The Jim Tomsula era with the San Francisco 49ers started out with a victory, and ended with one, too. That wasn’t enough to forget everything that happened in between. The 49ers fired him tonight.
The team’s statement:
The San Francisco 49ers have announced that Jim Tomsula has been relieved of his head coaching duties.
“Jimmy has been a valuable member of the 49ers organization for the last nine years,” said CEO Jed York. “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. This entire organization is proud and grateful to have worked so closely alongside Jimmy. We all wish him and his family great success in the future.”
Farewell to the stopgap, the former firewood cutter, the man who was simply happy to coach Blaine Gabbert. As the coach folds up his cot, let’s go back to July, when CEO Jed York claimed that it was actually the right decision to let Jim Harbaugh go, because Tomsula would be the 49ers’ Steve Kerr. From The MMQB:
“Culture is huge. That’s the difference between a championship-caliber team and a championship team,” York says. “You look at the Golden State Warriors. They were the dumbest team in the NBA for letting Mark Jackson go, who won the most games in the franchise’s history. How could you be so dumb? They bring in Steve Kerr, who has been around the game for a long period of time but has never coached before. Kerr changes the culture, comes in with a different perspective, and look what happens.”
Jed York is a fucking idiot, but everyone already knows that. Long live Tomsula. Revisit a few of the greatest hits from this season:
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