There’s been a lot of pixels devoted to unraveling the hatchet job Jed York did to Jim Harbaugh, but York also undermined GM Trent Baalke, by torpedoing his choice for the 49ers’ new HC.
And some people wonder why there’s so much animosity towards York. In one offseason, he managed to screw both his HC and his GM. Not to mention all 49er fans and the team itself. This is the monumental douchebag we’re supposed to support?
Former Broncos’ OC Adam Gase was Baalke’s choice for HC, to be paired with incumbent DC Vic Fangio. That was a Harbaugh replacement team that many 49er fans could have gotten excited about. It wouldn’t have absolved York from his petty, underhanded dismissal of Harbaugh, but at least it would look like a reasonable stab at replacing him.
But York stepped in and insisted Jim Tomsula be Gase’s DC and Gase said, “Screw that.” Gase is now in Chicago as their OC, paired with Fangio — essentially the staff that Baalke wanted here.
At that point, it looks like Baalke threw up his hands and figured the only way to get Tomsula out of his hair was to hand him the HC job, conduct a draft geared to 2016, and wait for Tomsula to fall on his face this year, so Baalke could fire him at the end of the season. We’ll see at that point whether York can finally cut ties with his beloved locker room mole. We’ll also see if any other coach in the league would want to hire a guy who sold out his coach here. A guy you couldn’t trust.
York’s primary concern this year is preparing for the Super Bowl that’s coming to Santa Clara next February. The last thing he wants is an HC who distracts him all year with efforts to improve the team. He can rest assured that Tomsula won’t give him a moment’s hassle all year.
After all, when Jed’s father John York fired Steve Mariucci after a successful five year run, John gave his reason as “Too much noise.”
That’s pretty much why Jed fired Harbaugh, too. These Yorks like a quiet workplace. A lot more than they like a productive one.