Jed York is the most-hated sports-team owner in Northern California. No one else comes even close.
I bring this up because Jed’s father, John, told reporters in Atlanta after the 49ers lost their 13th in a row, that he and his wife Denise — the parents of Jed — are not stripping him of his power, as has been reported. And the parents are not moving Jed out of football operations.
This, I suppose, was to reassure Jed. It’s terrible when your parents fire you, even when you deserve it. But are the fans supposed to feel reassured that Jed is sticking around? The dad, no football genius himself, just served notice on everyone that his management-inadequate son, only 36 years old, will be in charge making a mess of things for a long time to come.
Feeling reassured, Niners fans?
Happy for Jed, Niners fans?
I want to put this sad, bad news about the bumbler Jed into a context. Coach Chip Kelly held his weekly news conference on Monday. Chip stood in front of the media and heard us ask him questions about his own inadequacies. Why does the team keep losing? Is Chip doing a good job? Painful but fair questions.
And Chip stood up to them. But, really, Chip should not be up there week after week bobbing and weaving from incoming missiles, in spite of the fact he is a substandard coach. Jed should be the one standing there explaining himself, explaining what keeps going wrong year after year on his watch.
Jed is the architect of the mess. Jed alone. Jed hired Chip, who also is part of the mess. But Jed is responsible for the full catastrophe, and no one sees him or hears from him these days. Which may or may not mean he is a coward. You make the call.
It is Jed who kept Trent Baalke instead of Jim Harbaugh.
It is Jed who created an environment in which no credible coach wants the 49ers head-coaching job. Jed was reduced to hiring two men the league did not want — Jim Tomsula and Chip. Jed takes what he can get — the league’s leftovers.
It is Jed whose team has about $45 million in cap space but barely paid for credible free agents for this season. It is Jed who runs the team with the fifth-highest value in the NFL and it is Jed who did not spend. Some people call this being cheap.
It is Jed who does not care about winning. Doesn’t seem to care.
It is Jed who has given fans — The Faithful — the impression he’s OK with losing. Jed and his parents rake in the money. That’s all they seem to care about. They are filthy rich. Winning be damned. Jed makes season-ticket holders and PSL holders a bunch of suckers.
People used to make fun of Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, said he was the worst owner in the league. Wrong. Snyder used to be a bad owner — he’s improving — but he always wanted to win.
He spent money to win. He just didn’t know how to run a football operation. Jed is not even in Daniel Snyder’s class. That’s how disappointing Jed is.