In a meaningless battle between two crippled teams, one that will play again next week and one that won’t, it was the Won’ts that prevailed over the Wills in a close and fairly entertaining game. The Harbaugh Era ends in style and a Gatorade bath for the beloved coach.
The 49ers finished the year at 8-8, a record that was cheered in 2009 when Mike Singletary was the coach, but is viewed now as a total disaster. That’s how far Jim Harbaugh raised the bar for this franchise.
Now it’s time to get the barf bag out of the closet. The Niners had three years without any fans needing the old hurling mitt for an endless procession of nauseous spin control efforts from the Management suits. They’ve already given Jim Harbaugh a phony “thanks for your efforts” send off, followed by their promise to find an excellent new head coach who will continue the grand tradition of 49er winning football.
Perhaps they will. I wouldn’t say their chances are particularly good, but maybe they’ll get lucky. All we know for sure is there will be lots of cheering from the other three NFC West franchises.
But it’s doubtful any good coach would want to come work for a dysfunctional franchise that rewards winning coaches with backstabbing and a pink slip, so I’m betting the next HC will be Jim Tomsula — selected after a phony Rooney Rule minority interview, and an exhausting nation wide search, of course. Tomsula will rah-rah up the team and get them to enthusiastically go out and win 14 games and a Super Bowl in 2015. Plus, he’ll work for cheap. A Jed York requirement.
I’m so enthused myself that I’m gonna rush out and make reservations for Santa Clara in February of 2016. Right after I toss up my cookies.