We’re half way through the dead zone called February. You know it’s a nothing time when the dread word “basketball” creeps into conversations. Thank god we have Jed York to kick around for a few more weeks, until the start of free agency.
Actually, I’d expect York to go into hiding to avoid having to split hairs about the meaning of “mutual parting.” The 49ers are sounding more like a bad Bill Clinton knock off than a football operation.
Or maybe York is thinking about suing Jim Harbaugh for not adhering to the end-of-season charade which featured his signature on a statement describing his firing as a “mutual parting.” Of course, this mutuality occurred two weeks after Harbaugh had in fact been fired. And it’s uncertain whether the document has any legal significance, although York surely hoped a few gullible sections of humanity would actually swallow this nonsense as a backslapping adios among old chums.
But Harbaugh blew the whistle on the baloney in an interview with Tim Kawakami last week, and also left the strong impression that Jim Tomsula’s role in events was anything but noble and above board.
The effort by 49er HQ to force Tomsula upward on the coaching chain can’t help but look a bit fishy at this point. Former Broncos’ OC Adam Gase was apparently offered the HC job here, and Tomsula wasn’t one of his staff choices. But when Baalke returned home and presumably talked to York, suddenly Tomsula had to be Gase’s DC. That was a deal breaker for Gase.
Pushing Tomsula into either the DC or HC role automatically sent most of the successful defensive coaches out the door, so what exactly was so valuable about Jimmy T. that made gutting the whole coaching staff acceptable collateral damage? He’s been a D-line coach for seven years. Nobody was knocking on his door for anything. What suddenly made his star so transcendent?
This is where the long standing rumors that Tomsula was a locker room mole for HQ begin to make a little sense. Was Tomsula promised a promotion for ratting on Harbaugh and the team. Did he rat on Mike Singletary, too? Did he actively campaign to get Harbaugh’s job while supposedly working for Harbaugh?
Or maybe it’s just a simple matter of Tomsula being the only NFL guy so lacking in personal integrity that he’s willing to grovel at the feet of Trent Baalke, if that’s what it takes to run home and yell, “Hey baby! I’m the Head Coach of the 49ers!”
When the cancer is in the locker room, it can be cut out. But when it’s sitting at the top of the food chain, we’re all just SOL. And when the guy you wouldn’t mind seeing get run over by a bus is not on a hated rival’s team, but is running your own team, a long cold winter is coming to our world.