With recent news that the San Francisco 49ers and head coach Jim Tomsula will cater to Millennials, we ask ourselves: how stupid is this?
By Robby Sabo
What’s happened with the San Francisco 49ers over the past calendar year has been well documented.
Jim Harbaugh, who took the helm prior to the 2011 season, was unceremoniously ousted as head coach due to “conflicts” (and I say this mildly) with the front office. So, CEO Jed York and general manager Trent Baalke hired Harbaugh’s defensive line coach, Jim Tomsula, as the new boss.
With a new boss comes new philosophies, and with Jim Tomsula comes the almost laughable.
According to Kevin Clark of the Wall Street Journal, the 49ers are implementing a system that will completely cater to Millennials. A Millennials – for those who don’t know – are the youngsters in today’s world. The young adults just out of college and maybe a little older who’ll eventually run this country.
Tomsula has decided to drastically alter the structure of meetings.
The 49ers coaching staff, led by new head coach Jim Tomsula, realized that they are dealing with the same problem as millions of parents, even if they are dealing with massive, athletic millionaires. The issue is how to relate to a generation—generally described as 18-to-34-year-olds—that has been raised on smartphones and instant information.
So the team consulted with experts ranging from Stanford University researchers to advertising executives to learn how, exactly, the young brain works.
In a nutshell, instead of long two-hour meetings, San Fran will conduct short 30-minute sessions with breaks in between to talk and even get some social media time in.
So let me get this straight. For a team who went an absurd 44-19-1 over the last four regular seasons, including three NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl appearance, under Jim Harbaugh, now needs their meetings to be shorter?
Orchestrating this genius change is the same guy who so flawlessly impressed us during this interview shortly after being named the new coach:
Oh yeah, and how about this gem of a presser as he was introduced?
Unless you’re completely gullible and believe in fascinating things, you already realize this guy is in completely over his head. Let’s also not forget the rumors surrounding this guy reportedly “campaigning” for Harbaugh’s job all last season while he was still boss.
How did a guy, in Tomsula, leapfrog others en route to this job? It’s especially alarming because none of the other 31 teams had him on their shortlist as a head coach candidate.
Tomsula is making one of the worst decisions a new boss can make. He’s trying to rewrite the way NFL teams go about their business, and unless you are a true innovator (hello Bill Walsh), it’ll just be thrown right back in your face.
Players retiring or not, the 49ers will rue the day they allowed Baalke control over this franchise. Harbaugh was the man who brought this team back to life, and he was kicked out of the door with no thank-you’s.
I smell a 5-11 season coming up in San Francisco.
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