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49ers assistant Jim Tomsula interviewing with Vikings today

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It turns out that offensive coordinator Greg Roman isn’t the only 49ers assistant interviewing with the Vikings today. San Francisco defensive line coach Jim Tomsula is interviewing with the Vikings today as well.

We noted this week that Tomsula is a candidate for the Vikings job, and Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that today is the day for Tomsula’s interview with the Vikings.

The 49ers are one of a few playoff teams with assistant coaches who are dividing their time this week between preparing for the next game and interviewing for a head-coaching opportunity. Most notably, Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt scheduled three interviews for this week.

Assistants always insist that they’re able to conduct these interviews without detracting from their preparation, but not everyone believes that. Former Ravens head coach Brian Billick said this week on ESPN Radio that he considers such interviews a distraction and wouldn’t want his assistants interviewing during the playoffs. (Perhaps Billick’s attitude explains why Marvin Lewis was a perennial head-coaching candidate while working for Billick in Baltimore, but didn’t actually get a head-coaching job until he left Baltimore and spent a year as the defensive coordinator in Washington.)

Tomsula spent the final game of the 2010 season as the 49ers’ interim head coach after Mike Singletary was fired and has stayed in San Francisco under Jim Harbaugh. He also has a season of head-coaching experience in NFL Europe.

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14 Responses to “49ers assistant Jim Tomsula interviewing with Vikings today”
  1. whatjusthapped says: Jan 11, 2014 2:14 PM

    I could see the fit, he does have a year’s worth of NFL Europe so he his experience matches the talent level on the Vikings.

    In related news, the head coach of White Bear Lake High School declined to interview for the Vikings. He feels he has a better qb at his current job so he is staying put.

  2. purplepillager says: Jan 11, 2014 2:15 PM

    Billick needs to SHUT UP!!! He did the same thing when he was the Viking’s OC under Dennis Green during the 1998 season/playoffs. After the NFCC loss to the Falcons, during the locker room post-game interviews, all Billick did was talk about his new HC opportunity in Baltimore.

  3. gb4mn0 says: Jan 11, 2014 2:33 PM

    Minnysoda vikqueens personified = Barney Fife.

  4. gbmickey says: Jan 11, 2014 2:33 PM

    This has become as funny us fans as the season for the Vikings. How long after they hire one of these inexperienced coaches will we hear they are on track for the Super Bowl because of another great offseason?

  5. muckhappy says: Jan 11, 2014 2:37 PM

    I hope jim gets a shot. Hes a great coach. I would hate to see him leave but the success of the team will inevitably lead to assistants getting promoted to hc and coordinator jobs as it should. Even throught the down years the dl was a force and jim has a ton to do with that. Good to see his work is finally being recognized as it should.

  6. kev86 says: Jan 11, 2014 2:43 PM

    I’d rather my coach working around the clock this week.

  7. shaggytoodle says: Jan 11, 2014 2:44 PM

    Interview probably goes something along the lines of…

    What will it take for us to get Kaep?

    Well… can you tell us how to get fans excited for a new stadium that’s going up?

    Well since none of that’s going to happen can you at least tell us how to beat GB?

  8. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 11, 2014 2:47 PM

    I can’t imagine that Happening with the Al Davis Raiders. I remember Willie Shaw caused a distraction during A Raider playoff run in 1999 with possible head coaching opportunities. Boy after that ’99 season Willie Shaw had more than enough time to interview with other teams and seem a head coaching opportunity because he was relieved of his responsibility of coordinating the Raider defense.

  9. lordfletcher says: Jan 11, 2014 4:00 PM

    hire Zimmer and do it now!

  10. billbrasky72 says: Jan 11, 2014 4:16 PM

    Mike freakin’ Zimmer!!!!

  11. jrs45 says: Jan 11, 2014 4:25 PM

    Stan Van Gundy is that you???

  12. bballnut50 says: Jan 11, 2014 6:02 PM

    Gald to see fans from other squads are worrying about our coaching choice, this guy has NO chance….

  13. cm2006 says: Jan 11, 2014 6:41 PM

    Looks like it’s going to be either

    HC/effective DC Zimmer and OC Linehan

    or

    HC/effective OC Greg Roman and DC Jim Tomsula

  14. coltzfan166 says: Jan 12, 2014 1:55 PM

    Sounds like a guy Tennessee would hire

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