Report: Cowboys targeting Jim Tomsula as defensive line coach

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New Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy is busy building his staff.

He has hired Mike Nolan as defensive coordinator and could keep offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and defensive passing game coordinator and secondary coach Kris Richard on staff.

McCarthy is targeting former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula as his defensive line coach, Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports.

Tomsula, 51, was the 49ers’ head coach in 2015 after serving as their defensive line coach from 2007-14. Tomsula has spent the past three seasons as Washington’s defensive line coach.

The Cowboys will have to remake their defensive line. They have DeMarcus Lawrence, but Robert Quinn, Michael Bennett and Maliek Collins are scheduled to become free agents; Tyrone Crawford underwent season-ending hip surgery in October; their top pick, second-round defensive tackle Trysten Hill, had a wasted rookie year with 121 defensive snaps in seven games; and Randy Gregory remains indefinitely suspended.

15 responses to “Report: Cowboys targeting Jim Tomsula as defensive line coach

  1. So far, this would be the only good coaching hire for the Cowboys. Tomsula was a terrible head coach, but is a great d-line coach.

  2. Let me wax some Florio logic. Head coaches shouldn’t be able to immediately hire their coordinators without first interviewing a minority candidate, regardless of experience or qualifications.

  3. Let me wax some Florio logic. Head coaches shouldn’t be able to immediately hire their coordinators without first interviewing a minority candidate, regardless of experience or qualifications.
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    It’s ok so long as they get Jim Trotter’s approval first.

  4. I really hope this happens. Tomsula is a very good defensive line coach. He is also a national treasure. How can you not love a guy with famous sayings such as

    -“Everybody’s gonna eat!”

    -“Everybody play butt-ass naked!”

  5. First game Tomsula acted as head coach was the final game of the 2010 season, when Singletary was fired after Frisco failed to make the playoffs. Tomsula won that game and Jim Harbaugh was hired as new head coach the following season. Harbaugh took basically the same team Singletary had and finished 13-3. Next game Tomsula acted as head coach was 2015, after Jim Harbaugh resigned to take the Michigan job as head ooach the year before. Habaugh was not fired, because if he was, he would have collected $5 million for the final year of his 5 year contract at Frisco. Tomsula won that game too. So he was 2-0 after taking over for head coaches who were either fired or who quit. Then it went downhill from there, as Frisco got clobbered by Pittsburth and Big Ben the next week, and Tomsula was let go after that disappointing 2015 season. Because he was fired, Tomsula collected money for the final years of his multi-year contract.

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