The San Francisco 49ers are undergoing a ton of changes. I don't know to what extent Jed York and Trent Baalke will be involved in Jim Tomsula and his decision-making process, but after York's post-Jim Harbaugh conference and Thursday's debacle, I'm willing to bet it's a decent amount. And that's a bad thing.
I'm a firm believer in Tomsula, his coaching acumen and his ability to lead the 49ers. As a fan, he was one of my top choices once Harbaugh split for Michigan, but for the same reasons that I like Tomsula, I'm worried. The 49ers like Tomsula for a lot of the same reasons I like Tomsula -- and he's been a "favorite" of York's for a very long time.
Again, I most-definitely believe that Tomsula is up to the task of being a head coach. But I'm worried that he was chosen because he'll listen to York, because he's a company man and things like that. I like him because he's been around for awhile, but will that lead to something negative down the line?
Let's not pretend that I have any insider information or that I know how the front office hierarchy truly works. I don't know, none of you know and the media in general does not know. I'm not the first person to suggest this is all possible, but I am definitely one of the first who is still, you know, a pretty big fan of Tomsula. It sounds like folks here either think he's a yes-man for York and that he'll be a trainwreck or that those rumors are stupid and he'll be fine.
But I'm somewhere in the middle. I do think he might be a yes-man, and I think that's a problem. But I still have faith in his abilities at the end of the day. I'm still somewhat excited for the remainder of the offseason and for what kind of team the 49ers will field in 2015-16.
It's kind of incredible how much opinions can change based on one or two press conferences. In this case, I'm again referring to York's post-Harbaugh press conference in which he and Baalke made it clear they're in charge. After that, anything less than bringing in a big-name head coach is going to sound like the 49ers are bringing somebody in to smile and do exactly what they say.
That would suck. I suppose the point of this post is to get across a couple things. Those things are these: Tomsula absolutely has what it takes to be a head coach and I could not give even an atom's worth of [site decorum] about how the guy sounds at a press conference.
I'm nervous, and the source of that nervousness isn't Tomsula, it's York and I guess by extension, Baalke. They sound like robots preaching like-mindedness and unity. York interrupting Baalke in Thursday's press conference to point out that it all starts with himself and not Baalke would be funny if it weren't such a worrying trend with the young owner.
I would be more than happy to be totally wrong about them -- I'm wrong a lot and it's usually a great feeling because I'm a natural pessimist -- but I thought about what I'd say if I were a fan of another team observing the 49ers' offseason from the outside.
I decided that I wouldn't have said particularly nice things, and that's entirely based around the things York and Baalke have been saying. I'm not ready to join the lot of you in setting fire to everything just yet but ... well it's never too early to start up the ol' pessimism train.