The San Francisco 49ers confirmed this weekend that Jim Tomsula will no longer be the head coach of the organisation.
Tomsula was fired after only taking the San Francisco-based franchise to a 5-11 record in his first year in the job despite winning in overtime against the St Louis Rams on the last day of the regular season.
The 47-year-old had been a coach at the NFC West franchise since 2007, serving as a defensive line coach before making the step up to head coach for the start of the 2015 season. He was well liked amongst the 49ers, but a series of retirements and injuries had a major effect on him keeping his job.
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The next man to take the head coaching helm at the 49ers must be the right one as they're walking into a difficult situation. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick's status with the team is unclear, and the fact their divisional rivals, the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks, have dominating rosters will make it tough for them to compete in the NFC West next season.
Two coaches have emerged as early favorites for the vacant job amongst 49ers fans, current New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, and former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly.
According to Adam Schefter, the 49ers are looking to pursue the idea of hiring Payton. If the team hires him, it will benefit both sides greatly. Not only will the 49ers hire a Super Bowl-winning head coach, but they will also have the chance of luring over quarterback Drew Brees to the franchise as well, which would be a huge boost as he is an upgrade from Kaepernick.
However, this move would also benefit the current Saints head coach as he will be able to live closer to his daughter, via NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
If the 49ers decided to keep hold of Kaepernick, then Chip Kelly would be an ideal appointment for the franchise. His Spread High-Octane offense is a scheme which the 28-year-old quarterback could thrive under and rediscover the form which took the San Francisco-based franchise to the Super Bowl not too long ago.
Schefter has confirmed that Kelly's camp has reached out to the 49ers over the possibility of taking over, and the organisation is considering the option. Whether it be Kelly or Payton, it's looking like the 49ers could have a new head coach by the time the Super Bowl comes around.