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The San Francisco 49ers have wrapped up Jim Tomsula's introductory press conference, and it was not the most pleasant of experiences. After introductions by Jim Tomsula, Jed York and Trent Baalke, they opened it up to Q&A with the media. The entire thing lasted a little over an hour, and we'll likely have the full transcript later tonight.
For those that watched, reactions were fairly negative. Tomsula did not seem at ease in the press conference setting, and he stumbled at times in trying to make his points. The worst moment, if you want to call it that, was after he was asked something scheme and philosophy. He talked about applying players to scheme and scheme to players, but did not get into anything more specific. However, Trent Baalke then chimed in and said, "somewhere in there he said we're gonna run the ball." For those concerned about this notion of Tomsula being a company man, that certainly did not ease concerns.
That being said, I am here to provide the kind of spin we need to get back on the positive track! In thinking about what I just saw, it is clear that the press conference scene is not something with which Jim Tomsula is overly comfortable when he is "the man". He can tell stories and have a good time, but when it came down to it, he was not comfortable in the discussion. While that was tough to watch today, I am mostly just hoping that when he gets into it with his players and is talking football and preparation, none of this press conference nonsense will matter. He is a football coach first and foremost. He might not be good under the spotlight, but if he can connect with his players, and his coaching staff, that is really all that will matter.
The problem of course is that we have to wait until August or September to see how this might start to play out. The 49ers have their offseason workout program starting in April, and that wraps in mid-June with minicamp. Then the team splits off until the start of training camp in late July. All of this leaves a sizable vacuum to be filled with media commentary and the concerns of 49ers fans. It is understandable to be concerned right now. He does not have the kind of pedigree that allows us to look forward with confidence, and this press conference did not really help improve on that. For now, I am just going to look forward and hope that he is simply not a press conference guy, but is the kind of football guy that can get this thing moving in the right direction.
I'm sure plenty will remain pessimistic, and that is fine. You are certainly allowed to do that. For me, I simply look at this as hoping Trent Baalke knows what he's doing. The press conference could have gone better, but Jim Tomsula is not built for press conferences. He is built for football. It remains to be seen how he will perform as a head coach, but I'm willing to be patient and wait this thing out.