Jed York Will Steer San Francisco 49ers Through Transition

Glenn Franco SimmonsAnalyst IMarch 19, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 19:  (L-R) Jed York, Denise DeBartolo York and Eddie DeBartolo look on during a ceremony held in Jerry Rice's honor during half time of the NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks at Monster Park on November 19, 2006 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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San Francisco 49ers operating owner Jed York has once again shown he is a class act.

Under what must be difficult circumstances, he has shown his characteristic and praiseworthy restraint in dealing with a sensitive personnel issue.

In this case, it's the reported leave of absence of general manager Scot McCloughan.

It is to York's credit that the 49ers organization has remained mute on the issue, because McCloughan's reported "personal issue" is none of our business. Media may not like the silence, but it is the professional, ethical, compassionate, and decent reaction to an unfortunate development.

For critics who are hyperventilating because the draft is so close, spare me. Mike Singletary may be a new coach, but he is no dummy. Singletary is very smart, he has great instincts, and I think he and York will work it out.

In fact, with Singletary on board, I believe this year's draft could be the best one in years, even without McCloughan, who was certainly developing into a very capable general manager.

I've grown weary of some commentators, fans, and columnists who are constantly questioning York's capabilities.

First, let's get this out: York gets it. Since he was a small boy, he has been a rabid San Francisco fan. He remembers the storied days and the legends. He is committed to winning. His goal is not the Super Bowl, but Super Bowls.

Furthermore, he has access to the only single individual owner to hold five Lombardi trophies: his uncle, Eddie DeBartolo Jr. (Sorry, Pittsburgh, your six were under different operating owners of the same family.)

Some of the same sports commentators, fans, and columnists just need to chill. Inhale, relax. Breathe.

For example, in today's San Jose Mercury News, sports columnist Tim Kawakami wrote, "Everything else has unraveled. The 49ers' most trusted executive is walking away. Once and for all, Jed, let's see what you've got."

While I almost always enjoy reading Kawakami's columns, I disagree with him here. He has a propensity to overreact and exaggerate, as he has done here.

It is ridiculous to assert the 49ers have "unraveled." Talk about hyperventilating. Sure, things might be a bit uneasy now, but the organization York is building is one that can absorb this hit.

I also disagree that McCloughan was the 49ers' most trusted executive. York is the most trusted executive, and that is not taking anything away from McCloughan's performance. Nor does it take anything away from the very capable Singletary.

As for waiting to see what "Jed's got," well, I think we already have seen that. You have to be sleepwalking to have missed York's competent leadership of this team, from dealing with Michael Crabtree to the Santa Clara Stadium issue.

Oh, one other thing. Kawakami needs to stop pounding on York's father, John. He is no longer in control now, so get over it, and stop making a punching bag out of him. We get it. We've had enough. Move on. It's Jed's show.