The San Francisco 49ers have gone from NFC contenders to NFC doormats in essentially a blink of an eye. The scapegoat for the collapse in at least some fans’ minds appears to be general manager, Trent Baalke.
Some disgruntled fans are taking action. According to 49erswebzone.com, an anti-Baalke banner will fly over Levi’s Stadium during the team’s next home game, Nov. 6 against the New Orleans Saints. A GoFundMe campaign met its goal of $1,076 in less than a day and that will cover the costs of flying the banner over Levi’s Stadium.
The fans have a right to be upset, as the franchise is in a tailspin just three years removed from a 12-4 season and a loss in the NFC Championship Game. Part of the reason fans might be upset is Baalke didn’t get along with former coach Jim Harbaugh, which led to his eventual departure. Lame duck Jim Tomsula was given a half-hearted opportunity last season and that led to the hiring of Chip Kelly.
Kelly hasn’t done much to give fans hope in the rebuild. The 49ers possess one of the worst rosters in the NFL and are 1-6 after winning their season opener.
Perhaps it has to get worse before it gets better for the Niners. But, it’s clear 49ers fans are fed up and nobody should blame them.