San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said Jim Tomsula is a players' coach and will be great for the team. The 49ers mutually parted ways with coach Jim Harbaugh after the regular season ended and hired defensive line coach Jim Tomsula to replace him.
Kaepernick, the team's starter for the past three seasons, supported Tomsula's promotion to head coach.
“Jim Tomsula’s gonna be a great coach for us," Kaepernick said. "Players' coach, always around the guys. 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.”
The 49ers finished 8-8 this season and missed the playoffs for the first time with Kaepernick as the starting quarterback. He previously led the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2013 and the NFC championship game in 2014.
Kaepernick threw for a career-high 3,369 yards this season to go along with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also rushed for a career-high 639 yards, but he was sacked 52 times, the second-highest total in the league.
The 49ers also promoted quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst to offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Eric Mangini to defensive coordinator.
- Paul Palladino