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Puppy That was fast.
The San Francisco 49ers wasted absolutely no time lowering the gavel after the charitable conclusion of their disastrous 2015 NFL campaign.
Though head coach Jim Tomsula managed to knock out the St. Louis Rams in their final game of the year, he couldn’t even leave Levi’s Stadium with a job intact – the 49ers announced that Tomsula had been relieved of his duties after just one season at the helm .
The season record for the Niners 5-11 is almost flattering and shows an utterly chaotic season in which they not only ended up dead in their division, but also Colin Kaepernick – the man who led the team to a Super Bowl appearance two seasons ago led – losing his boast and ultimately his job as starting quarterback for the team.
The plot thickens when you consider that it was Tomsula who convinced Jarryd Hayne to sign with San Francisco – rather than the Detroit Lions – when he made the biggest code jump in Australian sports history.
Tomsula’s experience in the NFL’s European Feeder League, particularly guiding athletes from other sports through the transition to American football, was why Hayne made the leap over. Hayne himself confirmed this during the media circus that followed.
Of course, the NFL is a breakneck business at the best of times – far more than our local soccer codes, which new coaches are more likely to give new coaches a grace period of at least a few years – but the Niners were absolutely a team dumpster fire in 2015. And not a ton of play from a Ragtag Australian (no matter how phenomenal he may be) could have fixed it.
Tomsula joins the growing number of laid-off coaches from 2015, including Mike Pettine (who was banned from the Cleveland Browns after two seasons), Chip Kelly (who issued his marching orders from the Philadelphia Eagles after three years) and the longtime New York Giants leader Tom, Coughlin is believed to be on the brink of retirement, and big question marks hang over the future of Jim Caldwell of the Detroit Lions and Dan Campbell of the Miami Dolphins.
Soccer. It’s one hell of a gig, friends.
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Source: Fox Sports.