New San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula does not have an offensive background, so we've been very curious to see who he taps as offensive coordinator. On Wednesday, we found out.
NFL Media's Albert Breer reports that Geep Chryst is expected to take over the job, according to one Niners source and one apprised of the process. Chryst, like Tomsula, is taking a big jump from position coach. Chryst has been the team's quarterbacks coach for the last four years.
It has taken Tomsula a while to name his coordinator, which leads to the feeling that Chryst was not the team's first choice. Former Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski wound up staying in Indianapolis after receiving interest from the 49ers. Lane Kiffin was also reportedly a candidate. The 49ers are hiring Eric Mangini as their defensive coordinator.
Jim Tomsula's staff will have a lot of crossover with Harbaugh's staff, with Tomsula, Chryst, and Mangini replacing Harbaugh, Greg Roman and Vic Fangio. This entire upcoming season feels like a test of the 49ers' theory that their coaching leaders last season weren't truly that necessary.