Justin Smith and Reggie Bush each made radio appearances the last two days, and both had positive things to say about San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula. It is not remotely shocking, but given all the question marks surrounding the new coaching staff, it's worth sharing. Here is what they had to say:
Well, you know, I was kind of sitting back watching everything, and I know the media had fun with him in his first press conference. They kind of lit into him. I felt bad for Jimmy T because they tried to make him look like a meathead D-line coach. That's not the case. This guy is a cerebral guy. He knows the game inside and out, offensively and defensively. Half the time we're talking defense in our defensive meeting rooms, we're talking about how the offense is trying to attack us. So he's got good knowledge of what the offense is trying to do; special teams, all of it. They got a great coach and he's going to do fine and it's going to be fun to watch it.
I like him. He's a player's coach. He's been around for a long time, so he understands football and what it takes to get the best out of his guys. Everybody on the team loves him. He is funny; he cracks a couple of jokes here and there and has that Italian swagger about him. It comes off in a great way, and I enjoy listening to him speak and learning from him.
As with most comments to the media, we can take these with a certain grain of salt. Justin Smith is likely quite loyal to Tomsula, and Bush is brand new to the team. I think we all would have been shocked to hear negative comments.
I did like where Smith went with his own comments. A lot of people clearly view Tomsula as a meathead. I don't see that being some kind of shocking revelation. Given his mannerisms and the way he acts, people are going to make assumptions. It remains to be seen how Tomsula will work out with the management kind of things that come with being the head coach, but Smith gave him a vote of confidence.
As for Bush's comments, I can see Tomsula having a good vibe with the players. The question is how focused the players will be, and if Tomsula can give them the kick in the butt they might need when they hit a rough patch during the season. He seems like he will crack down when needed, but we are left with a lot of assumptions at this point.