Jim Tomsula accepts blame that clearly isn’t his in 49ers’ loss

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San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula was on the sidelines for another humiliating loss, this time at the hands of the rival St. Louis Rams in a 27-6 rout on the road. 

Like a good employee who was covering up for the shortcomings of his organizational structure, Tomsula shouldered the burden.

“What we did was not good enough,” Tomsula said via CSNBayArea.com’s Matt Maiocco. “And that was me.” 

Anyone who’s followed the Niners over the past calendar year knows that the poor on-field product in San Francisco has nothing to do with bad coaching. Instead, this loss, and the entirety of the debacle that has been the 49ers’ 2015 season falls squarely on the shoulders of team management. 

CEO Jed York infamously butted heads with Jim Harbaugh, who left after the 2014 season to take the head job at the University of Michigan. This came after leading the 49ers to a 44-19 record over four seasons that included a Super Bowl appearance and one NFC title in three appearances. 

To follow that up, York and general manager Trent Baalke passed on candidates like Rex Ryan, Todd Bowles and former 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to bring in Tomsula, a former defensive line coach, whose only experience leading a team was in an interim capacity after the departure of Mike Singletary

Fast forward to present day, where the on-field disaster known as the 49ers find themselves right where they should be after losing an unprecedented five first-round selectees in one forgettable offseason. The sheer magnitude of the coaching and player losses means that the 49ers will likely suffer for years to come before climbing back to any semblance of relevancy. 

Tomsula is showing he’s a company man and is putting on the right face for this type of circumstance, but the truth is there’s no standard operating procedure for how to mitigate what’s become of the 49ers.

This all goes so far beyond his pay grade, and there’s nothing any fan of the team or player can do about it. 

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.


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