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I think any reasonable person would agree with your broad point here about the bar being low and this being a rebuilding team- except Jed York. He’ll find a scapegoat and make a distracting spectacle of it because that’s what he does. And this year my money is on Baalke. York is nothing if not consistent- it will start with the whispers to ESPN or some other national rag, and distract the team and balloon from there. My only question is how far he goes with it- does he read the PR tea leaves and try to walk it back so far as to exonerate himself for running off Harbaugh and blame Baalke?
Baalke on the other hand is at least a couple seasons overdue for accountability. The roster is in far poorer shape than McCloughan left it. Too many high picks have been whiffs, and even this year, having two QBs that would only compete for backup spots on most other teams he drafted a 6th rounder who will compete for nothing more than 3rd string (while the Raiders, solid at starter and backup, grabbed Connor Cook).
Yes, after getting to the championship for the third year in a row, Harbaugh was torpedoed for 8-8 in a year when York undermined him completely by creating endless distractions about his job status. What would have been a reload with Harbaugh still around is now a full-on rebuild with no end in sight since no one is sure rock bottom has been hit yet.
We all know this, but the big question is whether Jed York, who made this mess with Baalke whispering in his ear, is self aware enough to know it. He hasn’t been so far, and I am not betting on it. Baalke might consider getting in touch with a real estate agent. We’ve seen this movie before and he’s about to get his starring role.
On another note Lowell, what have the IT people done with this site? Why do I have to click twice to read your articles?
there also seem to be comments on the article, and then one click back?
Are they jamming up advertisers for these fake “page views?”
It seems to me that this is costing you traffic and certainly it seems that this isn’t quite the thriving back and forth it used to be with the readers.
Why is this so cumbersome? For readers this is a big step back.
Shane, I am with you.
I will jump through the hoops no matter what, it just seems that where every article made a lively discussion not as many followed through the changes.
Hi Shane, here is the IT dept:
thanks for your comment. We are sorry to hear that things are more cumbersome. I assume you are referring to Cohn’s blog and not to http://www.pressdemocrat.com? And just so I understand, do you mean that it is harder to get back to the story after reading a comment?
Thanks for any clarification!
Chip Kelly is no Walsh…the fun this season is the over under on how many games before the rumors of dissension in the front office.
My number is 5.
4 if the 49ers manage to lose to Goff and the Rams on opening night.
The second piece of fun will be done soon…how many weeks of training camp before ‘Kap’ goes on IR?
Butcher hater! Lol. OK, I’m with you on Chip thus far. I don’t care how many games we win. I want to see an offensive spark. I want to see some surprisingly easy TDs every once in a while, the big play, the surprise…..maybe even an upset of a great team. I’m done with these plodding defensive oriented teams that achieve mediocrity on offense. For all of Harbaugh’s virtues, those offenses weren’t great, and often quite mediocre. This franchise’s great heritage, achieved in a long ago pre-York era, was on offense. We won’t find the second coming of Walsh but I’d like to see Chip create a spark.
Lowell Cohn has been covering Bay Area sports for more than 30 years and he’s never run out of things to say.