Jed York is the Man. Remember Eddie DeBartolo? All those NFL Championships? Yes, Eddie was smart. Smart in the sense that he knew how to spend money to get ahead. The 49ers had single hotel rooms when everyone else had to double up. Every player got to bring his girlfriend or entire family to Hawaii for a team vacation. Eddie is the reason there is a salary cap in the NFL. The Niners were 2-3 deep at every position. Everyone wanted to play for him. Injury? No Problem; an All-Pro was the back-up. Steve Young waited how long as a back-up? The money was that good.
But guess what? Eddie was given the Niners to stay out of his father's real estate development business. Eddie was smart, but real, real dumb at the same time. I don't blame him for trying to get into gambling; but to get caught, with his own words and actions like he did. Bribing governors? He really was lucky to have a dad like he had.
But guess what? I will give Eddie one thing. He knew how to win. He's practically canonized by Niner fans. And rightfully so. 5 Championships! He was the man. And now, here comes a scary reincarnation. Jed York. Ridiculously rich parents. "Given" the 49ers to run; at a ridiculously young age. But guess what? He is pressing all the right buttons. Singletary. The front office. Even how he's handled the disaster of a stadium idea in Santa Clara. Alienating no one. Endering himself to everyone.
And now Crabtree. It was Jed who blew up over the Jets, Deion, et al. It was Jed who insisted on tampering charges. It was Jed who publically made the request (after doing so privately) to meet with Crabtree and his agent. I have no idea if it was Jed who came up with the 6 year contract idea (vs. the 5 everyone else got) to let him save face; but brilliant.
Jed is the man. Jed is Eddie Jr.; only smart. Look out NFL; there is a new sherrif in town, and his name is Jed, and he has a lot more money that the Hillbilly from Texas. Niner #6. What do you think? I say this season the playoffs, next season the Super Bowl. The following season, another ring. And you can thank Eddie Jr, I mean Jed for that.