SANTA CLARA (KRON) — Hours after their season finale victory at Levi’s Stadium, the San Francisco 49ers announced that head coach Jim Tomsula was let go.
The news was no surprise following the team’s disastrous fall from a post season contender to a 5-11 team.
“Jimmy has been a valuable member of the 49ers organization for the last nine years,” said CEO Jed York. “We all know he is a man of high character, and his contributions on the field and in our community have always been greatly appreciated. This entire organization is proud and grateful to have worked so closely alongside Jimmy. We all wish him and his family great success in the future,” the team said in a statement.
This was Tomsula’s first full year as a head coach in the NFL. His previous experience came in 2010 when he filled in for then fired Niners’ coach Mike Singletary for one game.
Tomsula, a former defensive line coach, was promoted to lead the team after Jim Harbaugh accepted a job at the University of Michigan.
His career got off to rocky start thanks to the departures of several starters and the off field problems. The losing season also saw the self-destruction of quarterback Colin Kaepernick who finished the year with only six touchdown passes and five interceptions.
As for a replacement, a few high profile names have surfaced to the top of the rumor list including Mike Holmgren and Sean Payton. 49ers Chief Executive Officer Jed York is expected to address Niners’ coaching situation Monday morning.