49ers 2016 Options to Replace Jim Tomsula and Geep Chryst

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Sep 27, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) talks with quarterbacks coach Steve Logan prior to facing the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Offensive Coordinator Candidate Steve Logan

The move to promote the 49ers current quarterbacks coach seems the most likely, and Steve Logan would step right into a role he is familiar with . His jump wouldn’t be quite as large as Tomsula going from defensive line coach to head coach, but after only one year of 49ers service, it might be more than Logan could handle.  

Prior to serving on Tomsula’s staff, Logan was a radio host for three years after coaching on Raheem Morris’ staff with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bryan Knowles of Bleacher Report highlighted the signing of Logan as quarterbacks coach, noting that Logan coached former NFL quarterbacks Jeff Blake and David Garrard at East Carolina University, as well as Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan at Boston College.

Logan filled Chryst’s previous role after the offensive coordinator had been promoted from quarterbacks coach under Harbaugh’s staff. Perhaps Logan just takes the next step as well.

Chryst oversaw the decline of Colin Kaepernick, and Logan has been the position coach to watch the final chapter play out. Despite all of the offseason praise that the two men gave Kaepernick, the regression throughout the season has been alarming. No two coaches have been closer to the struggles than Chryst and Logan. 

The move from Chryst to Logan feels logical but that might be the problem. An offense that has been so plain and uninspired ought to be significantly shaken up to repair the damage. Logan interviewed with reporters in June and emphasized his affinity for “explosion plays” and yet the offense hardly shows any explosive tendencies.

In his weekly breakdown of different game film, Andy Benoit of Sports Illustrated wasn’t particularly impressed by the 49ers offense

While Logan makes sense, the natural transition might actually hinder his chances. Regardless of what offense he runs, promoting the guy who oversaw such major regression might be a hard sell to fans.