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NFL Franchise Notes: York Faces Big Decisions During Offseason

York Looking To Hire New
GM, Coach This Offseason

49ers President & CEO Jed York will hire a new coach and GM this offseason, and in S.F., Scott Ostler writes York “has to get it right this time.”  Twice in a row York -- “with assists from his mom and dad -- hired spectacularly wrong coaches.” For the 49ers, there are "stadium issues and fan-support issues." One more "bad coach, or coach/GM combo, and York might be forced to rethink his career choice" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 12/28). But in Oakland, Monte Poole writes the 29-year-old “Baby Boss may be learning his way into his NFL executive gig.” York's decision to fire Mike Singletary as coach shows he can “recognize his own mistake and willingly acknowledge it” (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 12/28). Comcast SportsNet BAY AREA’s Ann Killion noted York is “planning to do what everyone has been imploring the franchise to do for years: hire an experienced football man and turn the football decisions over to him” (CSNBAYAREA.com, 12/27).

MAKING MOVES: Fox’ Jay Glazer during “Fox NFL Sunday” said, “It looks like the next piece to the puzzle in Denver is going to be John Elway. I think Elway will be the top executive there within the next two weeks. I’m being told that Elway is in serious discussions but he’s also trying to get ownership as part of the deal. He’s willing to pay for ownership and is actually putting together lists for potential GM and coaching candidates as well” (Fox). Elway: “We’re still talking and trying to figure out what that role would be and how it looks and what the landscape is” (DENVERPOST.com, 12/24). Meanwhile, in N.Y., Judy Battista notes Broncos QB Tim Tebow’s “most important stat" during Sunday's game against the Texans "might be that there were just 5,700 no-shows for an entirely meaningless game at Invesco Field.” The attendance is a “testament to Tebow’s drawing power” (N.Y. TIMES, 12/28).

END OF YEAR EVALUATIONS: Chargers President & CEO Dean Spanos after the team was eliminated from the playoffs yesterday said that coach Norv Turner and GM A.J. Smith “will return in 2011.” Spanos: “The easiest thing in the world is to start over. Who the hell do I go hire? Blow the whole thing up? … I’m not afraid to make changes. If I thought it was warranted, I would do it. We have a good foundation here” (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 12/28). Meanwhile, Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross on Sunday “expressed frustration” with his team’s performance. Ross: “I’m as disappointed as anybody else is. … But I think when you lose at home and you’re not in the playoffs I think that compounds things. As a fan, I’m as disappointed as they are” (SUN-SENTINEL.com, 12/26).

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