With all the uncertainty surrounding the San Francisco 49ers this year, one topic that will not go away is if 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh will return in 2015? From former San Francisco 49ers CB Deion Sanders to WR Jerry Rice, both of them have said that Harbaugh’s future in Santa Clara is in doubt. And with the 49ers losses stacking up as each game passes, the question remains will Harbaugh return? While I believe he has earned the right to play out his contract (three consecutive NFC Championship Games), that may not be the case leaving many Forever Faithful to wonder, who will be next?
From Jon Gruden to Mike Holmgren, those high-profile names continue to be rumored as likely candidates for the job. However, should the 49ers hire from within, that job may likely go to current 49ers defensive line coach Jim Tomsula.
CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco said, “I’ve been saying for a while that the person most likely to replace Harbaugh as head coach is that man right there: Jim Tomsula. I remain confident that he would be the 49ers’ first choice to step in as permanent replacement if Harbaugh does not return.” Maiocco isn’t the only one with that ideology as San Jose Mercury News Tim Kawakami also shares the same opinion as he tweeted:
Greg Roman was once thought of as a strong candidate, but not any more. If Harbaugh goes, Tomsula would be by far the top on-staff choice.
— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) November 5, 2014
And how could I argue? He’s charismatic, energetic, and passionate. I’m not saying that I want Harbaugh out by any stretch of the imagination. His resume speaks for itself and before him the 49ers were a complete laughing stock. But I’m not the GM nor CEO. I don’t make the decisions, they do. And if Harbaugh is indeed gone after this season, it would be hard for me not to believe that Tomsula won’t be the next man-up if they hire from within.
With the 49ers continuing to play must win games, it will need to start with a tough one this week in New Orleans as they play extremely well at home.