There is one game remaining in the season for the San Francisco 49ers, and that’s all head coach Jim Tomsula will address for the moment. Friday, Tomsula said his coaches and players are focused on their Sunday finale date with the St. Louis Rams, and that anything outside of what’s remaining on the calendar will be addressed next week.
“I’m not going anywhere with any of that,” Tomsula said on Friday. “That’s next week. We’re (focused on) St. Louis.”
Tomsula is finishing the first year of his current four-year contract, and has previously said CEO Jed York has given him no assurances that he will return as the team’s head coach next season—York is expected to break his silence and speak publicly for the first time all season sometime after Sunday’s game against the Rams. If Tomsula is retained, he will need to make necessary decisions on who will stay on his staff, and possibly, fill the voids of assistants who may leave.
Clancy Pendergast, the 49ers current inside linebackers coach, is not expected to return. Pendergast is likely returning to USC, accepting a role as the programs defensive coordinator, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. Tomsula dismissed the topic when it was brought up, simply saying whatever conversations between him and his assistants, are private. Pendergast is just as much focused on beating the Rams as he is.
“Clancy, any conversations, if I did have them, would be private,” Tomsula said. “And Clancy’s in there in a meeting right now. And we got the St. Louis Rams. And we’re fully on board with the St. Louis Rams. Any of that stuff, we’ll talk about next week.”
San Francisco’s current record sits at 4-11, and the 49ers sit at the bottom of the NFC West table for the first time since 2005. After the final game, Tomsula will hold a final meeting with his players Monday morning to announce team awards. Players will be discharged for the offseason following the disbursement of the awards, such as the Bill Walsh and Len Eshmont awards. There’s plenty of blame to go around, Tomsula said, but football is a team sport, and the record is a byproduct of lack of team effort.
“If everybody was playing great, coaching great and everything was great, the record would be different,” he said.
The attitude hasn’t changed, despite the season being over, and the 49ers guaranteed with the insurance of a high draft pick. Tomsula has run his practice during the final week the same as he would during the first week of the season, his men are prepared for St. Louis. San Francisco wants to win.
“I think the guys are very focused,” Tomsula said. “The guys that we have in there right now are very focused on getting better day to day, very focused on the game on Sunday. Today’s practice, getting better.
“I fully expect this team to approach the game and go out and compete to win a game. Again, we haven’t had a problem with guys working and things like that. We don’t have a problem this week. They’ve been consistent throughout the year. Our biggest problem has been on game day, and getting it done on game day.”
The 49ers will most likely compete against the Rams without a couple of regulars—safety Jaquiski Tartt did not practice on Thursday due to a knee issue, but Tomsula said he would return to the practice field on Friday. Defensive lineman Quinton Dial, who is having back issues, will not practice Friday. Tomsula said Dial’s back issues are something more serious, and the issue is with his back muscles.
David Barclay is a 49ers Insider for byteclay.com. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @DJamesIII