A season of high expectations has come crashing down on the 49ers.
The heavy favorites to win what was considered a weak NFC West during the preseason, the 49ers proved over 16 weeks they weren’t up to the task, ultimately costing Mike Singletary his job.
49ers fans, CEO Jed York says he’s as frustrated with eight consecutive non-winning seasons as you are.
“I am as frustrated as the fans are when we’re not competing for the Super Bowl year in and year out,” York told The San Francisco Chronicle. “I know we have a team that is capable of getting to the playoffs and competing for the Super Bowl. We just need to make sure we have the right structure to put our players in a position to be in a successful position at the end of the year.”
York seems to suggest he believes the 49ers already have the talent, but weren’t put in a position to succeed by Singletary. He was asked how close the team is to turning it all around.
“It’s frustrating when you lose by three points to the Saints, Falcons and Eagles,” he said. “Some of that is not having the right structure and the right discipline, and I think those things are going to be corrected.”
Based on that, it’s now squarely on York to make the right hires. It starts with a new general manager, and insider Michael Lombardi – who himself reportedly interviewed for the position — told NFL Network Wednesday he fully expects the 49ers to stay in house and promote Trent Baalke.