This is the man behind the league's most ferocious, relentless, powerful, dominating and cerebral front sevens. The 49ers are truly lucky to have Jim Tomsula in control of their defensive front, because he's really done outstanding things with the group. Tomsula may have had the greatest statistical impact of any coach of the 49ers staff.
Since Tomsula’s arrival, the 49ers run defense and pass rush have steadily improved. During his four seasons with the team, the defensive line has allowed a mere 3.7 yards per carry, to rank 4th in the NFL during that span. In terms of yards per carry allowed, San Francisco’s defense ranked 5th (3.8) in 2007, 8th (3.8) in 2008, 3rd (3.6) in 2009 and 2nd (3.5) in 2010, a notable improvement from ranking 16th (4.1) in 2006 prior to Tomsula’s arrival.
His front seven was record-setting against the run in 2011, not allowing a 100-yard rusher or rushing touchdown until Week 16 against Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle Seahawks. A record that had stood since before the NFL, in 1920, where the Decatur Staley's held strong for 13 games.
But Tomsula does more than stop the run:
Also charged with the development of the team’s pass rush, Tomsula has helped the 49ers increase their sack totals from 65 over his first two seasons to 80 the past two years. After ranking tied for 3rd in 2009 with 44 sacks, the 49ers posted 36 in 2010 for a two-year total that ranked 7th in the NFL over that span.
Yes, we praise Jim Harbaugh, but Tomsula deserves a couple pats on the back each day; the guy is a miracle worker. He is the best position coach of his respective group, and he's got a Hall of Fame-caliber unit to work with.
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