The San Francisco 49ers have a new head coach, with Jim Tomsula taking over as the 19th head coach in franchise history. Reaction has been swift and negative from 49ers fans, but some current and former players have been quick to provide support for the new head coach.
I don't anticipate anybody publicly grumbling about the move, but it will be interesting to see if any anonymous sources provide anything negative about the decision. A lot of defensive players came out in support of Vic Fangio for the job. Tomsula is well-respected in the 49ers locker room, and very well could be a reason Justin Smith comes back for another season.
Anquan Boldin was among the first players, appearing on Sports Illustrated's 120.com. Cam Inman has a full transcript. He is happy with the move, primarily because of the continuity it provides:
"He’s a great coach, first of all. For teams to be successful, you have to have as much continuity from year to year as much as possible. Hiring Tomsula gives us that continuity. The less change you have, the better chance you have of being successful the following year."
Here are some initial comments of support:
Alex Boone went out of his way to call into 95.7 to voice support for Jim Tomsula as the next head coach. He will be on at 8pm EST.— Anthony Ly (@AnthonyLy49) January 14, 2015
Me: coach, let me know when practice starts, I'm there ASAP! Tomsula: I love you Vernon Me: thx Coach, I love you too pic.twitter.com/CEnnvC8yLi— Vernon Davis (@VernonDavis85) January 15, 2015
Extremely happy for Jimmy T! Can't wait to get back at it!— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) January 15, 2015
Since everyone is askin (or about to ask), I love Coach Tomsula. He's definitely the ultimate players coach. Really smart & a seasoned vet— Eric Wright (@EWrighteous21) January 14, 2015
I'm happy for Coach Tomsula.. That's a great hire for SF— Kyle Williams (@KyleWilliams_10) January 14, 2015
Niners got an outstanding coach! well deserved— LaMichael James (@LaMichaelJames) January 14, 2015
GREAT hire by the @49ers Coach Tomsula is the man!— Jason Slowey (@JasonSlowey) January 15, 2015
Great day for Bay Area Sports fans! Two awesome head coaches announced to two storied franchises. Friends with both coaches and am proud!— Kassim Osgood (@kassimosgood81) January 15, 2015
Congrats Jim Tomsula for being the next head coach of the @49ers . One hell of a coach that has an exceptional way of teaching. #NinerPride— Takeo Spikes (@TakeoSpikes51) January 15, 2015