Great Expectations

And away we go with another edition of the Jed York Follies!

The hiring of Kyle Shanahan as the new Head Coach won’t be booed in too many gin joints in all the towns in all the world. But, pulling John Lynch out of the broadcast booth to be the team’s new GM is one big WTF!

Both new hires are getting six year contracts, which seems mainly to stress how confident York wants everyone to think he is about his choices. He’d better be right, too, because six years from now all those PSLs are due for renewal … or the trash bin. If the 49ers aren’t back in the big leagues by then, the Yorks will finally get hit in their precious pocketbooks.

Both Shanahan and Lynch come into situations where it’s hard to be worse than the guys they replace. Which is a great situation for a couple of newbies to find out if they can cut the mustard. If not, they’ll at least have some serious financial security.

Chip Kelly came here after failing in Philly and then making 49er history with a 13 game losing streak. Shanahan is the OC of a Super Bowl team. Lynch will replace Trent Baalke, who was a six year disaster area. He also ducked the press like a man afraid of the light. Lynch may not turn out to be a good GM, but at least he’ll show up to answer questions. He can also throw darts at the draft board and probably do as well or better than Baalke.

Apparently, Lynch was Shanahan’s choice to be his GM. Maybe that was because he thought Lynch would do the best job, or maybe it was because he thought Lynch would be the weakest guy to have above him.

At the least, York has bought himself three years respite from an angry fan base and the year end humble pie he’s been eating for the past four years. With the franchise at ground zero, three years is the minimum needed to turn things around. By then, York will have finished paying off Kelly and Jim Tomsula, putting him in position to poison the well yet again, either because these hirings went bad or because they went too good and not enough credit is going to York.

It’s going to take some serious winning to restore the fan loyalty York has squandered. And for some, that loyalty will never return so long as York is the owner. The best thing for the Niners would be if York receded so far into the background we all have a chance to forget he’s even there. And the chances of that happening are slim and none.

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47 comments on “Great Expectations
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Please get it right.

    D鈥橭nta Foreman attended THE University of Texas., He’s not an Aggie.

    Foreman is a beast and had a helluva a year. Good combo of speed and power. He’s be steal in 3rd round.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “John Lynch hires Adam Peters to be the team鈥檚 vice president of player personnel.”

  3. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like a great hire. The wheels are starting to turn.

  4. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe this guy can evaluate WR’s, QB’s and RB’s. Something that has been lacking for a long-long time.

  5. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    I’m gonna go out on a limb here and guess that Lynch is the reason Peter’s is coming over and that Jed had nothing to do with it but sign the check.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I’d say that was a very safe guess, Winder.

  7. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Apologies Bullit – The site I linked to his stats has it incorrect 馃榾

    I did recall reading a piece recently comparing him to Ricky Williams and, I should have caught that error.

  8. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Winder that’s ALL Jed should be doing as an Owner.
    Write the checks. Play golf. Settle his differences with the neighbors, regarding the placement of his cabana too.
    Beyond that?
    Stay FAR, FAR away, from the football Ops.
    And, take Paraag along with him.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Adam Peters enhances the front office as a highly respected
    college scouting pro.

    The irony is that Denver might hire Baalke to replace Peters.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Jest have hired ex Niner WR coach John Morton to be their OC.

    Now the talk is Kap might follow him to NY

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Kaep bought property in Tribeca (NY) over the Summer last year Bullit.
    I’ve been taunting many of my NYJ buddies with that very thought.
    Kaep will likely make a run to play for them, as he already suggested was his desire, prior to the start of last season.

  12. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Guess the rumors were circulating over the Summer out here.
    Seems the deal was done in December.

  13. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Carson Palmer flew the coop in AZ too.
    Might be another team looking for a QB this year?

  14. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Is anyone worried about our draft situation? I think we are gonna be in some real good hands for this draft. Kinda waiting to see what we do in FA. That should give us an idea on how the rebuilding is gonna take place.

  15. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    The draft will be very interesting/revealing as to the competence of our new FO. Not worried. Just interested to see how good we are in our choices. After years of Balkey this could be refreshing…

  16. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Free Agency too…looking forward to it

  17. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Seems Brent Jones has seen enough of analytics and business guys too.
    More football guys, less business guys?
    What a concept…

  18. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Wade Phillips: “Rams have the only staff with DC on Medicare and HC in Daycare.”

  19. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Well, I for one hope the stinking Rams suck wind. I would like to see both of us get competitive again but I hope we get their first.

  20. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Hard to root against Phillips. Hard to beat him, too.

  21. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    I like their HC also. The Rams are a hard one to figure, I did kind of like Bum but Wade not so much. I bet by the time we play each other again it won’t look like the last two.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Changes on the team all are positive.
    Lynch/Shanahan over Baalke/Kelly is a no brainer.

    The upcoming season has my attention as this team will have a new look and changes were necessary.

    Tgere’s a new energy for all of the 9er Faithful.

  23. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    tru dat bullit. It is a great start on what is a total rebuild. If the team really opens up the purse string for FA then this could be really fun.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Shanahan’s offense means a fullback is required.
    Does he bring back Bruce Miller?

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Wondering who the Niners have in mind for their DC? Now would be the time to switch to a 4=3 as the standard D simply because except for Bowman the LBs are mediocre.

    Did they tip their hand by seeing if Fangio was available?
    That would indicate sticking with the 3-4 as their base.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    49ers calender by Silky Johnson 49ers reddit

    49ers hire Head Coach Kyle Shanahan probably
    Feb 15
    First day for clubs to designate franchise or transition Players
    Feb 28
    NFL Combine begins (Indianapolis, IN)
    Mar 1
    Deadline for clubs to designate franchise or transition players
    Mar 6
    NFL Combine ends
    Mar 7-9
    Teams are permitted to contact and enter into negotiations with unrestricted free agents
    Mar 9
    2017 league year begins, Free Agency/Trading begins
    Mar 26
    Annual league meeting (Phoenix, AZ)
    Apr 3
    Clubs with new head coach may begin offseason workout programs (that’s us!)
    Apr 17
    Other clubs begin offseason workouts
    Apr 21
    Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign offer sheets
    Apr 26
    Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to RFAs
    Apr 27
    NFL Draft (Philadelphia, PA)
    Jul 15
    Deadline to sign designated franchise player to multiyear contract or extension
    Aug 3
    Hall of Fame Game
    Aug 5
    Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony

  27. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    thanks for that bullit.

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    HOF honorees do not include new GM Lynch nor TO.

    The class includes Jerry Jones as a contributor and Kenny Easley as a veterans selection.

    These five are also in

    聽LaDainian Tomlinson, Terrell Davis, Kurt Warner, Morten Andersen and Jason Taylor.

  29. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looking forward to seeing how our HC in waiting fares against Belichick today.

  30. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    me to

  31. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep, same. Brady may eat up the ATL D tho with his passing. Must pressure Brady

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Speculation on the future Niner’s QB with Plan A, B and C.
    Whatever happens they should draft a QB every year.
    This year’s QB crop really doesn’t have any sure fire franchise QBs. All top prospects have flaws and aren’t worthy of a top half of the first round pick.

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Kyle Shanahan is targeting former Jaguars LB coach Robert Saleh for the 49ers DC role.”

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What devastated the Niner is not only did their coach get let go in Harbaugh but the team lost most of their veteran leadership
    when Willis and Cowboy retired and Gore wasn’t offered a new deal.
    They lost their heart and soul when these 3 leaders were gone and the leadership vacuum was left empty.

    Frank still has the Niners in his heart.

  35. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Gore should be a 1st time HOFer. And, you can bet he’ll retire as a Niner.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Another name emerging as a candidate for Niners DC is Patriots LB coach Brian Flores.

    Both nSaleh and Flores would be first time coordinators on the NFL level.

  37. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Atlanta doing what a #1 O should do = moving the ball, scoring.
    That’s our man Kyle and their D putting the hurt on Brady.

    INT makes it 21-0.

  38. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I’m going to miss the lady gag gag halftime show…

  39. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Like the Seahawks trying to pass for a TD against the Pats and blowing it with an INT at the goal line instead of running it in with Marshawn Lynch (!) the Falcons made the same mistake and tried to pass resulting in similar failure = end of the drive, no soup for them. Instead they got a sack and a penalty taking them out of potential winning FG range.

    Note to Pats opponents = be smart, don’t be cute, RUN the *F-ing* ball (and have the ability to do so). Which is how the Niners beat Brady in Foxboro during our SB year.

  40. NoFearNo Gravatar says:


    I guess there’s no limit to what NFL fans will accept as real. It now requires one to abandon common sense and logic at the door. That NE win was a worse charade than pro wrestling. Pure humbug.

    Unless you buy that ATL gaining nearly 7 yards per carry on the ground suddenly goes exclusively pass when they need to protect a 25 point lead and drain the clock and at the same exact time the defense who stopped the Pats cold on the ground and in the air for 37 minutes went into a slow-coverage non-tackling plan for the remainder of the game.

    So either Shanahan was part of the scam or so stupid he’s aleady way beyond his Peter Principle station.

    No doubt in my mind after Atlanta threw the off switch and NE kicked a FG, that NE would score twice and tack a two-pointer on to each and win by TD in OT. Yeah, that happened!

    and the bad calls/no calls found their way into the late game “impossible comeback” just to make sure.

    The biggest bullshit “win” since Favre faked himself down for Strahan to set the sack record.

    Disgusting show by all involved.

  41. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Rebuttal to NoFear. I did not see game.

    Food for thought.

  42. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    No doubt the refs were pulling for the Pats but why did Quinn/Shanahan not go conservative and run the ball, take time off the clock instead of persisting in the aggressive (and impressive) but risky passing game? Yes they were ‘dancing with the one that brung you to the dance, Ryan, but it cost them. No doubt their D slacked off too with the big lead thus opening the door further to the Patriots miracle comeback.

    I just take it as a combination of all of the above- and at face value- it’s entertainment and a pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

  43. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Good article Bakkentom, he makes a lot of valid points. I’m no gambler so no comment there. I still think ATL should have throttled it back, gone conservative at 9:00 in the 4th. 49 Wins surely would have- if not sooner, ugh.

  44. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    Well, no. Time of possession was the problem? How do you keep the ball out of the hands of the opposing offense with your running game clicking? Maybe that was just rhetorical sarcasm or some such stupidity.

    Defense was gassed? How do you keep your defense off the field a little longer to recover when oyur running game is clicking? Maybe that was just more rhetorical sarcasm or some such stupidity.

    QB’s fault for taking the sack? Center/RG whiffed, caught trying to double team on a stunt and the center chased Flowers and ran into Ryan trying to escape. He was stopped by his own center. And they could still have made the field goal after the sack, but for the holding call. So, no.

    Alternately, running play, even stuffed, twice. Time comes off the clock and still have an easy field goal from the 23.
    Game over.
    That was *_THE ONLY_* play and everyone who’s not trying to shift blame knows it, or should know it.

  45. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 路 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 路 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 路 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 路 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 路 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17