The San Francisco 49ers held their second open OTA session of the offseason, and we got a little bit of insight about Jim Tomsula's coaching methods. The 49ers are in the midst of installing their offensive and defensive schemes, and with the changes under the new coaching staff, there will be plenty of mistakes. Kevin Lynch spotted an addition to practice, and while it is not earth-shattering, I thought it was worth a mention.
Tomsula has installed a "fix-it" period at the end of practice where badly-run plays are re-done in walking speed. Smart— Kevin Lynch (@klynch49) May 29, 2015
It is entirely possible Jim Harbaugh simply had players re-do plays after a mistake, or had some other fashion of improving the performance. This is not some huge revelation that tells us everything we need to know, but it is potentially one more little bit of context to what Jim Tomsula is as a coach.
Jed York and Trent Baalke talked about wanting a teacher, repeatedly referencing Bill Walsh in that regard. Whether or not Jim Tomsula becomes anywhere near as successful as Bill Walsh remains to be seen (and plenty will say that can never happen), but this sort of reinforces the teaching mentality York and Baalke talked about. Tomsula has always come across as a teaching coach, particularly given all his work in NFL Europe with individuals who had never played American football before. It seems likely this is going to be a strength for Tomsula as we learn more about his coaching philosophy.