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Ted Sundquist interviews for Niners’ G.M. job

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The San Francisco 49ers have now increased their total of G.M. candidates not currently employed by NFL teams to three.

Former Broncos G.M. Ted Sundquist, who currently works for the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks, interviewed for the job on Thursday, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.  Sundquist previously served as G.M. of the Denver Broncos under Mike Shanahan, who eventually made Sundquist the scapegoat (in our opinion) for a series of personnel blunders committed by the head coach.

Other former NFL executives not currently employed by NFL teams who are on the 49ers’ radar include, per Barrows, UFL executive Rick Mueller and former Bills G.M. Tom Donahoe.  The 49ers previously interviewed Tony Softli and Michael Lombardi.

This scorched-earth approach to interviewing potential candidates who aren’t necessarily on the “A” list fits with the widespread belief that the Niners plan to hire V.P. of player personnel Trent Baalke, and that the other interviews are aimed at creating the impression that owner Jed York did his due diligence.

It’ll be interesting to see whether York interviews front-office employees from other teams once the 2010 regular season ends on Sunday, and whether he’ll wait for potential candidates from playoff teams.

If he doesn’t, the perception that the Niners settled on Baalke and then started working backward will essentially be confirmed.

What’s that, you say?  The Niners can’t wait for the “A” listers who work for playoff teams because they need to move quickly so that they can get ready for the 2011 season?  With a lockout looming, the 49ers have plenty of time to make the right decision instead of the expedient one.

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13 Responses to “Ted Sundquist interviews for Niners’ G.M. job”
  1. randymossblewit says: Dec 30, 2010 10:37 PM

    Two words….Nick Caserio

  2. juanhughjazz says: Dec 30, 2010 10:42 PM

    You left Matt Millen off your list.

  3. hobartbaker says: Dec 30, 2010 10:52 PM

    49ers could use the cheery optimism that Teddy Sunkist carries with him wherever he goes.

  4. importantpftcomment says: Dec 30, 2010 11:00 PM

    “If he doesn’t, the perception that the Niners settled on Baalke and then started working backward will essentially be confirmed.”

    What a crock…..if the guy gets hired, maybe, just maybe it is cause the niners thought he would be the best one for the job, no matter who became available…..but that wouldn’t fit with your constant assumptions, would it Mikey…….

  5. anacherforester says: Dec 30, 2010 11:07 PM

    Subtitled: “Jed York Tries To Impress His Elders.”

  6. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 30, 2010 11:08 PM

    “The Niners can’t wait for the “A” listers who work for playoff teams because they need to move quickly so that they can get ready for the 2011 season?”

    And wait till they expand to the 18 game season with fewer off season activities and only 2 preseason games. New HCs will be well and truly screwed then.

    How is a new HC ever going to do a decent job the first year in evaluating the personnel he already has, putting together his draft board, and evaluating the full roster once training camp rolls around and he has 3 whole weeks to do so and make the cut downs.

    Good f’ing luck with that. Any team that changes HCs in that scenario might as well write off the following season as a lost cause.

  7. cowboyshater says: Dec 30, 2010 11:12 PM

    Queue the calliope music….

  8. babyjesus69 says: Dec 30, 2010 11:32 PM

    That’s the key. Does he interview people from the Patriots or other playoff franchises? If not then this whole GM search for a culture change is full of BS. If he does interview people from playoff teams and still goes with Baalke he’s gonna be seen as still full of BS to go along with cheap!

  9. mayfieldroadboy says: Dec 30, 2010 11:35 PM

    Jed York, owner? Or is he just the spokesperson for Denise DeBartolo York and her husband? Isn’t his title something confusing like “chairman/owner with chairmen Denise and John York financially responsible for…and not usurping the role of Denise and John York with other NFL owners”? She was never raised to be “the boss”, and the decisions she has made concerning the 49ers, as well as the former DeBartolo sporting and real estate empire, legal or otherwise, has been grievously suspect. From the days of the Nolan hiring, MarieDenise DeBartolo York left her fingerprints all over so many unpopular decisions. Since this is probably the last time Denise will advise and consent about the new hiring, I think she may go back to the glory days of Bill Walsh and try to get Mike Holmgren to come back to the city which, we all know, he loves. I think Denise, living outside Cleveland, has had more than one conversation with Big Mike. So much mystery and intrigue exists within the ownerships of NFL teams.

  10. JCred says: Dec 30, 2010 11:49 PM

    Sundquist previously served as G.M. of the Denver Broncos under Mike Shanahan, who eventually made Sundquist the scapegoat (in our opinion) for a series of personnel blunders committed by the head coach.

    I don’t necessarily disagree with your assessment that Sundquist got scapegoated. However, shouldn’t you have disclosed that he was involved with PFT a couple of years back, after being fired from the Broncos?

    Sundquist was a convenient scapegoat but, considering that Shanahan had been given control of personnel, Ted was probably kept longer than needed.

  11. rraider says: Dec 31, 2010 12:06 AM

    They dont have time if they want to hire Harbaugh . Stanford plays Monday. The 9ers said they want a GM in place before hiring a coach. That means they have until Monday 3pm so the new GM can offer a contract to Harbaugh by midnight.

  12. garyln7 says: Dec 31, 2010 9:00 AM

    Scorched-earth approach……a bit dramatic there Mike….

  13. realitypolice says: Dec 31, 2010 9:47 AM

    What a crock…..if the guy gets hired, maybe, just maybe it is cause the niners thought he would be the best one for the job, no matter who became available…..but that wouldn’t fit with your constant assumptions, would it Mikey…….
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    Well that would be in keeping with the pattern of the niners current management making the worst possible decision in all football related matters.

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