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49ers Targeting Gruden, Harbaugh: Report

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    NEWSLETTERS

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    Jim Harbaugh and Jon Gruden.

    Young Jed York, the executioner-prince and team president of the San Francisco 49ers, declared very clearly this week after firing Mike Singletary that he would specifically be looking for a general manager first and foremost, and then allowing that new GM to select the 49ers' next head coach.

    "The general manager will hire the coach," spoketh the Prince of York, at Jim Tomsula's introductory press conference in which supposedly Tomsula was being hired as the coach.

    But York's top associates are whispering that Young Jed does have some very specific head coaches in mind for the 49ers. Tim Kawakami reports in the San Jose Mercury News that he wants one of two guys -- Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, or Super Bowl XXXVII winner Jon Gruden.

    "After speaking with two NFL sources this morning," Kawakami writes, "I can reiterate that it sounds like Jed York has circled Jon Gruden and Jim Harbaugh as his main head-coaching candidates."

    This is not necessarily a case of putting the baby before the apple cart. If the report is true, it indicates that York does have a specific vision for the type of football team he wants, and he wants the right kind of guy to implement that specific vision.

    Kawakami lists several GM candidates with ties to, favorable relations with, and working experience alongside Mssrs. Gruden and Harbaugh, including NFL Network analyst Mike Lombardi, ex-Raiders GM Bruce Allen, and Baltimore Ravens personnel executive George Kokinis.

    Comcast's Matt Maiocco reports that the interviews started Tuesday afternoon, with York interviewing former Panthers and Rams personnel executive Tony Softli.

    And so the loss-weary Faithful look to Jed York and plead to him an old sentiment from a timeless holiday classic -- "Do something right for a change, Charlie Brown."

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who thinks Tim Kawakami gets the one-liner award of the week for writing, "Hey, it just dawns on me: Tom Cable out-lasted Singletary! Maybe by only one week, but still…"