Baalke considered as lock for next Niners G.M.

With a search that some league insiders consider to be window dressing aimed at creating the impression of due diligence (and Rooney Rule compliance), the Niners are believed to be focused on elevating Trent Baalke into the vacant G.M. job.

The 49ers did not appoint a new G.M. after firing Scot McCloughan in the weeks prior to the 2010 draft.  Baalke inherited most of the duties, but not the title.

Given their meeting with former Panthers and Rams executive Tony Softli, who currently is not employed by any NFL team, the Niners have complied with the requirement that at least one minority candidate be interviewed.  It’s believed that the remaining roster of candidates will include folks against whom Baalke will compare favorably.

Baalke presumably then will be involved in the hiring of the franchise’s next head coach.

23 responses to “Baalke considered as lock for next Niners G.M.

  1. It’s believed that the remaining roster of candidates will include folks against whom Baalke will compare favorably.

    So the plan is not to interview smart, competent people just to make sure your insider makes the cut? York is not much on “Best and brightest”, I guess.

  2. I really hope they interview all qualified candidates and then make a decision. When they rushed to crown Singletary as head coach- Shanahan came available. I don’t know what difference this would have made- but please no more rush jobs.

  3. Why does anyone outside of SF even care?

    Why is this site one of the very few that feel the need to make mention of the Rooney Rule EVERY SINGLE TIME there is a position open with the NFL and name the person that was interviewed, in an attempt to make that person look inferior!

    Seems to me that the way the site makes certain people look inferior in regards to a job only points to one thing — PREJUDICE!!!!!

    Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmm

  4. From the outside looking in, it would seem that Balki Bartokomous was the one running the show in San Fran for the last few years. If only Cousin Larry would’ve come to save the day.

  5. “With a search that some league insiders consider to be window dressing aimed at creating the impression of due diligence (and Rooney Rule compliance), the Niners are believed to be focused on elevating Trent Baalke into the vacant G.M. job.”

    Does that apply to GMs? I know it applies to coaches, but I don’t remember teams interviewing this way for GMs????

  6. So the answer to the 49ers resurrection lies in hiring someone from inside the organization as the new GM?

    I think we need to grant a waiver allowing niner fans to change teams without penalty.

  7. larry?

    curb your enthusiasm there

    methinks george costanza has learned enough as the assistant traveling secretary to take a crack at being the niners gm

  8. If Debartolo is really helping Jed search for a GM, there’s no way in hell Baalke gets that job. This is just as stupid as the claim they were gonna hire Steve Young as GM.

  9. Baalke served as acting GM this year and showed no ability to lead either. Perhaps the “window dressing” is saying that Baalke is actually a candidate for the job

  10. Calling Art Shell, calling Art Shell…

    The reason everyone makes fun of the Rooney Rule is because it’s RIDICULOUS. Come on importantpftcomment, it’s laughable!

    You are exactly right that it makes minority candidates look inferior. But it’s not this site’s fault, it’s the fault of the NFL. Put your blame where it belongs!!

    The problem with this rule, along with any affirmative action rule, is that whenever a minority candidate is interviewed/ hired, there’s always the question of whether or not the person is truly qualified or just hired based on race.

    When there’s special rules that segregate any segment of the population, it’s going to create judgments. This is like a sick social experiment. Please end the racist rules and laws. This is 2010, not 1950.

  11. UNREAL!!!!
    I give it 3 years (all losing seasons) hes fired and its back to the drawing board for the whiners. Rams, and Seahawks have made strides to get better. 49ers had more talent and couldnt do squat. Until the Yorks Leave, its all BAD!!!

  12. Niner fans should hope this is not true – hiring this guy as GM would be no way to get a clean start. With Jed York in charge, the team is making the Raiders’ front office and coaching staff look like the more stable organization in the Bay Area.

  13. 29 year old trust fund babies are not ideal NFL franchise owners. sick reality, eh?

    and it’s a shame the rooney rule has come to this. they really need to retool it because it’s at the point where it’s easy enough to circumvent, just awkward and inconvenient. but not awkward and inconvenient enough to not transparently circumvent it. which makes the rooney rule a complete joke.

    don’t blame PFT for mentioning it, be happy that someone is. if you don’t agree with the rooney rule, blame the source, not the messenger. the NFL is completely ignoring how obviously outdated and flawed it is, and it probably shouldn’t be canned all together yet, but it needs to be re-evaluated and re-tooled bigtime.

  14. The real problem is that the team is run by a 29 year old trust fund baby. What the hell does he know about business! He’ll hire his friend rather than a competent GM who would challenge his authority.

    I really wish the fans could fire the Yorks and bring back Eddie DeBartolo.

  15. realitypolice says:

    “I think we need to grant a waiver allowing niner fans to change teams without penalty.”

    I think we need to grant a waiver allowing niner fans to change OWNERS without penalty!

  16. This has disaster written all over it. Its been said before– the Niners need an experienced GM with the connections and gravitas to land a first rate head coach. Baalke may one day become a good executive somewhere or with the Niners, but this hire is too important to screw around with.

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