49ers CEO Jed York compares Jim Tomsula hiring to Steve Kerr
This one's a pretty big stretch, Mr. York.
Last summer, the Golden State Warriors were coming off a 51-win season and a first-round playoff loss when they parted ways with head coach Mark Jackson, who had turned the team into one of the league's top defenses but clashed with management and failed to raise the team's offense to similar heights. They replaced Jackson with Steve Kerr, a first-time head coach.
The rest, of course, is history. Kerr hired a terrific staff of assistant coaches like Alvin Gentry and Ron Adams, who helped him turn the Stephen Curry-led Warriors into a juggernaut. They won 67 regular season games, outscoring their opponents by over 10 points a night. And when the postseason ended, they were NBA champions.
Earlier this offseason, the San Francisco 49ers, coming off an 8-8 season and a disappointing lack of a playoff berth, parted ways with head coach Jim Harbaugh, who had turned the team into one of the league's top defenses but clashed with management and failed to raise the team's offense to similar heights. They replaced Harbaugh with Jim Tomsula, the team's former defensive line coach receiving his first full-time job.
The previous few paragraphs may seem like a bit of a stretch, but 49ers CEO Jed York is really buying into the Tomsula-Kerr comparison. “Culture is huge. That’s the difference between a championship-caliber team and a championship team,” York told The MMQB. “You look at the Golden State Warriors. They were the dumbest team in the NBA for letting Mark Jackson go, who won the most games in the franchise’s history. How could you be so dumb? They bring in Steve Kerr, who has been around the game for a long period of time but has never coached before. Kerr changes the culture, comes in with a different perspective, and look what happens.”
York conveniently ignores the fact that not only did Kerr "change the culture," but he had previously played in the NBA for 15 seasons (including stints under two of the greatest coaches ever in Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich), was general manager of the Phoenix Suns for three years before becoming a coach for the first time, was surrounded by arguably the best group of assistant coaches in the league and didn't lose a bunch of high-quality players (like, say, Patrick Willis, Justin Smith, Frank Gore and Chris Borland) in the offseason before his first year as coach, but other than that, the situations are totally similar.
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