I’d forgotten what it was like to watch the playoffs without the 49ers’ involvement. Pretty much sucks, to say the least.
It’s safe to assume that the first priority for the 49ers FO in their head coach hire will be to save face. The league is laughing at Jed York and Trent Baalke. Pure and simple. They’ll mention winning Super Bowls, but all they want now is to get through one year without looking like complete dolts. Actually, they look like dolts now. One year without confirming they’re dolts.
You would think that two guys who planned a year in advance to fire Jim Harbaugh, whether he won a Super Bowl or not, would have taken some time to figure out who his replacement would be. In the past week, they’ve interviewed all kinds of different guys — defensive guys, offensive guys, big names, inhouse names — you name it, they’re had lunch with it. Except a black guy to fill the Rooney Rule requirement or just because there might be a black guy who knows how to coach.
What this looks like is probably what it is: two morons trying to find out what everyone else thinks is wrong or right with the Niners and how they would fix it or improve it. Lord knows, York and Baalke don’t have a clue.
It’s doubtful they will risk hiring an unknown, up and coming young coach again, either. That would demonstrate some balls, and they don’t have any.
Harbaugh is going to be a tough act to follow. Fans might be pleased to see the offense look flashier, if it does, but if the Ws don’t appear as well, that pleasure will be short lived. Harbaugh never cared about stats or style points. It was all about winning for him. And he was very, very good at it.