Smoke and Mirrors

The 49ers took the first step yesterday in the process of hiring a new General Manager by interviewing Tony Softli and thus dispensing with the requirements of the Rooney Rule. Now they can finish off the smoke and mirrors PR foofarah by interviewing a couple more fellows before simply elevating Trent Baalke to a full blown GM.

Which means nothing is going to change in the team’s hierarchy. This is not the impression Jed York initially floated in the immediate aftermath of the team’s desolate performance in St. Louis. More baloney from the castle. York intends to be an owner similar to both his Uncle and Jerry Jones. He won’t (hopefully) pretend he’s qualified to be a GM, like Jones, nor will he be bear hugging dudes twice his size in the locker room after victorious games, like Uncle Eddie. But he will be hovering in and around the loop at all times. Can’t really say I blame him. He’s young and doesn’t need to take naps in the afternoon like most of the other fat cat owners in the league. In the end, it doesn’t matter what any of us fans think anyway. He’s going to own the club for a long, long time. May as well get used to it.

It does seem like both York and Baalke already have decided whom they want to hire as the next Head Coach. After all, they have had half a season to come to their choice, with the Carolina loss in game seven being the kicker to start the process.

Two names leaked into view Tuesday: Jim Harbaugh and Jon Gruden. Niner fans will probably applaud either choice. Peter King assured the world (as is his wont) it would not be Gruden, so Harbaugh is the man the Niners want. Before they can get him, they will have to again perform the Rooney Rule dance and then hope Mr. Harbaugh actually wants to coach this team.

This GM entitlement would probably have occurred even if Mike Singletary had proved to be an effective coach. Baalke has been de facto GM since Scot McCloughan left town, did a commendable job with the draft, and giving him the actual title would have been called for. The way this has gone down appears now to be more of an orchestrated event, rather than an emotional reaction to the St. Louis defeat.

This entire scenario looks to be about a two week process, which is pretty crisp, but far too long to perch on the edge of one’s seat in anticipation. We could do one of those year-in-review fillers, but Maiocco can and will perform this tedious task, and frankly this is a year I’d just as soon forget. It had little to offer in any way at all. Just a four month long toothache.

Personally speaking, having reached the jaded era of my years, I’d much prefer hearing some juicy reports from a gruesome group of paparozzis staking out Mike Singletary’s house and passing along the news of how the big guy is handling being kicked out the door. Mr. I’ve Got Life All Figured Out pays a visit to Failure City. Apparently, Mr. NoFear is of a similar bent with today’s somewhat curious foto offering.

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Kickoff return to open the second half is the play. Not exactly a highlight and my apologies to the squeamish but the TeeVee guys didn’t want to show the injury. I’m not sure why I did, but for those that like to know the gritty details, here ’tis.

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10 comments on “Smoke and Mirrors
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Is there an open spot in the brain that wants to make space for the memory of this season? I guess, but only so we don’t repeat it. The analogy would be, this engram is like saving a useless file on your computor. It takes up space but does not get used.
    For me, I’m a coaching change away from hitting the reset button so I can look forward to next year. What will happen is we will hire a coach, I will get on board and somewhere between half a season and 1 1/2 seasons I’ll be calling for his head. Isn’t that the way it goes around here anymore?

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    If the Raiders are the Black Hole, then the Niners are Groundhog Day. Meanwhile, two POS teams will be playing next Sunday night for the NFC West title. Gag, gag, and triple gag.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The big question is with Alex and Singletary gone, will NoFear ever post another comment? We may have to hire Chuck to call him Skippy every other day just to keep his interest. Now that FlyingV has been banished from the air waves, the Skippy/Donkey wars are the best thing left.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe we need a coach that retains Alex just for our buddy NoFear!

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    More likely Smith will wind up in Seattle and beat our butts twice next year.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    One thing we know, or at least I do, seems there are those around with no understanding of this, it is very hard for a QB to succeed when the coach does not understand he is the most important player on the field.
    I never considered this a factor when evaluating a QB until Sing because I never considered a coach would even think that way. But then, there are other things I never considered in a coach until Sing showed me how some things we take for granted have to be addressed up front. My hope is Jed learned the same lessons so we don’t repeat hiring a coach incapable of making crucial in game adjustments because he can’t see what is happening around him without reviewing the film.

  7. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Sounds more and more likly we might get Harbaugh…(who ive been wishing for since before the season) …Pete Carrolls gonna love that….What Harbaugh did with Stanford…against him and USC…even running up the score on footballU…will make for great rivalry games 馃檪

  8. TonyNo Gravatar says:

    Then if we can get

  9. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    Patrick Willis – out; Alex Smith – in. That should drive the Nielsen ratings through the roof.

  10. delmardennisNo Gravatar says:

    So we’re just gonna promote the de facto GM to GM in full standing coming off a 5 or 6 win season. Way to reward a job well done, Jed. This organization makes me sick to my stomach.

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