When one hears about front office moves in the NFL, the news usually comes down to either the firing or hiring of a GM/President/VP of Football Operations. That’s why many of you probably did not pick up on the shuffling that took place within the San Francisco 49ers‘ front office on Tuesday.
Gideon Yu, who is a co-owner of the team, will be stepping down as team president and will be replaced by current COO Paraag Marathe. While the vast majority of 49ers fans have no idea who Yu is or what he did, he was considered to be one of the driving forces in getting Levi’s Stadium built.
Marathe has spent the last 13 years with the 49ers and as COO, he served as the chief contract negotiator and salary cap manager, while also running the team’s football analytics operation. In his new role as team president, his duties will expand and he will no longer work directly with GM Trent Baalke. This is where Jed York comes into the picture.
Under the new arrangement, York will serve as the CEO/President of Football Operations, and Baalke will report directly to him while all other departments report directly to Marathe. For any 49ers fans who wonder if York taking on this new role is a good thing, they should not worry as it is a positive.
Ever since York took over the 49ers’ day-to-day football operations from his parents, the teams has reestablished themselves as one of the best managed teams in the NFL. Listening to York speak, it is clear that he has the same passion and desire to win Super Bowl titles like his uncle Eddie DeBartolo. So long he is in charge and running things, 49ers fans can be assured that the commitment to winning will be there.