Former San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula is reportedly being considered for several staff openings around the league to serve as a defensive coordinator or a defensive line coach.
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Tomsula Being Widely Considered As Defensive Coach
Friday, Jan. 8
Adam Caplan of ESPN reported "at least two teams" are interested in Tomsula, although he noted it was likely as a defensive line coach or defensive assistant.
Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reported Tuesday "some calls [are] already coming in" for Tomsula, who is expected to have "ample" options during the offseason.
Tomsula Longtime Defensive Specialist
The 47-year-old Pennsylvania native spent eight years coaching the 49ers' defensive line before being selected to replace Jim Harbaugh as the team's head coach last offseason. As noted by Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, owner Jed York fired him Sunday night after just a single season in charge. York said the following in a statement:
Jimmy has been a valuable member of the 49ers organization for the last nine years. We all know he is a man of high character, and his contributions on the field and in our community have always been greatly appreciated. This entire organization is proud and grateful to have worked so closely alongside Jimmy. We all wish him and his family great success in the future.
Before joining San Francisco, Tomsula spent nearly a decade working with different teams in NFL Europe. He was on the defensive staffs of the England Monarchs, the Scottish Claymores and the Berlin Thunder before serving as the head coach of the Rhein Fire for one year.
He may opt to see if any other NFL head coaching opportunities arise before returning to a defensive role. It's unlikely that will happen, however, after leading the 49ers to a 5-11 record, their worst mark since 2007, during his only year in charge.
The drop-off wasn't entirely his fault. The team's roster saw an exodus of talent, including a string of players deciding to retire early, after the 2014 campaign. The front office wasn't able to make enough additions to offset the loss of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland, among others.
Tomsula will probably still have to spend a couple of years rebuilding his reputation as a strong defensive mind before getting another chance to serve in a head coaching capacity.
Luckily for him, it sounds like teams still view him highly in that regard, as they wasted little time making contact after San Francisco let him go.