The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up their 2015 NFL Draft Saturday afternoon, and that was followed by Trent Baalke's third press conference of the weekend, and Jim Tomsula's second. In all five press conferences, it was very clear that the two men are in pretty much perfect lock-step, at least in a public-facing manner.
I suppose there could be problems we won't see publicly, but it just seems like they are on the same page. But in discussing the 49ers draft, and the roster plans, Tomsula deferred to Trent on a lot of things, while providing detail on issues that were more in his wheelhouse.
One of the reasons Jim Harbaugh is no longer the 49ers head coach is the problems he had in dealing with people. We don't know exactly what went down, but odds are pretty good he and Trent Baalke had some issues. They were two big time personalities, and it likely led to some conflict. Tomsula is a big personality, but in a different, significantly less abrasive manner than Harbaugh. He and Baalke might get on each other's nerves at some point, but for now, they seem to go well together.
There are positives and negatives to that. The biggest positive is that a lack of conflict between coach and front office removes some level of drama. We saw how drama can get in the way this past year, and it would be nice to have a drama-free year. Or at least, as drama-free as we can make it. Having two guys on the same page means there are fewer miscommunications, and things can operate in a more well-oiled manner.
The biggest negative in my mind is the potential lack of challenging other ideas. There is a book about Abraham Lincoln's Cabinet called "Team of Rivals". Lincoln brought together great minds that battled it out in many respects. Having great minds challenging each other can lead to great ideas. This is not to say Tomsula and his staff do not challenge Baalke, but it is one concern to consider.
It remains to be seen if this will all work out. Plenty of fans are down on it, but we will get some actual answers in the next six months. For now, things are moving in a common direction down in Santa Clara.