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PHOENIX – CEO Jed York does not share the same pessimism many followers of the 49ers have expressed on social media during a tumultuous start to the offseason.
“I think people are going to be proud of their team when they see them play this year,” York said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings.
The 49ers parted ways with coach Jim Harbaugh, who was generally seen as a popular personality among the team’s fan base but a polarizing figure within the organization. The 49ers replaced Harbaugh, who ranks No. 4 among coaches in the past 80 years with a .695 regular-season win percentage, with little-known defensive line coach Jim Tomsula.
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Running back Frank Gore, linebacker Patrick Willis and guard Mike Iupati were among the team’s most notable offseason departures.
Still, York said, “I feel great about the organization.”
He added, “Obviously, we have a lot of respect for (general manager) Trent (Baalke) and Jimmy T,” York said. “And I think things trickle down from there.”
York said it “baffles” him to hear criticism of the coaching staff. He points out defensive coordinator Eric Mangini is a two-time head coach, and offensive coordinator Geep Chryst has worked closely with quarterback Colin Kaepernick for the past four seasons.
“I think what you’ll see is camaraderie and teamwork,” York said. “We need to focus on what we do well and how we can improve each and every day, and that’s what Jimmy T’s approach is. We don’t have win a game today. We need to start winning games beginning in September.”
York has been subject to a lot of criticism, beginning with an at-times contentious press conference the day after the club announced a “mutual parting” with Harbaugh. York also endured what he described as a “verbal tongue-lashing” during an appearance on KNBR, the 49ers’ flagship station, with morning host Brian Murphy.
But York said the insults he receives from the media and on Twitter do not translate to the real world. During a recent business dinner at the Cooperage in Lafayette, York said five or six fellow diners asked him to take pictures.
“Criticism is so much different on Twitter than it is going out to a restaurant and seeing fans,” York said.
“You take it for what it’s worth, and as long as we do what we believe is right for the San Francisco 49ers, and we’re putting ourselves in a position to do what we ultimately want to do - win with class -- I feel good about it. I can look at myself in the mirror and feel very good about where we are. Our team is excited about it, and ultimately our results will prove that.”