By Kirk Lang: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is happy with the 49ers management promoting defensive line coach Jim Tomsula into the head coaching spot to replace the outgoing Jim Harbaugh. Kaepernick believes that the 49ers made a good choice in selecting Tomsula to take the job of he fired Harbaugh, and sees him guiding the 49ers to success.
Tomsula’s ability to take the 49ers to the next level will largely hinge on the success of Kaepernick and the defensive unit. The 49ers are going to need to get steady play from Kaepernick if they want to return to the playoffs in 2015, and it’s unclear whether Kaepernick has the mental capability and overall talent to make any forward progress to his game.
The 49ers have a good enough defensive unit to keep them in a lot of games, but they need vast improvement in Kaepernick’s play for them to finish with a winning record. Tomsula will likely be a casualty of the 49ers lack of success next season if they struggle.
“Jim Tomsula’s going to be a great coach for us. Players coach, always around the guys,” Kaepernick said via Foxsports.com. “Someone that’s willing to listen to what players say and has their intake. And I think that’s something that will help this team move forward. We have a lot of veteran players that know what they’re seeing on the field and know what they’re doing, so I think that will help us.”
Harbaugh was an abrasive personality, and that obviously hurt his chances of sticking with the team when the 49ers failed to make it to the playoffs. The Niners had talent at most of the skilled positions other than at quarterback, but the Niners general manager Trent Baalke and CEO Jed York decided to go in another direction rather than deal with Harbaugh further.
The 49ers would be wise to use one of their draft picks to select a quarterback that can play the position because Kaepernick doesn’t look like he’s going to improve any further.