49ers may have trouble hiring a G.M.

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As the 49ers continue to look for a G.M. who, as a practical matter, will be working for coach Kyle Shanahan, the 49ers could be facing a different set of challenges.

If control over the roster was promised to Shanahan in order to get him to take the job at a time when everyone else had bailed, the current employers of the candidates for the G.M. job could block the move, since it wouldn’t entail the typical powers of a G.M.

Throw in the perception/reality that Paraag Marathe will be involved in football operations (and possibly negotiating contracts), and more of the finalists for the G.M. job could decide to pass, in the same way that Packers executive Eliot Wolf has done.

For Wolf, why swap the opportunity to eventually (if not sooner) run the Packers’ football operation for being a third spoke in the wheel at best, a glorified scout at worst?

The other candidates will need to ask themselves those same questions, before, during, and/or after their upcoming interviews with the presumed next coach of the team. And it will be important to know whether the G.M. will indeed have final say, since that aspect of the job could be the thing that ultimately keeps the 49ers from getting the guy they want.

35 responses to “49ers may have trouble hiring a G.M.

  1. For most organizations, the GM is hired first, and the GM then hires the head coach. But when you are a dysfunctional organization like the 49ers, you make bad decisions that keep you from bringing in top talent. While Shannahan may turn out to be a good coach, he needs a experienced GM to maximize success.

  2. They can hire me if they want. I don’t have any experience relevant to the position or real football knowledge, but I’d do it for a modest salary. If I had any success at all, I could make everyone else look really bad by comparison. Let’s do this.

  3. Ever think it’s because not only is there a deal in place for Kyle to become head coach there is probably a deal in place for Mike Shanahan to become the GM.

  4. Maybe they could find a really good Fantasy FB player to take the job. Or someone good at Madden. Even a journalist. MLB has done it before.

  5. The 49ers hired Bill Walsh and let him hire his own personnel people. Walsh was in charge, but he hired good people and allowed them to work. As long as they were drafting HOF players like Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott every year, everyone was happy. So it would be hard for Jed to walk past those five super bowl trophies every day and think that there is some golden rule that says you can’t win if you hire the coach first.

  6. Shanahan is a good offensive coach when he has talent, but his Browns and Redskins performances were nowhere this good.

    It is preposterous that a first time head coach with playoff success can command roster control.

  7. If they gave a first time HC control over personnel their ownership is more screwed up than originally thought.

  8. Shouldn’t be any trouble….

    All they have to do is walk into any grocery store, close their eyes and the first person they bump into will by default be at least 3 times as good as their last one,

  9. Perhaps Brian Gutekunst is the favorite to be hired as GM and Wolf pulled out when he saw the writing on the wall? Call me crazy, but I don’t think they’ll have that hard of a time hiring a GM.

  10. If it’s not his dad, might as well just make him coach and gm, because there is not a GM who would take a gm job, that is not really being a gm. If anybody takes this job, you just know they had no others offer, and just want to add this to their resume they they were hired to be Jed Yorks scapegoat after shanahan jr. fails as a coach (and GM, but not being called a gm)

  11. bayousooner90 says:
    Jan 19, 2017 8:12 PM

    If they gave a first time HC control over personnel their ownership is more screwed up than originally thought.
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    That ownership fired Jim Harbaugh and hired Jim Tomsula. That is as screwed up as you can get.

  12. The coach and GM will work together picking players for the team. We tried giving all the control to Trent Baalke and you see what happened in the last 6 years. Trent had all the power.

  13. tedmurph says:
    Jan 19, 2017 8:03 PM
    Maybe they could find a really good Fantasy FB player to take the job. Or someone good at Madden. Even a journalist. MLB has done it before.

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    I finished 4th in my 16-team fantasy league.

    I’ll only accept the GM position if Jed and Paraag are limited to the business side, though…..

  14. york is an idiot and needs to demote or fire marathe.

    Niners will never win another Super Bowl until that happens.

  15. Love PFT, love Florio … but this entire piece is based on the speculative premise of “IF control over the roster was promised to Shanahan in order to get him to take the job.” There has been NO report — on PFT or elsewhere — that Shanahan was promised roster control. There hasn’t even been a RUMOR (a key, enjoyable part of PFT) of roster control This is just a shot-in-the-dark guess. That’s a bit much, even for a diehard PFT reader like me.

  16. Eliot Wolf pulled out because he had no chance. It’s Gutekunst as front runner or Paton. Gutekunst is “mcloughon without the drinking problem” according to Jed York.

  17. I have never seen such a disdain for one franchise by a reporter who started a website to further his influence and name and yet, can’t seem to get beyond petty opinion.

    Ifs and possibilities based on your opinion are worthless.

    Stop fear mongering. This is just sad.

  18. Why not just hire his Dad, Mike wants a job in football, he’s handled the GM duties in Denver, he gets along with Kyle and he isn’t a bad judge of talent, he correctly predicted John Elway would do just fine in the NFL.

  19. ronfai says:
    Jan 19, 2017 11:41 PM
    Eliot Wolf pulled out because he had no chance. It’s Gutekunst as front runner or Paton. Gutekunst is “mcloughon without the drinking problem” according to Jed York.
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    Gutenkust has withdrawn from consideration.

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