Chip Kelly head coach of the San Francisco 49ers addresses the media after the loss to the Seattle Seahawks at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara, January 1, 2017. (AP Foto/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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By: Joe Lami
SANTA CLARA, CALIF.–A day after both Chip Kelly and Trent Baalke were relieved of their duties of the San Francisco 49ers, owner Jed York met with the local media. He made it evident that a 2-14 season is not acceptable to anyone in an organization that is so used to winning. He wants to bring back that winning culture, and he plans to be the man to do it.
In the same press conference, York has completely contradicted himself. He noted that he was not involved in any part of the football operations, but also commented he would be the one making the decision of who the next GM or head coach may be. This puts Jed at the very top of football operations, in a role that would be more suited for a President of Football Operations, but he’s not making any football decisions.
The quote of the day was when he stated, and the biggest slap in the face to fans was, “I am own this football team. You don’t dismiss owners”. That may be true Jed, but the point is most owners don’t have the control over the team like you do. They are smart enough or don’t let their egos get bruised if they admit that they don’t know what they’re doing, so they bring in the right people to run the ship.
Everyday Jed York is reminding me more and more of what Al Davis did to the Oakland Raiders in the early 2000s. He had a little bit of success early on and even lost a Super Bowl. But, his downfall came to his ego, believing he knew more about football and how to run a team than anybody else.
Jed York has admitted that he shouldn’t be the one making football decisions, yet doesn’t do anything about it. He will turn to his advisors, who he refused to name drop, yet gave hints as to who they were on this ugly process. But as long as York has the wheel of the ship, the 49ers will not be successful.
It’s time to become the bigger man, step down, and admit you have no clue what you’re doing before your fan base completely abandons you like they should.