Former 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia thinks San Francisco fans have every right to be skeptical of management’s decision to get rid of coach Jim Harbaugh.
“As a fan you have to really look at the management of the organization and the decisions that they’ve made for that team,” Garcia told the Times-Standard. “Sometimes what I see . . . is you have a lot of personnel that are in positions of power that don’t have real football backgrounds. I’m not saying that’s Trent Baalke, but I’d like to see what his background is, and what gives him the true power to make those sort of decisions. . . . We know that Jed York never played football.”
Garcia said the decision of York and Baalke to fire Harbaugh reminds him of his own playing days, when York’s father and then-General Manager Terry Donahue decided to fire Steve Mariucci after a 10-6 season. That turned out to be a disaster, as the 49ers wouldn’t have a winning record for the next eight years — until they hired Harbaugh.
“Trent Baalke and Jed York together, teaming up against Harbaugh,” Garcia said. “At my time it was Mariucci against Terry Donahue and Dr. York. For whatever reason they let Steve go, they brought in Dennis Erickson . . . and two years later they’re getting rid of Dennis and going on to a number of different head coaches, a number of different changes. None of those worked out until Harbaugh was brought into the program.”
San Francisco fans have every reason to worry that under Baalke and York’s leadership, the 49ers are heading toward another eight-year stretch without a winning record.