Tag:Jed York
Posted on: February 10, 2012 6:02 pm

49ers name Yu president, extend GM Baalke

The 49ers now have stability in the front office and at head coach. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

Gideon Yu, a co-owner of the San Francisco 49ers who previously served as chief financial officer of both YouTube and Facebook, was officially named the team’s president and co-owner Thursday, according to CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Kyle Bonagura.

“My whole career has led to this point," Yu said in a statement released by the 49ers. "My job here is the perfect mix of my passions for football, entrepreneurship, business management and technology. Being at my favorite team in my favorite sport is a dream come true.”

Forty-niners CEO Jed York called Yu "both a visionary and the 'go-to' guy who can lead us through the enormous opportunities ahead such as, the stadium construction, expansion of our brand and its businesses, and positioning the franchise for the future. We have more to do now than ever before, and Gideon is the right person to get the job done.”

Yu will handle the business operations while general manager Trent Baalke, whose contract was extended Friday, will be responsible for all football operations. Both men will report to York.

The 49ers are coming off a 13-3 season, the NFC West title, and a trip to the NFC Championship game. It was their first playoff appearance since 2002, when Steve Mariucci was the head coach and Jeff Garcia the quarterback.

First-year coach Jim Harbaugh exceeded everybody's expectations -- as did the previously much-maligned quarterback Alex Smith, who Harbaugh says he wants back in San Francisco for 2012.

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Posted on: August 22, 2011 4:23 pm

Raiders, 49ers preseason series is history

Oakland and San Francisco fight before the postgame shootings (AP).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In the wake of two shootings that occurred after Saturday’s Raiders-49ers preseason game, the San Jose Mercury News’ Tim Kawakami is reporting that the annual preseason game between the two sides will end.

According to Kawakami, the local police departments and the NFL strongly encouraged the two teams to discontinue the series. There probably won’t be an announcement on the matter, Kawakami writes. Instead, the annual event probably will just fade away.

As CBSSports.com’s Ryan Wilson wrote Sunday, one of the men, who was shot in the stomach before he drove his truck to a security station to get help, was wearing a “F--- the 49ers” shirt. Police then pulled a man wearing a Raiders jersey off a party bus and considered him a suspect.

Also coming off the incident, 49ers owner Jed York told the Sacramento Bee that there was increased security at Saturday’s game and that there will be even better security for the team’s next home game against the Texans.

Obviously, more lights around the stadium would be a start.

"I don't know if you're going to be able to get up a bunch of light poles in four days before the next game," York told the paper. "But you're going to have a lot of security out there. You're going to have a lot of SFPD. We're going to work with them to make sure we have the appropriate levels of security to make sure all our fans feel safe and comfortable."

Then, strangely, York seemed to make the case that going to an 18-game schedule -- which the owners certainly haven’t forgotten about -- would eliminate postgame violence like this.

"I think when you have a preseason game, when you don't have your regular-season ticket holders coming to the game, I think that plays a big factor into it," York said.

While that explanation seems unlikely and inappropriate in this circumstance -- the intra-Bay rivalry probably had more to do with the violence than non regular-season ticket fans attending the game -- we all can agree that providing more security and more lights hopefully will curtail the violence we’ve seen at pro sporting events.

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Posted on: July 20, 2011 3:33 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2011 4:01 pm

Would the Raiders and 49ers be willing to share?

San Francisco would like to leave Candlestick Park (Getty).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The 49ers have wanted a new stadium in which to play for many years, and the Raiders have one of the oldest residences in the league. Presumably, they wouldn’t mind new digs either.

The perfect solution? Build one and let both of them play inside.

And that’s actually what the two sides are discussing, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

"We've put our teams together," 49ers chief executive Jed York told the paper. "It doesn't mean we're going to find the right deal that fits for both teams, but we're certainly going to get a look at those options."

Said Oakland chief executive Amy Trask: "We have said repeatedly that we have an open mind with respect to our stadium solution. An open mind means an open mind as to sharing a facility with the 49ers. I say to Jed regularly that we should have not only an open mind to the sharing of the facility, but to the location of the facility which we might share. And so there are a lot of options for us to consider."

First, the two sides would have to figure out where to build the new stadium. The 49ers have been working diligently on getting a new home in Santa Clara, and already, the city has passed a bill that would allow $114 million of public money to be used to build it. At this point, the Raiders don’t have any options for building a new stadium.

The NFL likely would take a positive view of such an arrangement, considering how well it’s worked out in New Jersey with the Jets and the Giants. In fact, some believe that the two teams sharing the stadium is the ONLY way a new place will be built.

"You have a league that has no plan in place to support the building of new stadiums," said former 49ers president Carmen Policy. "You can't finance that deal in Santa Clara. I'm not sure you can in San Francisco, either."

"I believe the league has an internal belief that the only way to build a world-class stadium in the Bay Area would be a two-team stadium.”

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Posted on: April 27, 2011 1:11 pm

Hot Routes 4.27.11 so are we locked out or not?

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Posted on: January 4, 2011 8:45 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 9:04 pm

Baalke hired as SF GM (and other 49ers news)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The 49ers are looking for a head coach, but apparently, they don’t mind giving their defensive coordinator a shot at a different head coaching job.

As CSN Bay Area writes, San Francisco defensive coordinator Greg Manusky will interview for the Panthers job that’s been vacated by John Fox.

- In other 49ers news, the San Jose Mercury News reports that team owner Jed York has narrowed the field to two GM candidates: Trent Baalke and Michael Lombardi.

Apparently, Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh – who very well could be the next San Francisco head coach after the new GM is hired – would be fine with either candidate.

Expect a decision on the GM matter very soon. Like, really, really soon.

- And while we’re at it, we’ll throw this bit of news in there as well. As the Contra Costa Times writes, the 49ers have been given permission from the Raiders to interview Oakland offensive coordinator Hue Jackson for the San Francisco head coaching position.

“The 49ers asked and Al said yes,” senior executive John Herrera told the paper. “He’s happy for Hue.”

UPDATED (9:00 p.m.):
Earlier, when I said "Expect a decision on the GM matter very soon. Like, really, really soon," I didn't expect the decision would be made 10 minutes after I posted the blog.

But yeah, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, Baalke has been handed the GM reins. His first order of business: track down Jim Harbaugh, drag him into the 49ers offices and force him to take the San Francisco job.

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Posted on: January 4, 2011 10:08 am

49ers request permission to interview Hue Jackson

Posted by Will Brinson

The 49ers are so busy at work trying to find a general manager that they don't have time right now to start interviewing coaches, right?

Wrong, apparently -- Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that San Francisco has requested permission from the Oakland Raiders to interview offensive coordinator Hue Jackson for their head coaching position.

This is an interesting move on a number of fronts. First, they have no GM (technically; everyone believes Trent Baalke is going to get the gig at some point), so they're going against their previously stated policy of hiring the front office before the coaching staff.

Secondly, Jackson is considered a potential frontrunner for the Oakland job, if Al Davis decides to relieve Tom Cable of his duties.

And finally, Jackson's interview immediately complies the 49ers with the Rooney Rule. That's not say they're doing it just to comply, but once they've completed a legitimate interview with a minority candidate, they have free reign to hire anyone they want without fear of being rebuked. (Although it's worth noting, I think, that the 49ers aren't exactly concerned with hiring a minority candidate -- they just finished the Mike Singletary era.)

And who knows? Maybe Jackson's the guy after all, although it would seem odd to have them "find their guy" before the front office is figured out.

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Posted on: December 28, 2010 6:21 pm
Edited on: December 28, 2010 9:48 pm

SF's GM choice will have Gruden, Harbaugh in mind

Posted by Andy Benoit

Young 49ers owner Jed York has indicated that he will hire a GM to run the football operations in San Francisco. Included in those operations will be deciding on a new head coach.

York is making it known that he plans on delegating the football decisions to a “footbJ. Gruden (US Presswire)all guy”. Still, as the owner of J. Harbaugh (US Presswire)the team, his preferences and wishes will inevitably trickle down to the front office. This is why many, including Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, believe York will hire a GM who can lure either Jon Gruden or Jim Harbaugh to the Bay Area.

Both of those head coaches are in high demand, and both have working experience in Northern California (Gruden with the Raiders, Harbaugh in his current position running the Stanford program). Harbaugh has suggested that he doesn’t plan on changing jobs, but with his team playing in the Orange Bowl January 3, what else would you expect him to say at this point? We have great reason to believe Gruden would be interested in the job – his son said a few weeks ago that the plan has been for Dad to go to either San Fran or Cleveland in 2012.

As for GM candidates who would work well with either of these two coaches, Kawakami offers a few names:

-George Kokinis (current Baltimore personnel exec, former Cleveland GM, a fit with Harbaugh via Harbaugh’s brother, John, the head coach in Baltimore);

-Mike Lombardi (NFL Network analyst, worked with both Gruden and Harbaugh with the Raiders, and with Gruden with the Eagles);

-Bruce Allen (current Washington GM tied to Mike Shanahan, which is swiftly becoming a sour situation; unlikely Redskins will fire both men, but Allen might be looking for an out; he has very close ties with Gruden and could be a perfect do-it-all-exec to work with Harbaugh);

-Trent Baalke and Tommy Gamble (in-house 49ers’ potentials who are seen as potential relationship gap-fillers–they already know Jed, understand the roster, and one or both might be able to reach out and “York-ize” Harbaugh or Gruden).

There was an Associated Press report Tuesday saying the Niners interviewed former Panthers/Rams executive Tony Softli.

The 49er job is one of the most enticing in football. Besides the history of the franchise and committed ownership (we think), there is a talented roster there that is one quarterback away from being a serious contender in the NFC.

UPDATE 8:00 p.m. ET: According to Pro Football Talk, Trent Baalke is “a lock” to get the Niners GM position. Baalke has been handling most of those duties since Scot McCloughan was fired in April. It is believed that the interview with Softli was, to be frank, merely a way to comply with the Rooney Rule.

UPDATE 9:48 p.m. ET: Peter King said on NBC's Tuesday Night Football halftime show that, according to his sources, Gruden is NOT a candidate for the 49ers job. Harbaugh is the hottest name.

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Posted on: December 27, 2010 7:03 pm

SF has two important hires to make

Jed York (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, hire a general manager. Then, allow that general manager to hire the next head coach. For 49ers team president Jed York – who let go of former GM Scot McCloughan in March and then fired coach Mike Singletary after San Francisco fell 25-17 to the Rams on Sunday – that’s the move that makes the most sense.

And, of course, he’s right (I’m sure Eric Mangini would agree with that sentiment.) After all, there’s nothing worse for a new head coach if the GM that the ownership hires is not the same GM that has hired that head coach.

“It’s about making sure the GM and the head coach are really working together and he’s going to be the person living and dying with the coach,” York told reporters today at his news conference officially announcing Jim Tomsula as the interim, via Rapid Reporter Michael Erler and CSN Bay Area.

It doesn’t sound like Tomsula will be a candidate for the full-time position, and it also sounds like this won’t be a quick process. York has enlisted the help of his uncle, former team owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., and the Kraft family – which, as you know, owns the Patriots. For now, York will talk to candidates who don’t have jobs, but once the season is complete, he’s going to widen his pool.

In fact, he might be coming after your guy! Or the guy your team just fired.

"Obviously, some coaches who aren't retained will be potential candidates for us," York said. "There are a lot of coaches on the street who are potential candidates for us. There are a lot of guys who have been coordinators and been successful, so there's a broad array.

"But that's not me putting that list together. I'm not going to say, 'You're the GM but you can't hire this guy as head coach.' The GM will hire the head coach."

The last two 49ers hires haven’t exactly been impressive. Mike Nolan had been a defensive coordinator with a good reputation (and since he was fired, he’s done a nice job leading the Dolphins defense, third-best in the NFL), and Singletary was obviously a legendary player (with no coordinator experience, mind you).

They didn’t do well as head coaches in San Francisco – Nolan went 18-37, and Singletary followed him with an 18-22 record.

Now, York is placing the decision of who the next coach will be in his future GM’s hands. Now, York just has to make sure he gets that decision right.

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