Reports surfaced Monday that Mike Holmgren would be interested in coaching the 49ers, should a vacancy become available—the Super Bowl winning coach is credited with the developments of quarterbacks such as Steve Young, Brett Farve and Matt Hasselbeck. Holmgren previously served San Francisco as a quarterbacks coach, and offensive coordinator—Hall of Famer Joe Montana won both his MVP awards under the direction of Holmgren.
Jim Tomsula said Monday that he expects he’ll be in the same position next year as he is now: head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. In the first year of a four year contract, Tomsula said during his press conference that while he hasn’t received any type of reassurance from CEO Jed York or general manager Trent Baalke, but will continue to do what he knows best.
“Yeah, I’m going to coach until somebody tells me I’m not.”
The 49ers record sits at a dismal 4-11, which puts them at the bottom of the NFC West table, something that has not happened since 2005. Tomsula comes in contact with members of the team’s front office daily, and assured members of the media Monday that the only types of conversations that take place are those concerning how the team can cater to the head coach to make his job flow easiest.
“I see people every day and we talk. The biggest thing that I get asked is, ‘Can we help? Is there anything we can get for you? You need anything?’ That’s what I get asked constantly,” Tomsula said. “And quite frankly, from that end of it, they couldn’t give us any more than they’re giving us.”
The 49ers have lost five of their last six games while expanding the role the youth has played on the team. Injuries have plagued the 49ers this season—they’ve fielded 19 different players to catch passes, and have had a slew of running backs become available and disappear. Carlos Hyde has remained out due to a stress fracture on his foot, Reggie Bush required season-ending knee surgery, and Shaun Draughn, who San Francisco signed to fill the void, injured his knee, effectively ending his season after starting six straight games.
With all of this apparent, Tomsula has turned to the youth of the roster, and looked to expand their roles in games.
“In a lot of areas with the way things have gone, and injuries and things like that, we’ve gotten a lot of people on the field -– young guys,” Tomsula said. “We’ve gotten them reps. Where we’re at, the way I see it, we’re definitely on a one-week calendar in terms of this team and where we’re going and what we’re doing preparing to win a game.
The young guys have made an impact, according to Tomsula. Players such as Jimmie Ward, outside linebacker Eli Harold, safety Jaquiski Tartt and nose tackle Ian Williams have all been labeled as standouts this season. They’ve forged a bond amongst the chaos of the season.
“That’s what we want. We’re building,” Williams said. “It may not be a 12-4 season, or 10-6 season, but we’re getting there.”
Williams, who has quickly become one of the defense’s most consistent players, says San Francisco’s poor record should not put a blight on the hard work Tomsula has brought, and the culture he has created in the 49ers locker room.
“He’s building something. We all see it. You guys see it,” Williams said. “The record may not show it, but the culture here, in the locker room, just what we’re trying to do, it’s going to be seen. And I’m hoping everything works out.”
David Barclay is a 49ers Insider for byteclay.com. E-mail: email@example.com Twitter: @DJamesIII