The 49ers beat the Rams in OT, then fire head coach Tomsula before the parking lot emptied.
The San Francisco 49ers overcame the Gurley-less St. Louis Rams Sunday, 19-16, in a game that extended beyond what some fans probably wanted to watch. It wasn’t the best played game for either team, and although both teams played hard, they appeared to be hardly playing for a good portion of regulation and into overtime.
Case Keenum hit Kenny Brit again this week for a 54 yard completion in the first quarter, but the drive stalled, and after the Rams took a 3-0 lead, all the points scored in the first quarter, the ‘niners scored the next 10 points. The first, a 33-yard Blaine Gabbert-to-Anquan Boldin connection on the first play of the second quarter, and a 26-yard field goal by veteran kicker Phil Dawson. The Rams answered on a 32-yard Greg Zuerlein field goal on their next possession, then Rams defensive lineman Eugene Sims picked off a pass (and looked rather impressive running it 42 yards to the S.F. 2-yard line) after Aaron Donald deflected Gabbert’s pass. Tre Mason took it in for the score and that was the extent of the Rams offensive output. San Francisco would add a field goal in each of the next two quarters to tie the game at 16. Dawson would close out the season for both teams with a 23-yard field goal in OT.
SAN FRANCISCO IS NOW CLEVELAND-WEST
Not long after the game, the 49ers handed Jim Tomsula his walking papers. They will now be looking for their 8th head coach [so far]in this millennium, and this is not counting Tomsula’s Interim tag following the Singletary firing. It is also a mystery to most why even the genius of both Bill Walsh and Jim Harbaugh wasn’t seen through to the end. To this writer, ending the season 5-11 after the worst off-season I’ve ever seen an NFL team have was just shy of miraculous. Hell, he’s included in my top 3 for NFL Coach of the Year…and I hate the ‘niners.
The rumors of Tomsula’s possible firing had already begun Sunday morning by multiple media sources, and before the firing, the 49ers best defensive player had this to say when asked of them:
“I’ve been with Jimmy my whole career. I love Jimmy,” linebacker NaVorro Bowman said. “It’s always been a good time with him. Today we won a game, and let’s give some praise for that. Let’s not talk about the rumor.”
Mr. Bowman is not the only player that feels deeply about the unfairness of it all, and frankly, his ex-coach’s leadership, teaching and mentoring skills were the supposedly the reasons he got hired to be head coach over his NFL experience, which he lacks, so this makes as much sense as some Cleveland Browns maneuvers in recent years.