Steve Young: 49ers have Super Bowl roster, not sure about the coaches

AP

Steve Young was the quarterback the last time the 49ers won the Super Bowl. He thinks the players are in place for the 49ers to win another Super Bowl.

As for the coaches? Well, Young isn’t sure about that.

Young told Comcast SportsNet that the 49ers have all the players in place to win their first championship since Young himself hoisted the Vince Lombardi Trophy 20 years ago.

“They have a great roster. They have a Super Bowl roster,” Young said. “They have the guys to go do it. I think the expectation needs to be that they can go get one.”

But as for the 49ers’ decision to get rid of coach Jim Harbaugh (and most of his staff) and replace him with Jim Tomsula? Young doesn’t sound too enthused about that.

“I just don’t know them. I don’t know Jim. I can’t really comment because I don’t know them,” Young said. “We don’t know their history. They are about to write their history and I guess in some ways that’s good. We’re just gonna get behind Jim and wish for the best. It’s a high-risk situation when you turn over your whole staff but we’ll hope for the best.”

Harbaugh was an undeniably good coach, and yet 49ers owner Jed York and General Manager Trent Baalke decided to replace him with the totally unproven Tomsula. There’s a lot of pressure on Tomsula, and Young is like most 49ers fans in not being sure if this is going to work.

86 responses to “Steve Young: 49ers have Super Bowl roster, not sure about the coaches

  1. Has no one ever thought to hire Steve Young as the QB’s Coach for Kaepernick?

    Or does that make too much sense?

    I don’t get it…..

  2. Uhm, the players Steve Young was talking about went 8-8 under Jim Harbaugh. So, if the players are Super Bowl caliber, how does he not come to the conclusion that Harbaugh had to go?

    I can understand not being sure about Tomsula–how can anyone be? But there weren’t a lot of bonafide Super Bowl caliber coaches hanging around out there.

  3. I know we have the players and we don’t have the best coaches. I still hate the decision to fire Harbaugh. I know for a fact we won’t the Super Bowl simply because of Management it’s a shame that York and Baalke egos ruining something good.

  4. Good coaches are very hard to come by.. and Great coaches are once in a life time.. so if you think Harbuagh is great or good.. replacing him with a great or good is almost impossible. Good Luck Trent and Jed

  5. Im certainly not comparing Tonsula to Parcells, but I do remember as a young kid in 1983 wondering if Parcells was the right guy for the job too….even more so after his first debacle of a season. The situation was different of course as the Giants were horrible back then and the current niners are pretty good…but my point is that a relative unknown (at the time) wound up becoming the right move.

    Im assuming, like most, that getting rid of Harbaugh will turn out to be a bad decision, however this new guy needs a couple of years before people start killing him.

  6. Steve is comfortable in his TV job, I wouldn’t ask him to coach anyone honestly. As crazy as it sounds I’d prefer someone like Garcia who himself was a “bootstrapper” type. Someone who wasn’t a so called blue chip but overcame odds to succeeed. He can help Kaep in my opinion. Regarding the coaching staff, I completely agree with Steve, this staff is a HUGE Question mark…but as a member of the faithful I have to support them even if I hate the owner.

  7. “Uhm, the players Steve Young was talking about went 8-8 under Jim Harbaugh. ”

    They had something like 18 players on injured reserve. Many of which were All-Pros and/or Pro Bowl players. It’d be hard for any roster in history to get past that.

  8. Good coaches like good employees are hard to come by. That is why when you find some one like Harbaugh you leave your egos aside, embrace the diverse personalities and make things work.

  9. Not a 49er fan but once they get Patrick Willis back and Navarro Bowman back to full strength as well as some new additions to the defense they should be very good again. As for there offense I think that they need to go out and try to get Kapernick as much help with his mechanics and decision making as possible. Then they have to bring some talent around him as they’re gonna lose some that are free agents and I think they will be a very good team once again. Baalke better hit on at least 3 rounds of this draft or the organization could come to regret letting go of the wrong guy

  10. The 49ers did Harbaugh a favor by firing him. Kaepernick’s play has been declining since his first season as a starter. The 49ers were just horrible on offense at times last year.

    With the burden of the offense moving away from the run game and onto Kaep’s shoulders, there was a good chance this season was going down in flames with or without Harbaugh. Now though, any failure will not be Harbaugh’s.

  11. @jayniner

    You realize of course that Steve is making good money doing TV and radio and has several kids he’s enjoying at this stage of life…and oh by the way, he was also pretty rich to begin with after his playing career.

    If Steve wanted to take some part in coaching with the 49ers, I’m sure they would help him make that happen…but why would he want to coach when he gets to make a lot of money, remain connected to the game, AND have time for his family?

    Point being, its a two way street.

  12. Just hire Ernie Adams up in the booth….he is the wizzard of oz behind the cheating curtain that goes on in New England. Doesn’t matter if you have Santa Claus as your QB or anyone that puts on the uniform, they win with Ernie up in the booth…. Bill Bellacheat is actually overrated. Ernie runs that cheating team. Hire him and you win. I could even play WR.

  13. Lol.
    The new stadium has cursed the team. Kaep is not the answer. Who will they extend? Iupati or thier three corner backs that hit free agency? 7-9. Good luck with that

  14. Am I the only one who pretty much tunes this guy out? He usually gets a pass on his opinions as if they are golden.

    Remind me, what’s the last thing he’s been right about?

  15. @arwiv

    Reminds me a bit of Madden actually.

    Then again could just as easily be Dave Campo part 2.

    Time will tell.

  16. “They have a great roster. They have a Super Bowl roster,” Young said. “They have the guys to go do it. I think the expectation needs to be that they can go get one.”

    I believe that Young had a number of concussions during his playing career. Wildly irrational assertions like this make me think that he should have a PET-scan to see if the after-effects are catching up 15+ years later.

  17. jayniner says:
    Feb 11, 2015 12:19 PM
    Has no one ever thought to hire Steve Young as the QB’s Coach for Kaepernick?

    At the very least Young could give Kaepernick and his receiving corps some tips on how to cheat with stickum. After his years as a player on the 49ers cheating with Rice and Montana, we know Young is a stickum expert.

  18. Looking forward to York holding himself personally responsible like he promised if the team does not succeed.

    Also looking forward to finding a live unicorn in my backyard when I get home from work.

  19. This coming from the guy who emphatically said, “Let’s face it: The Patriots just aren’t good anymore!” after the KC debacle in Week 4.

    Not disagreeing with what he said. All I am saying is consider the source.

  20. grogantomorgan says:
    Feb 11, 2015 12:37 PM
    What’s with these ex-49r players who have an opinion on everything …. Must be the need to feel relevant !

    Zackly!

  21. It isn’t just that they don’t have the coaches now. They’ve got a GM who is going to make it his life’s mission trying to prove he was the brains behind the team and not Harbaugh. Baalke may not be as dumb as the GM in Cleveland and get caught texting down plays but I fully expect to hear stories about him trying to run film sessions with the coaches and getting in everybody’s way.

  22. Why does Steve Young ALWAYS have the tone/attitude that his opinion is so superior to others?

    “We’ll get behind them”

    We’ll? How are you in anyway relevant to this 49ers team/coaching staff? What does it matter that YOU are “behind” them?

    His narcissism is astounding.

  23. The root problem is that they don’t appear to have a superbowl caliber front-office, which is the reason they no longer have a superbowl caliber coaching staff.

  24. When SF has strong teams it is good for the NFL. Unfortunately under this incompetent management a good team in not on the horizon.

  25. All of these comments are noise. Cut to the chase. The 49ers somehow didn’t learn from the disastrous Mike Singletary era, as they just hired a Defensive Line coach to run their entire team. And someone named Geep Durp to run their offense. The rest of the NFC is laughing at you, Jed.

  26. “When SF has strong teams it is good for the NFL.”????

    When entire nfc west was the toilet of the nfl for years, and that was not that long ago, the nfl got along just fine.

    But thanks for the concern

  27. Steve Young thinks his opinions on all things NFL matters more than most. Probably because he has a law degree.

    You know how it is with these lawyers who think their opinions on football matter…

  28. If Geep Chryst actually calls for a pass to Vernon Davis more than once every 3 weeks that will be at least 1 coaching upgrade IMO.

  29. Tomsula was hired because he is going to do whatever Balke and York tell him to do. That is pretty much all there is to it. That is not likely to translate into success.

  30. Krapernick has been figured out by defensive coordinators all around the league so I don’t think so Steve…

  31. jayniner says:
    Feb 11, 2015 12:19 PM
    Has no one ever thought to hire Steve Young as the QB’s Coach for Kaepernick?

    Or does that make too much sense?

    I don’t get it…..

    ***************

    Why would Steve Young take a job that pays him maybe $75k and requires working 100 hours when he can work a posh tv job?

  32. He may be right… but then again, this is what he said on ESPN after Marc Trestman was hired by the Bears:

    “He was an offensive innovator at that time, a great game-day play-caller. But he’s grown into the ability to actually be an orchestrator of a whole organization. This guy is ready. More than anybody, he’s mature and experienced. It’s time for Marc Trestman to be a head coach in the NFL, and I’m very excited for him.”

    Just sayin.

  33. I’m sure that it’s not gonna work because unlike Steve Young I know these coaches history.

    I know Geep Chryst’s history as an OC: 28th ranked offenses, failed miserably with Ryan Leaf, and would probably be out of football if it wasn’t for Jim Harbaugh.

    I know Chris Foerster’s history as a O Line coach: His Redskins QBs were sacked 58 times last year. I mean when he was the 49ers O Line coach in 2008 the QBs were sacked 55 times and Frank Gore had the worst rushing year of his career. Every Fanbase celebrated when Chris Foester left their team. Especially the Ravens fans in 2007.

    Eric Mangini has a history as a DC in this league. That was a solid hire but not good enough to save the 49ers from disaster.

    Next year 0-6 in their division, and they’ll be lucky to go 5-5 outside their division. This is between a 4–12 and 6-10 team.

    Crabtree:gone(and Baalke can’t draft WRs)
    Iupati: gone
    Gore: gone or a year older.
    Eric Reid:a concussion away from missing the season
    LBs: willis is a year older and Bowman won’t be The same and Borland’s a liability in coverage:

  34. Everybody knows the 49’ers are being managed into a soon-becoming dumpsterfire.

    Even most 49’ers know it. Your recent success is gone and it’s been replaced with a petulant man-boy owner who prides his organization on respecting him rather than respecting the game.

    Kinda glad too, 49’ers fans are so ghetto and obnoxious. Only takes a couple winning seasons to turn your fanbase into a bunch of fair weather gangbangers who come to the stadiums to fight.

  35. unlimitedcriticism says:
    Feb 11, 2015 12:21 PM
    Uhm, the players Steve Young was talking about went 8-8 under Jim Harbaugh. So, if the players are Super Bowl caliber, how does he not come to the conclusion that Harbaugh had to go?

    I can understand not being sure about Tomsula–how can anyone be? But there weren’t a lot of bonafide Super Bowl caliber coaches hanging around out there.
    —-++++-++++++——

    A number of the key players where hurt or suspended this past season so try again.

  36. mrwalterisgod says:
    Feb 11, 2015 12:54 PM
    Why does Steve Young ALWAYS have the tone/attitude that his opinion is so superior to others?

    “We’ll get behind them”

    We’ll? How are you in anyway relevant to this 49ers team/coaching staff? What does it matter that YOU are “behind” them?

    His narcissism is astounding.
    ———–

    He’s a 49er legend. I think his opinions in the 49ers carry a were bit more weight than normal.

  37. Lmao… Yes the Super Bowl caliber coach who lost to the RAIDERS. The Super Bowl caliber coach that got beat on thanksgiving night twice. The coach who got beat after the first half every time. His brother is the real super bowl caliber coach. He made changes and won it all. Dude didn’t have the guevos to fire dumb roman to save the season. Wasn’t he the offensive genius like we all thought he was. Our defense is the reason we went deep into the playoffs every time. Jim ran back to college with his tail between his ass… I’m waiting to see what this new coaching staff can do with all the talent we have.

  38. That loud noise you heard was the Niners’ window slamming shut.
    If you guys thought the Alex Smith era sucked, prepare for the Kaep era.

  39. Young isn’t wrong, but has a vested interest in the team.

    Remember he and a few other investors attempted to put together a group to buy the team from the Yorks?

    As long as anyone in the York organization is in charge, the team will not succeed.

    Bring back Mr. D!

  40. Um, didn’t America already decide that EVERYTHING that comes out of Steve Young’s mouth is purely inconsequential? He’s a fraud. Stop wasting our time with the jabberings of this fool!

  41. jayniner says:
    Feb 11, 2015 12:19 PM
    Has no one ever thought to hire Steve Young as the QB’s Coach for Kaepernick?

    Or does that make too much sense?

    I don’t get it…..
    ———————————–

    Yeah, I bet no one has even thought about it… *rolls eyes*

    Does it make sense for Steve Young (a guy who is probably relatively well off) to work grueling hours trying to coach up a diva for what amounts to what is probably significantly less money than he makes now?

    It isn’t rocket science to figure out, guys.

  42. Steve Young didn’t say anything about being unsure – he clearly says he doesn’t know the coaching staff.

    Stretching it too far – again.

  43. Plain as day, the 9ers had a Super Bowl caliber roster for years before Harbaugh arrived. Regardless of how you feel about Baalke’s micromanaging, you can’t deny the talent he’s brought to the team through the years. On that note, you also can’t deny how awful the 9ers’ coaching selections have been over the past decade plus, with only one single exception.

  44. Wow what a misleading title. I expected Young to cast doubt on the coaches when, in fact, he said he doesn’t have an opinion because he does not know them. Instead, he said he wishes Jim the best and will get behind him.

  45. The 49ers have neither a Super Bowl caliber team nor a Super Bowl caliber coaching staff. This is going to be a train wreck that even Seahawks fans will cringe at and it’s all because of that imbecile York who couldn’t get along with Harbaugh. Harbaugh may be a pain in the you know what but he got the most out of his players and got them to believe anything was possible plus that defense was physical and their running attack carried them to victory. For some reason last year they changed it so Kaep would throw more which is stupid. I honestly feel bad for the 49ers and shame on Young for telling a flat out lie here.

  46. What has been predicted to happen in SF has happened. Their D was ineffective due to injury and aging, Kaepernick was forced to carry the team and he looked inept. That is their problem in SF. They simply lack a quarterback who can effectively run an offense and win without the defense lending a substantial amount of help. The 49ers are 70% defense and 30% offense. Can’t make an offense that is capable handling 30% of the game pick up any slack for the defense when the defense is down to 50%.

  47. You 49er haters are truly inept. This was the best football team from 2011-13. So one 8-8 season all of sudden makes them no good? This is the NFL. Teams seasons fluctuate all the time. And for the idiots who keep ripping on Kap and talk like this guy has had a 7 year career and that he is no good are just as inept. This guy has only had two full seasons as a starter and one fool on here says he has regressed so badly like he has had 5 pro bowl seasons and fell flat on his face. His first season he wasn’t even playing. His second season he led his team to a Super Bowl. He has only had two full seasons in the NFL. And last time I checked his stats are not as bad as people think. People just love to be negative sad individuals.. Please get yourself a life.

    And for those people who think Rice is no good and that the stickem he used is a reason he is the greatest of all time are even a bigger bunch of jokes. This and the Falcon noise thing are just ways for the NFL to deflect from the Pats cheating scandal. Please get a life and learn some facts before you spew your utter nonsense. People could care less what you fools think. Just wanted to point that out for you fools!

  48. I like Steve Young, but he runs his mouth a bit too much. If he was held accountable for his ‘mistakes,’ he’d have never made it in broadcasting or coaching.

    But he’s not. He says a bunch of things. Some are right. Some are wrong. People latch onto what they want to believe and run with it.

    When, in reality, like most of the talking heads that tell us what to thing, he’s nothing more than a coin-toss.

  49. The 49ers have some talent, but they also have way too many shady character type guys. Harbaugh came in and motivated these guys and taught them how to be winners. He brought in a top QB. But then the front office took the control away from the coach and all the shady character guys quit on the coach because they knew the real boss wasn’t the coach. This happened over a year ago, about the same time the new stadium deal was signed. Harbaugh served his purpose, and now it’s back to business as usual. It’s going to be tough on any new coaches to succeed under this set up. That’s why many coaches didn’t return phone calls. The 49ers went with coaches they felt they could control. This way works with a bunch of top notch character guys on the roster, but character isn’t in abundance on this roster. Steve Young’s comments are usually reserved for a coach who’s trying to get hired. He’s saying everything management wants to hear, whether true or false.

  50. I for one am actually optimistic about this coaching staff…the players absolutley love tomsula and will play hard for him…and tomsula actually surrounded himself with coaches who have years of coaching experience…and coaches who had a hand in devoloping some great players in this league…and another year of harbaugh meant another year of roman which would mean another year of pathetic predictable lethargic looking offense…i know chryst wasnt the sexy hire people wanted but hes already stated that we need to get back to what kap does best and thats the use of the read option which harbaugh and roman were way to stubborn to use and gore way to slow and impatient to be effective out of…but now you jave a couple guys in hyde and hunter who were absolute beasts running out of the read option! And thats when kap is at his best when the threat of his legs are always there and the defense is forced to respect that and have to commit more players to the line of scrimmage allowing kap to throw thoae 30 yard darts downfeild which he did on a regular basis back in 2012. And the early part of 2013…if chryst can do this kap and this offense could be lethal again

  51. SF reminds me of Seattle during the Ken Behring years. As an owner, he nearly ruined the team and almost shipped them out of Seattle. People couldn’t get rid of their season tickets fast enough. It was a joyous day in Seattle when he finally sold the team!

    In other words, I don’t care who you have playing for the team or who you have coaching the team. If the front office is dysfunctional, then the team is dysfunctional. I actually enjoy the SF/Seattle rivalry, so I really hope they do get it together. I just don’t see it happening any time soon.

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