49ers 2016 Options to Replace Jim Tomsula and Geep Chryst
By Jerod Brown
Dec 28, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase before the start of the game against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Head Coaching Candidate Adam Gase
Remember the man that was reportedly set to become 49ers head coach before turning the offer down? You think York gives him a call to say he’s sorry and ask for another interview?
Would Gase accept? York pitched Tomsula as defensive coordinator to Gase and he politely declined, turning down the head coaching job. If Tomsula and his staff are gone would Gase reconsider?
Gase has served as the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator this season under head coach John Fox. Gase traveled from Denver to Chicago with Fox after turning down the 49ers. The Chicago Bears are struggling similarly to the 49ers, but Gase has turned a bad offense into a respectable one.
Jay Cutler, the Chicago Bears QB prone to making mistakes, has seen a statistical turnaround in Gase’s system of quick screens, fly sweeps and high percentage throws that eliminate the errors a quarterback can make. Cutler has thrown for over 3,200 yards and 18 touchdowns compared to just eight interceptions.
The numbers aren’t great but they are an improvement for the quarterback over recent years. Gase’s system might be just the thing to help quarterback Colin Kaepernick return to the 2013 form that saw the QB throw for over 3,000 yards and post a rating above 91.
Is all of this far from reality? Absolutely. Would it be an incredible offseason story? No doubt. Imagine York essentially admits his mistakes and does exactly what he should have done a year ago. Hey, a guy can dream.
If Feely’s report is true and Tomsula remains head coach next season, then the first position to replace will be offensive coordinator. The 49ers can turn to a couple of men already on the staff or look outside the building for a replacement.