Around the NFC West: Jan. 31, 2013
NEW ORLEANS -- Jed York's growth as the face of San Francisco 49ers ownership has played a role in the team reaching Super Bowl XLVII.
York tends to keep a lower profile, as owners should, but every so often he emerges to share his thoughts on where the organization is heading. Thursday was one of those days, and I would encourage you to check out the interview transcripts Tim Kawakami put together for the San Jose Mercury News. There are three parts (1, 2, 3) and York expands on several key subjects. His thoughts on an appropriate response if former starting quarterback Alex Smith wanted to play elsewhere:
"Alex and I started with the 49ers the same year in 2005 and I’ve known Alex for a long time. And that’s part of the overall analysis you do at the end of the season, not just for one player but for everybody. And you figure out what’s best for guys, what’s best for the team.
"Is there a spot for him on the team from a cap standpoint? Yeah, absolutely there’s a spot for him on the team. From a need standpoint, it’s pretty nice to have two quarterbacks that you feel that you can win with. Is there going to be a demand for a quarterback who’s played as well as he had the last couple years? Yeah. Does he want to go start and play? So there’s a lot of things that go into it, and we’ll sit down after the Super Bowl and figure out what’s best for everybody and how to move forward."
York also addressed Chris Culliver's situation, Trent Baalke's low profile, what he learned from uncle Eddie DeBartolo Jr., bringing a Super Bowl to Santa Clara, and the design of the 49ers' next stadium.
York seems to have the right feel for his own place in the 49ers' success. He was self-deprecating when asked for similarities between himself and DeBartolo, whose tenure as team owner included five Super Bowl victories.
"We’re short, we’re unathletic, grew up in Youngstown, Ohio," York said.