Jim Tomsula was destined to fail, and the San Francisco 49ers were destined to fail under him. I’m not talking about karma. I’m talking about good, old-fashioned decision-making; bad decisions lead to bad results.
Jim Harbaugh said it better than I can with the below tweet:
Do not be deceived. You will reap what you sow.
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) January 4, 2016
And reap they did. The 49ers finished the 2015 season at 5-11, and frankly, they were never that good. Two hours after their season finale victory over the St. Louis Rams, Tomsula was let go. I feel bad for him. He is a really nice man, who truly loves his players, but at the end of the day, he just wasn’t ready to be a head coach. It wasn’t just the losing. It was how thoroughly lost and unprepared the team looked week after week. So, after a tough season on the players, coaches, front office, and fans, the Tomsula era comes to an end.
“This season wasn’t fun,” said 49ers’ CEO Jed York in a press conference on Monday. “[W]asn’t fun for me, certainly wasn’t fun for fans. I’m truly sorry we had to go through this.”
I think we all are. But, now it’s time for the 49ers to rebuild and move on. What’s done is done. What are they going to do about it now? Personally, I have confidence that this ship can be righted. 49ers’ fans and the media saw a very different York at the podium. This York wasn’t arrogant but instead seemed humbled, acknowledging past mistakes.
When asked about the aforementioned Coach Harbaugh, York said,
“I can’t look backwards…We can’t undo decisions that have already been made.”
Well that’s as close as we’re ever going to get to an admittance that they shouldn’t have “mutually parted ways” with Harbaugh, so let’s take it and move forward.
When asked about his social media use and past tweets, York explained that he didn’t want to be a distraction to the team.
“The head coach needs to be the face of the team day to day,” said York. “It’s not my role to tweet all of my feelings.”
No, it’s not. I mean, really, that’s the job of the fans and the media, not the team CEO. I’m glad we’re on the same page here.
“Thank God you can’t see the tweets I don’t send,” said York.
Am I the only one that would really like to see them? Anyway, I digress. Back to football.
York made it clear that General Manager Trent Baalke will remain in that role with the organization and that he is leading the coaching search and will be working with head coach to build a talented roster.
“I am not a football expert, so I’m not going to get into evaluating the roster,” said York.
Hallelujah to that! York also made it abundantly clear that he is getting advice and counsel from his uncle, Eddie DeBartolo, Jr. He said it maybe 100 times. Ok, that’s hyperbole, but it was very important to him that we all know.
“You have my word that we’re going to do everything we can to get this team back.”
I’m going to be honest with you 49ers’ fans. I was very impressed with Jed York, and that’s not something I’ve said before. Talking and doing are two very different things, and it remains to be seen if he truly meant what he said. But, for now, I have confidence that he, Baalke, and the organization are going to do things differently and do things in a way that helps raise Super Bowl banners. I flew up to Santa Clara for every single home game this year, and it would be nice to feel as if my fandom and loyalty were valued as much as I value the team. I think it will be. Until next time, Go Niners!
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