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Steve Young: Equity value more important to Yorks than winning games

Steve Young: Equity value more important to Yorks than winning games

The 49ers are 1-12 and Steve Young is not happy about it

During a Wednesday radio interview with KNBR 680, the Hall of Fame quarterback discussed the state of the organization.

"You don't have to win to make money," Young started. "That’s (the York’s) A game. Their equity value in the team is their A game. It’s what drives them. It’s what drives most of the owners. It’s what matters. It’s what they think about. It’s what they talk about. And the B game, is whether we win some games. It doesn't mean that you don’t want to, or you don’t really want to, or it’s not really important. It’s just not the A game.

"And so when it’s not the A game, that’s the biggest issue with the NFL, is that success doesn’t track to success on the field. So that you’re not held accountable.

“So no matter what we (the 49ers) decide to do here, and my opinion is when you’re 1-12 or 1-13 of if we end up 1-15, to me by definition, everything in the parking lot. Everybody, every living thing out to the parking lot. And nobody gets back in unless you can prove you’re part of the solution. I mean everybody. That’s a tough thing to do because you might have to start over in all kinds of ways.

“But when you're looking like you’re gonna start a revolving door of coaches and general managers and everything else, and the owners can’t by definition feel that rigor -- they don’t feel that, even the people who love the team we're like, ‘This is everything, we’ve gotta, you know...' and the people who are actually calling the shots, it’s not their A game.

"And so it’s like you kind of have to wait 'till they decide how they want to play it. And the calculus is, should we start over? Should we wipe the place out? Should we leave Trent (Baalke) and then maybe do a coach? But that doesn’t look right because we can't have a coaching carousel, so let's let Chip (Kelly) come. Who’s going to be with Chip?

"Because it’s all this calculus that has to go on. And it really, as an ex-player who’s been around a long time, it’s frustrating to watch because it’s never true merit, true everyone in the parking lot and you literally are barred unless you can prove your value that makes this thing move forward.”

In September, Forbes valued the 49ers at an estimated $3 billion -- the fourth highest valuation in the NFL.

In 2010, the franchise was worth an estimated $925 million -- 22nd in the league.

When it comes to the on-field product, does Young see a lot of talent on the roster?

"No, especially leadership talent," Young answered. "You have to have guys -- talent is one thing but leadership is another thing. You gotta have the -- I don't know how many times we've talked about it -- the core group of guys, and they don't have (it). It becomes a revolving door, and very talented guys come through the revolving door ... so until the right combination gets into the locker room and the chemistry gets going ... you need an incentive to go play great football, and if you don't have it, then you don't have the talent.

"So anybody who says well it's coaching ... no ... it's a chemistry and a combination of things that you gotta get the right people in the right places to create that. And if it doesn't get created, by definition you don't have the talent ... leadership is built by the personalities you put in the locker room."
 

Kilgore: All of 49ers on same page 'for the first time in a long time'

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Kilgore: All of 49ers on same page 'for the first time in a long time'

The 49ers’ coaching staff made its feelings known to center Daniel Kilgore throughout the season.

But, in the past, that would not have necessarily meant everyone in the organization had the same thoughts about Kilgore, who was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent.

“The whole season, coaches and I had a good relationship,” Kilgore said Wednesday on conference call with Bay Area reporters. “Just talking and having one-on-ones with various coaches, I had a positive outlook for the future.

“But that’s just one thing. The coaches have an opinion of you, but then there’s also the front office. That’s two totally different things. And I think for the first time in a long time, our coaches and the front office are on the same page.”

Kilgore was working out back home in Tennessee on Wednesday when he signed a three-year contract to avoid hitting the free-agent market. Kilgore, 30, a seven-year NFL veteran, described the contract as a team-friendly deal.

The 49ers presented Kilgore with a contract offer during the season but negotiations did not get serious until just recently. While the 49ers expressed interest in retaining Kilgore, he said he did not know what the future held for him when he packed his belongings from the locker room on the day after the season ended.

“It kind of makes you nervous because in this profession, people like the younger guys,” Kilgore said. “You just never know what will happen at any time, any given day, in the NFL. So toward the end, that last day of clearing out the locker, I didn’t know if I’d be back. I didn’t know if the Niners would want me back.”

Kilgore was named the winner of the organization’s top honor for an offensive lineman. Kilgore won the Bobb McKittrick Award for best exemplifying the dedication, excellence and commitment of the long-time 49ers offensive line coach. Kilgore started all 29 games in which he appeared the past two seasons, including a career-high 16 games last season.

"I've been here seven years and I consider the Bay Area my second home,” Kilgore said. “To be able to extend my career wearing the 49ers jersey was special to me. This team is heading in the right direction, I wanted to be a part of it."

Why the 49ers did not hesitate to pay Garoppolo big money

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Why the 49ers did not hesitate to pay Garoppolo big money

When Jimmy Garoppolo signed a contract that could pay him up to $137.5 million over the next five years, he was asked what convinced him during his nine weeks with the organization that he wanted to be with the 49ers for the long term.

“I think it was a number of things,” Garoppolo said last week. “The team, the acceptance that they had of me when I first got here from the get-go, the coaching staff, Kyle and Rich. It was a very welcoming environment, and I really liked that. We had some success down the stretch, and you could see that pieces were falling into place. We've got a long way to go, but I think we're moving in the right direction.”

Kyle, of course, is head coach Kyle Shanahan. Rich Scagarello is the 49ers’ quarterbacks coach, and the person from whom Garoppolo spent the most time after arriving in Santa Clara on Oct. 31 after a trade with the New England Patriots.

Garoppolo earned $3.5 million in his first four NFL seasons. His new contract makes him the NFL’s highest-paid player, making an average of $27.5 million per season, with $48.7 million fully guaranteed.

Scangarello, appearing this week on The 49ers Insider Podcast, talked about what he learned about Garoppolo from working so closely with him to teach him Shanahan's offense. Scangarello said there is no question in his mind the money will not change Garoppolo’s approach to his work.

“That’s why it was easy for the organization and everyone to invest in somebody like Jimmy Garoppolo,” Scangarello said. “I just think that’s not the kind of person he is. If you met his family, you know where he comes from, what he’s about. His brothers, his parents, are just good, solid people people. He’s made of the right stuff and I just don’t see that affecting him in that way.

“It’s just not who he is. That’s the fun part of working with somebody like that every day. When they’re really talented and they appreciate everything and they work at it, you have a chance to be a successful organization and they can be a great player. And I don’t think those things will ever affect him.”