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The late, great blues singer BB King said it best in song: ‘Nobody Loves Me But My Mama and She Could Be Jivin’ Too’ – this should resonate with 49er fans because a lot of them have the blues right now too.
Another famous Jed saying besides “scouring the world”…he admitted he doesn’t ask his uncle for any help.
So,now he spends a decade reinventing the wheel when his Uncle was one of the best ever. Another decade to go?
I think you are focused on the wrong thing. It has nothing to do with liking or disliking Jed. That is irrelevant to the status of the 49ers. It has to do with revenue. The 49ers have a lot of debt to pay off with that new stadium. When sponsorship’s dry up because they don’t want their name associated with a losing product things will change and Jed will be held accountable.
I have been thinking about that $45 mil in cap space a lot lately. As I have stated in the past, I think it has something to do with the stadium debt. You can pay a lot of bills with $45 mil not spent on players. But in fairness, name me one free agent last year the 49ers could have picked up with that money that would have made a difference this year. I can’t think of any.
Agreed that FA is over rated so it’s an unfair criticism in my opinion. But when you look at the players that have been let go over the past few years….Gore, Boldin, Davis, Whitner, etc…these are still productive guys, not to mention leaders, and they were let go due to money issues.
As far as Jed’s popularity goes, it absolutely matters in terms of PR. I get that owners are typically popular when the team is successful and not popular when they are not, but this guy has a resume full of bad decisions, duplicitous talk/lies, poor team performance overall, and poor relations with stadium and personal neighbors. Without Haubaugh, his track record would be an unmitigated disaster. He got the stadium built but it’s an opportunity missed in terms of creating a true home field advantage. All that stuff adds up in the public relations column, and therefore his bottom line.
You could have kept all of those guys and they still would be where they are. None of them are setting the world on fire.
My point about Jed is that not liking him isn’t going to change anything as long as they are making money as an organization. It was wishful thinking that his parents were ever going to remove him.
If you want to see change, don’t waste your time hating, start a boycott. No PSL’s, no sponsorships, no hats, no jerseys, no tickets, no anything 49ers. I don’t have feelings for Jed one way or the other. I don’t really care about him, but I love the 49ers – I grew up with them. But I won’t be spending any money on them until things turn around.
No but they’d have leadership. They have none now without Bowman.
I boycotted these clowns years ago. It’s not a hate thing, it’s recognition of incompetence. I see no change on the horizon.
Interestingly enough, I checked out their franchise value on Forbes and amazingly, they are listed as the 10th most valuable sports franchise in the world at 2.7 billion….tied with the Lakers for 2016! That staggers me but says much about their lack of any concern about their current poor product. http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mli45fgemg/1-dallas-cowboys/#3a86654d42d3
you are one dumb loyal imbecile–” thinking about the45mill not spent ” then rationalizing the ineffective cheap nature of the ownership rep as they soak their fanbase for SBL’s and the ultimate bait and switch…not surprised though—you cringe at any criticism real or imagined for this cheaply run group of suits.
Oh and Jack Del Rio sucks huh imbecile?
Boldin was one of their best pick ups..like a gift from Jim’s brother to the 49ers. Then they just let him go. Same for the punt returner- whats his name. Still one of the best. I remember Ted Robinson saying back then “The 49ers don’t have room for somebody who only returns punts!”.
The 49ers spent talent like drunken sailors. Now they have a disease -losing- to show for it.
In theory, ‘hold me accountable’ is noble. “Don’t blame the front office or the coaches or the players or the schedule.or anything,” in other words. “Blame me. It’s all my fault.” In practice, of course, it’s meaningless. Right up there with ‘I take full responsibility’.
At the end of the day it is ultimately a business. And while I am sure he wants to be “liked”, because it is a business, being “liked” often goes along with being successful. Take Jerry Jones for example. When he is winning, he seems to be far more liked. When the team struggles, well, you know the story. How well do you think Belicheck will be “liked” if they had a couple of losing seasons?
Best thing he could do at this point would be to get someone to help him find the best available (even if have to pay a price) football minded GM to run the house. You know the type. Think of the examples in Baseball: Dumbrowski, Cashman, Sabean and Epstein. Owners with a lot of money who were smart enough to go get and pay the guys who know how to evaluate talent.
Going to be a long, deep dark hole they are in I think, unless a change happens from top down.
Lowell Cohn has been covering Bay Area sports for more than 30 years and he’s never run out of things to say.