Day 10 of the great 49er 10 day search for a new Head Coach. And a new OC. And a new DC. Heck, let’s just dismantle everything and start over with a lot of question marks. After all, rebuilding is so much more fun than competing for Super Bowls.
This will be the fourth new regime in the ten years Jed York has been running daddy’s operation. And the eighth new OC. At least they’re consistent; they’ll fire you if you’re bad and they’ll fire you if you’re good. Because nothing says “I’m the boss” like handing out pink slips.
The guess here is that if they don’t announce the new hire tomorrow, we won’t hear about it until Monday. Unless they’re embarrassed by the results of their rock-paper-scissors choice and want to bury the news inside the weekend of playoffs.
They’ll comply with the Rooney Rule today, by interviewing Teryl Austin, the Lions DC, so all systems are go for the big announcement. Assuming someone can find the scissors. And assuming Paraag Marathe tells Trent Baalke and York that real scissors aren’t actually used. If either guy appears at the HC presser sporting a bandaged hand, we’ll know how successful Marathe is at crisis management.
We’ll go out on a limb here and predict that Baalke will cast the deciding vote on the new HC. And that he’s smart enough to down a liberal dose of anti-convulsants and get a facial botox treatment before sitting down at the table with Marathe and York and attempting to keep a respectful face. And that he’s fully aware that York will toss him under the bus to save his own butt if anything goes wrong.
Ergo, this is probably the most important decision of Baalke’s career. Let’s hope he’s not spotted the night before in a dark corner at McCloughan’s Down the Hatch Bar.