Lowell Cohn: 49ers clean house with broom held by inept hands
No grieving for Trent Baalke and Chip Kelly.
Before the 49ers lost to the Seahawks — what else? — multiple reports said Baalke and Kelly got the ax, something they richly deserved. Baalke admitted he got the heave-ho before the game.
Immediately after the game, Kelly said he didn’t know if he would get fired. Said he was meeting with team owner Jed York. The word of Chip’s firing came two hours after the game. Came in a tweet from a national writer, followed by a news release from the team. The 49ers are so lacking in class.
Baalke spoke on radio before the game even began. Get a look at what he said. “Sometimes you need to reset the culture.” He meant the 49ers reset their culture by firing him. You could take his words as a slap at Kelly. I mean if you’re going to reset the culture that means firing the coach, too.
Not that I disagree. But what Baalke said is so Baalke. He always seemed at odds with coaches. Never seemed to pull together with them. Which meant the 49ers were, by definition, divided, fractured, in perpetual strife. GM vs. head coach.
The 49ers finally need a head coach and general manager who work together, who believe the success of the team depends on their cordial, combined efforts. With Baalke it seemed he was saying he did his job but the coach screwed up. With Kelly it seemed he was saying he did his job but the GM screwed up.
The 49ers are a giant screw-up.
But forget Baalke and Kelly. Just forget them. They are history. Time to move on. Time to hire a new GM and new head coach. Time to ask the only relevant questions:
What gives you confidence the 49ers can make the right moves to improve the team?
To cease being a league-wide joke?
Sure, they can fire people. They specialize in firing people. Do they know how to hire people?
The right people?
What inspires you to believe the postscript to this season’s disaster will be different from postscripts to previous disasters?
Author’s message here: We are talking about Jed York now. Now, we are exclusively talking about no one but Jed, the rich kid whose parents gave him a team. My parents gave me a baseball mitt and a Smith Corona typewriter. Jed’s parents gave him the 49ers.
Baalke and Chip were not the 49ers’ problem. They were symptoms of the problem. Jed is the problem. Jed and his mother and father and the whole degraded York ownership are the problem. Jed, so inept, so unprepared for his responsibility, will lead the search for a new GM and head coach. God save us from Jed the searcher. Jed is no searcher. Jed is a failure. A monumental failure in a three-piece suit.
Let’s do a quick tour through his searching history for head coaches. Let’s do it for old time’s sake. He hired Mike Singletary. You want to smack yourself in the head over that one. Jed lucked out into hiring Jim Harbaugh, but then Jed fired Harbaugh. A clown move. Then Jed hired Jim Tomsula, a one-season dud, followed by Chip, another one-season dud.