05 Jan 2005
The real question here is why they hired Erickson in the first place. If you're going to fire a coach, Steve Mariucci, who has taken your team to the playoffs, shouldn't you be sure you've got someone better lined up? I think Donahue should be gone, too. It's his job to acquire talent, and the 49ers are lacking.
(Later note added by Vinny Gauri: As expected, 49ers general manager Terry Donahue was also dismissed today. Donahue had signed a four-year contract extension reportedly worth about $5 million only four months ago. Erickson went 9-23 in two full seasons and had three years and $7.5 million remaining on his contract. If York was charging players for postage on fan mail before, I can't wait to see how he recoups these kinds of costs. Meanwhile, to steal a line from Tony Kornheiser: Pete Carroll, please pick up the white courtesy phone.)
This year's update to the playoff drive stats show that the football gods may have been on Peyton Manning's side this time. Also: Cam Newton and Alex Smith enter the mix, and why we should be comparing Andrew Luck to Dan Marino.