San Francisco 49ers: 5 Steps for a Successful 2016 Offseason

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August 24, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Replace Offensive Coordinator Geep Chryst

Head coach Jim Tomsula may be enduring a lot of the wrath from 49ers fans this season — all it takes is a quick Twitter search to reveal that — but the real focus should be on offensive coordinator Geep Chryst.

And, if Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News is right, Tomsula isn’t going anywhere anyway.

Neither is CEO Jed York.

Tomsula doesn’t have an offensive mindset. That’s Chryst’s responsibility. And he was woefully inadequate during his tenure as San Francisco’s red-zone play-caller last season. Chryst doesn’t exactly have the best offensive coordinator stats either.

The 49ers have lacked offensive identity for the majority of the season. And they do have a lot of holes to fill.

But an offensive coordinator with a clear vision, and the ability to get the most out of the current group, will be far more beneficial to San Francisco’s long-term prospects on this side of the ball.

The difficulty will be seeing which coordinators are available this offseason and, more specifically, which ones would want to work under Tomsula’s direction.

Still, something needs to change here.

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