49ers 2016 Options to Replace Jim Tomsula and Geep Chryst

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August 23, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula (right) and tight ends coach Tony Sparano (left) during the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Offensive Coordinator Candidate Tony Sparano

Tony Sparano currently serves as the 49ers tight ends coach and is the offensive coach on staff with the most previous NFL head coaching experience. He was head coach of the Miami Dolphins for almost four full seasons and served as interim head coach of the Oakland Raiders for 12 games in 2012.

Despite only being a positional coach, Sparano has plenty of experience and could easily step into the role of offensive coordinator. The tight end position was seen as one of the deepest positions on the team at the start of the season but multiple injuries have depleted the group.

The 49ers tight ends have largely underperformed, evident in the trade of Vernon Davis and brick hands of Vance McDonald. The relative failures of this group don’t fall on Sparano.

Transitioning to Sparano would be smooth and would ensure that both of Tomsula’s coordinators have head coaching experience. Sparano likely gives input now but as a coordinator he would have more control over actual in-game situations. With a larger voice and input, Sparano could ease some of the stress on Tomsula that makes him seem so incompetent during games.

Would there be controversy among the staff if either Logan or Sparano is promoted to coordinator over the other? Fans have seen how loyal Tomsula is to his players but with his own position in jeopardy it would be interesting to see who he attaches his hopes to.

The 49ers staff is under heavy scrutiny from fans already and a divide among the staff might further illustrate the dysfunction surrounding this team.