It turns out that San Francisco 49ers would rather have Adam Gase as their head coach and not current incumbent Jim Tomsula.
Gase was of course one of the many men interviewed for the once vacant 49ers head coaching position after Jim Harbaugh parted ways with the franchise following the end of the 2014 NFL regular season.
We have known for a while that Gase was very close to landing the role, but only on Tuesday was it revealed that Gase only didn't get the job in San Francisco because of a dispute over who should be the next 49ers' defensive coordinator.
It has been revealed that the Niners had initially earmarked that job for former defensive line coach and now head coach Jim Tomsula.
But during his interview, Gase was adamant that he wanted to choose his own coordinators and not have San Francisco pick them for him.
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"NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Monday that the former Broncos -- and current Bears -- play-caller likely would have landed the Niners job if he agreed to hire Jim Tomsula as his defensive coordinator, according to a source apprised of the situation," NFL.com reported on Tuesday.
"Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News was told a similar story by an NFL source who said that Gase "turned that suggestion down flat.
"Breer was told that Gase's pitch to 49ers' brass was to either keep Vic Fangio in place as defensive coordinator or hire away Bengals assistant Vance Joseph from Cincinnati. Fangio might have left San Francisco anyway -- and the Bengals blocked Joseph from seeking other jobs -- but Gase was not about to be told who his coordinators would be."
To cut a long story short, Gase passed on the Niners and they ended up with their second choice.
Chicago Bears ended up being the beneficiaries of the awkward situation by profiting from the promising coach after he signed to become their offensive coordinator under former Broncos head coach John Fox.
Chicago have excellent coaching depth heading into the 2015 season, but this latest developments proves yet again how bizarre the decision to instal Tomsula as HC is for the 49ers.
Time will tell whether it works for the storied franchise.
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