SANTA CLARA – Here are selected quotes from Jim Tomsula’s Monday press conference.
TOMSULA: Alright, let’s see (deep sigh). With the injury report, Quinton Patton did sustain a concussion last night, so he’s in the protocol with the trainers and the doctors, going through that protocol. With those things, there is no timeline. It’s however he heals, you know what I mean? So. And there is a set protocol, so we’ll keep you updated on that, but that’s all I have for there. OK. Questions?
Q: Jim, we’ve all seen Colin Kaepernick work so diligently, work so hard, put so much effort into what he’s doing. At what point do you think it’s got to be so anguishing for him? At what point do say, “Why don’t we save you from your anguish a little bit, take a little bit of a back seat,” just to get his mind together?
TOMSULA: I don’t…you don’t know what those answers are. I mean, that’s part of when we go through…we use the word “evaluation” a lot lately. You know, we just throw it around. But evaluating is evaluating how we’re doing things, you know, for our players, and, you know, what we’re putting schematically for our players, and those kind of things. So. And we’re in the middle of that. I mean, that’s why I’m a few minutes behind. Because we’re obviously grinding through all of that right now. So I don’t have any direct answers for anybody in that sense, you know?. We’re starting from top to bottom. OK? Where I’m at, and the things I’m asking for, you know? And then going through offensively…I mean, these guys, they’re all busting their tails. Everybody is busting their tails. OK? But we have to fix some things, you know? And so, you know, that’s where we’re at. We’re going through that now.
Q: Would it be fair to say you’re evaluating everybody and Kaepernick is in that category?
TOMSULA: I don’t want to say that. Then that starts a whole, you know…that’s not where I’m at. You know, I don’t want to say that, no. I mean everybody is evaluated. You know what I mean? We’re in the middle of it, and I don’t have any statements for you on anything like that.
Q: You’re background isn’t on the offensive side, but yesterday you were talking about you have to do a better job putting guys in positions. How does a guy with a background such as yours, what does that mean? Do you become involved in the offense and planning the offense, devising plays and game planning?
TOMSULA: No. No. I mean, no. No. We’ve got very good coaches in that respect. Alright? We haven’t played like we need to play. OK? Which means none of us…I’m not doing what I need to do. But, no. Just in terms of football, when you’re in football, whether you’re offense, defense, whatever – you sit down and you take a look at the personnel. Take a look at your own personnel, and then you try to match your personnel and a schematic to attack their personnel. Just in terms of sitting there…and a lot of it is asking the right question. Looking at it, walking in the room and asking the right question. You know what I mean. And going from there.
ME: How do you evaluate the job Geep Chryst has done?
TOMSULA: Well, again, that goes back to me. I mean, we’re 1-3. So, the evaluation is on me, and the job I’ve done to this point is not where it needs to be.
ME: The front office made a major investment in Torrey Smith this offseason. He has nine catches. Why haven’t you used him more, and how can you get him more involved?
TOMSULA: Well, yeah. We need to use him more, and we need to get him more involved. So, again, that’s what we’re…that’s on the checklist.
ME: Why are you confident you can turn this season around?
TOMSULA: I like the way these guys…I mean, I’m still one of those guys who believes in people who are willing to earn it. I believe we have guys that are willing to earn it and, you know, we’re four games into a 16-game season. OK? So, that’s all I know. Roll up your sleeves, put your face in the middle of it, think your way through the problems, don’t…the tough spots, the tough patches – don’t do it emotionally. Think it through, use your brain and push through the middle of it. I don’t think you can go around any of it. So, that’s what we’re doing.
Q: What is the identity of your team after four games?
TOMSULA: After four games right now the identity of our team. Um. We’ve got a good locker room in terms of guys that are fighting like crazy right now. You know, I think last week’s week of practice was really good, you know what I mean, in terms of guys going to work and guys really getting after meeting and on the field. Defensively, I felt like there were a lot of things to grow on. Still, a lot of work to do, but there were a lot of things to grow on there. Some of the guys and the way they played and the way they did things, feel really good about that. The identity – it’s a hard-nosed, hard-working team.