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49ers fire Tomsula after one season

Jim Tomsula was a lame duck coach after Jim Harbaugh but he is not the reason the 49ers have crashed for bad.

Jim Tomsula was a lame duck coach after Jim Harbaugh but he is not the reason the 49ers have crashed for bad.

How bad do you think the San Francisco 49ers miss Jim Harbaugh? Despite the 49ers upset of the St. Louis Rams in their finale head coach Jim Tomsula has been fired after just one season as their head coach in which the team went 5-11 and was out of it from the start.

It was not long ago that the 49ers were one of the team’s to beat in the NFC, going 46-11-1 over a three-year stretch with two division titles, three-straight trips to the NFC Championship Game and a trip to the Super Bowl, but after an 8-8 season in 2014 the 49ers and Harbaugh parted ways and this year they sunk to a new low under Tomsula.

The team never seemed to really get into this season at all. Part of that has to go with the complete loss of talent as defensive stars Patrick Willis, Justin Smith and Chris Borland were just three notable retirements. And it is not help that 12 players were placed on injured reserve. But more than just those retirements and injuries, the team just is not very talented. A 5-11 record might actually be over-achieving with this roster that saw the complete implosion of Colin Kaepernick and switch to an even less effective Blaine Gabbert at quarterback.

While Tomsula showed weakness as a head coach, the real problems with the 49ers lie with general manager Trent Baalke. It was his inability to co-exist with Harbaugh that led to that split and because he is not a huge supporter of Tomsula either, the 49ers are changing coaches for a second-straight season. And the reality is, Baalke needs to take blame for the 49ers having one of the least talented rosters in the NFL.

The team has gotten very little out of their last few drafts. 2012 top picks A.J. Jenkins and LaMichael James were bad busts, Tank Carradine and Vance McDonald have done very little, Jimmie Ward has struggled. Carlos Hyde struggled this year. Arik Armstead and Jaquiski Tartt have contributed very little and it is partially Baalke’s fault that he has a $114 million backup quarterback while Alex Smith just led the Chiefs to the playoffs. It hurts even more than Harbaugh immediately turned Michigan back into a national power after multiple years of complete misery.

Baalke seems to be the main problem in San Francisco and until ownership sees that, the 49ers are going to continue to struggle.

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