After spending seven years (2007-2014) as the defensive line coach for the San Francisco 49ers, Jim Tomsula is seeking a change in scenery. The former positional and head coach for SF interviewed with the Saints for a position as DL coach on Thursday.
Tomsula had two stints as an HC for San Francisco during his tenure, once as an interim prior to Jim Harbaugh’s hiring, and once as a full-time (or as Jed York calls them: stop-gap) gig. Head coaching did not prove to be his calling, and the Niners struggled in both seasons.
His ability to work with linemen, however, was never in question. A consistent question mark for the Saints, Tomsula would be inheriting the likes of Sheldon Rankins, Cameron Jordan, Hau’oli Kikaha and Tyeler Davison. He’d also potentially have Nick Fairley, and with many setting the odds for the Saints drafting an edge rusher early in the 2017 draft, he could continue his success in developing young talent.
Tomsula did not coach in the 2016 season, and if hired the Saints would be the second NFL team that he has worked with. For a bit more information, 49ers.com’s Andrew Pentis has written about Tomsula’s history of success with his lines.
Update (7:27): Tomsula has not yet interviewed for the position, per Josh Katzenstein. Saints intend to interview him.
The Saints plan to interview Jim Tomsula, but it hasn't happened yet, according to a source. He's a candidate for DL coach vacancy.— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) January 21, 2017