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49ers GM Candidates: Michael Lombardi Interviewed

Fooch's Note: Not to influence voting or anything, but here's a quote of his. Read the whole article for context, but it's worth a mention. Thanks to Ninjames for finding it:

I often ask myself, what would Bill want for the 49ers? What would Bill do if he were back at the 49ers?

Per Adam Schefter, Jed York spent two hours interviewing former Raiders GM Michael Lombardi late Tuesday night. Lombardi was the quasi-GM of the Raiders despite most not really believing he had much, if any power due to Al Davis' stranglehold on the team's operation.

This would seem to be a step in the right direction, interviewing someone who's actually been a general manager in the NFL, however it could also simply be more of what many believe is an elaborate PR stunt aimed at convincing the public that Jed is doing his due diligence in the GM search despite the fact that he already plans to promote Trent Baalke.

This issue has circulated around Twitter today with myself being a major contributor to the discussion. We got some of NN's take in the Trent Baalke thread from earlier, however, what do you all think of the interview of Lombardi? Is Jed really going to select the best candidate or is he simply going through the motions to appear as though he did so?

Are Jed and the 49ers even capable of landing a big-name GM or is the rumored power structure unattractive to guys who are used to having the keys to the kingdom?

At any rate, let's take a look at Lombardi's resume after the jump.

  • NFL Network 2008 - Present (2 years )

  • Vice President - - 2008 - May 2010 (2 years )

  • Manager - The National Football Post - July 2008 - May 2010 (1 year 11 months)

  • Writer - Sports Illustrated - 2008 - 2008 (less than a year)

  • Personnel - Denver Broncos - July 2007 - January 2008 (7 months)

  • Senior Personnel Executive - Oakland Raiders - March 1999 - May 2007 (8 years 3 months)

  • Talent - CBS Sports - July 1998 - March 1999 (9 months)

  • Director of Player Personnel - Cleveland Browns - May 1987 - February 1996 (8 years 10 months)

  • Scout - San Francisco 49ers - 1984 - 1987 (3 years )