SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York says Trent Baalke will remain general manager of the team with the knowledge that York isn't satisfied with the recent results.
York spoke publicly to the media for the first time this season Monday, one day after firing first-year coach Jim Tomsula."I hear the criticism," he said. "Loudly."
Tomsula, whom York called "Jimmy T." was let go Sunday after a 19-16 overtime victory against the St. Louis Rams to finish the season.
"Unfortunately, I didn't see this team improve collectively," York said, adding that the ultimate responsibility for the success of the team, and how many Super Bowls are won, are his as owner. "I believe in winning championships."
San Francisco went 5-11 and missed the playoffs for the second straight season after going 8-8 a year ago in now-Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh's final season. York wouldn't say whether letting Harbaugh go was a mistake.
York promoted Tomsula from defensive line coach to replace Harbaugh in a surprising move, choosing the former NFL Europe coach over current Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase and former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio - also now with Chicago.
NBC Bay Area's Lisa Fernandez contributed to this report.