In this Oct. 23, 2016 photo, a fan holds up a sign of San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Santa Clara, Calif. The San Francisco 49ers have fallen to a new level of failure and futility, a laughingstock of the league.
In this Oct. 23, 2016 photo, a fan holds up a sign of San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Santa Clara, Calif. The San Francisco 49ers have fallen to a new level of failure and futility, a laughingstock of the league. Ben Margot AP
In this Oct. 23, 2016 photo, a fan holds up a sign of San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Santa Clara, Calif. The San Francisco 49ers have fallen to a new level of failure and futility, a laughingstock of the league. Ben Margot AP
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Surrender Baalke! How 49ers’ GM went from golden boy to Grinch

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Matt Barrows was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Sacramento Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green. Reach Barrows at mbarrows@sacbee.com.
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