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SF becomes more of a mess. First, SF trades Vernon Davis for picks. SI is reporting 3 picks but it's really just a single pick gained (a 6th in 2017) and will flip 6th and 7th rounders this year. How SI can call that a trade for "three draft picks" makes no sense to me. Link
Second story from SF is that SF us benching Kaepernick for Gabbert. Hilarious. 49ers made the move a week before their bye in hopes of enticing a trade before the trade deadline (like some team is going to risk $31m in guaranteed salary for a questionable QB midseason). Link
Jed York and Trent Baalke, we salute you.
I apologize if others find this off-topic. I wasn't going to post this at first, but the schadenfreude is overwhelming. Kaepernick is having a record day for the 49ers, and not in a good way.
From our friend Tim Kawakami:
The post-Harbaugh 49ers sure look a lot like the pre-Harbaugh 49ers. https://t.co/IDev0g3gz2— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) September 27, 2015
Epic. This is an epic implosion.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) September 27, 2015
Throwing shade at Dilfer for bashing Harbaugh for 49ers CEO Jed York:
Perfect lead-in from Brennaman: "Colin Kaepernick, 4 INTs today. The first 49er QB to throw that many INTs in a day since Trent Dilfer."— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy) September 27, 2015
Mike Nolan LOVED Dilfer as his QB. All mediocre executives love Dilfer. https://t.co/7OBcsmyahB— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) September 27, 2015
Jim Tomsula LOL
Good thing Jim Tomsula let the players take breaks during meetings to check their phones. Truly innovative coaching.— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy) September 27, 2015
May as well extend that policy to games, too https://t.co/XEuKwzaUrj— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) September 27, 2015
Jeezus, the negative media barrage on York-Baalke in SF just seems endless.
And the 2015 season hasn't even started yet.
But I’ve said this from last season: When York and his lieutenants began the whisper campaign to get rid of Jim Harbaugh a full year before they ended up firing him, that entire escapade–16 games of it–knocked the entire franchise off of its bearings.
York had to know that plotting against his very successful coach FOR A FULL SEASON wasn’t healthy, didn’t he? There were going to be unforeseeable complications and problems.
Every team has to deal with problems and tough personalities and the regular turmoil and atrophy of an NFL season.
Important point: It’s not at all probable that Harbaugh, in a normal, healthy franchise situation, would’ve lasted much longer than 4 seasons anyway.
But when you attack your own good coach, then deny you’re doing it, then fire him anyway, then deny you fired him by calling it a “mutual parting” and when everybody understands that’s a non-truth… you set yourself up for incredible instability.
Saw this in the local rag this morning (LINK):
Former Davenport Central football star Roger Craig was back in the Quad-Cities recently and noted that all of his old teams seem to be in transition right now. Davenport Central, the University of Nebraska and the San Francisco 49ers all have made recent coaching changes.
Craig was especially disheartened to see Jim Harbaugh leave the 49ers to become the head coach at Michigan. “Harbaugh is the guy that built the culture there …’’ he said. “We weren’t any good for about 10 years before he got there. We were in a dark hole. He took us out of the dark hole and gave us light.
I’m really afraid they’re going to go backward now.’’ Craig said he liked Harbaugh because his players played hard, like they were “starving’’ for victory. “You have to play like you’re starving. Not hungry. Hungry isn’t good enough …’’
Craig said. “When you’re starving, you’ll do whatever is necessary to get your food. You want your players to play like they’re starving.’’
Happy Mother's Day, and Go Blue!
Former 49ers CB defends Jim Harbaugh and blasts Alex Boone. Some other stuff about tonight's Real Sports episode too.