Fire/relieve/let go, choose any word you want to put in between 49ers___Scot McCloughan as GM, the story is the same with the team looking for a new GM in the heart of the off-season with the NFL draft more than a month away and prospects working out for teams at their facilities and pro days.
McCloughan sent a text to AOL Fanhouse saying he was relieved of his duties for a “personal matter.” The big story will be what was the personal matter and who it involved in the front office. But right now the question is why at this point in the off-season? Was it the flop-on-arrival signing of QB David Carr as it seemed Carr and McCloughan were the only two people excited about the signing? McCloughan had not been the best GM when he and former head coach Mike Nolan shared the duties of general manager but since the end of the 2008 season when he was named official GM he has had a good track record in the draft:
- Drafting of Michael Crabtree. Even though Crabtree held out McCloughan rode out his threat of sitting out the season and finally got him to sign for less than what Crabtree was demanding. In 2009 he also drafted potential starters in RB Glen Coffee and QB Nate Davis.
- In 2008 he drafted DT Kentwan Balmer and G Chilo Rachal who we are still waiting to develop up to their promise but the talent is there. He also found WR Josh Morgan in the seventh round.
McCloughan has not had such a good track record with free-agent signings since he took over as GM but he also was not put in the position by team management to go after big name free-agents. Nonetheless the timing of the firing is mind boggling. If this was truly a personal matter why wait until two months into the off-season to make the move? If you had issues with him, fire him. What has changed your mind? But if the firing is because of something that recently happened in the front office, shame on you for putting yourself before the team. I don’t know who the YOU is in all of this. Could be Mike Singletary, could be Jed Joke, or both but whoever it is I don’t think they made the right decision.
Potential Candidates to replace McCloughan:
Mike Singletary: We went down this road with Nolan who had no experience as a GM and I don’t see any reason why there would be a different outcome with Singletary who has no experience making personnel moves.
Jed Joke: Oh, god no. Unless you are a billionaire like Jerry Jones and you actually care about putting a winning football team on the field, chances are you won’t have much success as owner/GM.
More suitable candidates already in the 49ers front office and who have worked with McCloughan include Tom Gamble (Director of Pro Personnel), Paraag Marathe (Vice President of Football Operations), Brian Hampton (Director of Football Operations) and Trent Baalke (Director of Player Personnel).
OR: Maybe Jed Joke will bring back the debacle days of former 49ers GM Terry Donahue. I heard he is available. At this point I wouldn’t rule anything out with the 49ers front office.
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