49ers' Jed York explains structure

A few notes from 49ers president Jed York's conference call with reporters following Trent Baalke's promotion to vice president of player personnel:

  • The 49ers complied with the Rooney Rule, though York would not say which minority candidates he interviewed;

  • Joel Patten's hiring as college scouting director comes in conjunction with David McCloughan's departure from that post;

  • Pro personnel director Tom Gamble will focus some on college personnel because York thinks it's important for guys on the pro side to have their own gut feel for college prospects, meaning they won't be entirely dependent on reading reports from guys on the college side;

  • Baalke's power will be somewhat narrower than the powers of a general manager. He won't oversee areas relating to budgets or contract negotiations, for example. Baalke's experience is in personnel and his responsibilities reflect that focus;

  • Mike Singletary will continue to hire and fire assistant coaches;

  • Baalke, Singletary and executive vice president of business and football operations Paraag Marathe all report to York.

The structure seems to make sense on the surface. As noted previously, maintaining continuity in the short term had to be a top priority.