Lowell Cohn: Jed York is the owner of this 49ers mess
SANTA CLARA - Jed York gave the stupidest answer at his Monday news conference. I’m saying it was the stupidest answer I’ve heard in 37 years in this business.
He was doing his usual blah-blah about how he wants to improve his miserable product – the team. So, I grabbed the media microphone and said, “You dismissed your general manager and coach because they didn’t reach certain performance standards.”
“That’s part of it,” he interrupted. I didn’t need his interruption.
“OK, let’s stick to that part,” I insisted. “Why shouldn’t you be dismissed or reassigned for the same reasons?”
Meaning he is easily as incompetent as just-fired Chip Kelly and Trent Baalke. Jed looked at me. Swallowed hard. You could see him thinking, “Are people allowed to ask questions like that? Of me?”
“Again,” he said, “nothing I’m going to say is going to be satisfactory.”:
“Say something,” I said.
“We are going to be judged on what we do and what we accomplish. We haven’t accomplished enough. I own this football team. You don’t dismiss owners. I’m sorry that that’s the facts and that’s the case, but that’s the fact.”
That was the stupid answer I’ve been referring to. The stupidest.
I mean, did he have “You don’t dismiss owners” written on a cue card? Did he walk into the room ready to claim his owner’s privilege? Did his head of public relations tell him, “When Lowell asks a really tough one about your level of competence, just tell him you own the team and he and the fans can go screw themselves.” Or did Jed come up with that all on his own?
Here is an equivalent statement for “You don’t dismiss owners.”
“It’s my ball and we play by my rules.”
Nerds who said that in Brooklyn when I was a kid also stuck out their tongues at us. Jed just stuck out his tongue at the entire fan base. He said, in effect, “You can’t touch me and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
One question: Since when is Junior the owner? Excuse me, but I’ve always thought Mommy is the owner. I’ve always thought Mommy can rescind his owner privileges. If only she would.
Monday was not a great day for Jed. Had the dry mouth. Looked morally offended that we media lowlifes held him accountable. My heart broke for him.
A while later, Grant Cohn asked this one. “You said you own this football team. A lot of owners don’t make football decisions. What’s your response to those who say you should remove yourself from football decisions and hire a president to run the show?”
“We have a president,” Jed shot back. Snotty tone. “His name is Al Guido, and I don’t make football decisions.”
But Jed does make football decisions. He will make one soon when he hires a new coach and GM. So he wasn’t being honest. What a surprise from a moral paragon like him. As far as Al Guido goes, what does he know about football? I like Al. He is a nice man, full of pep. But he is not a football expert.