How in the world could I miss this one? Forgive me if my title isn't as to the point as Deadspin's, but it's at least got the overall scope. Recently, the 49ers replaced long-time radio analyst Gary Plummer with alumni Eric Davis, and most folks were wondering why. The general consensus is that Plummer was just being too critical of the team and finally they decided to go for a change and make Davis, a well-respected analyst already, the point-man. The oddest thing though, and the biggest caveat to that prevailing theory was the fact that they never mentioned Plummer once in the press release and have been tight-lipped with the whole situation.â†µ
If he was let go due to mounting criticisms, he probably still would have been mentioned, because he's been making those criticisms for awhile now. Something else had to go wrong that San Francisco wanted to just distance themselves from ... enter Lady Brain, a show that covers "popular lifestyle topics like relationships, sex (and) body issues," according to SFGate.
My initial reaction, as mentioned on Twitter, was that this was mostly just a scapegoat, but after reading (and listening to) the interview, I have to say ... well, Plummer probably should have accepted one of the other interview requests. As Grantmp1 noted on Twitter, Plummer's interview casts a pretty negative light on the glory days in San Francisco, and that's a no-no for Jed York, who continues to take an increasing role in team operations. I will say that the criticisms over the years probably made it a little easier to make the switch. All it comes down to is, should this have happened - should he have been let go? I can totally see why he was, but the fact is that Plummer was really good at what he did, and this is a loss that 49ers fans should be more than a little upset about.â†µ
Really though, that audio was creepy. Really, really creepy.â†µ