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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."
 

Solomon Thomas is excited to prove he's worthy of No. 3 overall pick

Solomon Thomas is excited to prove he's worthy of No. 3 overall pick

SANTA CLARA – Defensive tackle Solomon Thomas had a pedestrian rookie season after the 49ers chose him with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2017 draft.

But that was nothing compared to Year 2, when he faced unimaginable tragedy with the suicide death of his older sister. Understandably, he was unproductive on the field as he struggled with his emotions and saw reduced playing time until a late-season surge.

Thomas’ name surfaced in trade rumors during the NFL draft.

Thomas said he is often guilty of over-thinking. But this time he did not give it much thought. He said he did not yearn for a fresh start elsewhere, because he wants to justify the faith general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan showed in him.

“In this business, whatever happens, happens. You don’t control it,” Thomas said on Tuesday. “But I love this organization. I love being here. And I want to finish what I started. I want to come here and want to show everyone why John and Kyle drafted me No. 3 and be who I am.”

After recording 41 tackles and three sacks in 14 games as a rookie, Thomas managed just 31 tackles and one sack in 16 games last season. The grief he felt off the field seemed to impact his performance at work.

“Last year I just wasn’t me,” Thomas said. “I’m not making excuses. I didn’t play well, and that’s on me. I should’ve played better. But I’m not making excuses for any of that. But what I’m saying that I wasn’t me last year. I put pressure on myself. But that’s over.”

Thomas said he sought therapy to better help him deal with the death of his sister, Ella. He continues to be an outspoken advocate for mental health awareness.

“That’s been a long process,” Thomas said. “It’s been hard to find. The first year was really hard for me, all the phases of anger, depression, sadness, guilt, grief, all that kind of stuff. So it’s hard for me to get healthy, and it took me a while. And once I was, I was a different person. I was light on my feet and could finally walk and move again.”

Shanahan said he sees an improvement in Thomas, who believes the team’s scheme adjustment under new defensive line coach Kris Kocurek fits his skills as an undersized defensive tackle. Thomas is expected to play defensive end in the 49ers' base defense, then move inside to rush the passer from defensive tackle.

“We all know what he went through and stuff, but you can see he’s got his aura back to him,” Shanahan said. “You can see it in his eyes. You can feel his energy a little bit better, and it definitely seems like he’s in a better place.

“We all know grieving can be as hard as it gets and takes people a long time, but you can see he’s doing better.”

After reports of the 49ers shopping Thomas in a trade, Lynch called Thomas into his office and denied the club was trying to get rid of him. Lynch talked to Thomas about how he should thrive in his new role.

“I can use my quickness and my explosion, being able to use that and just move, and having the green light,” Thomas said. “That’s what I need. I don’t need to be reading and sitting back. I need to be going and be able to press guards, get on the edge and crush tight ends. That’s how I play, and that’s the kind of scheme that can bring out my strengths.”

Thomas said he has always been a perfectionist. He admits that he often gets in his own head when he is dissatisfied with his own performance. He views this season as a fresh start without the change of scenary.

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“Everything in the past, is in the past,” he said. “I had probably my worst season ever in my life last year and I’m the most confident I’ve ever been in my career right now. That says a lot. I’m ready to move forward and show everyone who Solomon Thomas is and what I’m going to bring to the table.”

Why Dee Ford isn't worried about Nick Bosa's past social media usage

Why Dee Ford isn't worried about Nick Bosa's past social media usage

SANTA CLARA — 49ers first-round pick Nick Bosa was scrutinized heavily for his social media use, but veteran edge rusher Dee Ford isn't bothered by it one bit. 

"Yeah, he’s a great guy,” Ford said. “Social media is social media. I could care less. Honestly, who you are at work is important to me and he’s a great guy. I don’t even have a social media. I’m not even up to speed with the quotes and all that. I don’t care.

“Who he has presented to us is a great guy that’s ready to work and that’s all that matters to me.” 

Bosa pulled up short in practice with a hamstring injury and was unable to finish individual drills with his position group. Ford took it upon himself to speak to the rookie, offering encouragement. Ford knows the pressure of being a first-round pick and admires Bosa’s drive. 

“He works very hard,” Ford said. “He’s a really good guy. You hate to see that for a rookie because he’s really progressing and he’s going to be important for this defense. And that D-line room is really starting to mesh. He’ll get healthy. He’ll get back. He’ll be fine.” 

Ford even offered Bosa advice as far as the extra attention he’s received for what he has done off the field.   

“It’s important as a rookie to stay the course,” Ford said. “Don’t get down. You got a lot of stuff to go through as a rookie. I told him once ball gets here, it’s all about ball. All the extra stuff will be over.”  

Ford was also complementary of Bosa’s skill set, and compared Bosa to former Chiefs teammate Justin Houston. 

"[Bosa] has a unique ability to actually execute his moves,” Ford said. “He’s very fluent. He actually reminds me of Justin. He’s not going to jump off your screen as far as speed, but he’s fluent as an athlete and fast enough.

[RELATED: Lynch, Shanahan confident in Bosa's character]

“He’s very strong and he can execute his moves with his hand-eye coordination, which is what you like to see in the rush game. And in the run game he can make plays front side and back side.” 

It’s only Day Two of phase three but it appears that Bosa is fitting in with his teammates as well as could be.