Why the 49ers’ Jed York Has Earned San Francisco’s Support

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Published: July 10, 2009

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... some consideration, I recently wrote a mea culpa column and called myself and other San Francisco critics spoiled brats for not giving York a chance.

What I didn't say is what led to my frustration.

My frustration with the 49ers is not solely related to the team's performance for most of this decade.

Rather, it dates back to Kezar Stadium and a new Candlestick Park.

Deep within me is that sense of bitter defeat when we lost three consecutive playoff games.

It is not an understatement to say the losses were calamitous.

The playoff-caused implosion lasted for the rest of the 1970s and explains why the 1981-82 Super Bowl season was so cathartic.

The team's descent into laughingstock oblivion was stopped when the NFL's odd couple of Eddie De Bartolo Jr. and Bill Walsh took over the team.

Although success was not immediate, you knew these two guys were building something good.

When I read what York says and the ...

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