Last summer, this site vowed not to discuss the expiring Collective Bargaining Agreement between NFL players and management during the 2010 season. And we did not. However, at least for the 49ers and 19 other teams, the season is now over.
I’m not going to discuss it much now, except to say that it is probably torpedoing the options of dirt bag teams in need of a new Head Coach. Only two teams have hired new HC’s and both of those hires were promotions from within. Any new coach coming into a franchise this off season has to expect that his first year on the job will be sabotaged by the chuckleheads who won’t get an agreement worked out in time for that new coach to install his system and brain wash his players with it. Naturally, the 49ers did not plan for this eventuality.
I mention this now because it’s starting to smell like Jim Harbaugh has been the one conducting a dog and pony show, not the 49ers. No, the Niners are just the damn fools who allowed themselves to get suckered into being stooges for Harbaugh’s dubious ego trip, which has pissed off a lot of NFL coaches and management types, and the fans of a couple of franchises. Returning to Stanford at this point would be a sham, except to the adoring students of that once dignified University. If Harbaugh needs that kind of ego boost, good riddance.
It’s probably stoopid of me to write this in the wee hours of Friday morning, because Harbaugh could in fact sign a contract with the Niners today and I would look like an idiot. However, everyone already knows I AM an idiot, so what’s the harm?.
This Harbaugh drama has been going on for nearly a week, yet Harbaugh himself has yet to say one official word to the press. Every morsel of “news” has been coming from the NFL insiders and beat writer “sources.” Each knowing rumor has lasted about one minute before another source and rumor replaces it. They are having fun. We are not.
The only thing we know for sure at this point is that the Miami Dolphins, their owner Stephen Ross, and their GM Jeff Ireland look like the most inept bunch of shameless fools this side of 4949 Centennial Blvd. And this is the franchise that Bill Parcells supposedly saved a mere three years ago. Sure, let’s bring Parcells in to give stability and credibility to the Niners’ front office, too.
Hey, Bill Parcells, you ain’t no Bill Walsh. In fact, you ain’t been worth shit since Bill Belichick quit working for you. [Sorry. Couldn’t resist. Poor journalism ethics. Eat it, Parcells!]
At any rate, the Harbaugh Sweepstakes has to end today because tomorrow fans around the country will be focusing on the playoffs and not rumors that have overstayed their moments in the 15 minutes of fame room. The Patriots look pretty tough to beat in the AFC, but the NFC is wide open. After sixteen games of craphouse 49er football this year, watching the playoffs will be a treat.
Jed York might not agree, but at least he will have a month grace period before he has to stand up before the microphones again and make some more promises he can’t keep. And announce that Jim Tomsula has signed a one year contract to be the interim HC for the abbreviated 2011 season. And assure 49er fans that the only reason the team didn’t win the NFC West in 2010 was because Mike Singletary inhibited all the fabulous players on the team. And then he will go into hiding and absolutely refuse to read a single word of any Bay Area blog or beat writer or columnist scribbulation.
It’s okay, Jed. Put a muzzle on it. Give us a break. Unless Harbaugh signs up today. In which case, good job Jed. Carry on. Never mind. Unca_Chuck wrote my column today. Not me. Blame him.