The owner of the 49ers, Jed York, held a press conference today and I wasted part of my afternoon watching it. York said the usual things: “this season was unacceptable”; “fans deserve better”; “we’re going to build a championship team”; etc. and so forth. The 49ers just barely managed to not be the worst team in the NFL this season by winning one more game than the Browns (the 49ers won two games). As a consequence, York fired the current head coach, Chip Kelly, and the team’s general manager, Trent Baalke. Kelly is the third coach to be fired by the 49ers in as many years. York is now left to his own devices looking for a new head coach and a new general manager to somehow save this dumpster fire of an organization. The sad part about the 49ers current situation, is that it didn’t have to be this way.
Just a few years ago, the 49ers were a winning team. They were titans of the NFC West with a stellar defense, a decent quarterback and a winning record. They made multiple appearances to the NFC Championship game and made it to the Super Bowl once. This all happened under the helm of coach Jim Harbaugh. Unfortunately, Harbaugh was fired by York for petty reasons and the 49ers have since slipped into NFL oblivion. York managed to get a new stadium built in Santa Clara, but has been forced to give tickets away for free to 49ers games on twitter. Tickets were selling on StubHub for less than $14.
Since the unceremonious firing of Harbaugh, the 49ers have failed to garner interest from players or coaches. No one wants to work for that organization and I don’t blame them. As long as York is at the helm of this team, I do not see the 49ers going anywhere, which is sad. Men give their bodies to this game. They at least deserve a fair chance at winning something.