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In that one statement Jed confirmed the worst of my opinions about him.
He flipped the double bird to every person in that room and every player, coach, staff member, ticket holder, fan and sponsor.
It’s Jed’s team and screw the rest of you.
The 49ers will continue as the worst franchise in sports and will play to a sea of empty seats.
BUT HE OWNS THE TEAM! What did you expect him to say??
I expect an owner to acknowledge the failures of the organization and its management structure.
I expect him to admit to his own personal failures and the need to bring in seasoned professionals to run the football operations above the GM level so he can concentrate on the strategic future of the enterprise.
That’s what adults do.
I suggest you buy the team. Then you would be in position to do it in whatever fashion you want. Right now all you are doing is whining. He didn’t do this. He didn’t do that. He shouldn’t have done this. He needs to do that. Not a good look my friend. But, you look better than Lowell. Social media is calling him pompous.
Hanging your hat on the trending of social media???
You’re so much better than that.
I’ll hang my hat on Bill Parcells, “you are what your record says you are”.
Outside of two years of Harbaugh…the York era has been a disaster because they don’t know what they don’t know and they’re too pompous to step aside for a strong professional who does.
They’re far worse than even the Cleveland Browns because the 49ers have 5 trophies in the case to show for a period when the organization did know what it was doing.
Call me a whiner to your heart’s content my friend but the Yorks are losers and will continue to be until they look in the mirror and admit the problem is them.
Great work holding feet to fires! Aside from Jed’s startling incompetence in this arena, why would anyone take comfort that chief bean counter Paraag Marathe will take part in this search. What football background does he have that would make his input valuable? My guess is he’s there to make sure Jed doesn’t spend too much since he’s still paying the last two coaches.
Jeez, not trying to stir it up here folks but Jed DOES OWN THE TEAM. And the fact is you don’t fire the owner. No idea why that’s so repulsive to Lowell and others.
This is about holding the guy accountable for his crappy decision making. This about questioning his ability to make future football decisions. While you can’t fire the owner, you can put pressure on the owner to stop making the important football decisions. All fans should be doing this.
Bravo Lowell Cohn.
Thanks for avoiding the softball questions Lowell. I probably would have asked more along the lines of ‘Many followers of the team don’t feel that you and Paraag know enough about football to make the right call and feel your track record up till now has shown that. Why not let someone with more football knowledge and background lead this search? How about a search committee of all the former greats you say you consult with?’
Jed desperately needs his broken toy taken away but unfortunately his mom and especially his dad are equally clueless.
I am sorry Lowell but Jed is right, you don’t fire the owner. And I would submit to you that Bill Walsh was the one who started this mess. For all his football wisdom he hired Terry Donahue as his hand picked successor. The rest is history, as they say.
Jed isn’t going anywhere. Get used to it and hope for the best.
Of course Jed should ” fire” himself.
Many owners/ top executives have had to go in business at the demand of their stockholders. You can equivocate fans with being the stockholders. Jed and his family did great injustices to the fan base and ticket holders. He pulled the classic bait and switch. Harbaugh creates a winning team and “culture”,
and they steal the team away to Santa Clara from San Francisco, rip off the stake holders with outrageous licensing fees, then fire Harbaugh and gut the team.
Jed should be locked up!!
That’s nutty. I mean,since you say you don’t know sarcasm or understand the meaning of opinion. I will take what you say literal. Jed has committed no crime. You,must be crazy.
Bait and switch is a crime – it’s fraud. York sold the fans a bill of goods – to get a stadium built – once it was built he dismantled the product starting with the firing of Harbaugh. It’s been all downhill ever since.
Now fans who paid outrageous fees for the right to pay for tickets have been defrauded.
Have you heard of “The House that Harbaugh Built”? A banner was flown in his honor during the Seattle game.
Stan – you’re quite the commie simpleton.
That makes no sense. Only to you. But,you are blind.
First, great article sir, as always. And I know I said long ago that Chip Kelly simply would not last, he is just not an NFL coach. Frankly I am surprised he was not let go weeks ago and that he did not take a high profile college job. The writing was clearly on the wall for everyone to see but either he missed it, or thought he would somehow salvage the season and his job.
Far as Jed firing himself, I could not agree more. The best NFL franchises have a clear delineation between owners and those who run the business of football. The best, most consistently winning teams in the NFL have just that. It isn’t rocket science or written in a language not understood by the masses, it is simply understanding what ones strengths are and are not.
He should have plagiarized Mark Davis with “There are things I don’t know,so I’m hiring people who do know” Works for the PUSA’s wife too.
My god, Dennis…now you blame Walsh? Seriously? Are you high?
In any case, I suggest immediate medication. Heavy doses.
Your need to defend the indefensible has at this point gone miles beyond Ludicrous and is heading full speed straight on for Crazytown.
Bill Walsh made these morons BILLIONS (with a nice assist from Harbaugh).
That such rank, and I do mean rank, stupidity could result in a billion dollar fortune for destroying a 60+ year San Francisco institution is yet another of life’s imponderables in this godforsaken place we call Trumpland. (And, yet again, cheers Eddie! You delusional, much overhyped putz.)
So, Dennis, do explain to us former faithful how the Family York aren’t worth utter disdain, absolute contempt.
Bring the pain. We can see those wellworn wheels beginning to spin….
And just to clarify: Bill Walsh would have savaged these fools. Publicly. Loudly. And with flair.
David, it appears that you missed my point and for that I apologize because I don’t think I was clear enough. Lowell, in his way, was suggesting that Jed didn’t know enough to pick the next GM. That he needed to hire someone like his uncle Eddie did, like Bill Walsh. I was merely pointing out that Bill Walsh, for all his football genius, for all his football connections, for all his incite into all things football, left the 49ers with Terry Donahue. That is a fact.
My point is that hiring someone that knows something about hiring football talented executives doesn’t guarantee that they know what they are doing either. A certain amount of luck needs to be involved.
And for what it is worth, Lowell went on this same rant with Jed when he hired Baalke. (Look it up.) Then Baalke went on to hire Harbaugh, who you agree was a great hire.
Hiring head coaches and GM’s that will be successful is more about luck then knowledge.
Lowell has been in the business 37 years and he says Jed’s answer yesterday of “I own the team; you don’t dismiss owners” is the stupidest answer he’s ever heard in his career. Think about that.
Here’s a fact: every Tom, Dick and Harry has a blog now. Lowell, Grant, et. al. have a helluva lot more competition than before. Therefore they have to be more and more provocative to attract eyeballs. Lowell was obnoxious yesterday but hey, he got some national pub. so all good, right?
Be real folks! Jed, or his mom and dad, his family, whatever OWNS THE 49ERS! Owners don’t fire themselves.
I would have paid for Lowell to ask this question to Al Davis when the Raiders were terrible. Al, as weak and feeble as he was in his later days, would have tossed Lowell through a window.
What in the world is your point?
Jed York behaved like a jackass, and a gutless one at that, with his treatment of Kelly and then only compounded his obnoxiousness by the tone of that press conference.
You’re a fool if you give this boy another dollar.
Real enough for you?
You need to find another team. These anger issues you have are just not healthful.
Give who another dollar? I’m not a 49ers fan! I think the last time I went to a Niners game was for some pre-season affair at the Stick in the 80’s.
Watch. At some point Jed will get it right (probably sheer luck). He’ll hire a guy, they’ll win again and whiny entitled Niner fans will toast Jed.
No, Al would have just had John Herrera do it for him…
So here is the deal: Jed can fire Jed.
Yes, you read that right, Jed, can fire himself. Not as an owner, but from making the major Football decisions. And it can be as simple as that.
Why? Because other owners have done it and well, been successful. What has been most stable franchise in the Super Bowl Era? Pittsburgh Steelers. Period. It is as simple as three, THREE, head coaches since 1969. The Niners, 3 in the last 3 years. Can say what you want about players etc, but the fact is, 3 coaches, 6 Super Bowl Wins, 8 AFC Championships and more AFC Divisional Titles than any other AFC Team. I would say they are doing something right. So here is their structure:
Daniel M. Rooney, Chairman
Arthur J. Rooney II, President
Arthur J. Rooney Jr., Vice President
Kevin Colbert, Vice President & General Manager
Omar Khan, Vice President of Football & Business Administration
Dan Rooney Jr., Player Personnel Coordinator
Phil Kreidler, College Scouting Coordinator
Brandon Hunt, Pro Scouting Coordinator
Rooney Family has been principle owners since the 1930’s. And they are some of the best owners in the game. But they are owners. They have football people, to do football jobs. One family member is involved in football operations, and with his track record, hard to argue. Bottom line, they have a defined structure. Their GM, has been with the team since 2000, when he was hired as the Director of Football Operations. And his background? Was once upon a time a grad assistant in Basketball, Head Coach of the same college’s Baseball team and then moved on to football. Bottom line, he can evaluate talent.
If the Niners want to establish a winning culture, I suggest they look at the structure of the most successful organizations of the last 20 years: Pittsburgh, New England, New York Giants, Baltimore, Denver, Green Bay and Seattle (last several years at least). From 1998 to today, those first 5 organizations listed have won 2, 4, 2, 2 and 3 Superbowls between them, or 13 of 19. Those are the cultures of winners. And far as I can recall, in each case, while there are strong owners (aside from publicly owned Green Bay) each ownership team has an even better football team of people.
So Dave, just so I understand you, in the Pittsburgh structure, if the GM quits or say fired, who hires the next GM?
Dennis, if Colbert were fired, I am sure would go back to a VP of Football Operations and GM split as was prior to 2010. Rooney Family only hires when have too, but have built such a structure over time that while a part of decisions, they don’t make them solely. I am sure same true with those others I listed.
Sounds like a lot of speculating on your part, but explain how that is different than the way the 49ers do it.
Here is the bottom line for me. If I am writing the check and the check has 7 figures on it and it is coming out of my account you damn well better bet I am going to have final say on who it goes to. Everyone who doesn’t think Jed York or any owner in the NFL is going to have final say on who their GM or HC is is delusional.
Never said no final say, said no football say. Of course the Rooneys, Maras, Krafts have the final say, but also have the acumen and knowledge to get the right people. Bottom line, proof is in the results. Or as Jed liked to say, culture. They have it with franchises I listed, Niners, well, don’t.
Well, Lowell, who is the only other experienced football person left in the organization?
Answer: Tom Gamble.
What is Gamble’s role is in this search. Is he a candidate for the GM job? Is he running the search that will select himself in the end?
Pity the Washington press corp doesn’t ask questions in news conferences like sports writers do. Might get better policy.
I enjoyed your questions at the recent Jed York Q & A.
On the other hand…He’s a nice guy. Cut some good players who did very bad things that legally he could have kept on the roster. Al Davis would have. And,wouldn’t it be asinine to ask for him to give up his life’s identity? Owner of a billion dollar corporation and unlike most- HE is the face we see in good times …or bad.
What fool really expects him to abdicate and to walk away and take up stamp collecting?
Lowell Cohn, retired columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, covered sports for almost 40 years and never ran out of things to say.