SANTA CLARA –- Coach Jim Tomsula completely understands his situation.
He is replacing one of the most popular and successful coaches in 49ers history. There is pressure that comes along with that. There is a lot of responsibility, and a lot of expectations with the roster he inherits.
“When Jim Harbaugh was head coach here, we won a lot of games,” Tomsula said after being announced as the 19th coach in 49ers history. “No debate. I get all that.”
Tomsula said he understands his hiring would be met with plenty of skepticism.
“For whatever reasons, the job was open and I interviewed and that’s where it is. I get that. In terms of the fan base, I don’t believe I do anybody any good trying to justify anything. I’m not going to do that. I don’t have a bad word to say about anything that’s happened in the last four years. You can’t. We won a lot of games. We didn’t do what we were accustomed of doing (this year). I got it.
“I’m not Jim Harbaugh. And Jim Harbaugh is not Jim Tomsula. I’m not trying to be that guy, and that’s no disrespect to him. I am comfortable with who I am. I’m very comfortable and I’m convicted in what I believe. I’m excited about it.”
Tomsula rises from defensive line coach with the decision of general manager Trent Baalke and CEO Jed York to hire him as coach over Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase.
"It’s awesome. It’s wonderful. But it’s also a strong sense of responsibility," Tomsula said. "I get it. I do. I get the decision. I get everything that goes along with it, too. It’s an honor. When you get somebody to step up for you like that – step out there. You want to do good for them."
Watch Insider Matt Maiocco discuss Jim Tomsula’s hiring tonight at 5, 7, and 11 p.m. on Yahoo! SportsTalk Live on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area