For 49ers DBs, Trent Baalke’s more than a G.M., he’s a coach

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Trent Baalke’s apparently doing more than delivering players such as defensive backs Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt for the 49ers.

He’s apparently coaching them up, too.

Though they have a complete and (allegedly) functioning coaching staff, Ward and Tartt say that Baalke’s often on the field during practice giving them tips.

“He comes down to practice a lot,” Ward said, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “He’s like another coach. Sometimes I make a mistake and be like, ‘Coach Trent?’

”He’s correcting my techniques, too, when I’m on the field. He’s a pretty good guy. I like him. I don’t mind that.”

“When you see him, he’s always going to coach something, and you have to be ready for it,” Tartt said. “He’s pretty cool.”

Of course, Baalke has a vested interest in the pair, as they’re pretty high on the list of players he’s chosen lately. Ward was his 2014 first-rounder, and Tartt was chosen in the second round last year.

Head coach Jim Tomsula and secondary coach Tim Lewis both have plenty of experience in their jobs, so you wouldn’t think the G.M. would have to come down to help practice. But this is San Francisco, where job titles seem temporary, and scapegoats are found as needed. So as benign as the G.M. hanging around practice might seem in other places, it carries a different implication when it’s happening there.

37 responses to “For 49ers DBs, Trent Baalke’s more than a G.M., he’s a coach

  1. So now Trent Baalke is correcting players’ technique?
    On behalf of the other teams in the NFC West, the Jed York-Trent Baalke is the braintrust that just keeps on giving. Thank you, Santa!

  2. The 49rs rank 27th in overall defense and 26th against the pass.

    Baalke appears to be doing as fine a job as coaching as he has been doing as GM. I guess this guy could be described as “jerrah jones light”

  3. Maybe thats part of the problem…Get Dorks lacky off the field and working on evaluating players for the draft..Even though he messes that up too

  4. Embodiment of sour ego. Look at that photo. Guy probably stares at himself in mirrors while lifting weights naked. But it was all Harbaugh’s fault.

  5. Trent Balkee learning from Dr. Jerry Jones that you gotta extend your skills farther than GMing if you want to last long in this league. Not like Tomsula is going to say anything, he saw what they did to the last guy.

  6. And therein lies the problem with this organization. The personnel in the front office are trying to be a jack of all trades and a master of none. In his tenure as GM Trent Baalke has been an abysmal failure. Yet Jed York favored him over a successful head coach because his ego couldn’t allow anyone to work for him who wasn’t a sycophant.

    This just further highlights the true nature of the off season power struggle. I could only imagine what Harbaugh was saying when Baalke would try to coach his players. Maybe instead of standing on the sidelines he should be in the front office trying to think of how to screw up yet another draft.

  7. His coaching is proof that even the front orfice knows the coaching staff sucks! Maybe part of Baalke’s and harbaugh’s clash was his attempted participation on the field. After he gets fired from the 9ers, Harbaugh could hire him at Michigan(snicker).

  8. After Baalke is fired this offseason, he should audition for the role of the Dr Pepper vendor in those annoying commercials. Fits his skill set much better than trying to be GM of an NFL team, and keeps him close to the action.

  9. Thank goodness he’s coaching up our DBs. Man its showing up on the field too. We’re not giving up “many” yards and we aren’t losing by “many” points. That 1st round bye in the playoffs is gonna vmcome in handy too…. and in the second round and 3rd and….oh wait…what?..

  10. dansardo says:
    Dec 23, 2015 8:48 AM

    The 49rs rank 27th in overall defense and 26th against the pass.

    Baalke appears to be doing as fine a job as coaching as he has been doing as GM. I guess this guy could be described as “jerrah jones light”

    **************************************************we should be so lucky to have a GM like Jerrah oh man how it hurts me to have to say this 😦 we are doomed…..

  11. Baalke is solid with defensive talent evaluation. But his skill position picks, ego, controlling attitude and inability to concede power will continue to keep this organization down.

    I was rooting for Baalke because he may the only football guy in the building with any sort of talent, but this is just evidence X that he’s not fit to be a GM in the NFL.

  12. Fire this clown! We have the worst scouting department in the league! I’m sure 80% of football fans could do better than this clown! Cardinals went from the laughing stock of nfl. To an elite teams since bring in a new GM and coach. There scouting department is probably the best in the league. I hate the Cardinals!

  13. Former 49ers G.M. John McVay owns five super bowl rings. Prior to teaming with Bill Walsh in San Francisco, McVay was a head coach in college, the WFL., and the NFL. Despite a ton of actual coaching experience, I’m having a hard time picturing McVay out at the practice field giving pointers to Ronnie Lott and Eric Wright.

  14. Poor 49ers fans. You all thought the 49ers’ glory was restored, but it turns out that The Harbaugh Era was just a little oasis in the desert. Without Harbaugh that organization is nothing but a factory of buffoonery, drama, losing, and sadness.

  15. Yeah I really can’t fault Baalke for this. If Tomsula was my head coach I would be on the field coaching players myself. Not only that I would be walking the sidelines on game day and drawing plays in the dirt or on my hand like……”hey Blaine Gabbert try this.”

  16. “Head coach Jim Tomsula….have plenty of experience in their jobs” Really??? Tomsula has been a barely functioning HC for all of 14 games, most of that have been non competitive and ill prepared. He needs all the help he can get until he gets fired in a year or 2.

  17. raiderlyfe510 says:
    Dec 23, 2015 5:26 PM

    Yeah I really can’t fault Baalke for this. If Tomsula was my head coach I would be on the field coaching players myself. Not only that I would be walking the sidelines on game day and drawing plays in the dirt or on my hand like……”hey Blaine Gabbert try this.”

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    Are you saying you can’t fault Baalke for hiring Tomsula? I guess I’m confused. Oh I get. Maybe you’re saying that the reason Baalke hired Tomsula is so that he’d let him coach a little. Please explain what you can’t fault the guy who hired Tomsula, but then since he hired Tomsula, he has to do the coaching himself? This is a brain teaser, right?

  18. Baalke wanted to hire Adam Gase. Jed York wanted Tomsula. Baalke is way too football minded to think Tomsula is a viable head coaching candidate. There’s no chance that the 49ers succeed under Tomsula, but it there’s any chance he’s gonna need all the help he can get. Thus Baalke gave him assistant coaches with head coaching experience and is even out there coaching himself…allegedly. But make no mistake about. Tomsula is strictly a Jed York hire.

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