The San Francisco 49ers busted out their new head coach, Jim Tomsula, at a press conference Monday afternoon. Tomsula had been the 49ers' defensive line coach until his sudden, shocking promotion to big cheese after Sunday's loss to the St. Louis Rams.
Tomsula's first press conference as head coach is available online at 49ers.com, and answers many of your burning quastions about the Niners' new, out-of-the-blue head coach.
To answer your first question, it's pronounced "tom-SOO-la".
Jim Tomsula has one thing in common with ex-coach Mike Singletary -- he is the kind of guy you would not want to encounter in a dark alley late at night. Tomsula looks more like one of Tony Soprano's hitmen than he does an NFL coach.
Another thing Tomsula has in common with Samurai Mike Singletary is he doesn't know who he's going to start at quarterback this Sunday. When asked who his starting quarterback would be, Tomsula replied, "We'll get an answer on that, and we'll get it to you as soon as we do."
The guy does not sound like he's sucking up to keep the gig long-term. "I break this whole thing down to a one-week calendar. We're looking to prepare to win a game on Sunday," Tomsula said. "Your long-term goals are Sunday, okay?"
Give Tomsula credit. He came out and did this press conference after an all-nighter at 49ers headquarters, unshowered, with no fresh change of clothes. "Do I look pretty good?," Tomsula wisecracked.
We'll see how he looks Sunday in his head coaching debut at Candlestick against the Arizona Cardinals.