Who will the San Francisco 49ers hire as their new GM?
It seems to me that the San Francisco 49ers are about to make a very bad mistake. They have not interviewed one A list candidate for their open General Manger position and that is leading to a lot of speculation that they have already made a choice, and no for apperance sake are interviewing a few people. It looks like current Vice President of Player Personnel Trent Baalke will get the job. The problem with that is personnel are part of what is wrong with the 49ers, and it has been Baalke who has been making those decisions.
Baalke effectively ahs been the San Francisco GM since they lost their in the weeks leading up to the 2010 NFL draft. I would argue that the decision to trade away backup QB Shaun Hill and draft offensive lineman to help protect Alex Smith was a horrible mistake and should have sealed Baalke’s fate with the team. He should be fired and the Niners should start over fresh.
Now, they may not have interviewed many A listers, but have interviewed a number of folks capable of doing a fine job. The latest was Ted Sundquist who ran the Omaha Nighthawks in 2010 and was the former GM of the Denver Broncos. Ted did a pretty good job in Denver, even though Mike Shanahan tried to scape goat him for several personnel blunders in their final years there.
Sometimes change for change’s sake is good. The Niners may have been thought of very highly prior to the 2010 season, but they look to be a team and an organization with several deep flaws. Remember the next Niners GM will hire the next Niners Coach and likely draft the next Niners starting QB.
- San Francisco 49ers news and notes
- The Business of the NFL
- Joshua Lobdell.com