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Jim Tomsula Named 49ers Head Coach: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2015

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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:

Tim Kawakami @timkawakami

Multiple sources: After the Dec. 14 loss in Seattle, 49ers management told Jim Harbaugh he wouldn't be returning as coach in 2015.


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:

San Francisco 49ers @49ers

The #49ers have agreed to terms with Jim Tomsula to become the team's new head coach. http://t.co/efH4Inthbr http://t.co/HBSstqRO91

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:

Matt Maiocco @MaioccoNBCS

Jim Tomsula's salary with #49ers is believed to be $3.5 million annually. That comes from multiple well-placed NFL folks.

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:

MarkMaske @MarkMaske

Def. coordinator Vic Fangio won't remain with 49ers under Jim Tomsula, source confirms. Not known yet if he'll interview with Redskins.

Per Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports, Tomsula edged out Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase for the gig:

Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo

Niners to promote Jim Tomsula to head coach, as @AdamSchefter said. Was very close between Gase and him, per a source.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports was bewildered by that decision:

Pete Prisco @PriscoCBS

Tomsula over Gase? Why?

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:

Matt Barrows @mattbarrows

Everyone has been asking about Vic Fangio -- Tomsula's promotion almost certainly will prompt Fangio to leave the team.

Meanwhile, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area notes that Dennis Allen could take over the job:

Matt Maiocco @MaioccoNBCS

From what I understand, ex-Raiders coach Dennis Allen is still very much in play as defensive coordinator with Jim Tomsula as head coach.

However, Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News is hearing a different candidate for defensive coordinator:

Tim Kawakami @timkawakami

NFL source: Jason Tarver in line to join the 49ers as defensive coordinator; Marc Trestman a possibility as offensive 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:

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Jim Tomsula has 1 game of NFL head coaching experience. He replaced a fired Mike Singletary in 2010 and won the 49ers' final game of season.

LostLettermen.com adds:

Jim Weber @JimMWeber

Jim Tomsula's bio as a head coach: 1-year HC of NFL Europe's Rhein Fire. Way to go, 49ers.

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:

Michael David Smith @MichaelDavSmith

I would love to hear Jed York and Trent Baalke make the case that Jim Tomsula is a better head coach than Jim Harbaugh

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.

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