The San Francisco 49ers are in the process of trying to hire a new general manager and head coach, but in the meantime they do actually have a coach in place for this final week of the regular season. Defensive line coach Jim Tomsula was named interim head coach after Mike Singletary was relieved of his head coaching duties. While Tomsula likely won’t end up the long term head coach, Jed York indicated he hoped to keep Tomsula around in some role after this season ends.
While Mike Singletary brought a certain charisma to the 49ers, Tomsula is arguably the most energetic of the coaches. Whenever a big play happens Tomsula is the one often seen jumping around getting pumped up with his players. Whenever a defensive lineman makes a big play, you can just about guarantee yourself that you’ll see Tomsula bumping chests with the player or giving him a big high-five. Whether that matters as head coach is irrelevant for this final week. He’s a guy who seems to love football and his players.
49ers.com provides a very thorough rundown of his career to date, but I’ll pull out some of the notable information:
Since Tomsula’s arrival, the 49ers run defense and pass rush has steadily improved. During his three seasons with the team, the defensive line has been stout against the run, allowing a mere 3.7 yards per carry, to rank 4th in the NFL during that span …
Tomsula joined the 49ers after enjoying one of the most successful stints in NFL Europa history. Prior to being named the head coach of the Rhein Fire in 2006, which made him the youngest coach in NFLE history at age 38, Tomsula served as the Berlin Thunder’s defensive coordinator for two seasons, winning World Bowl XII in 2004. During that season, Tomsula’s defense ranked first in the NFLE against the run.
Tomsula will be meeting with the media at certain points this week in the traditional head coach press conferences. We’ll keep an eye on his comments to see what his plans are for this final week of the regular season. The team is out of playoff contention, but plenty can be gained from Sunday’s season finale.