The biggest football game of the season is here and the San Francisco 49ers are, of course, not in it. Instead, they're setting fire to everything they built over the past couple seasons but hey, at least we had some good news yesterday. The first bit of good news is that Charles Haley finally made it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
It's ridiculous that it took this long for Haley to get in, given what he was able to accomplish over the course of his career. I understand the people who vote have a whole lot on their plates -- it's not an easy task to narrow down the list each year when there are more guys that deserve being in than there are guys that can get in.
The other piece of news isn't "good" per se, but it's not bad either. Just a little unexpected -- linebacker Chris Borland received a vote for defensive rookie of the year. I think he certainly played at a high enough level to earn that kind of award, but I think it's kind of crazy to vote for him over a guy like Aaron Donald, or even Khalil Mack. Still, cool to see Borland get some kind of recognition for what he was able to pull off.
Onto your links!
49ers management told Jim Harbaugh he wouldn't be back for 2015 ... two weeks before the end of the 2014 season (Kawakami)
49ers hire Brown to coach defensive line (Branch)
Former 49ers linebacker Charles Haley selected to Pro Football Hall of Fame (Gutierrez)
Boldin: Chryst can bring spark to 49ers' offense (Maiocco)
Jed York isn't in a mood to protect team's investment in Colin Kaepernick (BA Sports Guy)
49ers add former DCs Pendergast, Lewis to staff (Branch)
Ten ways 49ers can pull off shocker to reach next year's Super Bowl at Levi's Stadium (Inman)
49ers Mailbag: Is team going cheap with staff? (Maiocco)
Is Frank Gore more or less likely to return to 49ers? (Barrows)
Q&A with the 49ers' Jed York (Purdy)
Charles Haley and his five rings head for Pro Football Hall of Fame (Inman)