San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula met with the media on Thursday, and one plus we can take away from it is that he actually sounded like he knew what he was talking about. Normally that would seem to be a normal thing for an NFL head coach, but we obviously remember how poorly his introductory press conference went last month. He was not perfect, but it was infinitely better than what we saw during the first press conference.
Tomsula joked about the bad press conference right off that bat, saying, "let's try this again." In discussing the intro press conference, he mentioned not getting any sleep the night before, but he also acknowledged it was an area of the job he would need to improve upon. He said he is fine when it comes to talking with his players, but he needs to improve when it comes to talking with the media, being polite and avoiding cursing.
Obviously, this tells us nothing about what to expect on the field in seven months. However, at least we know he has learned from his missteps at the first press conference. He said he was working on that, and we have seen improvement. We have so little information in front of us at the moment, that we are left to just take what we can get. Some have suggested maybe it helped being out from between Jed York and Trent Baalke. I imagine that did not help matters, and combined with the lack of sleep the night before, that could be one explanation for the poor first press conference.
The 49ers effectively kept Tomsula under wraps the last month as they figured out the coaching staff. He will make the rounds of media in Indianapolis, and it is possible the next time we will hear from him will be after day one of the 2015 NFL Draft. He might speak before then if the 49ers make a particularly notable move in free agency, but for now the likely next scheduled session will be when the 49ers introduce their first round draft pick.
We'll likely have the full transcript later today. It was hard to hear the questions due to the lack of microphones. He spoke about Justin Smith (talking to him after the Combine) and the team's various free agents (seemingly wants all of them back, although I suppose it is a Harbaugh-type of comment in that regard). He said he was not much of a Twitter guy when asked about Colin Kaepernick's Twitter exchange on Wednesday evening. Tomsula said he needs to learn more about that, although I doubt we see him on Twitter. He also mentioned that the team would stick with the 3-4. We'll break down more of the transcript as it becomes available.