The Three Amigos

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.

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  1. EarlNo Gravatar says:

    Been down so long, it looks like up to me.

  2. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “Two executives who turned down the 49ers — Kansas City’s Chris Ballard and Green Bay’s Eliot Wolfe — will interview for the Colts’ GM opening.”

    Gee I wonder why? So officially we are a bigger mess than the Colts. Our FO vs their FO. Our HC (what HC?) is worse than their HC clearly. QB to QB we are far worse. Owner to owner we are less preferable….Smart guys those GMs.

  3. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs I’ve been ‘around’ football most of my life too.
    And, I’m willing to bet, I know more about it than Tweeter and The Money Man.
    This whole debate that’s ensued, since York took Ownership, has been about the line between ‘football guys’ and, those that Direct them, for me.
    Until the ‘football guys’ can clearly function outside the musings of the ‘non-football guys’, we are doomed to suffer.

    Yes Phil!
    Those that have removed themselves from the ‘Global Recruitment’ efforts of Tweeter and The Money Man, have done so for VERY obvious reasons.
    Football guys don’t want ‘reach-arounds’ from wannabe’s in Ownership.
    Where once was the plan for the GM to hire HIS HC, Young Shanny will now ‘choose’ between the GMs Tweeter and The Money Man have ‘chosen’ for themselves.
    We have NEVER had a GM in charge of football Ops.
    The GM has always been an extension, by Proxy, of Meddlers Inc.

  4. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    This just keeps getting better. I thought Wolf got a nice bump in pay from GB and decided to stay. Just goes to show you can’t believe what you read. The sad/funny thing about it all is Jed probably doesn’t even know he’s being crapped on. It is gonna be hard for the faithful to keep their money for other things this year but I fear that’s all Jed hears and I guess it will take longer for the Red & Gold to dig out of this mess. Still hoping Shanny Jr doesn’t jump ship.

  5. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Winder I doubt Shanny jumps ship at this point.
    He’s likely going to be able to write his own deal.
    I simply laugh at the charade that has taken place, with (yet another) Global Recruitment Tour.
    As if we give a flying rat’s A$$ about the number of interviews Tweeter and The Money Man has conducted.
    It’s ALL fluff for ‘appearances’.
    They are simply being played for the fools that they are.
    We have become a joke, in terms of a stable destination for what Jed thinks is a ‘winning culture’.
    It’s simply become more fun to mock him to be honest.

    I almost choked, when I’d read of Mommy interviewing Tom Cable by phone, simply to ‘play’ him to keep Shanny from gaining any leverage in negotiations.
    That’s as bush as it gets.

    It’s an embarrassment, to all of us, to have been subjected to this Ownership Group.
    They’ve given the term ‘inept’ a whole new level of stupidity.

  6. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    We ‘have to’ get Shanahan since by now we have so much invested in him. Not to mention he is the last HC standing. If he has control of the roster and the draft then that is a yuuuggge investment- it would be if we sign him. Also he was named the likely HC and the other candidates dropped out. Plus if we invested roster control, the trigger, in him as it is now rumored then several of these GM candidates like Wolf and Ballard “May” have decided that was a deal breaker and Indy looks better. Which from their perspective is logical. So Shanny is the indispensable man and losing him for any reason would put us in a very bad place =

    Shit Creek meet our canoe minus the paddle

  7. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I could even imagine Jed going into one of his local dining establishments and, having the wait staff giving him ‘blackboard specials’ at twice the going rate.
    Just because he’s a brainless rich kid.

  8. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Like Clark Griswold in Vacation, stranded in the desert, dealing with the local repair establishment.
    ‘How much is this going to cost?’
    ‘How much you got?’

  9. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I read this on Cohn’s blog and this commenter was the source of my comment above regarding Ballard = “He was not interested in the Niner job because Kyle will have the majority of the power. Thank god the Niners didn’t put the GM search over the coaching search. Ballard was pushing Cable!”

    Maybe the FO decided Madden was right and replacing a winning coach IS tougher than getting another suit. So they prioritized getting the HC first. A somewhat unconventional approach but seeing the uselessness of our last HCs they may have become convinced HC first was the way to go.

  10. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil it’s a novel concept in principle.
    However, a 37 year old, first time HC isn’t what I’d call a solid bet.
    It seems to me, they are simply making another power play for their preferred ‘Yes Man’.
    Harbaugh was anything but.
    I’ll give you a visual.
    An Organ Grinder with his capuchin monkey.
    Paraag is the Organ Grinder.
    Jed is the tethered primate. Entertaining interested applicants with his blank checks.
    The suit that runs this ‘show’ is Paraag.
    Analytics, with the emphasis on ANAL.

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Tweeter and The Money Man are afraid of football guys.
    Because football guys don’t answer to wannabe’s.

  12. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    A GM with any control over football Ops?
    Who could think of such a plan?
    Who even does that?
    Football is a business. Remember?

  13. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep it’s a risk going with a rookie HC in Shanahan. But Shanahan has all the leverage right now with the way this has come down. No guarantee he will succeed but he has already succeeded in gaining leverage over our hapless duo. Easy for him to demand the trigger and the power that goes with it over any GM as I speculate. Success is another matter. But the likely GM pool did shrink dramatically with at least 6 candidates dropping out as Shanahan emerged as the presumptive favorite. Why? The GMs were interested in the Niner position, then suddenly they they dropped out. Marathe and York are well known in the NFL so what changed to make these guys change their minds?

    If Shanny signs as HC with the power of the trigger and a GM he approves of then this scenario is plausible. If not then we are screwed

  14. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If we’re to believe the media reports Phil, McDaniels and Caserio wanted no parts of Paraag.
    He’s gotten a reputation as a manipulative little turd, with all the control from the Money Man position.
    This is a direct result of Dr Daddy putting him in the position from the start.
    Daddy was the Original CheapA$$ as we know.
    He simply wimped out under the scrutiny.

    For me the clarifying moment came when Baalke recruited Harbaugh.
    Baalke found the perfect ‘football guy’ in Jim.
    The culture changed. Wins were plentiful. Football was football again.
    Problems began (IMO) when Jim ran into the power struggle involving Paraag. Jim wanted more money.
    Once Paraag was threatened, the fuse was lit.

    The subsequent dumpster fire consumed everyone, since Jed couldn’t find the fire extinguisher.
    So? What happened? Media leaks and Backstabbing 101.
    Down goes everyone, but Jed and Paraag.
    Now, they wonder why, no one wants to step into The Big Tent?

    This whole charade is about CONTROL.
    Paraag holds it.
    Jed is too much the wimp, to have any idea what to do with it.
    He just ‘wants it to work’.

  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Our problems are rooted in the conflict between profits and football.
    The FO is stocked full of Marketing and Finance weenies.
    All the football guys were disposed of, except for Baalke.
    My guess is, Baalke was retained for the express relationship he had with Harbaugh.
    Harbaugh was delivered. Stadium was built, etc.
    Money and Marketing bonanza.
    We will NEVER succeed with these clowns, until football matters more than money and Mktg.
    The scales have to tip heavily in favor of football guys running the show.
    That simply means Paraag has to be removed.
    Which was said to have happened already. But yet, here he is.

  16. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Jed delivers the post Baalke/Chip presser by stating the new GM WILL hire HIS HC. They HAVE to get along. Be on the same page.
    Then, it quietly dissolves into the opposite when Jed’s preferred target of Caserio and McDaniels withdrew.

    Suddenly, the NEW plan is to give the next HC the choice of the GM?
    If Jed had any say in this process, Paraag saw to it that his prized Pats duo wouldn’t compromise his own position.
    Poor Jed.
    ‘Played’ by his own BFF.
    Poor sucker.

  17. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Jed is now stuck with one last gasp prayer, that the remaining candidate doesn’t put a stick of TNT up his A$$.
    Which he could easily do, by balking at the remaining 2 ‘choices’ of GMs that Paraag has put on the Blue Plate Special.
    If I were young Shanny, I’d demand that Daddy Shanny be my GM.
    Mike was turned down for the HC gig in recent years.
    Perhaps because Paraag doesn’t REALLY want a football guy, (like Harbaugh) challenging his authority.
    I’d love it.

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Remember the visual Phil.
    Paraag = Organ Grinder
    Jed = Tethered primate (Waving $$$)

    Paraag is safe so long as Daddy is making $$$.
    Jed doesn’t have enough brain matter to matter in this process.
    He feels like he’s an Owner since Mommy and Daddy already are.
    Everything is how it should be in Yorkville.

  19. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Run along Jed. You’ve got more important things to do.
    Go tend to your cabana. I’ve got this.
    Thanks Paraag.

  20. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Or, maybe Jed has a pet name for him.

  21. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    “If we’re to believe the media reports Phil, McDaniels and Caserio wanted no parts of Paraag.
    He’s gotten a reputation as a manipulative little turd, with all the control from the Money Man position.”

    No doubt NJ. They wanted no part of the Niners with Marathe in his slot AND the HC having the power of the trigger. Not denying the distorted York/Marathe relationship at all. We can rationally infer the other GM candidates felt the same way. AND accepting a position where the Niner HC determines the roster not them was the deal breaker if in fact Shanahan has the power of the trigger.

    It’s a fair assumption based on what we read in the media/rumors. York wants a synergy between HC and GM he says. Co-equals but with the final say going to the HC regarding personnel. This I venture to guess is the deal breaker with these top tier GM candidates = they want control and they won’t have it if Shanny has the trigger.

  22. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil this whole Organization is devoid of communication skills or, a football focused approach to the game.
    Micro-Mgt 101.
    Everyone wants to control something it seems.
    Football guys are the LAST guys in need of FO control.
    Never going to work IMO.
    The Yorks simply don’t understand the game.
    The see it as business.
    Something that needs to be ‘managed’.
    Clueless twits all.
    Insecure little power brokers, without so much as a clue between themselves, on how this all should work.
    Pay the football guys to run the football Ops.
    Go. Away.

  23. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    ‘They’ see it as a business.

  24. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    No doubt NJ, no doubt. Giving Shanahan the trigger may be their way of empowering the football Ops guys. They tried dis-empowering the HC Harbaugh over the GM and it blew up the franchise. This may be the opposite?

  25. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Power has to be in the hands of GM AND HC Phil.
    Those are the guys building the roster.

    Where Paraag fits in that picture, beyond Contracts, I have no idea.
    But, there he is, front and center once again, after being ‘reassigned’.
    It’s all Mktg and spin in SF.

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I think Harbaugh challenged Jed’s manhood to do something with Paraag perhaps?
    And Jed wouldn’t/couldn’t make the move.
    Hence, Paraag became the ‘Rat’.
    Smear campaign to save his own A$$?

  27. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m sure it didn’t take Harbaugh long to realize Jed had no cajones.

  28. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Fooch at NN conjectures =

    “What the Wolf news could tell us is he views the Colts as a chance for a real GM job, and not a “sorta GM” effectively working for Shanahan. The 49ers process has evolved into a situation where Shanahan is effectively picking his GM, and it is safe to say Shanahan will probably end up with final say on the team’s 53-man roster. The GM will still have a critical day-to-day role, but for high ranking personnel executives looking to run their own shop, the Colts likely offer more significant control than the 49ers.”

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Just a reminder of what happened when the Niners were in “salary cap hell” and had to let some of their best players walk due to poorly negotiated contracts. The days where the Niners had 25% of their cap in dead money paying players no longer on the roster.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I for one think the HC hire is the 100 times more important than who the GM is.

    As I’ve said before most of us have never even heard of 90% of the GM candidates names.

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Fun fact about Chris Ballard of the Chefs.

    Before he was hired in KC Ballard worked 12 years with da Bears.

    In 2015 he interviewed for the vacant Bears GM position but was not hired.

    Again my point is these GM candidates are just a bunch of names of #2 guys in the GM hierarchy. There are no obvious can’t miss hires here

    The key hire is the Head Coach.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuckles in Fairyland needs a reality check.

    Looking at the current roster makeup on this team he thinks a passing offense is the key to success.

    Slight problem is the Niners don’t have a QB and reliable/ productive receivers on the roster

    IIRC that’s why Chuckles was in favor of Harbaugh’s dismissal
    because the passing attack wasn’t dynamic enough for him.
    Winning wasn’t good enough for Chuckles, he wanted an extreme passing attack and now we currently have an inept and anemic offense.

  33. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Agree Bullit = “I for one think the HC hire is the 100 times more important than who the GM is”

    “Again my point is these GM candidates are just a bunch of names of #2 guys in the GM hierarchy. There are no obvious can’t miss hires here. The key hire is the Head Coach”

    Madden made the same point years ago. Just because the Niners empowered an inept GM over the winning HC does not mean this is the way to go. Maybe they learned that lesson already?

  34. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:


  35. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:


  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It was stupid for Chip not let Ponder take some snaps in the last few games just to see what he could do.

    Chip was supposedly an offensive genius who showed us that he was out of his element trying to run a team in the NFL.

    Seemed to me the opposing defenses had Chip figured out and
    Kelly showed no imagination or innovation when he had nothing to lose.

  37. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    More on the “trigger” and the Niners from Matt Barrows =

  38. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers confirm the team is meeting today with Kyle Shanahan and George Paton, and they will also meet with Terry McDonough on Saturday. Shanahan is taking part in both meetings.”

  39. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    I am pretty sure anything is better than what we had. Maybe this will work.

  40. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    I think it would be very cool if we get someone who can actually evaluate players.

  41. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Is this why Peyton is not Colts FO yet?

    Is Kap waiting for a DEM seat as well.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Geep has landed in Denver.
    He will be their TEs coach.

  43. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Well how’s this for an entry from NOWHERE?
    Chris Ballard goes to Indy to be the GM and we get….

  44. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    This is wonderful news. Lynch has always been a true pro and hopefully it carries over to his GM duties.

  45. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Ballard who declined to even interview in SF, grabs himself a GM gig in Indy.
    How pathetic are Tweeter and The Money Man?
    Dying to hear whether Shanny wanted him, or whether Paraag opted for a novice to work with a novice, just to cover his own backside.

  46. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Loved Lynch as a player.
    Can’t say I’m thrilled at his leap from the broadcast booth to NFL GM Winder.
    Superman leapt tall buildings in a single bound but, this is a stretch.

  47. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- I understand the experience aspect and he very well might crash and burn. We will just have to see.

  48. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s the Paraag influences that concern me Winder.
    Manipulative little puke that he is.

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Lynch is a surprise but he’s a smart football guy.
    He’s going to have a strong #2 personnel guy and some think it might be Mark Dominick.

    This could work.

  50. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    So long as they yield control to football guys we stand a chance Bullit.
    More of the same IMO.

  51. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    A ‘happy to be here’ hire, with absolutely NO prior FO experience, is elevated to GM because Jed was impressed with his ‘communication skills’ at the Pro Bowl?
    Only in SF.

  52. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    At least Steve Young played here, if you’re going for broadcast experience and ties to Bill Walsh.

  53. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    How about Deion Sanders? His resumé might qualify too?
    Except that he played under Seifert perhaps?

  54. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    So what you are saying is that he’s not respected around the league and certainly doesn’t have any connections. He probably knows more about football than a boatload of GM’s he will get the business end of it. I don’t see this as a bad hire at all.

  55. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Winder he’s very respected. As a former player.
    All I’m suggesting is that he comes with ZERO personnel/FO experience.
    If he’s going to be ‘supported’ by the BIGGEST A$$holes in the NFL, call me skeptical.
    If they’re going to allow more experienced football guys to surround him I’m all for it.
    Let’s see where the next phase of staffing goes.
    I will simply ask that football guys out number the 2 dimwits in this process and stay the eff out of it once it’s completed.

  56. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Isn’t it just a tad curious, that every experienced FO guy, was either bypassed, or removed themselves from this process?
    We’re a laughing stock. Thanks to the Yorks.
    Meddlers Inc.

  57. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Shanny has to come into this DEMANDING that he get the support he desires.
    Not choices given to him by Tweeter and The Money Man.

  58. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Mike Shanahan fingerprints all over this hire. Lynch played for Mike in DEN and Walsh at Stanford I believe. Good to have the Walsh influence acknowledged by York at last. Mike going to be an ‘advisor’ while Lynch learns on the job. 6 year contracts for Kyle and JL…he will be the Shanahan’s man all the way

  59. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I can see Daddy Shanny getting into this somehow as well Phil.
    Daddy as OCo?
    I can see that happening if young Shanny wants it.
    I’m in for anything that gets football guys into football Ops.

  60. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The Contract terms don’t impress me one bit, since Jed pulls the plug like the petulant little sh!t that he is.
    He’d better realize just what a mess he’s created already.
    Make the hires, get eff’n lost, please.

  61. NoFearNo Gravatar says:

    49ers just reduced the position of GM to HC butt licker.
    I’m shocked! Shocked I tell ya.

    Lynch was a good player but not so a broadcast announcer and his biggest job here will be as scapegoat. Is he a personnel man? Is he a contract and cap specialist? Has he run a herd of scouts and personnel people? Just what does he bring to the table as GM?

    The guy whose position is supposed to have the authority to implement the vision of ownership built in is just another toadie without authority. I can see the disagreements between Lynch and Shanahan lasting all of a single nanosecond.

    The Niners organization under the Yorks have defined the acronym SNAFU in literal terms.

    What a disgusting bunch they are.

  62. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Daddy as OCo?”

    Yes and MS as co-GM maybe too. Looks like we’re getting the long absent football guys on board the York Niners. Walsh tree…

  63. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear I concur. Completely.
    All this fluff and wasted drama for what?

    No one worth the sh!t even takes these morons seriously.
    A courtesy dinner? Why not? Jed is buying.
    Perhaps Shanny wanted no parts of the ‘choices’ laid out by Tweeter and The Money Man? Good if he did.
    But to read the spin that Jed was ‘impressed’ by Lynch’s communication skills at the Pro Bowl? On Thursday?
    Where the eff did that come into play?
    Then to march Paton and McDonough into ‘preview’ appointments with Shanny on Fri/Sat? Please.
    Jed desperately wants to have everyone believe he knows what he’s doing? Not a chance.

    I can, as a pessimist, buy into a theory, whereby Paraag doesn’t want anyone challenging his authority, by keeping the talent levels under him as weak and subordinate as possible.
    Nothing makes you look stronger in the pecking order than morons under your control. Take Jed for example.

    Winning culture? Go fuk yourself Jed.

  64. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    By comparison, at least Lynch PLAYED football.
    He’s already the leader in the locker room over anything Tweeter or his Money Man have accomplished.
    Lynch will need plenty of support, which I hope Shanny demands up front.
    I want these twits as far away from this incoming regime as humanly possible.

  65. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Doesn’t take much to improve on 2-14.

  66. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil I’ll believe it when I see it.
    As stated above, if Paraag is running the budget, and controlling the process involving the Staff, we’re going nowhere.
    It’s just another delay of the inevitable.

    Experienced football guys are tough enough to come by.
    These buffoons couldn’t get ANYONE to take the bait.
    That’s about all there is to say, until they prove otherwise, by spending on football guys and getting the eff out of the picture.

  67. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    One would hope Bullit.
    If they roll out a staff of ‘who’s that?’ Coaches, we could go winless too.

  68. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    For our sake, Daddy Shanny would be a good place to start in the recruiting efforts.
    Young Shanny isn’t adept at this stuff by any stretch.
    Assuming of course the Money Man won’t hinder the budget.

  69. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Shanahans made this call pretty clear. Jr and Sr likely. This was supposed to be the HC call we heard all week and Lynch was the choice.

    Also we do not know if Paton and Mcdonough refused the job or were simply less attractive to KS as GM than Lynch. Everything will hinge on their w-l record. No?

    It is the end of the Parcells era that is clear. Bring on the Walsh people…finally

  70. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Perfectly acceptable to me Phil.
    All hinges on who holds the power in the FO.
    This has always smelled like the 2nd coming of Danny Snyder to me.
    Puppets for the Owner to manipulate.
    I truly hope that changes with this incoming regime.

  71. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Gamble stays on I hope + the scouting dept. I heard that fellow Dominik would make a good 2nd banana for Lynch in player personnel selection. Advisor/asst to the GM?

    Also Mike S is going to have input/counter-balance of our dreadful duo in FO. It’s not just Kyle vs the FO

    It’s a crap-shot I admit. The draft will tell us a lot too so we will get a better idea then. Lynch was brought on for his leadership qualities I think. Also input on defensive players?

  72. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I think we are much better off with Shanahan and Lynch than we were last year with Kelly and Baalke.

    Has any player drafted by Baalke , been a bust with the Niners and gone on to star for another team?

    Two common dnomibators of Baalke draft picks. They are either a year away from producing or always hurt or a combination of both.

    Carradine, Patton, Ellington and even Hyde can’t make it through a season.

  73. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    The spotswriters and us don’t have a clue as to what knowledge Lynch has about scouting or being a GM. As a fan I just can’t believe that Jed would try and run another scam at this point, it wouldn’t serve his purpose. We will know real soon what kind of leader Lynch is gonna be. I know our FO is full of Willie Lump-Lumps but running out another loser just doesn’t make sense.

  74. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Lynch will have final say over the draft, free agency and 90-man roster. Shanahan will have final say on 53-man roster.”

  75. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    We will see how that works with the draft. If we go offense in the first 3 rounds then you know shanny has some influence. It would serve them both since they will be together for a while to really work together. And, i am probably the only one who would take Mccaffrey in the second rd. but that is what we need besides a QB and WR.

  76. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Who has final say on the water bottle inventory?

  77. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Dr York. But the good news is the budget was increased by 5%.

    McCaffrey is a TE?

    Has the culture changed on the team? Dunno but the mood certainly has with the new GM. Who we hope is a winner. Agree we “seem” to be in better shape with the Shanny/Lynch regime as compared to even the Balkey/Harbaugh era. Now lets go get us 49 wins

  78. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    All comes down to football guys for me Phil.
    Stack the deck on that side of the ledger and let them do their thing.
    All the FO meddling, and media leaks that have occurred here in the past 5yrs, has destroyed any credibility that used to be synonymous with 9er football.
    Just read a piece that suggested Lynch will report directly to Jed, not Paraag.
    That, in itself, might be a good thing?
    Give Lynch and Shanny some qualified football guys to work with, then go away Jed.
    Tend to your cabana issues.

  79. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gotta hope Eddie engineered that directive, to streamline the communication channels.
    Paraag, IMO, should simply stick to Contract details, and nothing involving football Ops.

  80. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    phil- Mccaffrey is a RB.

  81. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You could take this guy as an alternative to McCaffery in 4th rd

  82. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    New GM is going to interview Adam Peters who is Broncos #2 guy.
    If he brings him aboard and retains Gamble, the Niners will have a strong FO allowing Lynch to settle into the job. They might still interview Mark Dominick who could further bolster their FO.

    Looks like Lynch is a smart guy who will assemble a terrific staff.

  83. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Pumphrey is already on my list Bullit.
    Kid is pint-sized but had phenomenal production at SDSU.

    He’s managed to grab #3 all-time in NCAA RB stats.
    He’ll never hold up to a feature back workload but, if he can work from the slot, perhaps handle PR/KR duties, he’d be a heckuva weapon.
    Something along the lines of Tavon Austin IMO.

    5’8″/170/4.45 with 1000+ carries and 6400+yds and, 54 games played, is ridiculous for his size.
    Definitely worth consideration IMO.

    Check out D’Onta Foreman from TXA&M too – He’s a bruiser. 6’1″/249 with a 6.4YPCA.
    Both guys are slated to be around in the RD4-5 area right now.

  84. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I hope this kid gets a Combine invite too.

    Small school WR that will likely come very cheap.
    6’2″/214 with 4.45 speed.

  85. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s my runner up at ILB to Reuben Foster if we opt to spend our 1st RD Pick elsewhere.

  86. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s the guy I’d love to see working with Hyde –

  87. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Right now, my favored options in RD1 –

    DT Jon Allen – ‘Bama
    WR Corey Davis – WMU
    ILB Reuben Foster – ‘Bama

    Don’t see a QB worthy of Pick 2 this year.

  88. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Saw this kid play a bit in the E/W Shrine game.
    Ivy Leaguer with some decent stats.

    I like the guy that was throwing to Corey Davis too.

    Neither guy will start anytime soon but, both have good stats.
    Might be worth a developmental approach?

  89. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Might be worth making a pitch for Shanny’s backup in ATL in FA too?
    Matt Schaub for a year or 2?

  90. 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 · 10:00 AMCIN
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12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
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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