Jim Tomsula on Aldon Smith: “He won’t have to walk this path alone”

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The 49ers didn’t wait long to part ways with talented-but-troubled outside linebackers Aldon Smith.

But as they did in the two-sentence statement announcing his release moments ago, coach Jim Tomsula offered his support for Smith.

It’s a sad day,” Tomsula said, via the team’s official website. “This is a day that doesn’t have anything to do about football. Although he won’t will be playing football for the San Francisco 49ers, he will be supported, and he will be helped. . . .

“He won’t have to walk this path alone. We’re not worried about football. It has nothing to do with football.”

Tomsula also pleaded for understanding and sympathy for Smith’s situation.

“If one person out there reads this, and you’re struggling, get help,” Tomsula said. “Go get it. You’re worth it. There’s a value in every human being. Get the help. You don’t have to walk alone.”

Offering help to Smith is the human thing to do, even if it’s not necessary. They gave Smith multiple chances over the years, propping him up during suspensions and rehab, a courtesy which wasn’t returned with reliability.

If there’s anyone to feel sorry for in this case, it might be Tomsula.

The new 49ers coach literally slept in his car to get his start in the business, and after working his way to the pinnacle of his career, he’s been left a team that will be hard-pressed to compete.

They’ve also lost linebackers Patrick Willis and Chris Borland, defensive lineman Justin Smith and right tackle Anthony Davis to retirements, and lost guard Mike Iupati, running back Frank Gore, wide receiver Michael Crabtree, cornerbacks Chris Culliver and Perrish Cox and linebacker Dan Skuta in free agency.

It is, in short, a mess — making it not dissimilar to Smith’s story.

45 responses to “Jim Tomsula on Aldon Smith: “He won’t have to walk this path alone”

  1. “It’s a sad day,” Tomsula said, via the team’s official website.”

    Wait until the end of this season……….you’ll be on Prozac.

  2. He’s lost 9 million this year. However, treatment for Alcohol and/ or drug addiction should be his biggest concern. I know, I know….. Lock the 25 year old up and throw away the key, right. smh

  3. I wondered so aimless
    My life filled with sin
    ‘Cause I wouldn’t let
    Jim Tomsula in
    Then Jim Tomsula came
    Like a stranger in the night
    Praise the lord
    I saw the light

  4. I’ve rooted for this team since I was born and have seen great seasons (Walsh/Seifert/Mooch/Harbaugh) and horrible ones (Erickson/Nolan/Singletary.

    I’m always, ALWAYS cautiously optimistic but today reality hit me like a train. This is going to be a tough season, I hope I’m wrong and will take it one game at a time but the team undoubtedly has an uphill battle to climb.

    GO NINERS.

  5. The only one walking a path alone is Tomsula–at this rate, there’s going to be no one left to play.

  6. It’s so classless when a coach or owner immediately addresses the individual at fault as a victim. I mean if Aldon was at home drinking and had an accident that would be one thing. But, being on the road is another. Not once does Tomsula address that Smith endangers society. Tony LaRussa did the same thing. When he got busted for a DUI he apologized to the ST.Louis cardinals and their fans. UMMMMM HOW BOUT EVERYONE ON THE ROAD!
    Tomsula said “it’s sad, I’m sad for him”. Oh screw you Tomsula. Why don’t you address the fact that the guy drives around drunk and has crashed multiple times in the area of people who buys his jerseys.

  7. I think that Tomsula is behind the 8 ball. He comes in with huge expectations while at the same time the team falls apart around him. That being said, he really seems like a good guy. I can’t really root for the Niners this year, but it is hard to root against Tomsula.

  8. Of course he won’t have to walk it alone. The Cowboys will be there every step of the way.

    This hangover won’t be nearly as bad as the one he would have at the end of the season playing for this dumpster fire

  9. Tomsula literally has been the immediate coach on the dl for Aldon the past four years. Tomsula is also known as a “players” coach. Those two things won’t bode well for Tomsula in this case. The Niners just want to make everyone think “everything is ok…”
    Classiest team in the league, I can’t remember who anointed them that…oh wait that’s right , their owner who got kicked out of the league anointed them that.

  10. Saddened to see such a wonderful talent exit the game like this… But one wonders what else the team might have been able to do to prevent this?

    What if the 49ers had the foresight to consider hiring someone like Jen Welter? Think about it, a Dr. in Psychology, a LB coach, and a woman who might have provided mentoring and some insight for this young man on how to deal with woman/girlfriend/wife, not to mention his anger/fear emotions which are obviously the source of these circumstances… He embodies a juvenile level of consciousness and obviously needs help!

    The AZ Cardinals have introduced a solution that maybe the rest of the league might want to take another look at! And this situation is a perfect example of how a woman like Jen might have prevented this whole sad scenario from taking place.

    THINK folks!

  11. The internet would break if the Seahawks signed Aldon.
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    Mostly due to seeing the list of players they would have to cut to sign him

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    not necessarily. At this point he is not going to get anything but the NFL veteran minimum. At some point in the process if he gets better and isn’t suspended I’d love to see my Packers take a chance on him at that price.

  12. Aldon will get the Veteran minimum and be glad for whatever scraps he gets thrown for a bonus. A team could rent him until the suspension gets handed down. It won’t be Seattle, though. Too much talent on their roster to make room for him.

  13. Tomsula sounds like a good guy, but he should be careful about sounding too much like another good guy – Marc Trestman.

  14. @kamthechancellor; Aldon had 19.5 sacksw in his one full season and you have too much talent to make room for that? You should see someone for those delusions.

  15. The Jaguars did the same thing with Blackmon. How did that work out?

    I am not an expert, but I think is bordering on enabling. Cut the guy loose and make him understand the magnitude of his drinking problem. Some people have to lose EVERYTHING to get help.

    His life has become unmanageable. That means something.

  16. “If one person out there reads this, and you’re struggling, get help,” Tomsula said. “Go get it. You’re worth it. There’s a value in every human being. Get the help. You don’t have to walk alone.”

    Fantastic quote. I hate the Niners but Tomsula seems like a good guy.

  17. Seattle Fan here…….Tomsula must be a hell of a good man!… As for you smart ### posters , no compassion havin’ pieces…..shame….All have value….ALL! I wish SF all the luck in the world and even more to A. Smith…

  18. Smart### posters with no compassion?

    I will never have compassion for a jerk of a human being who has no problem smashing into somebody elses car and just taking off. Drunk or not that’s a real dirtbag move for A MILLIONAIRE to make.

    Factor in the reality he probably was drunk equates from little compassion to ZERO COMPASSION.

    Stay classy Seattle fan, wish him the best all you want buddy, anybody else who doesn’t wear a jersey would be behind bars already.

  19. Love Tomsula. The guy epitomizes the American Dream. He went from being homeless and living in his car to head coach of an NFL team. He’s clearly a hard worker and seems like a real top notch guy as well. I miss Harbaugh but I really want to see Tomsula succeed. This statement really shows the depth of his character.

  20. Jim Tomsula on Aldon Smith: “He won’t have to walk this path alone”

    Until he does.

    Alone.

    Feel sorry for 49ers fans.. Hey! Can you do a “group thing” to bring back Eddie to run the show?

    Guess not. Good luck though.

    “Owners” are a bi**h.

  21. artworkworld says:
    Aug 7, 2015 3:43 PM
    I think that Tomsula is behind the 8 ball. He comes in with huge expectations while at the same time the team falls apart around him. That being said, he really seems like a good guy. I can’t really root for the Niners this year, but it is hard to root against Tomsula.
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    Tomsula may end up being the sacrificial “transition guy” who coaches them for a couple years of disastrous rebuilding seasons, then get the axe. I’m not sure he would have jumped at this job opportunity had he known about all the players that were going to split or be cut for behavior. Too bad for him, but if he IS able to pull off decent (even .500) seasons then he should be considered a successful hire.

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