Before becoming head coach of the 49ers, Jim Tomsula had generated only one interview for one of the most 32 coveted jobs in football — with the Vikings, in 2014. Now that Tomsula is available, will he get any more interviews?
For head-coaching jobs, definitely not. So how about for a job like defensive line coach, the position he held in San Francisco for eight years before becoming the successor to Jim Harbaugh?
Tomsula, the latest example of pro football’s version of the Peter Principle, did well as a defensive line coach. So, in theory, he could be a successful defensive line coach again.
But another head coach would have to trust that Tomsula won’t do what he may have done in San Francisco. It’s perceived that Tomsula was working behind the scenes to take over for Harbaugh, an eventual ascension that was clear from the moment he was nearly traded to the Browns in 2014 (which nearly happened) to every week of the ensuing season, during which the Tomsula-for-Harbaugh swap was one of the worst-kept secrets in the NFL.
Will another coach worry about that happening again? For Tomsula, the best evidence that it won’t comes from his dreadful performance as a head coach.