ProFootballTalk The 49ers will pay Jim Tomsula $14 million for his one season as head coach. Tomsula, who was fired after the season finale on Sunday, will get every cent of the $14 million in his four-year contract, 49ers owner Jed York said. “I would say this: We’ve got several years of Jimmy T’s salary left and we’re going to eat it,” York said. “Whether he’s coaching somewhere else or not, we owe him that. That’s not a concern.” With Tomsula making $14 million for one 5-11 season, the 49ers will end up paying Tomsula $2.8 million per victory as 49ers head coach. Jim Harbaugh, the coach York ran off to make room for the more compliant Tomsula, was a relative bargain at about $400,000 per victory. But York is right: The money is not a concern. Every NFL team is awash in money and can afford to buy out a coach. The concern is that York and General Manager Trent Baalke don’t have a great track record of finding competent coaches. Most 49ers fans don’t care how many millions the next coach costs York, but they do care whether the next coach can win more than five games.
When the 49ers fired Jim Tomsula after just one season as the team’s head coach, I felt bad for the guy, he had been with the organization since 2007 and did not have a chance to turn the team around. Tomsula was hit with so much bad luck, Aldon Smith being unable to stay out of trouble, Colin Kaepernick forgetting how to play football and getting stuck with Blaine Gabbert under center, young players retiring (Patrick Willis, Anthony Davis, Chris Borland), and while he did seem overwhelmed I felt like Tomsula never had a chance at success with the 49ers roster. I felt bad for Tomsula until I saw the news today that he would make every cent of the $14 million that was owed to him over four years after just one season, which equates to $2.8 million per each of his five victories. In a league where players do not have guaranteed contracts, how does a coach with zero head coaching experience get $14 million guaranteed? I no longer feel bad for Jim Tomsula, he has a great agent, and I wish him the best of luck in his mansion.