Jed York is already on record saying that the 49ers will hire a General Manager first and whomever they hire will take part in bringing in the new head coach. Now we just have to sit and wait and see what the team comes up with for candidates. Names that will most likely float around are Parcells and Jimmy Johnson, but that is not likely to happen. A name to keep an eye on that might have a good shot is NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi.
Tim Kawakami thinks that if the team is looking at Harbaugh as the next head coach, Lombardi is most likely top candidate for GM. Here is a little background on Lombardi.
- 1999 to 2007 – Oakland Raiders: Hired by owner Al Davis to become Senior Personnel Executive working closely with the owner on all football matters. Liaison with head coach and owner; responsible for pro and college player evaluations; and handled veteran contracts.
- 1998 – Philadelphia Eagles: Promoted to Director of Pro Personnel after serving as a consultant to team owner Jeffrey Lurie in 1997. Managed the professional personnel department and advised owner and chief financial officer on all player contracts and salary cap issues.
- 1996 – St. Louis Rams: Prepared advisory reports for ownership during head coach search.
- 1987 to 1996 – Cleveland Browns: Joined team as Pro Personnel Director in 1987. Promoted to Director of Player Personnel in 1992 where he worked under head coach Bill Belichick and was responsible for all college and pro personnel decisions; managed salary cap and player personnel issues; oversaw staff of 13 college and pro scouts; handled all player contracts and advised head coach on all football matters.
- 1984 to 1987 – San Francisco 49ers: Hired as Area Scout where he was responsible for the west region from Texas to California. Reported to head coach Bill Walsh and assistant coaches in all matters of college scouting and supplied information for use during the NFL draft.
Of course we’ll most likely have to wait a week or so to start getting more legit names and reports of who the 49ers are meeting with, let’s just hope Jed makes the right move and gets a GM fast so they can go out and get a new head coach.