Photos Loading
previous next
  • Hector Amezcua / hamezcua@sacbee.com

    Jim Harbaugh 49ers head coach looks at the scoreboard as the Seahawks go to a 23-17 victory during the NFC championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.

  • Paul Kitagaki Jr. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com

    San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) shake hands after Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Malcolm Smith (53) intercepts ball from San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) on last play during the NFC championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. The Seattle Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers 23-17.

Poll

If the job opens, whom should the 49ers hire as their head coach

Leading Off: If Harbaugh leaves 49ers, why not hire Stanford’s David Shaw?

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 - 6:10 am

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 NFL’s 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.

That’s if he isn’t 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 wouldn’t 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. Couldn’t he do the same with the 49ers?

– Victor Contreras

vcontreras@sacbee.com


Today’s poll

If the job opens, whom should the 49ers hire as their head coach ?

• Vic Fangio

• Greg Roman

• David Shaw

• Jim Tomsula

• Other

Vote above, or go to www.sacbee.com/sports


Monday’s results

Should the 49ers make Jim Harbaugh the NFL’s highest-paid coach ?

• Yes, he deserves the respect: 52%

• No, not until he wins the Super Bowl: 48%

Total votes: 263

Read more articles by Victor Contreras



Sacramento Bee Job listing powered by Careerbuilder.com
Quick Job Search
Sacramento Bee Jobs »
Buy
Used Cars
Dealer and private-party ads
Make:

Model:

Price Range:
to
Search within:
miles of ZIP

Advanced Search | 1982 & Older

TODAY'S CIRCULARS