Wednesday's NFL roundup: Tomsula named 49ers coach

Associated Press

The San Francisco 49ers have promoted longtime defensive line coach Jim Tomsula to head coach, going with a familiar face following a national search that took more than two weeks and ended right in house.

Tomsula is set to be formally introduced today in a news conference at Levi's Stadium.

Tomsula replaces Jim Harbaugh, who parted ways with the Niners on Dec. 28 in what the team called a "mutual decision." Harbaugh was introduced as Michigan's new coach two days later following a successful four-year stint during which the 49ers reached three straight NFC championship games and a Super Bowl.

"After conducting a thorough coaching search, and meeting with a number of outstanding candidates, Jim Tomsula clearly is the right man to lead this team," CEO Jed York said in a statement. "Jim is a great teacher and a tremendous mentor."

San Francisco went 8-8 last season and missed the playoffs for the first time in four years since Harbaugh arrived in January 2011.

York said a day after the season ended he wanted to find a "teacher" to lead the franchise forward. Certainly a coach familiar with the operation was important as the 49ers build around quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is coming off a disappointing year.

"I love my guys," Tomsula said in a long sit-down with The Associated Press leading up to last season.

With the 46-year-old Tomsula's hiring, there are questions about whether defensive coordinator Vic Fangio will depart given he wasn't chosen for the top job and got leapfrogged by Tomsula.

"Our organization is excited to have Jim Tomsula leading this football team," general manager Trent Baalke said. "We have had the privilege of working alongside Jim for the past eight seasons. He is a proven leader, teacher and mentor, and we look forward to seeing him apply his craft and vision to our team."

From one energetic, animated Jim to another leading the way.

Tomsula served a single-game stint as interim head coach to end the 2010 season following Mike Singletary's firing and won 38-7 over Arizona.

The 49ers, who interviewed at least eight other candidates, were thought to be close to a deal with Broncos coordinator Adam Gase.

Jets go with Bowles

The New York Jets hired Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles as their head coach.

The 51-year-old Bowles replaces Rex Ryan, who was fired, along with general manager John Idzik, on Dec. 29 after six seasons. Bowles was a highly sought candidate after leading Arizona's defense the last two seasons.

It is a homecoming of sorts for Bowles, who is a native of Elizabeth, New Jersey. He also served as the Jets' defensive backs coach under then-coach Al Groh in the 2000 season.

Bowles beat out five other candidates who interviewed for the job, including Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and former Buffalo coach Doug Marrone.

The Jets hired former Houston director of college scouting Mike Maccagnan as their general manager Tuesday night.

A person with knowledge of the situation says former Cowboys and Bills head coach Chan Gailey will be the Jets' offensive coordinator.

Extra points

The Raiders hired Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio as their new head coach in hopes that the Bay Area native can return the team to its glory days, a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed.

... Ryan opened his inaugural news conference as Buffalo's coach by vowing to build the Bills into "a bully

... Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is the winner of the 2015 Bart Starr Award, given annually to a player who exemplified leadership and character on and off the field.

... John Fox interviewed for the Chicago Bears' coaching job, two days after parting ways with the Denver Broncos.

Fox is at least the sixth candidate to interview for the job.

... Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson is replacing the injured Gerald McCoy of the Buccaneers in the Pro Bowl.

... Colts backup linebacker Josh McNary has been charged with rape.