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."

49ers' Mike McGlinchey not finished learning from retired Joe Staley

49ers' Mike McGlinchey not finished learning from retired Joe Staley

Mike McGlinchey, the 49ers' 2018 first-round draft pick, got an immediate opportunity to learn from one of the NFL’s best offensive tackles in Joe Staley. Now that the franchise icon has hung up his cleats after 13 seasons in San Francisco, McGlinchey hopes he still can learn from Staley.

"Hopefully, [Staley] will be up [from his home in San Diego] helping us out with the Niners as much as possible," McGlinchey told ESPN's Jordan Schultz on Instagram Live (h/t 49ersWebZone). "I'm still definitely going to lean on him and send him things that I'm thinking about. He still does want to be involved with football, but it's to the point where your body's not letting you play anymore.”

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Staley broke down the extent of his injury issues earlier this offseason, including a “deteriorating” neck condition that doctors told him would require surgery were he to continue playing in the NFL.

The longtime left tackle is one of the most revered 49ers players of the 21st century, and McGlinchey knows there is plenty left to be learned from the six-time Pro Bowl selection.

"He's still a great football mind, the way that he prepared his whole career," McGlinchey said. "I mean, he separated himself because of that kind of stuff, and so he's got countless lessons that you can learn from forever.

"He has become one of my best friends, and rarely is our conversation just about football," McGlinchey added.

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Trent Williams, acquired from Washington last month to try to fill that hole at left tackle, is another multiple Pro Bowl player who can help guide McGlinchey. That said, don’t expect Staley to just fade into the shadows and not be involved with the organization in some capacity in the coming years.

Colin Kaepernick opens fund to pay George Floyd protesters' lawyers


Colin Kaepernick opens fund to pay George Floyd protesters' lawyers

Ex-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is raising money for defense lawyers to represent people arrested while protesting in Minneapolis in the wake of George Floyd's death.

Kaepernick announced the formation of the Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative on his Instagram page Friday. The initiative "has identified and teamed up with top defense lawyers" in Minneapolis to offer legal assistance for protestors, according to the organization's website. Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Camp will fund the initiative, and is accepting donations at the same link that users can request legal support.

"When there is an injustice within our community, it is our legal right to address it, by any means necessary," the group's website said.

Formed soon after he began kneeling during the playing of the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality against African Americans, Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Camp has a self-stated mission of advancing "the liberation and well-being of black and brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization" and creating "new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders." Kaepernick previously donated $1 million to social-justice organizations as part of a pledge made during the 2016 season.

Kaepernick's protest earned renewed attention following Floyd's death. Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, died Monday while in police custody, and bystanders recorded video of now-former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin putting his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly eight minutes while Floyd pleaded that he couldn't breathe. Chauvin, who is white, and three other police officers were fired Tuesday.

Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman announced Chauvin was arrested Friday on charges of manslaughter and third-degree murder, and state charging documents allege Chauvin's knee was pressed on Floyd's neck for nearly three minutes after he became non-responsive. Freeman said the other officers also could face charges.

Protesters demonstrated in the Twin Cities for each of the last three days, with some turning violent Thursday night as demonstrators set fire to the fired officers' former precinct. Floyd's death sparked outrage and criticism nationwide, and Kaepernick tweeted Thursday that "[we] have the right to fight back!" Others, including Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, highlighted the visual similarity between Kaepernick kneeling before games and Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck to recall why Kaepernick protested in the first place.

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The 2016 season was Kaepernick's last with the 49ers and, as of this writing, his last in the NFL. Kaepernick has not been signed since opting out of his contract ahead of the 2017 offseason. He alleged that the league's owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protest, but Kaepernick ultimately settled a collusion lawsuit with the league last year.

The NFL organized a workout for Kaepernick, who has insisted he still wants to play football amid whispers to the contrary, at the Atlanta Falcons' facility last fall. Kaepernick moved it to a high school just outside of Atlanta after the league barred media access and his lawyers deemed a waiver "unusual," but he didn't receive any offers from teams. Ex-49ers QB Alex Smith and former coach Jim Harbaugh, two of Kaepernick's colleagues during his six seasons with the 49ers, intimated in separate interviews earlier this month that Kaepernick is good enough to have an NFL job.

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