Another awful season in the Bay Area looks to be culminating with another coaching departure, coupled with the firing of General Manager Trent Baalke. Reports suggest both Kelly and Baalke will be moved on after the 49ers final game of the 2016 season against the Seattle Seahawks.
If the 49’ers go down the coach-sacking path, it would be one-and-done seasons for the second year in a row for San Francisco, having sacked HC Jim Tomsula at the end of the 2015 season after a dismal 5-11 record. This will all add up to the San Francisco franchise owing $30 million in coaching salaries alone next season, and of course a search for their third head couch in as many seasons, not to mention a new GM, plus (more than likely) new Offensive and Defensive Co-coordinators.
All of this is hard to fathom for a proud franchise which only 3 years ago looked smooth sailing towards a record equaling 6th Lombardi trophy. However, an off-season from hell in 2015 led to the departure of their champion head coach Jim Harbaugh (whom rival franchises are now circling to fill their respective HC positions), both offensive and defensive coordinators, premature retirements to star players (LB Patrick Willis, OT Anthony Davis, LB Chris Boreland and DE Justin Smith), key free agency departures (WR Michael Crabtree, G Mike Iupati, RB Frank Gore, Punter Andy Lee and starting CB’s Perrish Cox and Chris Culliver) plus the instant release of star pass-rusher Aldon Smith after being charged with hit-and-run, DUI and vandalism.
Clearly, whoever the franchise announced as it’s new head coach was always going to struggle with a roster so devoid of talent. However, GM Trent Baalke’s seemingly rushed head coaching appointments coupled with his (and the scouts) ineptitude to draft and develop talent to replace those departures, the 49ers now find themselves at what can be considered football “Ground Zero”.
The impending off-season will be a very interesting and crucial one for the San Francisco organisation, with the search (reportedly) on for the three most important positions at any major sports organisation in the land: a General Manager, head couch, and in all likelihood a Quarterback who will be charged with the unenviable task of taking a franchise, and a roster in ruins, back to the top of a very competitive NFC.