Stop stalling, Jed. Hire Eliot Wolf. Now.
Wolf is the no-brainer choice for the 49ers GM job. He comes from a first-class organization — the Packers. And, he’s the son of maybe the greatest general manager ever — Ron Wolf. All of the father’s protégés are excellent. Hiring one to run a team in 2017 is equivalent to hiring a Bill-Walsh’s protégé to coach a team in 1992. You can’t miss.
Don’t miss, Jed.
According to Mike Silver of NFL.com, York may hit the bull’s-eye. On Monday, Silver tweeted that Wolf is a leading contender for the 49ers GM job along with Brian Gutekunst — another member of the Packers’ front office.
This is good news, 49ers fans. Either Gutekunst or Wolf would be a fine hire, although Wolf would be better. He’s the rising star in the Packers organization. He’s the prodigy. He’s the one who’s been helping Green Bay draft players since he was 11.
I assume York will hire Wolf soon. I assume York won’t blow it this time. So for the next few days, I’m coming out with a four-part series explaining how Wolf might begin to rebuild the 49ers. This is Part 1.
CHOOSING THE NEXT HEAD COACH
When Ron Wolf took over the Packers in 1992, he needed someone who could develop the quarterback he was about to trade for — 22-year-old Brett Favre. So, Wolf hired the best offensive-minded coach he could get — 43-year-old Mike Holmgren. Bill Walsh’s quarterbacks coach and George Seifert’s offensive coordinator.
Call this is Eliot Wolf’s template.
Eliot is in a similar situation as his father was 25 years ago. Eliot needs a franchise quarterback as well as someone to groom him. An offensive coordinator who’s ready to be head coach.
The obvious choice is Kyle Shanahan, son of Mike Shanahan, who became the 49ers’ offensive coordinator after Holmgren went to the Packers. That makes Kyle Shanahan a 49ers descendant. Plus he runs a West Coast Offense. And he’s brilliant at grooming quarterbacks. He’s a perfect fit.
But there’s a problem: He’s perfect for every team that needs a head coach. He’s the best offensive coordinator in the NFL. And he has interviewed with four of the six teams that have head-coaching vacancies this offseason. He can pick his destination.
He could pick the Rams, who have a fabulous defensive line, a terrific young running back in Todd Gurley and an extremely talented young quarterback in Jared Goff, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft. Shanahan could make him great.
Wolf probably should find someone else.
The obvious second choice is Josh McDaniels, the offensive coordinator for the Patriots. He seems attainable. According to reports, he wants the 49ers job. Sees the team as a blank slate he can remake to his liking.
Wolf should be careful with him. McDaniels thinks he can build and coach a team all by himself. Thinks he can spot talent.
The first thing McDaniels did in Denver was try to trade Jay Cutler for Matt Cassel. That trade didn’t go through, but the offer became public and Cutler wasn’t happy. Right away, McDaniels alienated his starting quarterback.