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SF has two important hires to make

Posted on: December 27, 2010 7:03 pm
Jed York (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, hire a general manager. Then, allow that general manager to hire the next head coach. For 49ers team president Jed York – who let go of former GM Scot McCloughan in March and then fired coach Mike Singletary after San Francisco fell 25-17 to the Rams on Sunday – that’s the move that makes the most sense.

And, of course, he’s right (I’m sure Eric Mangini would agree with that sentiment.) After all, there’s nothing worse for a new head coach if the GM that the ownership hires is not the same GM that has hired that head coach.

“It’s about making sure the GM and the head coach are really working together and he’s going to be the person living and dying with the coach,” York told reporters today at his news conference officially announcing Jim Tomsula as the interim, via Rapid Reporter Michael Erler and CSN Bay Area.

It doesn’t sound like Tomsula will be a candidate for the full-time position, and it also sounds like this won’t be a quick process. York has enlisted the help of his uncle, former team owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., and the Kraft family – which, as you know, owns the Patriots. For now, York will talk to candidates who don’t have jobs, but once the season is complete, he’s going to widen his pool.

In fact, he might be coming after your guy! Or the guy your team just fired.

"Obviously, some coaches who aren't retained will be potential candidates for us," York said. "There are a lot of coaches on the street who are potential candidates for us. There are a lot of guys who have been coordinators and been successful, so there's a broad array.

"But that's not me putting that list together. I'm not going to say, 'You're the GM but you can't hire this guy as head coach.' The GM will hire the head coach."

The last two 49ers hires haven’t exactly been impressive. Mike Nolan had been a defensive coordinator with a good reputation (and since he was fired, he’s done a nice job leading the Dolphins defense, third-best in the NFL), and Singletary was obviously a legendary player (with no coordinator experience, mind you).

They didn’t do well as head coaches in San Francisco – Nolan went 18-37, and Singletary followed him with an 18-22 record.

Now, York is placing the decision of who the next coach will be in his future GM’s hands. Now, York just has to make sure he gets that decision right.

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