The Bay Area sports Twitter Tweeters had a feeding frenzy Tuesday chasing every leak and rumor morsel regarding the 49ers, their GM search, and Jim Harbaugh. In the end, as predicted a week ago, Trent Baalke was simply promoted to the GM job. Harbaugh supposedly has told the 49ers that’s okay with him. And oh, by the way, Tom Cable was quietly fired when his 2011 option was declined.
If you have a Twitter account and follow these tweeters, it seemed like a roaringly busy day. David White of the Chronicle had a one hour visit with his doctor and missed both the Baalke news and the Cable firing, and acted like he’d missed the announcement of World War III. If you just get up and digest yesterday’s events over the morning coffee, however, it wouldn’t look like much had happened at all. I will restrain myself from launching into a comparison of life as it was before and after the birth of the World Wide Web. For now, anyway.
Jed York did manage to create some last minute drama over the GM search by leaking that it was a two horse race between Baalke and Mike Lombardi. Lombardi supposedly had better connecs with Harbaugh. Which essentially means Harbaugh was determining who the next 49er GM was going to be. Which means that this whole GM/HC process was decided quite some time ago, and this past week has all been good or bad theater — take your pick.
Personally, I’m okay with Baalke. It’s very scientific: I like the cut of his jib. Strong, determined, no nonsense face. None of that puffy, furtive McCloughan demeanor. I’m okay with Harbaugh, too. He’s not Brian Billick, for starters. And he’s got a similar physiognomy to Baalke. Two strong jaw types balancing out Jed “Baby Face” York seems good to go to me. Check back with me in two years and, if necessary, I will deny I ever supported either of them.
For now, York can take all the snickering from those near and far who make sneering a local and national pastime, because getting Harbaugh to the Niners is a major coup for him. Period. Harbaugh is the hottest candidate on the market. Mike Singletary, Mike Nolan, and Dennis Erickson were NOT.
The hardest task remaining will be to get a black guy to interview for the HC job, knowing full well it’s already been assigned to Harbaugh. Hue Jackson is set to interview this morning, but he could be hired by Al Davis before then. And York seems to prefer wrapping this whole shebang up with a press conference on Thursday. Maybe Jimmy Raye is on standby and will trot in for a good guy yap today. He might need to get his name back in the news. Too bad Jim Tomsula is a white guy. I’m sure he would oblige.
In the coming days, we will be finding out what the Niners’ new coaching staff will look like. So far, WR coach Jerry Sullivan is the only known fellow to be leaving. No tears for that development. It appears DC coach Greg Manusky will also be gone, as well as OC coach Mike Johnson.
Once again, the 49er off season is much more interesting than the 49er in season. Let’s hope that this coming year we can reverse that woeful trend. A nice boring 2012 off season that begins in late January or, gasp, early February is definitely long overdue.