Baalke Only GM to Fall on Blaacke Monday

The First 2017 General Manager Firing in the NFL

Black Monday has come and gone in the National Football League, and, as usual, there are a number of coaches and general managers who find themselves on the unemployment line. The first Monday after the end of the regular season is the day where struggling franchises try to right the ship by getting rid of the top decision-makers in the organization. What is interesting this season is there is only one General Manager who has lost his job right out of the gate.

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That dubious distinction belongs to San Francisco 49ers’ ex-general manager Trent Baalke. Just a few short seasons removed from the team’s heartbreaking defeat in the Super Bowl against the Baltimore Ravens, the 49ers decided to let go of a GM who seemed to be steering the ship in the wrong direction. After running highly successful, albeit erratic, head coach Jim Harbaugh out of the organization, many thought that the Niners had placed their full confidence behind Baalke.

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NFL GM Simulation | NFL Defensive Schemes

NFL Defensive Schemes – Beyond 4-3 or 3-4

By Ted Bartlett, ItsAllOverFatMan.com

Editor’s note:  We first saw this article in an email from Ted Sundquist’s TheFootballEducator.com site.  The former Broncos GM has been doing a fine job of pulling together some of the smarter independent NFL content of late, as well as continuing to generate excellent original content.

This piece, by Ted Bartlett of ItsAllOverFatMan.com, is one of the most forward-thinking articles we’ve seen.  It’s exactly the kind of thing that appeals to our audience as they participate in our realistic GM simulation, and our cerebral approach to the NFL more generally (we try, anyway.)

And, we’re very amused by the Ted’s site’s name.  According to IAOFM’s “About” page, their name originated from a 1977 game with the upstart Broncos in Oakland visiting the then-dominant Raiders.  As the Broncos closed out their victory, Denver LB Tom Jackson (now of ESPN) approached portly Oakland coach John Madden and said, “It’s all over fat man!”

On to the article…

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NFL Team Needs | NFL General Managers – The Difficulty of Cutting Veteran Players

NFL Team Needs | NFL General Managers – The Difficulty of Cutting Veteran Players

By Ted Sundquist, The Football Educator

NFL Team Needs Shannon SharpeThis past week I was asked on air, “When do you know that an established veteran no longer has it?” No longer has it? Hmmm. That was about as good a question that’s been thrown out at me in years. From a NFL General Manager’s perspective it’s the “million dollar question”. Sometimes it can be a multi-million dollar question.

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NFL Draft Prospects | Scouting College Football – Where Do NFL Players Come From?

NFL Draft Prospects | Scouting College Football – Where Do NFL Players Come From?

By Ted Sundquist, The Football Educator

NFL Draft Prospects College MapAs agents and scouts comb the country looking for NFL players, the first question that has to be asked is, “where do they start?” With thousands of players all over the country in various conferences, subdivisions, and divisions, the possibilities of missing talent that can help an NFL talent is real, unless they look in the appropriate places.

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