PFT Live: Baalke: ‘Dumbfounded’ by Borland’s unexpected retirement

Niners GM Trent Baalke joins Mike Florio to give his assessment of the team’s offseason and explain that they saw Patrick Willis’ retirement coming due to his feet, but Chris Borland’s was a shock that took the team by surprise.

7 responses to “PFT Live: Baalke: ‘Dumbfounded’ by Borland’s unexpected retirement

  1. If I owned a team, I would want Mr Balke as my GM. He has an eye for talent, financial management and leadership. For all the unexpected retirements and changes, the depth and the free agency that is in place makes for a pretty exciting season coming up. Add a corner or DL in the draft and away we go. Big year for Kap (not sold as a fan yet but have confidence due to his work ethic), big year for Vernon, Hyde and wide receivers and we could be unstoppable again as years back… Yes, long time fan.

  2. Face it, the 9ers were victims of the offensive game plans. Hopefully, things will open up this time around….

  3. I think Baalke has done a great job, over-all, in talent acquisition and retention even though, like all GMs, he’s had misses.

    He knows better to over-pay one-dimensional and over-rated players. He knows better to keep ‘fan-favorites’ that are clearly slowing down. And he doesn’t try to ‘fix his mistakes’ by splurging in FA to make the all-over-paid team like the chronic losers do year after year.

    But perhaps the most impressive is that no matter how much whigning the fans do over FA losses, he does a great job of replacing them internally. The best example of this was by 2014 he’d replaced 100% of the 2012 defensive backfield and it was better in 2014 than in 2012. But there have been others.

  4. So was I. I mean I knew their fans would jump ship at the first sign of mediocrity (which they most certainly did) but I wouldn’t have thought the players would follow.

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