The San Francisco 49ers have fired head coach Jim Tomsula, per a team announcement on Sunday night.
“Jimmy has been a valuable member of the 49ers organization for the last nine years,” owner Jed York said via the announcement. “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.”
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GM Trent Baalke's job is safe, meaning that he'll be able to take another shot at finding a head coach to facilitate a rebuild by The Bay. However, Tomsula wasn't so lucky after a 5-11 season is his first and only full season as the team's HC.
Tomsula appeared overmatched from the start during his first head coaching gig, stumbling through a succession of questionable on-field decisions while losing the support of members of the fan base and front office week by week.
While there were several things outside of Tomsula's control, including some untimely retirements and the injury to starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the team regressed in such a way that the 49ers front office couldn't come up with a valid reason to keep him in place.
Now forced to pick up the pieces yet again just one year after parting ways with Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers will begin a full-scale coaching search -- one which will likely involve many marquee names both inside and outside the league.Back to the San Francisco 49ers Newsfeed