SANTA CLARA – Here’s an exchange Jim Tomsula and I just had.
ME: A lot of examples in football history of good quarterbacks losing their confidence after things snowballed on them. Matt Schaub is one example. How do you make sure that doesn’t happen to Colin Kaepernick? How do you keep him confident?
TOMSULA: Yeah, I mean, and again, Grant – that was a bad game, when you talk about our passing game right there. OK? You know, I look at it comprehensively, collectively. I don’t have…one of my concerns right now is not that our quarterback or our confidence level and those areas is going to go down the tubes. I don’t have that…today as I stand here and look at you, I don’t have that concern. Yesterday, yeah, there were people upset. There is frustration. What do you want me to tell you, there’s no frustration? I mean, I’m not going to lie to anybody. I mean, you walk through the door – I’m frustrated, you’re frustrated, everybody’s frustrated. OK? It’s where you go with it. OK? Some people have the ability to spend all week being frustrated. We’re getting into Wednesday being frustrated. OK? The bottom line is the guys in this building don’t have that luxury. They’ve got Monday and an-hour-and-a-half on Tuesday, and that all better be in the right place. Or one game leads into two games leads into three games leads into four games. OK? So, the luxury in this building of being frustrated, or not being able to – that’s what’s got to happen. OK? And that’s what I feel like happened yesterday in a very good way. OK? Coming in? Not a good vibe. I mean, not feeling great. I mean, gosh almighty, man. OK? Walking out of the building? I like it. And to the next game, OK, through us, looking at it, you know? And I don’t want clichés, and I’m not looking for all that stuff – own it, fix it, move on – OK. We don’t need that on a billboard. You know what I mean? That’s not what I’m talking about. But, you know, you’ve got to own it. I mean, and you work through it. And now you’ve got to get to the next game. You don’t have the luxury of…you just don’t. And if you try to do that, then, you know, the same mistake…it’s like getting to the next play. The same mistake hurts you twice.
ME: The reason I ask, after Kaepernick’s second pick-six he didn’t attempt a pass for a couple of series.
TOMSULA: That was me. OK? In basketball, you would have called timeout. That’s the easiest and honest way I can say it. OK? Boom, woosh-sh-sh-sh-sh-sh-sh-sh. OK? I’m looking at it, where were we? We had nine minutes left in the first quarter. Right? Wasn’t that it? And we were down two scores. OK, boom, woosh, here we go guys – we’ve got time. OK? Let’s run the ball. Let’s get going. People talk about getting in rhythm. People talk about doing those things. We’ve had two weeks here, you know, in the offense and critiquing how much of the offense and all these kinds of things, OK? The straight-up fact is we’ve put ourselves in a position for two weeks now where you haven’t seen our offense. We haven’t seen our offense – the rhythms and all those things. OK? We haven’t gotten to that point. OK? So, I mean, that’s just as honest as I can tell you. And that’s what we have to correct, starting with me. OK? That’s, you know – I can’t emphasize that enough. OK? It’s very easy, you know – look, I understand there were plays that were not made. There were things that were not done. OK? And it’s very easy to start shooting arrows. OK? It is my firm belief that this is a team sport. What makes it so beautiful is the team-aspect of it – the coaches, the players, everybody working together in a cohesive way. OK? I really do believe it. It’s not rhetoric. I believe in that, and I believe that everybody can be part of the answer. That’s where I’m at. That’s what I really believe. Does that make sense, Grant?