49ers 2016 Options to Replace Jim Tomsula and Geep Chryst
By Jerod Brown
August 1, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula (left) and offensive coordinator Geep Chryst (right) during training camp at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
The entire San Francisco 49ers coaching staff will be on the hot seat this offseason after a disappointing 2015 campaign. Will Jim Tomsula remain head coach? If so, who will be his offensive coordinator?
Something on this San Francisco 49ers coaching staff has got to give. The offensive coordinator refuses to throw downfield more than twice a game, the defensive coordinator can’t remain consistent, and the head coach can’t stop sweating.
During last Sunday’s game against the Bengals, CBS sideline reporter Jay Feely shared a conversation that suggests head coach Jim Tomsula’s time in Santa Clara may not be coming to an end quite yet.
Feely discussed a conversation between him Al Guido, who recently took over day-to-day operations for the team, according to the official transcript of the 49ers press release (h/t Grant Cohn of Santa Rosa Press Democrat), after Paraag Marathe was reassigned to handle the York family’s interest in the Sacramento Republic FC soccer team.
In his sideline report, Feely claimed the 49ers recognize that they underestimated the effects of the offseason losses and may lean towards retaining Tomsula for next season.
The coaching changes that need to be made in Santa Clara ultimately rest on the return of Tomsula. The offense has looked ineffective nearly all season and offensive coordinator Geep Chryst is the easiest, and most deserving, scapegoat. If Tomsula is out, as unrealistic as that might seem, then most of the staff will be packing their bags along with him.
Sorry, Geep, but I’m almost sure that you won’t be coaching for the 49ers next season. And, quite frankly, I’m hoping you don’t make it to the end of this season.
Running backs coach Tom Rathman would likely be offered a job by the next head coach. The guy just has a knack for getting guys ready to perform and seems comfortable in his job as a running backs coach. Whoever becomes the next head coach wouldn’t have to worry about him gunning for the job like the current head coach may have.
With Geep gone, and Rathman remaining comfortable as a position coach, here is a list of coaches that might replace Tomsula and Chryst in 2016, should the 49ers decide to get rid of one or both of these men.
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