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Report: McDaniels could be 49ers back-up plan

Posted on: January 6, 2011 9:37 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

The San Francisco 49ers had grand plans for this offseason. Oh, they were grand indeed -- like something out of Steely Dan's "Reeling in the Years," we were all informed that the genius would return. 

Then a weekend out at college happened, and now it looks like the Niners might end up with a combo of Trent Baalke and Josh McDaniels. 

No, seriously -- Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News reports that McDaniels could be the backup plan when if Miami swoops in and steals Jim Harbaugh, which appears more and more likely because of Stephen Ross' willingness to sling sufficient cheddar to get the Stanford coach to Florida.

McDaniels isn't a bad coach, despite his record, and there's actually a decent chance he could succeed if he had the proper structure around him and a good defensive coordinator. (In fact, if anyone could get a lot out of guys like Alex Smith and Josh Morgan and really turn Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis into stars, it's McDaniels and his offense.)

So the whole "look what they ended up with" thing isn't about dogging his offensive acumen -- it's about the Niners and their inability to maintain a consistent focus on their direction moving forward.

Things may pan out differently in terms of who they hire, but it's pretty clear that right now all the chatter about "doing things the right way" was more of a façade than anything else.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:59 pm
 

Report: McDaniels could be 49ers back-up plan

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Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 9:34 am
 

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i'm extremely curious to how well elway will do in his new job. i believe he will come out swing much like he did out of college, but if memory serves me correct he never won a superbowl until the end of his career, after he had learned that there is much more to winning than putting crosses on his receivers chests. i believe that after a few bad decessions and a few years of failing he will figure out what it takes to win from the front office. those of you who believe he will come in and imediately turns the bronco's around will be in for a bit of an awakening



Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2011 6:53 am
 

Report: McDaniels could be 49ers back-up plan

Your post assumes that the SF 49ers, with all their previous glory and storied history, are going to waste an entire NFL season so that they can land an uproven QB with the #1 pick, and that Harbaugh would want to coach a talented but direction-less squad the 49ers have now. Pete Carroll won the NFC worst with no running game, a 35 year old QB, and no offensive line. The division belonged to the 49ers, but they botched it. It's going to take more than a year or two to turn that ship around, luck or no luck, Harbaugh or no Harbaugh. Players want to play, and play to win, good luck pitching them a 0-16 season so that they can get a draft-pick to turn things around.



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2011 10:18 pm
 

Report: McDaniels could be 49ers back-up plan

At this point the only thing we know for sure, Jed York (or his buddy) has no business running an NFL franchise. Other than that, I have no idea what's going to happen with this circus.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2011 7:30 pm
 

Report: McDaniels could be 49ers back-up plan

Harbaugh is staying at Stanford. Everyone knows that. He is not going to Miami. Just like Andrew Luck did not want to go to Carolina, Harbaugh does not want to move his family to Miami. He likes the Bay Area. He loves Stanford. He loves Bill Walsh. He likes following Walsh's legacy. He will stay at Stanford or coach the 49ers. He is using this opportunity to get more money from Bowlsby. While I like Harbaugh, Stanford and the 49ers I agree with the skeptics (mainly those from the SEC, Big 10/12) that until Harbaugh leads Stanford to the national title he really has not done much. But guess what? Considering that Stanford has really tough admissions standards what Harbaugh has done so far is impressive. Too bad it's not impressive to public universities with low admissions standards known for churning out football players instead of leaders of society. Look to Harbaugh staying one more year and leading Stanford to the national title. Then after another wretched year by the 49ers York will be able to use the number one pick to secure Andrew Luck and Jim Harbaugh. Guys, you fail to grasp just how close Luck and Harbaugh are. Harbaugh wants to have Luck as his QB but there is no way he was going to coach Luck in Carolina if Luck did not want to play for them. What people should do is look to Luck for indications of where Harbaugh will coach next year. I cannot imagine Harbaugh not coaching Luck next year. Harbaugh has said that Luck is the brightest and hardest working player he has every coached. Do you guys seriously think Harbaugh will give all that up just to make a few extra million dollars to go to Miami? As people have said...money does not buy happiness. While I enjoy the shows Burn Notice and CSI:Miami I would not want to live there all year round. It's more of a vacation spot. I sense that Harbaugh feels the same way. But of course after I write this he will probably sign with Miami and become part owner. Lol! If there is one thing I have learned in my years of following sports is that anything is possible. Having said that I would not be surprised if Harbaugh becomes the Raiders head coach. I keep reading that he and Al Davis have a great relationship and that he would be "honored" to coach the Raiders. That's nice, but would he be happy coaching the Raiders? I don't think so!



Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2011 7:28 pm
 

Report: McDaniels could be 49ers back-up plan

Forget the past , what's done is done.
John Elway will fix everything.
We will be a better football team next season.



Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2011 7:22 pm
 

Report: McDaniels could be 49ers back-up plan

McDaniels would make an excellent offensive coordinator under the right headcoach.
And the next 1st round pick for the Broncos will be #2 this offseason :)


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