In the Fall of 2016, I wrote this letter to Jed York (with no reply, of course). Since then, He has taken some positive actions by finally firing Trent Baalke and bringing in a new regime who will hopefully turn this team around. While I am cautiously optimistic, I realize that it will take years to undo the damage that York/Baalke has brought to this team…
The State of the 49ers…
I have been a 49er fan since I was a kid and still remember vividly the first game I ever attended at Kezar Stadium in 1966 when we beat the Green Bay Packers 21-20 in a thriller. I became glued to my transistor radio from that point forward listening to the great Lon Simmons call the games.
I finally became a season ticket holder in 1981 and had the pleasure of attending their first Super Bowl in Pontiac and again in 1984 at Stanford. The 1980’s and 1990’s were our golden treasure years under the leadership of your Uncle Eddie who brought us 5 Super Bowl trophies.
I’m sad to say that since your Uncle Eddie DeBartolo left, leadership has been lacking as well as the product on the field.
I’m sadder to say that I have lowered my expectations to the point where I simply wish that our team would be better than the Cleveland Browns. They spanked us pretty good last year.
The truth is that since your Father fired Steve Mariucci in 2003, the team has been in a downward trend. There was a fleeting 3 years of hope when you hired John Harbaugh in 2011. He was a real football man and the product showed it. Then politics became more important than football and the team has been in a steep downward spiral since with no end in sight.
I have some doubts that Chip Kelly is a real NFL caliber football man, but, he has no talent to work with due to your lack of leadership and the incompetence of your GM, Trent Baalke.
I faithfully watch the NFL draft, but in the last 5 years, I now look for when Baalke will draft a player with an ACL tear. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if he drafted a highly touted wide receiver with big hands and two broken knees. At least, he will be able to make a great one-handed catch at the line of scrimmage for no gain on a 3rd and 2 situation.
Last year, I cringed when Baalke drafted a punter in the 5th round. But, after thinking about it, it was a wise move as he is now the most used player on the squad.
In terms of our QB situation, we have lost the last 2 games within 4 days to teams playing their 2nd string QB’s. I am now thinking that the other 31 teams in the NFL have QB’s on their practice squads that are better than any QB on our roster.
I know that you desperately want to be a Jedi, but somewhere along the line, you lost your “i”. And, if you had a light saber fight with Baalke, he will say to you, “I am your Father”… and you would be mesmerized.
As far as the new stadium, it is nice, but too sterile. It’s been two years now and I’m still waiting for the Ring of Honor to be proudly displayed. Could it be that all of the Honorees were produced under prior leadership and you are afraid that none will ever be added again under your reign?
When can I expect this team to become better than the Cleveland Browns again?