This year’s playoffs have been a lot like watching this year’s 49ers. Various versions of seeing a team get blown out of a game. Only two out of ten games have been nail biters. Some were over by the second quarter, others didn’t last very long after the second half kickoff.
But we Niner fans had a psychological edge not possessed by the other disappointed fans throughout the league. Most of us enjoyed seeing the team get its butt kicked week in, week out. The team was a stand-in for owner Jed York. And the only way to hold the scoundrel accountable.
Now we await a brand new regime — a new HC and a new GM. Except that the new regime will still be underneath the same old failed regime. York, Paraag Marathe, and Brian Hampton. Hampton is the “Director of Football Administration & Analytics,” supposedly working underneath Tom Gamble, the (temporary) “Assistant General Manager.” But it has been Hampton, not Gamble, who has joined York and Marathe in conducting the latest “world wide” search for the new HC and GM.
The 49ers Web Site says this about Hampton: “In his current role, Hampton is responsible for contract negotiations, strategic planning and management of the club’s player compensation budget and salary cap. His various other daily football operations duties include overseeing the budgets for all football departments, compliance with league rules and scheduling. Hampton also manages the football R&D efforts, providing frequent analysis on special projects for the owner, head coach, general manager and president.”
That sounds a whole lot like a Marathe clone. The three amigos. Mr. Clueless and his two wannabe bean counters and butt lickers.
All three of these guys have “been around football” their whole lives. And none of them has ever played the game. Gamble is the only guy in the FO who’s a “football guy,” yet he’s the only one not participating in the HC/GM interviews.
For now, we await the results of Saturday’s last tango with Kyle Shanahan, the presumptive next HC, and the selection of his GM, presumably either Minnesota’s George Paton or Arizona’s Terry McDonough, unless the Colt’s Jim Irsay throws a fly into ointment and grabs one of the GM candidates, fittingly leaving the Amigos with the last remaining options for both HC and GM.
Still, whether Shanahan and his GM succeed in returning the 49ers to competitive status in the league, or not, depends more on whether the Amigos can keep their mitts off the merchandise, or not. Because these three bums have a long record of screwing things up.