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Were the 49ers wrong to fire Jim Tomsula so soon?

Take an 8-8 team and subtract the following – Patrick Willis (7 ProBowls, 5 All-Pro), Justin Smith (5 Pro Bowl, 1 All-Pro), Mike Iupati (3


Take an 8-8 team and subtract the following – Patrick Willis (7 ProBowls, 5 All-Pro), Justin Smith (5 Pro Bowl, 1 All-Pro), Mike Iupati (3 Pro Bowl, 1 All-Pro), Frank Gore (5 Pro Bowls), Aldon Smith (1 Pro Bowl, 1 All-Pro) and Chris Borland (in conversation for Defensive Rookie of the Year). Then don’t allow the new HC to hire his own staff, promote assistants to Co-Ordinator roles while letting those Co-Ordinators walk. Now tell me how high your expectations should be for the new HC? Quite frankly, given the turnover and the turmoil in San Francisco over the last 12 months, a 5-11 record is a great achievement. It is perhaps even better when you consider that the 49ers went 3-5 with Blaine Gabbert at QB! It is also not like San Francisco played a ‘cupcake’ schedule this year either – 8 games against play-off teams (1-7) and going 4-4 against non-play-off opponents is a decent return. To pin the blame on Tomsula is patently unfair. Tomsula is a defensive coach, he replaced a Head Coach with an offensive background and inherited an offense that ranked 25th in scoring in 2014. The team then hired the QB coach as Co-Ordinator, watched their QB fall apart and ended the season ranked dead last. I am not sure how you put that on the HC – especially when you see the success their former OC had in transforming the Buffalo offense this year with a similar QB at the helm. Defensively, Tomsula did an admirable job given the decimation of talent on that side of the ball. The team dropped from 10th in scoring to 18th giving up a FG per game extra – when you lose the core of your defense, and your pass rush, that is always going to happen. Tomsula should have been given, at least, another season to prove he could turn around the team. He should have had the opportunity to hire his own Offensive Co-Ordinator and make his mark on the roster. Make no mistake, this roster is the work of Trent Baalke and, with the amount of player turnover from 2014 to 2015, needed time to come together – particularly given the fractious locker room that remained post Jim Harbaugh.  

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