6.7: Exclusive: Jed York with Matt Maiocco, Part 3 of 3
York explains the 49ers front office set up that runs without a GM, and offers some insight into his own management style.
Hi thanks -- lining -- to see us at Bay Area dot com are maddening -- recently had a chance to sit down with Jed York. To talk about the San Francisco 49ers 2010 season and also the crucial stadium vote coming up in Santa Clara on June -- And it -- -- spoke to check your -- management style. Albertine sponsors without a general manager and the inner workings of the San Francisco 49ers. How involved you get in the in the contract situations of these players how involved were you and and Patrick Willis -- will be. In in Vernon Davis. You know. -- and -- it's our contracts and that's really working with coach working with Trent. Making sure that you know we had the right players identified to go after. And you know obviously I'm I'm working with prime talking to him about you know what our budget is and how that we stay within that and how we signing the right players and what's the right way to build is that you know partisan in charge of our -- Patience and describe your management style. Yeah yeah you do what you can -- when Eddie was here he was roughly the same ages -- a lot of the players as -- roughly the same raises a lot of players are you. -- do you interact with the players what kind of relationships you have with them off out of the locker the team in. I I try not to you know socialize -- the players I don't from me personally that's that's not my style and I and I -- it goes out and parties he needs to go to Vegas what's with this team and you know some guys do that that's just not me what I try to do is make sure that you know I'm. Teaming up with our players whether it's with our charity events for their charity events -- really getting to know them and their families and I think that's very important because when you talk about. The 49ers family. You know it's impossible to have all 53 guys on your team for the next ten years. You know there is a business aspect of this but you do wanna create -- family environment and I think that's really what I'm trying to to establish from the football -- standpoint. But when you look at you know business philosophy and management philosophy. I believe in having people that can do their job their economists that we can work together. So when I get somebody -- direction I don't need to continually harp on them and and be on the back to make sure that they accomplish that job. I want people here that you know are gonna do what I say. But there also -- gonna tell me you know these are some other things that we can do. And I wanna make sure that we built the right organization where it's not just me indicating because I don't think that's very successful. You need to be able to learn from the people that are around -- and and that's how your organization grow. This -- how would you describe your your relationship with Trent bulky and in. Mike Singletary on the football side how involved are you how much do you wanna know about what's going on how much do you need to. I sit down with coach just about after every game we need to sit down before the game kind of -- to the game plan. So I at least understand what's coming up and then go over after the game. You know what would you we do well what did we do well you know what are we missing. And it's good to I don't always sit in on the coaching meetings when they're evaluating these games -- But I try to sit and every once and a while I just kind of see how the guys are working together. Where I'm not sure gonna notion we've -- cover two defense or playing man to man on this play. But I wanna see how our team works together how they function together. And you know we're we're communicating very well not just on the coaching side between the coaching and scouting departments such try to facilitate meetings with Trenton coach that they -- Great at working on their own and sitting down I was trying to make sure that they know that they have might force of. Work to do what they need to it to make sure that this team gets back to the Super Bowl wins. If you know going into the game with a game plan as a with the philosophy is does that change the way you watch the game. You know it for the first three plays and then you get into it and that that kind of goes out the window. You you you talked about you know general manager you like this structure in place what is it about. Having you know. Different people in different roles taking different aspects -- the Q it that appeals to you. Why I think what's appealing his union I've said this and I'll continue to say this aren't 32 people capable of being what I consider general manager. You know when you look at it Prague -- -- allow you look at Trent. You know to me that is our general manager you know there's so many different areas that a general manager has under their control. And I don't wanna put that. Just on trance plate because he's our our top player -- evaluate here. And say we're now you need to figure out how. You know the alumni work together with the team and how you know the travel and charter works and you know make sure that you had the training department reporting to you. That that doesn't necessarily work in my mind and less you have somebody that can really handle all that. And hopefully Trent can continue to grow in that -- and and I would love to see that but I don't wanna -- anybody up for failure by putting too much on the play. And you have a good team which can delegate different authority to. Mean that's that's very important is it that we do you have good communication with -- team and and that's how we work I think one of the aspects of the general manager generally is negotiating contracts -- sending the value for a player. A potential free agent. How does the team work that now as far as determining players you want and then putting a price. -- -- I mean obviously we establish our budget before the season starts. And then when you sit down and figure out okay this is this is the money that we can spend to figure out how to put together the best team. You know Trent is obviously the guy that you go to and say okay. This is the person that we're looking and Patrick Willis is a good example we just negotiator Patrick salary. You know track where you see him stacking up with other players in the league you know he's the -- at inside linebacker. Where does that stack up with other of the top players in the league in you know where is his value fit. And you figure out what that value is from your talent -- value waiter based on his skills of evaluating talent. And then you -- Prague to work with you know the agent -- the -- figure out okay how do we make something in the works it's beneficial for both the 49ers -- the player. And I think that we were able to accomplish with Patrick. You know you can take some -- off that table for Patrick. And you make sure that he's going to be here for a long time and you know that's that's the perfect example of how we work together as an organization. And who has -- the power to say you and that's just too much for war. For that part not not Patrick Willis I think a lot of people woods and hitting anything for Patrick Willis is about the right price -- affirm -- regular free agent an idea. You know and restricted free agent who would make the call on you know this is as high as we can go for this particular player and no higher. What's a combination you know sitting down obviously you need to understand what the coaches want. And the coach is not necessarily scouting out of filming and knowing all the players in the league like this -- depart. That as -- -- teams and schemes etc. but they don't necessarily know what player does what function and and how well they do it. So you've got you know combination of your coaching staff saying you know this is what we need on you know offense and defense and special teams to be successful this year. That's where Trenton Tom and his staff commandment and those guys were together and figure out. You know these are the players that fit us and get our philosophy fit our identity. You know this is the range of of value that we're looking at. You know do we wanna go out and sign you know cornerback for fifteen million dollars a year or do we wanna look at. You know defensive linemen you know back up inside linebacker and safety. That all combined cost half of what this cornerback costs. I mean that's really what we're looking at and it can make sense to it to go with the quarterback goes cornerback if if it makes sense to build from you know a larger approach. And adding more depth to your team. That's that's why we're always communicating we're always working together and when you can build from within and go back core group of players. Like the Patrick like the Joes those people that are going to be here for a long period of time. It makes you so much easier for your choices when you're looking outside free agency linesman. Did the dynamic in the draft room. Did that influence your decision on -- We gotta keep this or I was at the final. Determining factor and we gotta keep it the way it is let's keep Trent balking charges of player personnel. Now I've known Trent for a while obviously since he came in as an area scout him when he got direct. Bumped up to director of player personnel. Now I I've known him and I've worked with him and I've been impressed with his work ethic. And it's one thing to be -- doubt and not. Be that person that has the final say when you're in the draft. You know watching trying to -- -- and you know under a tough circumstance not a long period of time to get ready for the draft. How well this doubts communicate with coaches and how well we came together and understood exactly what we want and he was great for me to see and is great for I think both Trenton coach singletary. To understand what that working relationship business is going to be in the future. And that's what you need to have I think the successful teams you know when you look at New England coach Belichick does a great job of establishing. What a Patriot is all about it and what he wanted his players. It's yet has the final say but he's got a great scouting department that goes out and -- exactly what he wants a Patriot player to look. That's who we -- doing it going on saying okay this is what a free safety looks like this is what a guard looks like this is what the left guard is compared to the right guard this is how we all integrate within this organization. And these are the things that we're looking for and the coaching staff dictates that within the scouts have to go find. And then you know opinions might be different especially you're talking about ten scouts and when he coaches coming together that's a lot of people throwing out opinions. But you know you have to have those opinions in order to get the right. Players two days leading up to the draft or when that the change was made that's gotten blown out Trent I'll keep taking -- -- believe release of the Mike Singletary is. Player personnel roll really wanted to increase. But it did seem like every draft -- sort of fit that Mike Singletary personal honor that image that he wants to create with the team so. You know in that sense was there a change did did Mike Singletary have more -- in the draft room. It wasn't that person to have more say it's that you know we started communicating. Much more efficiently and saying you know if this is what coaching and -- wants the team to look like. You know I'm I'm not gonna have. You know run and shoot style offense. And spread style offense of coach singletary wants to run the ball. If that's the stuff that if that type of football we want to run and we should have somebody. Manage the football team. You know that's that's not Mike Singletary that's how we're gonna draft players and select players so you know you can say well coach singletary had more to say. Somebody had more say it's that we address the needs of the coaching staff. Based on what the scouts do their jobs. Are the pieces in place in 2010 to give it to where the foreigners want to get. I think they are and I'm I'm really excited and I've talked about the -- time you know fans say well. You know we're not -- home game going along and we owed fans an extra home game so we're gonna -- in January and about this this is how did you guys vote on the Super Bowl going to New York. You know ballot is secret. But I mean I'm a big fan of what the Giants and Jets have done and and we're very very excited to have the Super Bowl in New York. You know. My support and I think we talked about this off camera I think our team. Lends itself very well -- playing in cold weather the way were tough physical team. So I don't necessarily think that playing in the outdoors is is a negative I think it's going to be great that we -- and obviously -- Jets and Giants share a stadium. And has there been any talk with the Raiders about sharing a stadium in -- player. We have had those discussions and the Raiders are really focus on doing something you know Oakland. We obviously have that card out an ideal that you can have your -- Santa Clara. We haven't had any discussions you know -- to really get to that point. And I -- the Raiders really wanna give it their best shot and antsy if they can build something in Oakland Oakland as a very very good site. They've got part access you know on on Sunday afternoons in the eighties. Is very good quarter or view or travel up and back. So I mean I I like that site from from a lot of different perspectives and I know they're gonna continue to work on that their abilities. Figure thank you very much and clear vision that a problem.