49ers will hire G.M. first, who will hire coach

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As 49ers coach Chip Kelly prepares to throw a Hail Mary pass in an effort to save his job, the current plan in San Francisco hinges on Kelly not being able to change the franchise’s mind.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the 49ers intend to hire a General Manager. Then, the new G.M. will hire a coach.

This intended approach suggests that the G.M. will have final say over the roster and the draft, with the coach essentially working for the G.M.

Kelly will try his best to reverse that momentum on Sunday night. The expectation will be that, as he did on 14 of 16 game days in 2016, Kelly will fail.

27 responses to “49ers will hire G.M. first, who will hire coach

  1. Josh McDaniels to SF. mark it down. He’ll bring some NE Asst. Gen manager to help with roster.

  2. Hopefully, your source isn’t Mike Silver. It was disputed that Kelly called York (Kelly was called) and the tone of the conversation.

  3. This would be a great GM job for a guy with a background in college scouting because there’s so much work to do. There are a few pieces already in place, but it’s pretty much a major overhaul. As GM, the coach I’d look for, since I’d probably be drafting or trading for a young QB, would be an offensive guru. Someone who has a history as a winning head coach, and someone who’s offense always seem to have receivers running wide open. A smart guy that everyone in the building will respect, because he’d most likely be the smartest guy in the room. I guess I just described Chip Kelly. So what the 49ers need is a guy who can do a good job drafting. The problem isn’t coaching. They’ve got the right coach.

  4. So now they get rid of the guy that made them get rid of the other guy…the one that won football games. They already got rid of the guy that replaced the first guy, so this makes three guys fired (before they fire the fourth guy, anyway).

    Seems like they could have saved a lot of time by keeping the first guy and dumping the two that didn’t like him in the first place.

    If you hold this close to your ear, you can hear the Benny Hill theme song. Go Blue!

  5. sportzfan says:
    Jan 1, 2017 8:26 PM

    Josh McDaniels to SF. mark it down. He’ll bring some NE Asst. Gen manager to help with roster.
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    You’re Josh McDaniels. You are a hot commodity with options and will very likely have your choice of jobs. Why in God’s name would you choose to go and work for an incompetent putz like Jed York?

  6. The NE obsession is annoying. McDaniels failed in Denver (controlling personnel). Pioli failed in KC.

    Why?

    Because the key in NE is Belichick.Whether you like the guy or not, he is and has been the key there.

    Quit with the NE obsession and find a solid football personnel guy/administrator. Think out of box. Might be a current college AD, for instance.

  7. desirable place to live (for millionaires) but terrible ownership. i foresee a shanny and shanny show, junior as HC and daddy upstairs. unless jed swallows his completly unmerited pride and goes up to ann arbor with an offer of $15 mill a year and full control.

  8. Idk whether McDaniels will end up in SF or anywhere else, but I’m not sure he’s going to be the hot commodity some feel he is. The trend in the NFL lately seems to be moving away from the coordinator cycle.

    The issue in regards to the Niners I haven’t seen mentioned much is that the Niners need to bring in a GM and coach who have a unified vision as to what needs to happen at the QB position. I think there are a few potential roads to go down, but a lot less if the coach wants to bring in someone who is currently a backup and he has a lot of faith in, and the GM has someone they’re eyeing in the draft. Sticking a coach with a QB he doesn’t want with no possibility of change will land us in the same position this time next year, only maybe with the number one pick because the Browns will be more likely to improve.

    Lastly, although I know this won’t happen, I would love for the Niners to bring in a league veteran to work as the manager of the GM and coach. The Warriors brought in NBA veteran Jerry West to work along side their GM and their coach, and have experienced a lot of success, including a title, the goal of all major sports franchises, afterwards. The Niners need to follow their example and have someone who can prevent Harbaugh/York type situations in the future. Again, this won’t happen because Jed wants to be this person, even though he never will be.

  9. If they’ve already decided the GM is going to decide the new HC (which is the way competent NFL franchises work), why is Chip Kelly trying for a last chance boot-lick with the owners? Shouldn’t Chip wait for the GM announcement and then lobby him instead?

  10. And we hope the new GM has the good sense to get rid of the disrespectful turd Fidel Krapernick.

  11. He was classier than the hater media in his goodbyes.

    Kelly ended his press conference by thanking the Bay Area media for their professionalism this season. “I do appreciate you guys,” Kelly said. “I thought my first year here, the group of guys that I got to work with every day, Matt [Maiocco of CSN Bay Area], Matt [Barrows of the Sacramento Bee], the whole guys, Cam [Inman of Bay Area News Group], Eric [Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle], the rest of the group here, the guys that were here every day, Chris [Biderman of USA TODAY] – it was awesome. I really appreciate you guys. I thought you were really professional and I enjoyed it. Thank you.”

  12. Normally, I would criticize a team for leaving their head coach twist in the wind like this. However, when the head coach is Chip “I Think I Invented Football” Kelly, I don’t mind it at all.

  13. The most successful teams in modern day football hire thhe high poweres coach first.

    In 2016 a NFL coach is a CEO. The systems are so personnel specific he cant have somebody picking his personnel.

    If Jim Harbaugh had a chance to pick his own GM he would still he with the 49ers winning big. The difference between Harbaugh and Pete Carroll on the Pro level is that Pete didnt have anybody preventint him from drafting a Earl Thomas, Wagner and acquiring a Marshawn Lynch. He had a GM giving him LaMichael Hames and AJ Jenkins.

    You get a high powered coach, and let him choose the GM who he KNOWS can materialize his vision personnel wise.

  14. sportzfan says:
    Jan 1, 2017 8:26 PM
    Josh McDaniels to SF. mark it down. He’ll bring some NE Asst. Gen manager to help with roster.
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    Sure, because “I Had the Title of OC in New England Therefore I Know Everything”” McDaniels was such a success in Denver, just like Scott Pioli in the Chiefs’ front office, Romeo Crennel in his stops, and Cheeseburger Charlie Weis at ND and elsewhere.

    Time to realize that love him or hate him, the Patriots’ success really is due to Belichick.

    What the Niners need to do (and being Jed York’s Niners, probably won’t do) is find the quiet, underrated assistant GM who’s the real brains of his outfit and the overlooked coordinator who’s quietly propped up a mediocre head coach. Don’t go for the “hot” commodity.

  15. Hey, you guys wanna try the “Harvard Analytics” approach that’s working so well in Cleveland?

    Start scouting/interviewing the Front Offices of MLB teams! Would Billy Bean enjoy a new challenge?

    MONEYBALL!!!

  16. a1b24312 says:
    Jan 1, 2017 8:47 PM
    The NE obsession is annoying. McDaniels failed in Denver (controlling personnel). Pioli failed in KC.

    Why?

    Because the key in NE is Belichick.Whether you like the guy or not, he is and has been the key there.

    Quit with the NE obsession and find a solid football personnel guy/administrator. Think out of box. Might be a current college AD, for instance.

    Let’s see, Bob Quin in Detroit, first year there and has them in the playoffs.
    Guy in Tennessee, Johnson, I think, has that team turned around.
    Dimitrov in Atlanta has done a decent job.
    Licht in Tampa has got them going in the right direction.
    Most of the roster in KC was brought in by Pioli. They seem to be pretty good.
    Coaches may fail, but the personnel guys from NE have done a damn good job I would say.

  17. grogansheroes says:
    Jan 1, 2017 10:40 PM
    a1b24312 says:
    Jan 1, 2017 8:47 PM
    The NE obsession is annoying. McDaniels failed in Denver (controlling personnel). Pioli failed in KC.

    Why?

    Because the key in NE is Belichick.Whether you like the guy or not, he is and has been the key there.

    Quit with the NE obsession and find a solid football personnel guy/administrator. Think out of box. Might be a current college AD, for instance.

    Let’s see, Bob Quin in Detroit, first year there and has them in the playoffs.
    Guy in Tennessee, Johnson, I think, has that team turned around.
    Dimitrov in Atlanta has done a decent job.
    Licht in Tampa has got them going in the right direction.
    Most of the roster in KC was brought in by Pioli. They seem to be pretty good.
    Coaches may fail, but the personnel guys from NE have done a damn good job I would say.

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    Dear grogansheroes,

    The Detroit guy inherited a good coach (caldwell is a good HC, not great, certainly, but good) and a fairly talented QB.

    Pioli hired a terrible HC. Yes, he may have shopped for some of the groceries – but their current GM has done well and Mr Reid seems to cook better…a solid, above average HC…

    The ATL situation I agree with you on. Tennessee: let’s guvevsome credit toma lot of Mullarkey going on there though there’s room for improvement.

    I see McDaniels as overrated and for whatever’s sake don’t give him personnel control. And aside from BOB, I cannotbthjnk of another Belichick coach that has had a successful HC stint.

    Again, it all gets back to Belichick. He shops for the groceries and bakes it well. And I am not a fan but I do respect most of his body of work. (Personally, I think his NYFJ resignation a classic right up with Nixon’s).

    Regards for the new year.

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