San Francisco 49ers have fired their head coach Jim Tomsula on Sunday night after just one season with the team failing to achieve its target in the season.
Jim Tomsula was promoted from his defensive line coaching duties for the San Francisco 49ers before the start of the season by CEO Jed York in a rather surprising move. Tomsula however, went 5-11, resulting in the 49ers losing out on a playoffs position for the second year in a row. The season before this, they were 8-8 under former coach Jim Harbaugh, who parted ways with the franchise after his fourth year with the team.
CEO Jed York issued a statement in which he broke the news. York said that Jim Tomsula has been a valuable member of this organization for the last nine years. Wishing the axed coach all the best for future, York said that the entire organization is proud of what Tomsula has done for the club during his time there.
“Jimmy has been a valuable member of the 49ers organization for the last nine years. We all know he is a man of high character, and his contributions on the field and in our community have always been greatly appreciated.”
It has been a sorry two years for a top franchise like the San Francisco 49ers. They have failed to qualify for the playoffs and now have to wait for a new head coach following the departure of Jim Tomsula, who signed autographs and waved to the crowd upon his arrival to the stadium before the season finale. He kept his distance from the press after the match and was seen busy with his players.
Tomsula was handpicked by CEO Jed York last year and was picked ahead of Vic Fangio, who was the defensive coordinator and later left, as well as Adam Gase, who is now the offensive coordinator for the Bears. Now, the quest to find a new coach has begun again for the 49ers. The fans are asking for a more polished and experienced coach this time around. Jim Tomsula was far from that.
Despite his good understanding with the players, Tomsula remained an inexperienced coach, especially for a job of this magnitude. He was handed the task of changing the fortunes of the team from day one, but that was something too much to ask for, especially considering the short amount of time he had on his hands. His players remain thankful to him for the way he treated them, particularly the time of the start of training camp in order to make use of time in a better way. But a team needs to win games, and that is where Tomsula was always a goner.
49ers safety Eric Reid praised Tomsula for how he cared about his players. He called Tomsula a rare couch and called this attribute a unique one in this league.
“It’s rare in this league that you get a coach that truly, genuinely cares about his players.”