The enormity of the 49ers’ FO blunder in firing Jim Harbaugh has probably sunk in by now at 4949 Centennial Blvd. At least it should have. It’s also unfortunately possible that Jed York and Trent Baalke are so drunk with stupidity that nothing rational will penetrate their brains for a long, long time.
The year long campaign to transform Harbaugh from a guy York said would win multiple Super Bowls into some crazed mad man careening through the halls insulting and badgering everyone in sight while demanding an exorbitant raise may have suckered in a few gullible fans, but clearly it didn’t fool most fans or the rest of the NFL.
Harbaugh and his staff were immediately and eagerly gobbled up by other franchises, and the effort to replace them here has finally dribbled to a close, some five weeks into the process, and not a single impressive hire has been made. Indeed, most of the rumored candidates declined the invitation.
The 49ers have replaced one of the best coaching staffs in the league with one of the worst. By any measure, this is an epic fail.
So, unless good coaches don’t matter a hill of beans, we’ve gone from a perennial SB contender to the 2005 Niners in one horrific month. Only worse than that. The 2005 Niners were a terrible team that got better through drafting in the top ten each year. This team has too much talent to finish that bad. Meaning we’ve got a mediocre team. A perennial 6-9 win type of squad. And it’s a lot harder to improve a mediocre team than a truly dreadful one. Especially when your coaching staff stinks on ice.
Nobody is going to come work here until the front office catastrophe is rectified. Any bets on that happening anytime soon?
Denver gutted their successful coaching staff after the season, too. But they are not having any trouble attracting qualified replacements. That’s because they have a stable FO and didn’t spend the year sending out nasty Tweets against John Fox and the team, nor leaking that Fox and John Elway didn’t see eye to eye and Fox would be fired at the end of the year. It might also help that QB Peyton Manning is probably going to come back in 2015 and try for a ring yet again.
But, hey, enough reality. We’ve got eight months of hopeful fantasy land before the grim results start rolling in. Let’s all watch Seattle win its second straight Super Bowl this Sunday and imagine how we’ve taken such great strides this past month that knocking them off next year will be a breeze. And if we don’t, who cares? Being SB contenders is yesterday’s news. Winning was so stressful and boring anyway. Let’s all get back to what the Yorks are so great at providing: a crappy team we can all bitch about relentlessly.