IF I WAS TERRY DONAHUE PART 2: 49er Free Agents
January 17, 2003
by Rob Baker
It's time again when I start writing my 'if I was Terry Donahue' section, when I get to express my opinions on free agency, the draft, releasing players etc. But this time I'll start of with a massive decision, the coach. Hopefully this will incite some discussion and I'd love to hear everyone's opinion on who should replace the infamous Mooch. Now for my opinion:
Now it's time to see the answer to the question I've been asking: Does Mooch call all those pussy plays because he was hiding our defense and keeping the ball on offense to give the defense less time on the field, or was he calling those plays because he is a useless coach that doesn't utilize weapons such as TO?
In my opinion, it was a good decision to get rid of Mooch, the niners need a coach with a Bill Walsh perspective on the game, when the 49ers are leading, don't slow the game up trying to keep the lead, play the game out hard and rub the salt in. Many times this season, the niners let big leads turn into narrow victories, and in some cases, losses. An example is the St. Louis game, our division rival, time to rub it in, time to show our back-ups are 20 points better than yours, but the niners let the game slip, now the Rams have got a win streak against us.
Now for the coaching candidates, there are three main ones at the moment: Defensive coordinator Jim Mora Jr., QB coach Ted Tollner and Dennis Green. (Oh, by the way, I'm the GM, Jim Mora, your fired, so you're not a candidate any more!). I'll also name a few more possibilities, but it's really between Tollner and Green now.
The idea is that Tollner coaches for a season or two while the niners search for a big name coach (eg. former offensive coordinator Mike Holmgren). Tollner has had experience:
1982: USC offensive coordinator
but really, hiring Tollner would just be a way for Donahue to play around with the idea of coaching again.
Walsh is a massive supporter of Green, and he publicly showed his disappointment in the Jags after they said no to Green for their head job. Dennis had no chance with the Jags because he demanded more authority. That won't happen at the niners with Green saying publicly that he doesn't want that authority at the niners, and may even take an assistants job. Green has had experience with coaching Minnesota and did a great job, and showed when times are tough, he stands up and delivers (2000 season).
Jack Del Rio:
Bill Walsh wins, Dennis Green is now the new head coach of the 49ers, and I'd do every thing in my power to get Ray Rhodes as defensive coordinator if his contract situation sorts itself out in Denver. I can't see the point in hiring a temporary coach when Mooch could have stayed for an extra season, which would have saved the niners $2.3 million that was payed out to him, and then the cost to hire a new coach. This way the 49ers have a great coach, no in-house split because of Green's relationship with Walsh, a coach that knows how to handle big time receivers and their opinions (Moss) and a coach that's taken his team deep into the playoffs. Hopefully with this team, a few defensive additions and a new head coach, the niners will win another ring!
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