawl back into it and then get worked again.
Congrats to Stanford, hope they get a good bowl.
If not for Orygun, they’d be in the BCS thing.
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