Jim Harbaugh confirms Jed York’s report that the 49ers and Harbaugh have agreed to suspend contract talks until after the seaon

SANTA CLARA – Here’s what Jim Harbaugh said about his contract  Friday morning . Q: Jed York said Thursday that you guys have tabled contract talks until the end of the season. Why? HARBAUGH: Isn’t it refreshing? It has to be refreshing for you, refreshing for everyone in our building, refreshing for our fan base that the concentration will be on the 2014 season and our goals as a football team…

August 1, 2014

49ers stock report

Here is my Wednesday column. Here is the current stock report of six prominent 49er figures, letting you know if their stock is up or down. Jim Harbaugh: Stock down For eight consecutive years, his stock was up, up, up. That trend ended Jan. 19, the day Harbaugh lost the NFC Championship to the Seahawks the same way he lost the Super Bowl to the Ravens the season before —…

March 5, 2014

Jed York admits he’s in Miami

Jed York confirmed on twitter that he did fly to Miami today, but Trent Baalke and Paraag Marathe did not go with him according to York. York apparently will attend an NFL meeting in Miami on Monday, although I do not know what the nature of that meeting will be. I can’t find anything about it anywhere. Can you? One thing is for sure — if Dolphins’ owner Stephen Ross…

February 27, 2014

Eight questions Jed York probably should answer

Now that Cleveland Browns’ owner Jimmy Haslam has confirmed that his team had trade talks with the 49ers about Jim Harbaugh, here are eight questions 49ers’ owner Jed York might want to answer: 1. Why did you deny that the 49ers and Browns discussed trading Jim Harbaugh? 2. Why did this trade not happen? 3. Did Harbaugh veto the deal? 4. Who broke off discussions? 5. What did the Browns…

February 23, 2014

New code of behavior for NFL fans flies in the face of game’s violence

Here is my Tuesday column on the wave incident at Candlestick Park last Sunday, October 13. SANTA CLARA – You and I are supposed to feel contempt for certain football fans in San Francisco and Houston this week. Last Sunday in Houston, some Texans fans cheered when Matt Schaub, their own quarterback, sprained his ankle in the third quarter and limped out of the game. Cold. A few hours later…

October 15, 2013

How will 49ers react to Ahmad Brooks situation?

Here is my Wednesday column on Ahmad Brooks. Dear Jed York, We understand the population of NFL players is no different from the general population. There are people who do bad things. One of your players did a bad thing around 2 a.m June 8. Two of your rookies, Lawrence Okoye and Michael Purcell, according to the Sacramento Bee, saw Ahmad Brooks hit your practice squad player, Lamar Divens, with…

July 3, 2013

Who should be on the 49ers’ Mt. Rushmore?

This is my Friday column on the 49ers’ Mt. Rushmore. Let’s play the Mt. Rushmore Game for the 49ers. Who are the four greatest figures in 49ers history? I’m talking players, coaches or owners. You pick. Who would you carve onto the 49ers’ own Mt. Rushmore? We can agree on three people right off the bat – Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Bill Walsh. Those are gimmes. “Each of them…

June 28, 2013

York’s transformation begins Saturday night

By BOB PADECKY Jed York is the CEO of the 49ers. As his nature, York is quite affable, accessible and agreeable. Until the 49ers play a game. “At 9 p.m. the night before,” York said, “I turn into a werewolf.” Yes, York said, he has that same competitive DNA running through him like his legendary uncle, former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr.

January 31, 2013

49ers announce they will play Jaguars in London in 2013

The 49ers just announced they will play the Jacksonville Jaguars in London, England at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, October 27th, 2013. The Jaguars will serve as the home team, which means the 49ers still will play eight regular season games at Candlestick in 2013. The 49ers played the Denver Broncos in London two year ago and won 24-16. Here’s what 49ers’ CEO Jed York said about the 49ers return to…

October 11, 2012

Reevaluating Jed York

Jed York, the young CEO of the 49ers, got off to a rocky start when he took over control of the team in 2008. Right off the bat, he made a two-part mistake. He hired the wrong head coach – Mike Singletary. He rushed to hire him. As you may recall, York signed Singletary to a four-year contract extension after the Niners came back to beat the Redskins 27-24 on…

June 22, 2012

Jed York on Alex Smith’s contract status: “The ball’s in his court.”

Jed York spoke outside of 49ers headquarters this afternoon about Alex Smith’s contract status. Here’s a transcript. York said the ball is in Smith’s court. He also said, “Alex is just trying to figure out what he wants to do.” When asked if he was surprised Smith hasn’t signed yet, York replied, “No, free agency hasn’t started yet.” I don’t have inside knowledge, but it sounds like the Niners are prepared…

March 12, 2012

Jed York: “There’s going to be a lot of great amenities that make this building the greatest outdoor entertainment experience in the world.”

The NFL gave Jed York and the 49ers $200 million in support Thursday for their new stadium in Santa Clara. York spoke on a conference call this afternoon, and this is what he said. Q: How much of a shot in the arm is this 200 million dollar amount that was approved today? YORK: This is something that the owners worked on – to put together the G4 facility. There…

February 2, 2012

Who’s the Niners MVP?

The great Matt Barrows made his case on KNBR a few days ago for DT Justin Smith as the Niners’ 2011 MVP. That’s a terrific selection, and it’s hard to argue with it – Justin Smith has been the best player on the league’s best defense this season. He’s certainly been the Niners most excellent player. But if I were picking their most valuable player, I’d go with Alex Smith….

December 11, 2011

Jed York on the Santa Clara stadium and free agency

SANTA CLARA – Here are selected quotes from Jed York’s Tuesday morning conference call. He talked about his plan for financing the new stadium in Santa Clara, the possibility of the Raiders joining them in the project, and the 49ers free agency philosophy. Does his timeline seem realistic? Does his free agency philosophy please you? These are a couple questions to keep in mind as you read. Q: Could you…

July 26, 2011

Harbaugh: ‘Losing is not an option’

One got the impression the ultra-competitive, tobacco-chewing coach would have rather met the media with his suit off and his feet up in his not-yet-decorated office in Santa Clara. After all, that’s where he was headed after the tape recorders and cameras clicked off.

January 7, 2011

Niners can’t secure Harbaugh

The Dolphins, who still have coach Tony Sparano in place, are reportedly prepared to make Harbaugh the NFL’s highest-paid coach. The Patriots’ Bill Belichick, who earns roughly $7.5 million a year, currently has that distinction.

January 5, 2011