For a 7-7 group that is out of a playoffs and should be comparatively irrelevant, a 49ers positively are unrelenting on gobbling adult headlines and media space.
If a first-place Warriors and universe champion Giants and rival Sharks approaching a 49ers to blur kindly into a good night with their playoff elimination, well, good fitness with that.
This week, a 49ers strike a trifecta on a news front: prohibited coaching rumor, unfortunate military review into a actor and ability to exasperate fans, all in one day.
First, a Jim Harbaugh-to-Michigan rumor. On Wednesday, there was a news that Michigan has offering Harbaugh a six-year, $49 million agreement that would make him a highest-paid college coach. The news has nonetheless to be refuted and there are new reports that Harbaugh is “considering” a pursuit during his alma mater (how could he not be for that price?).
Most trust that Harbaugh would cite to stay in a NFL, and eventually raise a Lombardi Trophy as his hermit and his archrival, Pete Carroll, have. Michigan could be someday in his future, though not now, while he’s in a primary of his career. But that kind of payday could change a script.
More engaging is a fact that a offer was leaked. That sets Harbaugh’s remuneration bar during about $8 million. That creates sense: that’s what Sean Payton, a many rarely paid manager in a NFL, makes. That’s a cost operation Harbaugh wants to be in, either it’s in college or pros. Harbaugh has one year left on his deal, that pays him $5 million a year (his hermit John creates $7 million).
Harbaugh streamer to Michigan would frustrate a 49ers’ skeleton to trade him for something, though that intrigue is substantially a siren dream, anyway.
Second, a Ray McDonald sexual-assault review and successive recover by a 49ers.
General manager Trent Baalke described McDonald’s problems as “a settlement of bad preference making,” which, of course, could also report most of what a 49ers have been adult to in new months.
It’s formidable not to take a asocial perspective of an classification that crows about “due process” when it thinks it is a Super Bowl contender and can be helped by a actor underneath investigation, though abandons it’s due-process position once it is out of a playoffs and a actor has finished a bulk of his work for that year’s salary. Would a 49ers have been as tough with McDonald, who has been personification good a past month, if they were still in a postseason picture? we doubt it, though afterwards I’ve been a good tyro of a 49ers’ season-long educational in asocial moves and niggardly actions.
And if a 49ers had taken a tough proceed with McDonald early in a season, could this successive military review have been avoided?
It was good that Baalke showed adult to answer questions instead of vouchsafing a conduct manager — whose pursuit is to win games — answer all queries about group philosophy, standards and accountability. But a CEO and behaving owners Jed York appears to have borrowed a invisibility disguise his relatives have ragged for so many years.
Since tweeting an reparation to fans for a Thanksgiving night detriment to Seattle, and observant that a opening was not acceptable, York has left behind into hiding. He has nonetheless to apologize to fans for assisting spin his group into a psychodrama, for not interlude a consistent leaks that confuse from a team, for unwell to transparent a transparent prophesy and customary for his $1.6 billion franchise.
Is “a settlement of bad preference making” now a standard? Where does that place Aldon Smith and Chris Culliver, who have their possess unfortunate patterns? Is there a standard, or a knee-jerk reaction? Baalke pronounced each conditions is different, though is it a situations that are opposite or a team’s rival existence that changes a response?
Third, on tip of all of that, a 49ers managed to serve exasperate their fans.
As a McDonald news was entrance down and a Harbaugh rumors were effervescent up, a group chose that impulse to e-mail fans with presentation of how they can compensate for their deteriorate tickets for 2015. The e-mail pronounced that a 49ers were committed to creation a knowledge of season-ticket holders “rewarding and memorable.”
The tattered devotion of many fans is already commencement to snap, with a relocation, a high prices, a poor product, a off-field misbehavior, a miss of burden by a team.
Not certain how rewarding this initial deteriorate in their new track has been, though it has positively been memorable. What could go wrong has left wrong.
And continues to.
Ann Killion is a San Francisco Chronicle staff columnist. E-mail: email@example.com Twitter: @annkillion