Owning Up

There is one thing that all fans have in common, a dislike for the business side of football. Unfortunately in this modern era it has become just as important if not more important than what takes place between the lines of the field. This is where the 49ers will have to make their moves after the final game of the season today against the Arizona Cardinals. A game that was scheduled to be played the last game of the season because many thought it would decide the outcome of the division. Little did the NFL realize, it still does decide the outcome of who finishes in last place.

The winner avoids finishing in last place in one of the worst divisions in NFL history, the loser gets a better pick in next year’s draft. That draft takes a particular twist for the 49ers because they currently are looking to find a general manager as well as a coach.

Rumors have run rampant over the speculation that current VP of player personnel Trent Baalke will be the man 49ers president Jed York chooses to be the next GM. Many believe that Baalke will be able to hand deliver Jim Harbaugh-the coach preferable to most fans. Although there are just as many reports stating that Harbaugh is unlikely to go to San Francisco as there are that he will.

The chance of that happening took an additional hit today when John Elway was named VP of the Denver Broncos, who also have a coach opening and many believe Elway will use his ties with Stanford to lure Harbaugh into coaching Denver next season. Regardless of whether or not the 49ers are able to hire Harbaugh, what will be most important to the team next season and in future years is competency.

York must hire a GM that people perceive as competent initially if they are also to hire a coach that can take the team to the next level. Given the recent history of this team, fans are cautiously optimistic that they find a way to get it right this time. But landing a quality GM, a respectable coach and a franchise quarterback all in one off-season will be a hell of a task, one that will require the 29 year old president of the 49ers to once and for all own up.


I have eaten, slept and breathed the 49ers since I knew what football was. Favorite all time players are Steve Young and Jerry Rice, even got to see Rice go into the HOF. I try to bring different perspectives to 49ersnews.com in hopes of sparking some debates in Niner Nation about whats best for the team. Hope everyone enjoys them and if not then comment and tell me why! GO NINERS!
  • LoneTexas49erFan

    We need Gruden bottom linem as Life long fan this is a no brainer, it pisses me off we wont just make it happen. If we wanted to we could bring in Holmgren or Floyd reese, but it seems as if money is the issue, its ridiculous because we will be going through the same cycle of crap if we do not get winners in here, unprovens are just too risky and we need change quick. The true fan base is fed up, everyone is fed up, it seems like the media want us to get Harbough just because he could bring in Luck with him, but that shouldnt be the reason, its too risky look at Erickson, good in College, bad in the NFL. We need Gruden if you did a poll the fans would want this, we should petition to the Yorks, we want a a proven coach, we want Gruden. If you did a poll, regardless if all the fans on here are Harbough fan club, ther poll of the fans would want Gruden in here!!! He will bring us back 2+2=4 it makes complete sense WTF!!!

    • josh meeker

      yeah im a lil worried about Harbaugh myself, not many college coaches make the leap and are successful. But he does seem to have a good family pedigree, his brother is going a great job with the Ravens. Plus Harbaugh played qb in the NFL recently so he understands the pro attitude unlike a lot of college coaches. Gruden is great too, but guys like Peter King have completely ruled him out of the SF job so I dont know about him.

      • LoneTexas49erFan

        Ya, Josh I’m with ya, I just don’t have a good feeling about Harbough, at this point in the game we need to not take chances, the fans asa whole dont have patience, I dont have patience, its just a big mess they need to fix immediatly and its no rocket science, Its gotta be money bro I’m figuring. The Yorks are definitly not Mr. D, that is established and Jed can talk to his uncle to he’s blue in the face, he want be as good as an owner as him, because uncle Eddie in his younger days would of gone for provens. Mr. D always spent the money and brought in star players that filled our need, players that were an proven stars like Deon, Norton, Hacksaw and others, he transformed this team and brought in a offensive genius in Walsh, and in my opinion Gruden is a dynamic offensive guy, not as good as Wlash, but he knows his system and the tradition we have here, Harbough will not, it will take years and we need sucess ASAP!!!!!

  • LoneTexas49erFan

    What do ya think Josh, is Alex gonna stay as a backup role when we get a Mcnabb or someone like that I’m hoping since we have so much time invested in him he should be a backup role, he would be good at that, he’s just not good every game. You know Mr. D did bring in Mooch, but he was already an assistant with the packers nd he did have NFL experience but not as a head coach, but regardless Harbough is just a big risk we cant afford to take at this point in our orginization, way too risky in my view. I hope we get Gruden Josh, regardless what peter kings says I think he wilkl do well. Is it me or does the national media does not respect us or really doesnt like us, it seems like the alot of jealousy of the past and not much respect at all. Watch the after video of the game yesterday, Westbrook always proves me right, he does not want to be a 49er, he does not like it here and I can tell he wants out, maybe its me but that dude never seems happy or breaks a smile, it could be his dry personality but he always looks unhappy here like he wantsd it to be over, kinda not liking him, he’s playing for the 49ers, he not palying for the panthers, just becausee our record is bad he needs to realize who he’s playing for, everyone goes thru slumps, look at our arch rival cowbillies.

    • Josh Meeker

      I think I replied about Alex Smith in the other article but yeah he said to a reporter about coming back, "Um….no." So hes basically a goner, and as far as Westbrook he had a meeting with Baalke today and later told reporters he does not want to waste away on the bench in 2011 so I think Westbrook is a goner also.

      • LoneTexas49erFan

        Josh do you know of any key players we might lose for next season, who going and who's gonna resign, the top players. We have Willis locked up VD and who else is locked and who is on the way out. Is Sims gone, and are we keeping Justin Smith, he's awesome!! And can we get Mcnabb or Vick, they will be free agents and I'm sure Jed will go after that proven QB.

        • 49ersNews

          Lone…Franklin, Lawson, Baas, Goldson, Wragge, Spikes, Westbrook, Ginn, La Boy…those are some of the names. Goldson is a RFA so he should be back. He\’s not getting the top dollar he wants. I\’d keep Franklin (but not at the big money he wants) Lawson, Spikes, Baas should be re-signed. Wragge is a good backup to fill holes on the line. La Boy not a necessity. Ginn probably good to keep around as a returner/receiver if they can\’t get anything better.

  • LoneTexas49erFan

    Ya Josh Bro, lets Pray for Gruden I think he’s our best bet, I just don’t know about Harbough, get a bad feeling.

  • NJ9erfan

    There can be no argument that an experienced head coach is needed after the recent failure of Mike to be able to move this team in the right direction. Loaded with talent his inability to get the job done is only proof that a seasoned veteran is needed in the head coach position. I grew up in Marin County and moved to Jersey in 1980, I was able to give my three huge brother in-laws so much crap, now not so much. Each check I scratch out to direct tv doesn't help make it any better….