In a move that might surprise some folks and will likely split opinion among San Francisco 49ers fans, the team has promoted defensive line coach Jim Tomsula to head coach.
Continue for updates.
49ers Reportedly Moved on from Harbaugh After Loss to Seahawks
Saturday, Jan. 31
Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News reported the 49ers told Harbaugh he wouldn't be returning prior to the end of the season:
Tomsula to Add Steve Logan to Staff
Tuesday, Jan. 27
CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reported on Tuesday that Tomsula is set to add another name to the offensive staff:
Steve Logan, who served as Jim Tomsula’s offensive coordinator with the Rhein Fire in 2006, is expected to join the 49ers’ offensive coaching staff, a source told CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday.
It is not known if Logan, 61, is under consideration for the 49ers’ vacant offensive coordinator job or another position on the staff.
Will Tomsula Help 49ers Reach Postseason?
Sunday, Jan. 25
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee spoke with Bleacher Report's Adam Lefkoe in the following video about how San Francisco's recent coaching changes will impact the team's playoff chances in 2015:
Tomsula Deemed a Winner in NFL Head Coaching Carousel
Wednesday, Jan. 21
Bleacher Report NFL Analyst Chris Simms shared his thoughts on the winners and losers from the recent head coaching carousel around the NFL, with one of the notable winners being Tomsula:
Tomsula Named 49ers Head Coach
Wednesday, Jan. 14
The 49ers announced that they have hired Tomsula as their new head coach:
Adam Schefter of ESPN initially reported the news on Twitter.
On Monday, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area provided the reported annual salary Tomsula will receive:
The 49ers provide comments from CEO Jed York, who spoke about the decision:
After conducting a thorough coaching search, and meeting with a number of outstanding candidates, Jim Tomsula clearly is the right man to lead this team. Jim is a great teacher and a tremendous mentor who conducts himself with great class and integrity.
The team also passed along general manager Trent Baalke's take on the hiring:
Our organization is excited to have Jim Tomsula leading this football team. We have had the privilege of working alongside Jim for the past eight seasons. He is a proven leader, teacher and mentor, and we look forward to seeing him apply his craft and vision to our team.
Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio won't remain with the team, according to Mark Maske of The Washington Post:
Per Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports, Tomsula edged out Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase for the gig:
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports was bewildered by that decision:
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The next big question is where defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, thought to be a candidate for the Niners head-coaching gig, will land. Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee thinks it will almost assuredly be elsewhere:
Meanwhile, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area notes that Dennis Allen could take over the job:
However, Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News is hearing a different candidate for defensive coordinator:
Tomsula has been the team's defensive line coach for the past eight years, though his experience as a head coach is limited, per SportsCenter on Twitter:
After Jim Harbaugh left, many Niners fans expected a big-name hire. Pro Football Talk's Michael David Smith is looking forward to CEO Jed York and GM Trent Baalke justifying the decision:
Tomsula will certainly have his hands full after the 49ers dramatically underachieved in 2014 amid conflict between Harbaugh and the front office. A number of injuries and down years from several key players, including quarterback Colin Kaepernick, also contributed to San Francisco finishing 8-8.
Still, Tomsula beat out several intriguing candidates and has been a member of this organization for quite some time, so clearly San Francisco's front office believes he's the right man to lead this group of players to the Super Bowl.
There likely won't be much tolerance for error in San Francisco, however, so Tomsula will be expected to hit the ground running.