Another year, another coaching search. It’s early yet, but the coaches that have gotten fired are:
- Cleveland’s Mike Pettine (plus GM Ray Farmer)
- Miami’s Joe Philbin (and interim coach Dan Campbell)
- Tom Coughlin (resigned? Fired? Who knows, who cares?)
- Philly’s Chip Kelly (and his replacement Pat Shurmur)
- Titans Ken Whisenhunt (and interim HC Mike Mularkey)
- Jimmy (bag-a-donuts) T
Detroit’s Jimmy Caldwell is likely going to get the heave-ho, but Detroit is looking for a GM after firing Martin Mayhew (and prez Tom Lewand) after their disastrous 1-7 start).
But as the situation unfolds, it is apparent the Niners are in a tough position where it comes to hiring a coach. They have completely whiffed on their own evaluation of their team when they fired Jim Harbaugh. They thought they had a good team and a solid coaching staff in place for the 2015 season. Well, 5-11 is not a solid effort, despite the tough schedule and all the injuries. RB was decimated, and ILB took a lot of injuries as well, but the offense was atrocious and the passing attack, whether Colin Kaepernick or Blaine Gabbert, was anemic. Granted, money talks in this regard, but the Trent Baalke/Jim Harbaugh battle of wills has to put potential hires off. I mean, if Trent is that inflexible about his draft picks, who in their right mind would walk in to that situation?
In this regard we look like a tougher sell than the Brwons. A team that hasn’t had a decent QB in eons, and has a new and confused front office clusterfuck of their own. Guys like Mike Holmgren and Pat Shurmur have tried and failed to revive the mistake by the lake, and they have rolled through QBs and HCs like me through a case of Firestone 805’s.
So, the interview process has already gotten underway. We have Hue Jackson, former Niner Anthony Lynn, former OC Mike Shanahan on the list so far, and we’ve expressed an interest in Sean Payton. Payton is my choice, and Jed promised that he will rein in Baalke’s iron-fisted ways regarding his draft picks (and Payton will cost us our 2nd round pick), but of all the guys out there, Payton has the pedigree of developing QBs and running a Super Bowl winning program.
Expectations would be high, but that isn’t a bad thing. Thing is, though, baalke has to really nail a draft. This team has bled talent since the 2011 draft.