The Jim Tomsula media excursion will likely last as long as Kramer’s book tour.
While the 49ers new head coach had a far different demeanor during his introductory press conference than his guarded, combative, unreasonably cautious predecessor (who always seemed to be reading from an invisible teleprompter on which his words appeared so he could scan them before he said them), Tomsula’s sit-down with Comcast Bay Area made him seem like something other than who he seemed to be at the podium — an affable shift supervisor at a trucking company explaining to his drivers the latest changes to the pre-trip inspection process.
The Big Lead has the video of the interview. Tomsula comes off as a guy who has no desire to be there, who doesn’t necessarily realize everything he says is being recorded, and who desperately wants to put the microphone down and leave.
The best part is the beginning, when it appears that Tomsula has been temporarily rendered mute but is nevertheless attempting to engage in communication by whatever noises his mouth will emit. When he regains the power of speech, Tomsula doesn’t say much of anything, fearful that if he takes the bait on any of the questions he’ll get twisted into knots or otherwise blurt out key strategic information.
It’s not as if Tomsula was being grilled. Sure, the questions touched on currently sensitive subjects like the offensive and defensive coordinators he may hire. But there’s a way to give an answer that seems reasonably fair, not unreasonably standoffish.
So it’s safe to say that Tomsula probably won’t be doing many more one-on-one interviews. Unless and until he gets some of whatever training or advice it was that allowed quarterback Colin Kaepernick to transform from annoyed robot to upbeat chatterbox.