“Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity.”
— Robert G. Ingersoll
Jed York may or may not be conducting a dog and pony show in his highly publicized search for the 49ers next GM, but at the very least he must be getting a football 101 education. Reportedly, he interviewed another couple of guys for the job on Monday. That’s six or seven by our unofficial count. And each one of these fellows is offering up free advice on how to run a football enterprise. In return, they get a free plane ride to and from San Francisco.
The last job interview I had was for a temp job with Manpower in 1973 and that effort ended after about ten minutes when they threw me out of the office, so I’m not the best guy to explain what the hell goes on in these two or three hour sit downs at 4949 Centennial Blvd. It seems mysterious, but if we were to get a bootlegged transcript, it would probably not be scintillating material. Just a hunch.
Appearances and perceptions cut a lot of mustard out there in the football tabloid world. The previous perception was that Jed rushed into signing Mike Singletary, making an emotional rather than critical decision. In that case, perception turned out to be reality, and Jed’s qualifications to lead the franchise took a big snickering-up-your-sleeve hit.
The kid is crossing his T’s and dotting his I’s this time around. It doesn’t mean he’ll make the right decision, but at least he’ll get the good old boy approval for failing correctly, should things turn out bad again.
The same holds true for the upcoming search for a new HC. I don’t know if Jim Harbaugh will turn out to be a good head coach for the 49ers, but I can say the same for any coach they hire. What’s important now is that he is perceived to be a good hire. Catering to the fans is not the way to do business if that is all you are doing, but in Harbaugh’s case the perception is also legitimate, since his stock is high throughout the NFL and with Bay Area fans. If he fails, fans will have to share equal blame with ownership for making the wrong choice.
Not that fans would accept any blame, of course. Haha. No, baby. That ain’t the way it works. Fans always knew last year what would happen this year as soon as this year actually happens. This hindsight license is included in the exorbitant price of tickets to the ball park. Fair is fair.
Perception can buy a floundering fan base a year of hope, though. There is something to be said for that. Cleveland just used up their free hopeful year following the hiring of Mike Holmgren last January. Next year, Cleveland will be looking for a lot more than another 5-11 record, however, and Seneca Wallace/Jake Delhomme are not going to deliver that. They delivered Eric Mangini’s head on a platter, which may have been Holmgren’s hidden motive in signing them.
49er fans are in great shape for the Hopemobile, though. We could probably have an entire year of hope even if York didn’t hire anybody to be the new HC and just put a cardboard cutout on the sidelines labeled “Not Mike Singletary.” The OC could throw it on the field instead of the Red Handkerchief to challenge a referee’s call.
It’s ideas like this that got me thrown out of the Manpower office, however, so I’ll just step aside and hunker down over the Twitter feed today. It’s going to be hot and heavy, now that Harbaugh has finished up his Stanford career. Let’s hope Jed pulls this one off. He could use the positive vibes and so could we.