Bears vs Niners: Five Questions with Niner Noise

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Oct 18, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers fans celebrate after a 49ers score against the Baltimore Ravens during the first quarter at Levi

It’s Bears vs Niners in Week 13.  We preview the game with Peter Panacy of Niner Noise.

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It’s December football in Chicago that’s actually interesting.  The Week 13 matchup between the Bears and 49ers sets up as a much more interesting game than anyone would have predicted before the season started.  The Bears are kind of, sort of in a pseudo playoff push while they’ve got a couple of coordinators who may feel a bit jilted after missing out on the San Francisco head coaching job.

The 3-8 49ers come to town losers of all five of their previous road games.  They limp in with the worst offense in the league and their defense is ranked 32nd on the road.  It would seem the Bears should run away with this one, but we all know that these games rarely go as planned.  To help us preview the Bears vs Niners on Sunday, we enlisted the help of Peter Panacy, editor of our FanSided sister site Niner Noise.

1. Jim Tomsula “beat out” now Bears coordinators Vic Fangio and Adam Gase to get the 49ers head coaching job, yet to most casual observers he looks like little more than an extra from The Sopranos. What’s the deal with Tomsula? Is there more than meets the eye?

Jim Tomsula was one of the best position coaches in the league prior to the promotion. San Francisco’s defensive line was formidable each year during his tenure, and a number of its players never had the same sort of success when they signed elsewhere. But is he cut out to be a head coach? Maybe. But, right now, he’s in way over his head. At best, he should have inherited a team that was already successful. Not pick up the pieces after a disastrous offseason.

But there are plenty of tales how Tomsula was the 49ers front office’s “yes man,” so take from that what you wish. What’s sad is, if San Francisco does part ways with him, the franchise will lose one heck of a position coach.

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