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Baalke gets Niners G.M. gig

Despite a late push from NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi (there were rumors that he met again today with owner Jed York), the 49ers have decided to promote Trent Baalke from the position of V.P. of player personnel to General Manager.

The move was first reported by David White of the San Francisco Chronicle, and it was confirmed by Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.

The move comes after York interviewed a smattering of candidates with no current NFL affiliation.  He did not interview any persons currently employed by any NFL teams, and he did not wait for any candidates from playoff teams to become available.

And so the suspicion has been confirmed that York attempted to create the impression that he performed due diligence in hiring a G.M., even if York really didn’t.

Next up?  Hiring a head coach.  It remains to be seen whether the decision to go with Baalke means that Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh remains in play.  There has been suspicion and speculation that Baalke and Harbaugh won’t mesh well, and that Harbaugh and Lombardi would have been a much better fit.

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37 Responses to “Baalke gets Niners G.M. gig”
  1. realitypolice says: Jan 4, 2011 9:18 PM

    That’s so REE-DEEK-U-LUSS!!

  2. babyjesus69 says: Jan 4, 2011 9:19 PM

    Balki better get Harbaugh or I become a Chargers fan. They’re moving to LA anyways

  3. realitypolice says: Jan 4, 2011 9:19 PM

    Harbaugh ain’t going there.

  4. raiderrob21 says: Jan 4, 2011 9:24 PM

    So they promoted a guy that had a huge part in the problems and demise of the organization the last 5+ years?
    GREAT MOVE WHINERS!

  5. icewalker946 says: Jan 4, 2011 9:32 PM

    Growing up with the 49ers being so good with 4 Super Bowls in 4 tries, as a football fan it would be nice to see them do well again.

    Hope they pick the correct coach that will then get a good QB.

  6. 49erman says: Jan 4, 2011 9:45 PM

    Baalke better hit a home run in picking the new head coach.

  7. jusford says: Jan 4, 2011 9:48 PM

    Harbaugh is gonna go for the Michigan gig regardless of who get’s the 49er g.m. job. NFL jobs come open every year, but not a college job that is desired.

  8. pukey60 says: Jan 4, 2011 9:49 PM

    Who?

  9. latopia says: Jan 4, 2011 9:54 PM

    Tim Kawakami (San Jose Mercury News) just blogged that “an NFL source with knowledge of the situation has signed off on either Lombardi or Baalke as [49er] GM.”

    Questions: Why? Why? Why?

    Why would arguably the hottest coaching property in the league “sign off” on a GM who has ZERO credibility identifying franchise QBs (Alex Smith?) and can offer NO guarantee to trade, draft, buy one?

    If proximity or not uprooting his family was that big a factor, why not give Dean Spanos a call where the Chargers already have more talent and a franchise-type QB in Rivers?

    With Carolina unlikely to pass on Luck, why pass on a giftwrapped opportunity to shepherd The Prodigy to NFL success on a team perhaps 1 star quarterback away from significant improvement?

    The only way this makes sense?

    Harbaugh is making the same mistake preseason experts made: overrating talent.

    Specifically, San Francisco’s.

  10. latopia says: Jan 4, 2011 9:55 PM

    Tim Kawakami (San Jose Mercury News) just blogged that “an NFL source with knowledge of the situation [says San Francisco HC target Jim Harbaugh] has signed off on either Lombardi or Baalke as [49er] GM.”

  11. richabbs says: Jan 4, 2011 10:11 PM

    I think Harbaugh is going to wind up with the Dolphins (owner Ross is a Michigan alum) and that Brian Billick will get the 49er job. Just a hunch.

  12. bbrophy1 says: Jan 4, 2011 10:16 PM

    If York was smart he would bring on Lombardi in some capacity as well as keeping Baalke. Nothing wrong with a more robust front office. I have a feeling this coaching search is going to go the way of the Bears offensive coordinator search last year.

  13. 7ftgriff says: Jan 4, 2011 10:17 PM

    The reason Harbaugh would sign off on either is simple, the 49ers will Grant Harbaugh full power over Draft day decisions, and he would have input on free agent signings as well as control over roster decisions.

  14. bigjimslade42 says: Jan 4, 2011 10:24 PM

    May I be the first to say… Damn it.

  15. goldrush36 says: Jan 4, 2011 10:25 PM

    @Latopia Baalke had nothing at all to do with bringing in Alex Smith. he actually wasn’t even on the staff until Alex was already drafted. Until this year, he was simply the VP of Personnel, and had zero real influence. Get your facts straight. He was also able to get Vernon Davis and Patrick Willis extended. He may not be the greatest answer, but he certainly can’t be worse than McGloughan. Also who exactly can you think of that is such a great GM that is willing to leave their cushy jobs now? Before you go there, Holmgren was a terrible GM in Seattle and they didn’t start going anywhere until he stepped down to just coaching. Other than bringing in McCoy he hasn’t done much in Cleveland yet either.

  16. Xenu D. Alien says: Jan 4, 2011 10:28 PM

    He was so thrilled to get the gig that he’s still doing the dance of joy…

  17. tsmithsd says: Jan 4, 2011 10:32 PM

    I honestly believed Jed York at his press conference last week. He talked about hiring a GM and letting him hire a coach. His plan, obviously to hire Baalke. His plan to create a false sense of hope amongst the 49er faithful. That we (49er fans) would finally get a proven sucessful football man in the front office. This process was a joke!! If a G.M was the primary goal ? and that person alone would hire a coach. Then why have the 49ers been going hard after Harbaugh ?? why was Jed planning to interview Marvin Lewis? why did they ask for permission to speak to Hue Jackson ?? All of which done before the announcement of Baalke.
    Baalke was the plan from square one, Jed, Do you think were stupid ? if you pretend to include Eddie D, that we will believe you. Wow

  18. sdboltaction says: Jan 4, 2011 10:34 PM

    babyjesus69 says:
    Jan 4, 2011 9:19 PM

    Balki better get Harbaugh or I become a Chargers fan. They’re moving to LA anyways

    ===========================

    Good luck with that, pal.

  19. 6250claimer says: Jan 4, 2011 10:36 PM

    @icewalker946: Growing up with the 49ers being so good with 4 Super Bowls in 4 tries, as a football fan it would be nice to see them do well again.

    ……

    Uh.. you’re missing one there, Cracky.. that’s 5 for 5.

    But there won’t be any more in this century, not as long as the Yorks continue to own the team and make brilliant decisions like this one.

  20. phelbin says: Jan 4, 2011 10:42 PM

    @bigjimslade42, those were my thoughts exactly.

    @goldrush36, you’re missing the point. York claims to be frustrated with the current direction of the team, and then he promotes from within. Really? He “interviews” a couple of mediocre non-candidates and expects the fans to be so dumb they won’t see through his plan to hire his lackey from the beginning. He’s running this team into the ground, and expecting that a bit of PR is going to get the fans on his side. It sucks to be a 49er fan right now!!

  21. hobartbaker says: Jan 4, 2011 10:48 PM

    Mike Lombardi was willing to work one year on a volunteer basis before the job became a paid position, but two years seemed a bit much.

  22. Celsior says: Jan 4, 2011 10:50 PM

    College ties are overrated; the networking done in the real world counts way more. Harbaugh is not going to Miami because he won’t have as much control with Ireland there. Seriously, does Michigan alum Ross feel all that great about having signed off on drafting Long and Henne? Speaking of Michigan, RichRod left that program in such a mess it would take years for Harbaugh, who is not a spread offense guy, to undo it. Baalke is weak; Harbaugh will be the one really calling the football shots in San Fran.

  23. goldrush36 says: Jan 4, 2011 10:58 PM

    Lombardi turned down a position. They did try to bring in both them.

  24. funkylovemonkey says: Jan 4, 2011 11:35 PM

    Well this isn’t going to end well….

  25. stanjam says: Jan 4, 2011 11:50 PM

    My GOD we are getting better! Better fire the coach!

  26. latopia says: Jan 5, 2011 12:16 AM

    @Latopia Baalke had nothing at all to do with bringing in Alex Smith. he actually wasn’t even on the staff until Alex was already drafted. Until this year, he was simply the VP of Personnel, and had zero real influence. Get your facts straight.

    Gosh.

    Do YOU recall San Francisco’s GM nee Vice-President of Player Personnel attempting to trade or release the franchise killer otherwise known as Alex Smith before or after he was hired in 2005?

    But don’t bunch up your Alexcuse panties just yet.

    So long as Jed Son of Fredo Twin of Frodo York believes blood CAN be squeezed from stones, Alex “Jason” Smith will never die.

  27. latopia says: Jan 5, 2011 12:19 AM

    “Do YOU recall San Francisco’s GM nee Vice-President of Player Personnel [nee Western Region Scout] attempting [persuading, arguing] to trade [replace] or release the franchise killer otherwise known as Alex Smith before or after he was hired in 2005?”

  28. smarterthana5thgrader says: Jan 5, 2011 12:28 AM

    Funny how people complain about Baalke when a year ago they didn’t even know his name. He didn’t create the mess in SF, the Yorks and McClueless did. It’s ok though because within the next two days, when Harbaugh signs, fans will praise him.

  29. Nevis says: Jan 5, 2011 12:50 AM

    Wow, impressive how few of the people posting here have NO CLUE what is going on.

    Harbaugh is NOT going to Michigan. It’s Niners or Stanford, all indications point that way.

    Harbaugh has signed off on Baalke as GM, likely because he will want to have significant inut on personnel; anyone who has watched Satnford over the last couple years knows this is good thing.

    Baalke is close with Thomas Dimitroff, the Flacons GM and a model of what Jed is looking for: a GM who works in tandem with the HC. Both Dimitroff and Baalke have ties with Bill Parcells, who who may even be consulted later on.

    Yes, I think the 49ers should have shaken the FO up more, but if Harbaugh comes with Baalke, there’s no reason to doom it before giving it a chance.

  30. Nevis says: Jan 5, 2011 12:51 AM

    PS – Baalke is one of the better scouts in the league. With Marathe handling contracts and (assumed) Harbaugh coaching, Baalke’s key duties will be scouting and managing clubhouse personnel, something he’s been doing for months.

  31. leamer says: Jan 5, 2011 2:03 AM

    It *hit flows top down.

    Too bad 49er’s. It looks like you’ll be fighting the Cardinals for the basement of the NFC West for years too come.

  32. jcr741 says: Jan 5, 2011 3:26 AM

    @goldrush36 – Holmgren is the President of the Browns. He’s the authority on football decisions within the organization. He hired Tom Hecket as GM, presumably b/c he’s smart enough to know his limitations. In SF, Jed York is making mgmt. decisions. I can’t see how this works out well for the whine and cheese crowd.

  33. pondbridge says: Jan 5, 2011 5:59 AM

    Lombardi’s reporting on NFL Network about a position chase in which he was involves was bizarre. Next up: Chucky files media reports on the open Cleveland and SF and Denver jobs, and Coach Lantern Jaw comments on TV about the Miami head coaching situation.

  34. icewalker946 says: Jan 5, 2011 6:03 AM

    6250claimer says:
    Jan 4, 2011 10:36 PM

    Uh.. you’re missing one there, Cracky.. that’s 5 for 5.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Oops, sorry about that, Sparky.

  35. canadian52niner says: Jan 5, 2011 7:18 AM

    Lombardi had it locked up but then he did his own version of the dance of joy that was embarrassing to say the least so Jed had to go with baalke, plus cousin Larry will head up the scouting department now so it is a win win all around.

    Kind of ironic that he went with the guy he knew very well in baalke as opposed to Lombardi who was a ‘perfect stranger’ before the interviews.

    Niners Forever

    - go get harbaugh and make the panthers an offer they can’t refuse for luck and the PS jokes should stop altho it is a sign of respect, what about the tuna jokes.

  36. ninersrule says: Jan 5, 2011 10:37 AM

    Cousin Larry is so proud

  37. seriouslymoron says: Jan 5, 2011 11:09 AM

    The Yorks hired Baalke because he is a yes men. Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick both advised Jed to pass on Trent and he hired him anyway…even after hearing that Jim Harbough would go to niners if Lombardi was hired. Yorks don’t want to give up an ounce of control. Lombardi would of expected them to give it up. Jed played the part of I am searching when it was all just for show. He never had any intention of hiring anyone but Trent. Get ready for another crummy season.

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