49ers share Packers’ belief that silence is golden

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on February 22, 2014 – 11:26 am

49ers GM Trent Baalke

49ers GM Trent Baalke

INDIANAPOLIS–San Francisco 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke shares Ted Thompson’s belief in the less said, the better.

“I don’t know what advantage there would be in giving out information, so we try to keep as much information to ourselves as we can. It’s a unique process. Obviously, there’s a lot of information coming and going out, so there are certain times there are smokescreens being made, but the No. 1 thing I’ve learned is the less you say, the better off you are,” Baalke said at the scouting combine.

How do you go about making sure there are not leaks?

“We’re constantly evaluating what’s in the papers, and we have our PR department looking for those types of things and find out if it’s a team source that’s made a decision to let something out of the building. We address it. Our coaching staff, our personnel staff do a very good job of keeping things close to the vest and we’re hopeful we’ll continue to do that,” Baalke said.

Do you monitor social media of draft-eligible players?

“We’re in that age of social media. We pay great deal of attention to it. When we narrow the board down over the next several weeks, we’ll start identifying the players we want to run social media with and take a look at their accounts and how active they are and what they’re saying and what they’re doing, so we do address it,” he added.


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