Mailbag: Final six games to determine Tomsula's future with 49ers


Mailbag: Final six games to determine Tomsula's future with 49ers

Let's face it: The final six games of the 49ers’ season are all about next season.

Some of the players and all of the coaches are performing for jobs in 2016.

When CEO Jed York met the media after the announcement of the “mutual parting” with coach Jim Harbaugh, he described what he envisioned from the 49ers’ next head coach.

“I want a teacher,” York said on Dec. 29.

“I think we have an idea of who fits that quality of a teacher, and somebody that can come in and build everything that we’re looking for.”

York, general manager Trent Baalke and president Paraag Marathe did not hire Jim Tomsula as a fall-back option. He was their guy all along. He was the man they wanted to replace Harbaugh all along.

So, clearly, the 49ers are not in a rush to move on from Tomsula and admit their mistake so quickly. That’s why these final six games are important. If the 49ers make improvements over these final weeks of the season and many of the young players show development – described as the results of good teaching -- Tomsula will be back in 2016. 

This is unlike the situation the 49ers faced in 2010 with Mike Singletary. There was a superstar head coach the organization identified and wanted. And they had a good idea that Harbaugh would be available for them.

There is nobody like that out there right now. Sure, Stanford coach David Shaw would be an attractive hire for a lot of teams. But there has never been an indication that Shaw is eagerly waiting for his opportunity to coach in the NFL.

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Here are a couple more questions on this topic that were posted on our Facebook page:

Even if Tomsula is back next year what quality OC or DC would come to 49ers next year knowing they could possibly be fired with Tomsula after one more down year? (Mike Spediacci)
And, of course, that would be a huge issue. Assistant coaches with options are not likely to sign up for a situation in which they know the head coach is on shaky ground.

Tomsula had a difficult time filling the job of offensive coordinator a year ago. The 49ers went hard after Adam Gase, the runner-up to Tomsula in the head-coaching race, but he passed on signing with the 49ers as offensive coordinator. He ended up back with former Denver coach John Fox in Chicago.

The 49ers also could not make a run at Rob Chudzinski because he re-upped with the Indianapolis Colts. He recently replaced Pep Hamilton as the Colts’ offensive coordinator.

If Tomsula comes back, there would almost certainly be tweaks made to the coaching staff. How the team performs in the final six weeks with Blaine Gabbert at quarterback will likely determine offensive coordinator Geep Chryst’s future.

Any chance Jim Tomsula takes a demotion? (David James)
Would he have any choice in the matter? Fired head coaches must take demotions or get out of the coaching business. But if you’re saying the 49ers should keep him in the organization as their defensive line coach, I don’t foresee any coach coming into the organization and keeping the former head coach on his staff.

NFL rumors: 49ers offensive tackle Shon Coleman opts out of 2020 season

NFL rumors: 49ers offensive tackle Shon Coleman opts out of 2020 season

The NFL's opt-out deadline came and went Thursday, and one more 49ers player reportedly joined wide receiver Travis Benjamin in deciding to sit out the upcoming 2020 season.

NFL Media's Tom Peliserro reported Thursday that San Francisco offensive tackle Shon Coleman won't play this year.

As NFL Media's Andrew Siciliano mentioned on Twitter, there is additional context behind Coleman's decision.  Coleman was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was 18 years old.

Coleman's absence could be significant, as he was expected to compete to be the 49ers' swing tackle, backing up both Trent Williams and Mike McGlinchey. He signed a one-year contract to remain with San Francisco this offseason after fracturing his leg in the 2019 preseason opener and missing the rest of the season.

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Those with personal histories of significant diseases are considered particularly at risk to the coronavirus, and as the Sacramento Bee's Chris Biderman suggested, Coleman likely is a candidate "for the $350,000 'high-risk' stipend given to players opting out due to serious medical conditions."

With Coleman's reported decision to opt out, his contract is expected to roll over to the 2021 season.

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Frank Gore believes he, Joe Staley are greatest RB-OT duo ever in NFL

Frank Gore believes he, Joe Staley are greatest RB-OT duo ever in NFL

Frank Gore hasn't been shy about his bromance with Joe Staley. The current New York Jets running back took his love of the former 49ers left tackle to a new level Thursday on Twitter. 

The veteran running back made it clear he believes he and Staley are the greatest running back-offensive tackle duo in NFL history. He certainly has a case, too.

Gore, who is entering his 16th season in the NFL and spent 10 with the 49ers, was selected by San Francisco in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Two years later, the 49ers took Staley with the No. 28 overall pick in the 2007 draft. 

After the 49ers added Staley, Gore, who now is 37 years old, rushed for 8,770 yards and scored 53 rushing touchdowns with Staley opening holes for him from 2007 through the 2014 season. He averaged 1,096 yards rushing, and was named to four Pro Bowl teams.

Staley also made four straight Pro Bowls from 2011-14 while blocking for Gore. 

This isn't the first time Gore vouched for he and Staley, too. He also called himself and Staley the "ultimate sports duo" back in March.

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While Gore still is playing, Staley retired from the NFL during the draft this year. He and Gore spent eight seasons together with 49ers and created and unbreakable bond. 

Off the field, it's clear these former teammates are lifelong friends.

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