Over the past several months we have debated & negated possible directions the 49ers front office may take heading into April's draft. One of the many topics of conversation have revolved around the position of General Manager beyond 22 DEC 09 but here we go again.
We liked him! We
really liked Him!
The point of the post had questioned Scot McCloughan's overall ability to manage the organization - to which 45% approved.
Perhaps it was premature, done with little homework and amature to say the least but it had been something that had been on my mind for about a year at that time...
After waiting through the first 48 hrs of Free Agency without the slightest hint of addressing an offseason need, I began to wonder... In the past, the 49ers have signed guys like, Aubrayo Franklin, Justin Smith, and after 2008 where we surrendered an NFL high 55 sacks, we signed Marvel Smith who subsequently retired prior to the 2009 season.
Lauded by its fanfare for not "overpaying" for talent but still addressing areas of need, this year's off-season seemed to start off a little different (Minus Nate Clements but that's another topic :~P). Unlike the excessive press conferences of last year, this years' lack of communication has been deafening and almost seemed unintentional until two things happened: 1.) Scot McCloughan took an extended leave of absence; and 2.) Chester Pitts came in to town.
1. Did Scot McCloughan initiate the leave of absence or get fired for not addressing team needs in the off-season?
2. If his personal life was affecting him so much, why would he leave 1 month prior to the draft?
3. If Chester Pitts was Scot McCloughan's guy to bring in, where was Scott and why didn't he care to be involved?
4. Was Chester Pitts really Scot McCloughan's guy or was he someone elses who helped push him out?
In any event, Scot's gone and no one seems to have any real answers. Speculation perhaps? Below is a poll.. Click away but please, the point of this post is to discuss it's affects on the front office and to speculate on its origins. Thank you.