I’ve Got Many Rivers To Cross But I Can’t Seem To Find My Way Over ………. The Niners Really Do Have Problems …………….
I’ll say this repeatedly but when it comes to the NFL there’s no doubt in my mind that the ‘two worse divisions’ are by far in a way the AFC West and NFC West . The teams there are either atrociously bad or they remain an enigma as to their inconsistency. And when measured against the other divisions within their respective conference . I think it’s pretty safe to say that the case I’m putting forth pretty much justifies itself ! I’m now stating that the San Francisco 49ers now fits nicely into that category !
Mike Singletary as the coach of this team has tried to bring back a sense of respectability to not only the team itself but also to the organization. For the last few years the ‘Forty Niners’ have become stagnant and languid. And it certainly hasn’t helped that the front office and ownership has shown as much care for the organization as a pachyderm would acknowledge a fly sniffing at its rear end for the pungent odor of fecal matter. Denise DeBartolo York and her husband , Dr John York it would appear are more concerned about their image , appearance in high society and the social circles of San Francisco , than they would be about the NFL franchise that they own. And why not ? Considering that the team that has won 5 Superbowls has been about as relevant to the NFL over the last decade as Dennis Kucinich has been to the Democratic Party . Both he and the Forty Niners it’d appear , are simply just there , merely to be laughed at and to be admired from afar as not what to do if you want to be taken seriously. The Forty Niners’ legacy once considered to be the epitome of class around the NFL has merely become the ‘cannon fodder’ for the fans and the press alike.
Courtesy of Associated Press & Yahoo Sports
By Janie McCauley , AP Sports Writer
Santa Clara , Calif. (AP)—The agent for San Francisco 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan said Thursday night his client is still employed by the team— for now, anyway.
Peter Schaffer, McCloughan’s representative, told The Associated Press in a phone interview that he has “not heard any different” regarding McCloughan’s job status amid speculation he’s on his way out. The 49ers have been mum on the situation.
Niners spokesman Bob Lange told The AP by phone Thursday that he could not discuss McCloughan’s status or future with the team and gave no indication a formal announcement was imminent.
Several reports Thursday said the Niners are cutting ties with McCloughan because of personal issues. Schaffer would not discuss anything regarding McCloughan’s situation unrelated to his employment status.
“I don’t control those reports,” Schaffer said. “Every employer has every right to terminate an employee. Those are the rules. … He has not resigned and he has no plans to resign.”
AOL FanHouse reported that the move is based on a personal matter not related to team issues.
ESPN, citing anonymous sources, reported later Thursday that the 49ers are giving McCloughan an extended leave of absence and also referred to him dealing with personal issues.
McCloughan told FanHouse via text message, “I’m fine and moving forward.” The Fanhouse report said he would not elaborate.
If McCloughan departs, the timing is highly unusual for the 49ers’ top personnel executive since 2005. San Francisco has two picks in the first round of the draft, which is just five weeks away.
FanHouse’s report, which cited unnamed sources, said the decision was by mutual agreement and followed a meeting Wednesday between McCloughan, team president and CEO Jed York and several members of the 49ers’ front office.
E-mails to McCloughan and York weren’t returned.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat first reported late Wednesday that McCloughan was considering stepping down as 49ers GM
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While last season Singletary did an admirable job coaching the team there was profound disappointment for the fans who had expected so much more. Candlestick Park , home to the franchise , though not yet the proverbial ghost town. It might as well have been at times, when you sometimes saw the effort being put forth by the team. Inconsistency and poorly executed plays on both sides of the ball summed up this team. It were as if nothing that Singletary’s coaching staff placed as a premium in training actually got across to the players on the roster , even on game day. And it’s hard to think that is the same franchise that had NFL greats , Hall of Fame caliber players such as Joe Montana , Steve Young, Jerry Rice , Ronnie Lott and Bob St Clair played for the team. And the architect of their greatest successes, is ‘the man’ often thought of as being the savior of the franchise , Bill Walsh .
An 8-8 season in 2009 and the frustration was there for all to see , from Singletary on down. I doubt that the players themselves were that overly concerned. But then again , who’d have known ? Internal turmoil and the ineffective play of starting quarterback Shaun Hill led to a change , where Hill was replaced the team’s former number one draft pick and Utah Utes’ player Alex Smith . And with the stupidity that went on prior to the start of the season with Michael Crabtree . One simply had to wonder whether or not there was anyone with an utter ounce of sense with Niners’ front office ? The ‘Crabtree episode’ alone, indicated that not only was the front office devoid of any common sense but so too was Singletary, himself. To effectively have the player hold the team hostage essentially showed me how poor they’d become organizationally. It seems unfortunate that with the death of Bill Walsh, who was a consultant with the team. I couldn’t have envisaged Walsh putting up with the player’s demands and that of his agent. But as I alluded to earlier when there’s no sense of urgency or direction from the owners , there’s a tendency for that to become throughout the organization.
Courtesy of NFL.com Wire Reports
The San Francisco 49ers’ front office is undergoing change, a league source told NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora on Thursday, and general manager Scot McCloughan’s duties likely will be divided among others — at least temporarily.
Director of player personnel Trent Baalke is expected to inherit many of McCloughan’s responsibilities and could end up with the GM title, if only on an interim basis.
The 49ers are hashing out the matter internally and aren’t commenting on McCloughan’s status at this time. However, a restructuring is happening, a source told La Canfora, and the reasons are unrelated to football matters.
McCloughan’s agent, Peter Schaffer, had said that his client wouldn’t resign. But when reached Thursday, Schaffer said he had no comment on McCloughan’s status.
The timing — in the middle of free agency and with the NFL draft next month — has led to much speculation about the reasons for the change. For now, all that’s clear is the 49ers are in the process of reshaping the organization. McCloughan remains listed as the 49ers’ GM on the team’s official Web site, and no changes have been announced.
McCloughan had the final say on the 49ers’ last two drafts, but coach Mike Singletary told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine last month that the team would make its draft-day decisions according to players’ rankings on an overall draft board, not on the gut feelings of any team executives.
The 49ers hired McCloughan in February 2005 to supervise their personnel department for Mike Nolan, a career assistant coach who was given total control of the team’s football operations by owner John York.
McCloughan was named GM in January 2008 when the 49ers gave him authority over Nolan instead of firing the coach after the 49ers’ third consecutive losing season. Nolan lasted just seven more games, and team president Jed York, the owner’s son, abruptly replaced him with Singletary during the 2008 season.
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Now with the NFL Draft just around the corner. It appears that the franchise will be cutting ties with its GM Scott McCloughan . Timing is everything we know but this is simply asinine. But we are led to believe that McCloughan is leaving the organization for personal reasons. Other sources report that the ownership isn’t entirely happy with McCloughan’s handling of certain personnel issues. Well isn’t this what we’d all like to see within an NFL franchise ? Sheer and utter incompetency from the top on down ! Is there anyone there with an ounce of common sense at least ?
To to my mind, if the Niners want to implode at least do it in such a way that the fans are left paying for the mistakes made. Now all the Niners’ fans have got to be wondering what the hell is going on and whether or not the Yorks actually care about what’s happening at present ? Can we get someone in there who actually knows how to run an NFL franchise from the top on down ? Better yet , how about a damn change in the ownership as far as the Niners are concerned ? It’s not as if Denise DeBartolo-York and her husband John York have been proud custodians of the franchise as its owner. They simply treat the franchise as a bauble to be shown off to their friends and acquaintances. I’d dare say that Bill Walsh must now be spinning in his grave , quite possibly knowing that the franchise that he turned into an NFL powerhouse , has now become nothing more than a stop gap makeshift graveyard for the careers of players who might otherwise be doing something elsewhere or perhaps be either be a backup or on the practice squad on another franchise around the league. Let’s put it this way , there’s not a actually player on the roster who you’d genuinely think of as a game breaker , play-maker and who’d be the ‘legitimate desire’ of another franchise in the NFL, as an ‘out and out starter’ during the regular season. Come on now, think about it ? Maybe Frank Gore or Takeo Spikes ? Clock is ticking ?
The evidence there now for all to see that while the Yorks are presiding over the franchise as its owners. Things are regrettably going to get a great deal worse rather than better for the San Francisco 49ers. As the title of the piece would suggest ” ………..I’ve Got Many Rivers To Cross But I Can’t Seem To Find My Way Over ………. The Niners Really Do Have Problems ”
Alan Parkins aka tophatal ………………………
Jimmy Cliff sings his international classic hit ‘Many Rivers To Cross’