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San Francisco 49ers Names New Head Coach


San Francisco 49ers have been looking for a new head coach and after eight known external interviews, including a second sitdown with one candidate, the San Francisco 49ers are staying in house.

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Jim Tomsula, who has been the Niners’ defensive line coach since 2007, was promoted to succeed Jim Harbaugh, the team announced Wednesday. Tomsula, who was the interim head coach at the end of 2010 after Mike Singletary was fired, led the team to a win in its final game of the season.

In tabbing a popular locker room figure in Tomsula, though, the Niners figure to lose defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who interviewed for the job on Dec. 30. The Niners’ defense was its strength in an up-and-down 8-8 season last year, ranking fifth in the league in total defense.

And there are questions about who Tomsula brings in to replace offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who left for the Buffalo Bills. Because the Niners’ offense tried to reinvent itself last year from a ground-and-pound attack to more of a spread passing offense, the next O.C. will seemingly have to make better use of the personnel at their disposal.

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