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Lombardi: “The 49ers are going to hire Trent Baalke”

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The bizarre 49ers general manager search that looks like a poorly conceived public relations strategy took its strangest turn yet Wednesday.

Soon after a report surfaced that NFL Network analyst Mike Lombardi interviewed for the G.M. position, Lombardi appeared on the network’s Around the League and dismissed his chances.

“The 49ers are going to hire Trent Baalke,” Lombardi said.

Lombardi appreciated getting the opportunity to talk with 49ers President Jed York, but said speculation regarding his chances was unnecessary.

“I’m not a candidate there,” Lombardi said, while not denying he interviewed.  Lombardi thought Baalke will be hired within 48 hours.

Other than satisfying the Rooney Rule, the 49ers’ transparent attempt to interview job candidates with no real chance to be hired seems to serve little purpose.

The promotion of Baalke may not be a bad move in the end — although it continues a trend of not truly starting over in San Francisco.  Still, this charade leading up to his hiring feels like more of the same from perhaps the most dysfunctional franchise in football over the last decade.

UPDATE: York said publicly “We aren’t hiring anybody on Sunday.”  So Lombardi’s timeline may be off, but the reality remains that it’s Baalke’s job.  Like Florio reported Tuesday.

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37 Responses to “Lombardi: “The 49ers are going to hire Trent Baalke””
  1. importantpftcomment says: Dec 29, 2010 5:11 PM

    What is truly dysfunctional is the Rooney Rule itself.

    It forces teams to interview people that they have absolutely no intention of hiring, causing a waste of time and false hopes among other people.

    Actually I am not sure what is worse. The rule itself or the media that feels the need to constantly report that a “minority” candidate was interviewed in the first place.

  2. ravenspit says: Dec 29, 2010 5:11 PM

    Someone PLEASE hire Lombardi-anything to get him and his idiotic statements off of the NFL Network

  3. kingjoe1 says: Dec 29, 2010 5:13 PM

    They should hire a hot chick. That is what the NFL needs, less old white guys and more hot chicks.

  4. tdurdenlives says: Dec 29, 2010 5:17 PM

    “Still, this charade leading up to his hiring feels like more of the same from perhaps the most dysfunctional franchise in football over the last decade.”

    More dysfunctional than the Redskins? I don’t think so.

  5. jaggedmark says: Dec 29, 2010 5:19 PM

    “We aren’t hiring on Sunday.” could mean Sat, Fri, tomorrow.

    And the Raiders resent the the notion that the 49ers have been the most dysfunctional franchise over the last decade.

  6. crackills says: Dec 29, 2010 5:20 PM

    another reason Rooney Rule is idiotic.

    affirmative action for the NFL that no one follows.. only there to waist time.

    it’s obvious 3rd grade education is enough to get a job at the NFL front office.

  7. Nevis says: Dec 29, 2010 5:24 PM

    Jed York is an IDIOT if he does this. Mike Lombardi should already have a contract in hand.

    Mike Lombardi was part of scouting Jerry Rice. He has strong ties to Belichick and Belichick’s coaching tree. He worked for years for Al Davis (ie, he can handle the dysfunctional Yorks.) He has strong connections around the league. He has ties to Jim Harbaugh.

    If those credentials aren’t enough to convince someone he is the right man, I don’t know what is.

  8. hobartbaker says: Dec 29, 2010 5:26 PM

    Lombardi wasn’t optimistic. “First off they tell me, ‘Hey Mikey, you look shorter and fatter in person than on T.V.’.

    Then DeBartolo says, “Paisano, why doncha stick around a coupla extra days to help stomp the winter grapes from our vineyard?’ “.

  9. JSpicoli says: Dec 29, 2010 5:26 PM

    Fear the beard. Jed is about to make another epic bad decision.

  10. brooklynninerfan19 says: Dec 29, 2010 5:42 PM

    Did Lombardi not get a long enough interview for him to publicly cry about not getting the job?

  11. laffers says: Dec 29, 2010 5:42 PM

    Maybe this York idiot believes interviewing an Italian American satisfies the Rooney Rule!

  12. bordner says: Dec 29, 2010 5:46 PM

    kingjoe1 says:
    Dec 29, 2010 5:13 PM

    They should hire a hot chick. That is what the NFL needs, less old white guys and more hot chicks.
    ———————————————-
    Jen’s looking for work… and her gold-digger image would fit in nicely with the whole 49er theme. Gold-digger Jen & Sourdough Sam!

  13. austskate says: Dec 29, 2010 5:47 PM

    Not really sure what interviewing Mike Lombardi has to do with the Rooney Rule but I agree the rule does more harm than good.

  14. FinFan68 says: Dec 29, 2010 5:50 PM

    crackills says:
    Dec 29, 2010 5:20 PM
    another reason Rooney Rule is idiotic.

    affirmative action for the NFL that no one follows.. only there to waist time.

    it’s obvious 3rd grade education is enough to get a job at the NFL front office.
    —————————————-
    it would seem that the bar to post on this site is even lower than a 3rd grade education…what size waist? 32″, 36″…FAIL…what a WASTE

  15. canjura says: Dec 29, 2010 5:59 PM

    @Crackills: crack does kill, huh? it’s spelled waste, waist is the thing where his belt goes around.

    @JSpicoli: I hope they do hire Brian Wilson as GM, that’d definitely be the funnest front office in the history of the league! :p

  16. profootballwalk says: Dec 29, 2010 6:00 PM

    “crackills says: Dec 29, 2010 5:20 PM

    another reason Rooney Rule is idiotic.

    affirmative action for the NFL that no one follows.. only there to waist time.

    it’s obvious 3rd grade education is enough to get a job at the NFL front office.”

    Or comment on an internet site.

  17. bellicheat says: Dec 29, 2010 6:01 PM

    “only there to waist time.

    it’s obvious 3rd grade education is enough to get a job at the NFL front office.”

    Amusing that those so readily deriding another’s education or intelligence can be such utter failure themselves.

  18. hobartbaker says: Dec 29, 2010 6:04 PM

    “O.K., that’s an African-American and an Italian down. Do we need to do a Muslim, a woman, or a handicapped person?”.

  19. hobartbaker says: Dec 29, 2010 6:05 PM

    “Trent Baalke” sounds like it would harmonize better with “Trust Fund Baby” in any case.

  20. crackills says: Dec 29, 2010 6:17 PM

    Pointing out another users spelling mistakes on an internet message board = too dumb to add to the discussion

  21. sonoco says: Dec 29, 2010 6:41 PM

    Baalke isn’t formally interviewing with Jed York until New Years day.

  22. commandercornpone says: Dec 29, 2010 6:42 PM

    Hiring Baalke? Well, of course not, don’t be ridi-cool-us.

  23. ninerfan94954 says: Dec 29, 2010 6:43 PM

    It seems like they are actually trying to look inept and confused.

  24. sakatak says: Dec 29, 2010 6:43 PM

    has erin andrews been interviewed? if the nfl wants higher ratings, just saying.

  25. steviemo says: Dec 29, 2010 6:51 PM

    I like the guy who talked about 3rd grade education after writing, “waist time.”

    You just can’t make this stuff up….

  26. juddgr says: Dec 29, 2010 6:57 PM

    What about Ms Rice, thought she was a shoe in or maybe just a pain in the b__t

  27. pukey60 says: Dec 29, 2010 7:16 PM

    ….can’t say I didn’t tell ya so in an earlier comment.

    Clueless would be kind.

  28. jajibokum says: Dec 29, 2010 7:21 PM

    Who the hell is Baalke?!?!

  29. joetoronto says: Dec 29, 2010 7:27 PM

    hobartbaker says: Dec 29, 2010 5:26 PM

    Lombardi wasn’t optimistic. “First off they tell me, ‘Hey Mikey, you look shorter and fatter in person than on T.V.’.

    Then DeBartolo says, “Paisano, why doncha stick around a coupla extra days to help stomp the winter grapes from our vineyard?’ “.
    *******************************************************
    Just to be clear, saying something like this about Italians is cool, but saying something about certain other ethnic people isn’t, is that about right?

    I’m not offended by what you said, even though I’m an Italian-Canadian.

    I’m just wondering, what’s OK and what isn’t?

  30. abninf says: Dec 29, 2010 8:28 PM

    What is truly dysfunctional is the Rooney Rule itself.

    It forces teams to interview people that they have absolutely no intention of hiring, causing a waste of time and false hopes among other people.
    ——————————————-

    What it does is make sure the issue of skin color stays alive and helps prevent us from becoming a colorblind society. Liberal moonbats like Rooney wouldn’t know what to do if racism went away and took away democrat votes with it.

  31. realitypolice says: Dec 29, 2010 8:54 PM

    commandercornpone says:
    Dec 29, 2010 6:42 PM
    Hiring Baalke? Well, of course not, don’t be ridi-cool-us.
    =======================

    That’s awesome. I wonder if anyone else got it.

    Nice work, my man.

  32. latrops says: Dec 29, 2010 10:45 PM

    Other than satisfying the Rooney Rule, the 49ers’ transparent attempt to interview job candidates with no real chance to be hired seems to serve little purpose.

    —————–

    That is the purpose. The NFL decided years ago that you have to interview a black person before you can hire who you want or they will punish you, so black people get sham interviews. Bottom line, skin color is not a job qualification. The intent behind the Rooney Rule is good, but it just doesn’t work. The Lombardi situation is the latest in a long list. Time to do away with the Rooney Rule….if anything, it is actually diminishing black coaching and executive candidates now. Too much attention focused on race and not enough on real qualifications.

  33. favrelous says: Dec 30, 2010 12:40 AM

    I think the Rooney rule should apply to white players in the NFL. Before a black WR can be signed at least one white WR needs to get a shot.

  34. mean13 says: Dec 30, 2010 12:44 AM

    joetoronto says: Dec 29, 2010 7:27 PM

    hobartbaker says: Dec 29, 2010 5:26 PM

    Lombardi wasn’t optimistic. “First off they tell me, ‘Hey Mikey, you look shorter and fatter in person than on T.V.’.

    Then DeBartolo says, “Paisano, why doncha stick around a coupla extra days to help stomp the winter grapes from our vineyard?’ “.
    *******************************************************
    “Just to be clear, saying something like this about Italians is cool, but saying something about certain other ethnic people isn’t, is that about right?”

    The answer to your question is “yes”. hobartbaker will never make equally disparaging comments about blacks.

  35. duffer58 says: Dec 30, 2010 12:45 AM

    Are you people all totally ignorant? Number 1 the Rooney rule was put in place because of obvious discrimination. It has lead to many front office and Coaching postions for minorities. If you believe there is no discrimination now you probably watch Fox news.

  36. tombstone7 says: Dec 30, 2010 3:08 AM

    How is it that guys like Gruden and Cowher can say they are interested in any of these “teams?” Why is it that a black candidate can’t say, with any leverage, “I would consider coaching at Teams 1,2,3, and 4. That is a “privilege” that is reserved for white coaches! ….For example, What about Wille Brown at the Raiders? Is any team considering him for a Head Caoching position? NO!
    The Rooney Rule is a Big Joke and a subterfuge. Why is there a need to ensure that white organizations “interview ” a coach of color?” It’s a joke based on hypocrisy! Give credit to the Rooneys…they walk the walk….will Jerry Jones? Hell NO! Jason Garrettt, please step forward! This is not a race card issue, but reality!

  37. johnnyhose says: Dec 30, 2010 8:48 AM

    Wasn’t Baalke on the sit-com perfect strangers?

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