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Jed York: 49ers got away from “core strengths” under Jim Harbaugh

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers gestures during the NFC Championship Game against the New York Giants at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York thinks replacing Jim Harbaugh with Jim Tomsula is a step toward winning a Super Bowl.

York told Bloomberg Television that he doesn’t think the 49ers were playing up to the standards of the franchise last year, and change was needed.

We’re trying to win a Super Bowl,” York said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “We haven’t been able to do that. And I think what we’re trying to do is build a team that focuses on our core strengths. I think we got away from that a little bit. I think we tried to do too much and be something that we weren’t. I think you’re gonna see us get back to the basics, get back to letting our players go out and make plays. . . . You look at our offense last year. It wasn’t I think where it should have been. I think we have better talent than what our results showed.”

The 49ers were trending downward last year, with an 8-8 record, but before that Harbaugh had led the 49ers to three NFC Championship Games in three seasons as the head coach. Before Harbaugh arrived, the 49ers hadn’t been to the playoffs in eight years and hadn’t been to the NFC Championship Game in 14 years. So it’s hard to see how Harbaugh got away from the core strengths of the franchise.

But York has his man now, and that man is Tomsula. We’ll see what the 49ers look like as they get back to their core strengths in 2015.