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Tomsula Brings Passion to 49ers

Posted Dec 27, 2010

There’s no mistaking it. Jim Tomsula will make the most of his opportunity to be the 49ers interim head coach for the final week of the 2010 season.

Tomsula’s pension for hard work and passion for football were apparent to everyone in attendance at his Monday press conference.

He simply knows no other way to go about his job.

“There’s nothing like doing what you’re passionate about,” he said.

It was a busy day in Santa Clara to say the least, but nothing that won’t overwhelm the 49ers defensive line coach of the past four seasons as he replaces Mike Singletary, who was relieved of his coaching duties late Sunday night.

Team President and CEO Jed York introduced Tomsula to a room full of media on Monday and made it clear, much like he did on Sunday, that the team’s 5-10 record would spark major changes in the offseason.

Most notably, York reaffirmed his commitment to hiring a general manager and that whoever he hires will in fact choose the 49ers next head coach. There’s no timetable on making the decision, but York said he’s already begun discussions with general manager candidates who are not currently employed in the NFL.

York spoke positively about both Singletary and Tomsula when addressing a room packed full of media. He reiterated his respect for Singletary and also complimented Tomsula’s work ethic, which made him a strong candidate to lead the 49ers into a Week 17 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals.

“He didn’t get a chance to go home last night,” York said of Tomsula, who earlier apologized to York for not wearing a suit to the press conference. “He’s the type of guy who grinds every night.”

Tomsula, the 49ers 17th head coach, said he plans on doing what he does best – working.

“We’re looking to win a game on Sunday – that’s all the energy, all the focus,” he said.

Formerly the 49ers defensive line coach since 2007, Tomsula served as head coach for the Rhein Fire of the NFL Europe league in 2006. With that experience under his belt, Tomsula could be described as a natural leader and charismatic coach.

“I don’t think you can read books that prepare for these type of things,” he said in his opening remarks.

The interim coach calmly went about answering questions and went on to speak highly of Singletary, the York family and the 49ers players.

As for potential changes to the 49ers starting lineup, Tomsula said he would meet with the team’s personnel and coaching staffs to make decisions across the board, including quarterback. “Normal protocol,” he said.

Tomsula and York spoke with the players, and informed them that beating Arizona on Sunday is where the team’s focus is.

York also announced two more changes to the coaching staff, pass-rush coach Al Harris and inside linebackers coach Vantz Singletary are no longer with the team.

The players themselves were in meetings for most of the afternoon. Tight end Vernon Davis spoke with reporters about the dismissal of Singletary and said he respected his former head coach for helping him make the Pro Bowl.

“I didn’t know how to take it,” David admitted. “It’s a business, you have to look at it like that.”

Davis went on to say he’s confident in the direction of the franchise. “We have a lot to look forward to,” he said. “Jed York and the rest of the guys upstairs will do everything they can to put us in the best position possible.

“I believe in them. I trust them.” 

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