Rob Chudzinski will remain in Indianapolis after earning a contract extension and being named the Colts’ assistant head coach, the team announced Tuesday morning. This takes the only name left that makes any real sense off of the 49ers’ list and, as if their boat wasn’t already taking on water faster than the Titanic, it certainly looks like it’s headed for shipwreck now.
The Guy laid out his predictions for San Francisco’s most important coaching position on Sunday, which included Mike Shanahan (with the caveat that it won’t happen), Rob Chudzinski (now that definitely won’t happen) and, of course, Geep Chryst.
Chryst certainly seems like the guy now, and with each passing day, it looks more and more like Tim Kawakami is right: this team doesn’t have a plan, and it likely never did beyond pushing Jim Harbaugh out and plopping Jim Tomsula in Harb’s spot on the throne.
Jed York cited “philosophical differences” as the reason for Harbaugh’s departure, and if we’re talking about football philosophy here (which is far from a sure thing), it certainly couldn’t have been on the defensive side of the football. Nevertheless, only one man remains from the brain trust behind the vaunted defenses of the Harbaugh era: the new head coach. And while York and Trent Baalke succeeded in ridding the 49ers of who they likely perceived to be the cause of San Francisco’s offensive woes, they’ve managed to tie their own shoelaces together trying to replace Greg Roman.
Suddenly, it looks as if they’re stuck with Chryst — Harbaugh’s handpicked quarterbacks coach — just two weeks after they all but sanitized the facilities in the hopes of casting out every last bit of evidence that Harbaugh had ever even been there.
And it’s becoming more evident than ever that this team lacks crucial coaching experience in some of the most important areas: Tomsula has one more game of head coaching experience than Mike Singletary did, and if Chryst is indeed the guy, he’ll be starting from square one on an offense that lacked any identity and purpose last season.
If this team has one saving grace, it’s that it still has a lot of talent. But then again, the team that Singletary took over had plenty of talent too. It took a great coaching staff to make beautiful music with it, and that’s far from a guarantee for 2015.