Jed York took a weekend break from his whirlwind tour of beaming like a dunce while trying to sell Jim Tomsula to a highly skeptical world. Too bad. The laughter was just starting to make me forget how screwed the 49ers are.
The intro presser made it clear that Tomsula is the new HC in name only. He couldn’t answer any questions on his own, deferring to Trent Baalke like a mob underling does to the capo. The only thing we’ve learned from Tomsula is that there is someone in the payroll department named Joan.
As if Tomsula’s hiring wasn’t enough to make Niner fans cringe, we now have who knows how long to await the frightful choices made for our new OC and DC. Can they find anyone competent who’s willing to work here and have no idea who his real boss is? Or that retaining his job will not necessarily be a performance based issue, nor even under his control.
Trent Baalke said he wanted as much stability as possible for Colin Kaepernick’s development. How gutting one of the best coaching staffs in the league, and all of Kaepernick’s coaches except Geep Chryst, achieves that is a mystery. Baalke said Tomsula will run the ball. That is the only info provided about what kind of team the 2015 49ers will be.
With a year to plot the demise of Jim Harbaugh, clearly the only thing York and Baalke were interested in was showing the world who runs the team. Lip service to class and high aspirations is all these two are currently offering.
Over the next two years, time will run out on quite a few long time Niner players. Justin Smith, Frank Gore, Patrick Willis, Vernon Davis, Anquan Boldin. It’s already run out for Ray McDonald and probably Michael Crabtree. There’s going to be a big leadership void. Who’s going to fill it? Colin Kaepernick, presumably. If he thought he was under pressure to succeed in 2014, get ready, kid. It appears the whole ball of gum is going to rest pretty much entirely on his shoulders.
Kaepernick is down in Arizona at the moment, trying to learn the fine art of being a pocket passer. A role he failed to succeed at this past year. Meanwhile, his bosses up here are preparing to return him to a run at the drop of a hat QB. Perhaps he missed the memo.
At least Baalke has finally come out from behind the curtain. If the team succeeds, he can take credit. If it fails, he can blame everyone else. His years with Jed have not taught the man nothing.
Some of you are trying to soldier on with the pom-pom waving as though nothing has happened. An admirable fan activity. But … seriously?