Jim Tomsula¹s first career head coaching gig was littered with unexpected player retirements, free-agent departures and injuries. The 49ers fired him after their last place, 5-11 season. Here's a look at some other one-and-done NFL coaches. Some were fired and some left of their own volition.
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After Jacksonville finished 29th in offense and 30th in points scored in 2012, the Jaguars gave Mike Mularkey his walking papers. The team finished 2-14 under his watch.
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Hue Jackson's first year as a head coach at any level ended with the Raiders missing the playoffs at 8-8 and having mortgaged their future in the process by giving up a king's ransom in a trade for quarterback Carson Palmer.
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Jim Mora's failure to make much progress in turning around a 4-12 Seattle team resulted in his firing on Jan. 8, 2009.
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If not for an errant 44-yard Baltimore field goal attempt in overtime, Cam Cameron might have gone 0-16 in his first season with Miami. Still, 1-15 was bad enough that the Dolphins added him to the fraternity of NFL head coaches who didn't return for a second season.
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With the team's franchise quarterback in prison and the Falcons in a 3-10 freefall, Petrino resigned and took the head coaching job at Arkansas. His tenure was the shortest for a non-interim NFL coach since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger.
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The Raiders canned Shell after a 2-14 season that was their worst since 1962.
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It wasn't that Marty did a horrible job (the Skins went 8-8), but owner Dan Snyder finally persuaded Steve Spurrier to leave the college game and didn't waste any time in letting Schottenheimer go.
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The season was preceded by a burned-out Bill Parcells handing the coaching reins to defensive coordinator Bill Belichick, who quit the next day. That left it to Groh, who led the Jets to a 9-7, non-playoff season, before resigning to take the head coaching job at Virginia. Parcells surrendered his director of football operations position 10 days later.
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The Packers weren't disciplined and tough enough under Rhodes' watch for the front office, so he was canned after Green Bay went 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1992.
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The Raiders lost three of their first four games by a combined five points (24-21, 28-27 and 23-22), but it was the eight losses in the final nine that ultimately sent Bugel packing.
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The Jets were 6-5 and leading division-rival Miami 24-6 in the third quarter at the Meadowlands when Dan Marino led a comeback highlighted by his fake spike and touchdown pass to Mark Ingram. New York lost its final five games, and Carroll was history.
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He faced a tall task to begin with by trying to follow in the footsteps of Joe Gibbs. It didn't help that Washington went 4-12, finishing with the worst record in the NFC.
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Months after signing a five-year contract, an unhappy Holtz resigned with three games still to go in the season and took a job at Arkansas. The Jets finished 3-13.
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