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Friday, May 7, 2010
49ers' front office ripe for reshaping?

By Mike Sando

A few thoughts on Matt Maiocco's note about the 49ers having to comply with the Rooney Rule before promoting Trent Baalke to general manager:
On a side note, the Seahawks were able to promote Jim Mora from assistant coach to head coach without considering minority candidates because they had written Mora's eventual ascension into his contract. The Rams operated similarly when they named Mike Martz as Dick Vermeil's eventual successor.

"Look, we don't want anyone to do any end-run around the Rooney Rule," Rooney Rule architect Cyrus Mehri said in 2008, "but if you already had contractual succession planned, and that means in writing, then we don't have a problem with that."