What’s next for Jim Tomsula?

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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.

69 responses to “What’s next for Jim Tomsula?

  1. Not a head coaching job for sure, great guy but he was never supposed to become a head coach. Jed York has a few screws loose in his head.

  2. He’s got 10.5 millions to realize his destiny and open a pizzeria. That’s where he’s headed.

  3. As dysfunctional as the 49ers are, I will not be shocked if he comes back as their d-line coach.

  4. Last year this was the news:

    “Bowles, the defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals, will be the first candidate to get a second interview from the 49ers, according to Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports.”

    Baalke turned away Todd Bowles and he is still not fired. Maybe Baalke thought he was a better defensive coach.

  5. He was a good enough position-coach for Harbaugh to hold-over from the previous regime along with Rathman. It may be college . . . it may be the NFL, but he’ll be coaching in 2016.

  6. The thing I find most interesting about this guy, is that there doesn’t appear to be another side of him. Normally with oddballs like him, there is the public caricature that we all mock, and then someone writes a profile revealing that their actual personality has some redeeming qualities that are not evident to the rest of us… But best I can tell what you see is what you get with this guy – which makes it all the more befuddling as to how why he was picked for the job.

  7. Tomsula took over a team that lost 5 of it’s last 6 games under Harbaugh. Only winning an end of the season gimme from the Cards who were restng for the playoffs. Then they lost half a dozen Pro Bowl quality starters in the off season.
    Gore, Iupati, Justin Smith, Aldon Smith, Patrick Willis, Anthony Davis, Chris Borland. Then they lost their entire RB and TE corps early in the season. Still finished ahead of the Jaguars who were supposed to be playoff surprises this past season. Gus Bradley is back after winning 12 games in 3 years as a H.C., Tomsula gets the bullet for taking a team everyone picked as worst in the league and OVERACHIEVING with it. Go figure.

  8. Did anyone, football fans or football guys (players, media, coaches) think this guy was going to be successful? Did the niners even think he was gonna be successful?

    I can’t believe anyone thought Mario was going to win games, it was clear from the first time I heard him speak he was in way over his head. Replacing Harbaugh w/Tomsula was like dumping Katy Perry and hooking up with Rosie Odonnel…L, L, L, L, L…

  9. I don’t get this. Why do teams NEVER give a crappy HC, but quality staff coach a demotion, rather than firing them? At least give the guy a chance to move back into his last coaching position.

    – Not a 49er fan

  10. Tomsula is reaping what he sowed for helping the 49ers front office undermine the Harbaugh locker room. Have a feeling he isn’t a very popular man in the league’s coaching circle right now.

  11. I know what is NOT next for Tomsula…….
    A job with Harbaugh.
    A recomendation from Harbaugh.
    ANY quality coaching job.

  12. The real question is; What’s next for the younger players that retired from football during the 2014 offseason. Aren’t they allowed to come back to the NFL as free agents now? I have to think that at least a couple of them just wanted out from under the tire fire that was the 2015 49ers.

  13. Jim Tom was a man that loved football, sandwiches, and farting…sometimes all at the same time.

  14. I don’t get this. Why do teams NEVER give a crappy HC, but quality staff coach a demotion, rather than firing them? At least give the guy a chance to move back into his last coaching position.

    – Not a 49er fan

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    Common sense should tell you that you don’t bring in a new HC and tell him that the old HC is going to be his line coach. You were able to convey your thoughts in the form of complete sentences so I have no idea how this isn’t already obvious to you.

  15. “logicalvoicepft says:
    Jan 4, 2016 2:39 PM
    Yes I want fries with that Jim.”

    Yeah, somehow how I believe his net worth is a tad more than anyone on this site.

  16. People keep referring to Tomsula as a “nice guy.” Well, if there’s any truth to the rampant rumors that he went behind Harbaugh’s back to campaign for himself, then he’s nothing but a slime ball. And a terrible coach.

    I don’t feel sorry for a guy who’s collecting money that he hasn’t earned while he resumes his Ron Jeremy body double career.

  17. Cleveland was already calling the 49ers to ask about a trade for Tomsula when they found out he was fired.

  18. I checked the employment section of the UM website, there’s an opening for “ball washer”…..

  19. I can’t see him getting another shot at being a head coach anywhere, at least until he has done some time as a coordinator, and maybe grabs a coaching gig in college. It is every bit as likely that he just fades into obscurity coaching high school football and living on the giant paycheck he got for one season at the helm of the 49ers.

  20. Jim Tomsula was in over his head with this job, that much is obvious. Having said that, he did the best he could with a lousy hand. He doesn’t deserve all the vitriol being sent his way by internet trolls. He took a lot of grief, mostly undeserved in my opinion. For example, nobody confirmed Tomsula campaigned for the head coaching job behind Harbaugh’s back. Crazy Jim was going to be gone no matter what Tomsula said or did. How quickly we seem to forget Harbaugh’s terrible clock management, ridiculous sideline temper tantrums and toward the end, regularly being outcoached by the opposition (does anyone now think he’s the equal of Pete Carroll, for example). I’m not defending Little Jed or Trent Baalke, but it would be nice to see them go after a class act with a proven track record this time.

    Just my two cents. Go ahead and tell me I need to die horribly now.

  21. That Galatians quote by harbaugh in essence can be said what comes around goes around. Harbaugh is fiercely loyal, maybe to a fault towards his players. Tonsulas alleged actions to undermine his coach is coming back to bite him. Good.

  22. At least Jim Tom Sula’s family has submitted a few posts supporting him here. A few foul gaseous expressions might make them change their minds.

  23. The soon to be ex-Redskin QB, the Great Gimmick, needs someone to polish his statue outside of Baylor’s Stadium. And when Jim is finished, he can polish the Great Gimmick’s personal logo and edit the Career Highlights of the Great Gimmick’s career tape – all five plays.

  24. No HC needs to worry about Tomsula snaking his job… I mean, York is the only owner dumb enough to can an NFC Champion winning coach and replacing him with the night security guard Tomsula.

  25. I don’t get this. Why do teams NEVER give a crappy HC, but quality staff coach a demotion, rather than firing them? At least give the guy a chance to move back into his last coaching position.

    – Not a 49er fan

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    Common sense should tell you that you don’t bring in a new HC and tell him that the old HC is going to be his line coach. You were able to convey your thoughts in the form of complete sentences so I have no idea how this isn’t already obvious to you.

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    I’m not saying EVERY bad HC should go back into being a position coach. I’m only saying, you never see any obviously bad HC’s go back into being a position coach for the same team. He took the reigns and failed. Why not put him back into being a position coach. I know there are other variables in play; like if he won’t have resentment, or if he’ll undermind the new HC (from what I’ve read he’s done). But you’d think with all the HC firings, there would be some that go back into being a position coach. You see tons of interim-HC’s go back to being a position coach. Why can’t a “declared” HC, go back to being a position coach? Would a team do that if they just told them their an interim-HC for 2 years? lol

  26. For those who doubt the stories about Tomsula undermining Harbaugh – you are wrong (it was common knowledge among all the sports writers in the Bay Area).

    He will NEVER be a HC coach again in the NFL, and it is unlikely he will ever be more than a defensive line coach – if that. His financial future is secure so what he does for work in the context of what is available to him is entirely his decision.

  27. When is the conspiracy end with Tomsula undermining Harbaugh which lost JH is job? Tomsula would not have the juice for that. JH failed himself and the team and looked for an excuse… Really all, it’s a play ground excuse from media and JH.

    JH may have been better off working on his team building skills personally within the organizations hierarchy and not a GOD complex…. At least that is the way it looked…

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