If reports are true that coach Jim Harbaugh might have become too much of a headache for 49ers owner Jed York and general manager Trent Baalke despite three trips to the NFC Championship Game, and the team is unwilling to make him the NFLs highest-paid coach before he wins a Super Bowl it seems unlikely Harbaugh will be in San Francisco after his five-year contract expires following the 2015 season.
Thats if he isnt gone sooner.
That would force York to pull out his short list of possible replacements tucked under his desktop calendar in his Santa Clara office. Every owner has a short list, even those you think will never need one.
From all indications, defensive-line coach Jim Tomsula is near the top of the list. Tomsula reportedly is highly respected in the 49ers locker room and front office. He actually coached the 49ers to one win at the end of the 2010 season after Mike Singletary was fired.
Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and offensive coordinator Greg Roman, both of whom have drawn interest for head-coaching jobs, also figure to be on the list.
But why wouldnt York pick the 49ers next head coach from the same tree at Stanford from which he plucked Harbaugh in 2011?
Cardinal coach David Shaw has a 34-7 record and three BCS bowl appearances since replacing Harbaugh. As a college head coach and former NFL assistant, Shaw has followed the same successful path as Harbaugh. Shaw is bright, innovative and destined to become an NFL head coach.
Shaw took Stanford to new heights after Harbaugh left. Couldnt he do the same with the 49ers?
If the job opens, whom should the 49ers hire as their head coach ?
• Vic Fangio
• Greg Roman
• David Shaw
• Jim Tomsula
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Should the 49ers make Jim Harbaugh the NFLs highest-paid coach ?
• Yes, he deserves the respect: 52%
• No, not until he wins the Super Bowl: 48%
Total votes: 263