The MMQB is continuing their run through the 100 most influential people connected to the NFL, and they have another member of the San Francisco 49ers. Head coach Jim Tomsula clocks in at No. 17. He joins Jed York, Colin Kaepernick, NaVorro Bowman and former linebacker Chris Borland on the list.
It is not a surprise to see Tomsula on the list given the 49ers dramatic turnover. By all indications, Tomsula is incredibly popular with the players. This is great for getting players on the same page, but I see a couple big questions that need to be answered with regard to Tomsula:
1. This one really is more about his coaching staff as a whole. What will Geep Chryst, Eric Mangini and everyone else bring to the table. It is more all-encompassing, but Tomsula is the head coach, and the buck stops with him to a certain extent. How will Tomsula guide this coaching staff? How hands-on will he be, and how much will he step back and let them handle their business?
2. Virtually any football season is going to hit bumps in the road. When the 49ers hit those bumps this year, how will Tomsula handle them, and how will the players respond? The MMQB write-up talked about the 49ers wanting less drama, and they would seemingly have that with Tomsula. Maybe not having to deal with all of last year's nonsense makes things significantly smoother.
When Jim Harbaugh departed, Jed York seemed to be putting his chips firmly in the corner of general manager Trent Baalke. This is not to say that they think anybody could coach the 49ers, but given Harbaugh's success, York and Baalke seemingly think it is more about getting the right players in place, and finding someone that can work with them on a less dramatic basis.
Speaking of Baalke, there are only ten spots left on MMQB's list. I am curious to see if he ends up on the list given his influence on this team. He has made this roster, and given all the departures, his 2013 and 2014 drafts have that much more importance. Jim Tomsula is important, but if this team is going to get anywhere, it is going to need some serious performance from players that have flown under the radar thus far.