After the 49ers overtime win vs the St. Louis Rams the 49ers brass decided to part ways with head coach Jim Tomsula ending is one and only tenure as the head coach at 5-11. There were reports earlier in the morning regarding the faith of Tomsula, but he had no word from either Baalke or Jed York. It took an hour after the game to notify Jim Tomsula and rumor is that York and Baalke weren’t even around the stadium when the team notified Tomsula of the news.
Well 1 year after the dismissal of Jim Harbaugh here we are again on another coaching search. I will highlight some of the top coaches who are rumored to take over the reigns of this once storied franchise.
First on the list will be Sean Payton who is currently the head coach of the New Orleans Saints. Payton will need to be either traded or released from his contract to become a head coach elsewhere. As of today there were rumors that the Saints will be looking for a 2nd rounder for the head coach. That’s something Baalke isn’t comfortable with. Baalke is known for acquiring more picks rather than trading them away. Baalke is probably on the hot seat so he might want all his picks to find players to quickly turn things around.
Sean Payton has made it known that if the 49ers had a vacancy that he would consider and listen to offers. Baalke and Payton are both part of the Bill Parcells circle. That relationship could benefit the union between the two. Even though they are both known to be part of the Parcells circle they could clash and a power struggle might happen. Baalke likes to have full control of the team and that might not bold well for Payton.
Payton is certainly the offensive minded head coach the team needs. Kaepernick could benefit with the arrival of Payton and certainly increase the chances of him remaining in a 49ers uniform. Payton would need to put together a staff that fits well with the team. Especially on the defensive side where they are lacking talent, but they do have the youth and potential.
Currently Sean Payton is the hottest name linked to the 49ers, but it’s up to Baalke and York if they want to give up draft picks for a head coach. Also can Sean Payton co-exist with Trent Baalke?