Steve Young: 49ers have ‘Super Bowl’ roster, unknown coaches

Two decades after bringing the 49ers their last Super Bowl, Steve Young believes his former team can return to the promised land.

In an interview with Comcast SportsNet, the Hall of Fame quarterback said San Francisco has the personnel in place to win a championship.

“They have a great roster. They have a Super Bowl roster,” Young said. “They have the guys to go do it. I think the expectation needs to be that they can go get one.”

But — and it’s a big but — Young isn’t so sure about the Jim Tomsula-led coaching staff.

“I just don’t know them. I don’t know Jim. I can’t really comment because I don’t know them,” Young said. “We don’t know their history. They are about to write their history and I guess in some ways that’s good. We’re just gonna get behind Jim and wish for the best. It’s a high-risk situation when you turn over your whole staff but we’ll hope for the best.”

Tomsula, of course, succeeded Jim Harbaugh, who led the team to two NFC title games and a Super Bowl berth in four years as head coach. Harbaugh, as most know, was essentially pushed out of the door by the team’s braintrust — owner Jed York and GM Trent Baalke.

It’s hard to blame Young (or anyone) for being skeptical about Tomsula, previously the 49ers’ defensive line coach. Especially after Tomsula bumbled his way through a bizarre interview shortly after landing the promotion.

From what can be observed, Tomsula is a major departure from Harbaugh. Whether that helps or hurts the club remains to be seen. If his coaching philosophy proves unsuccessful, it won’t really matter how deep and talented the Niners’ roster is.

Zack Kelberman
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