49ers Football Leadership Shows the “Other Half” How To Operate
By Robert Haugh
The 49ers first draft with a new regime was a nice surprise. Coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch pulled off some masterful trades to get two top quality defensive players and add draft picks. Thank you, Chicago Bears.
Sport reporters are applauding their savvy moves. Even Mercury News sports columnist Tim Kawakami, a frequent critic of the team, wrote a nice column about the draft moves. (LINK).
We also applaud Shanahan and Lynch for their moves yesterday. At the very least, they’ve given the fans some hope after many dismal years of bad football decisions. It’s like wrestling fans getting excited to see A.J. Styles debut.
So, we’re wondering what if the 49ers could re-shape the part of the front office that’s in charge of city hall relations and community relations?
Their record in Santa Clara since the stadium was built is even worse than their on the field performance. Here are the “lowlights” that was highlighted in a February column:
- They tried to take the Youth Soccer Park from soccer kids and failed, leaving them with nothing and creating lots of bad feelings in the community.
- They tried to lower their own rent. Seriously.
- They won’t turn over documents for a City audit which makes people think that they are hiding something big.
- They have their fingerprints all over BluPAC, a dark money organization that tried to take over the City Council and they won’t just deny that they’ve funded them.
- They brought in dozens of employees by bus to city hall to attack Mayor Lisa Gillmor whose popularity in Santa Clara is sky high.
- Then, to top it off, they sued the city, their landlords. Go figure.
Most people around town believe that Jed York makes all these bad decisions. That’s probably true. It’s his team after all, so it’s his right. But he’s clearly getting lousy advice. It’s like he’s listening to Trent Baalke and Jim Tomsula about what to do in Santa Clara. That’s scary.
So who are the Baalke and Tomsula of the non-football side of the 49ers front office?
According to the team website, it’s these people who are at the top of the non-football org chart:
- Al Guido, President
- Hannah Gordon, General Counsel
- Brano Perkovich, Chief Investment Officer
- Scott Sabatino, Chief Financial Officer
- Patty Inglis, Executive Vice President
As Jed York, said earlier this year after firing Chip Kelly, “You don’t dismiss owners.”
If Jed can’t dismiss himself, he has to fire some or all of the five people listed above to turn around the team in the Santa Clara community. If he doesn’t want to fire anyone, maybe we could trade them all to the Chicago Bears and let Shanahan and Lynch draft new people.