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▪ Jim Tomsula did not “win the press conference” when he was introduced by the 49ers. Funny, but the last time I checked, he’s still 0-0 in 2015.
▪ Tomsula can thank his ham-handed bosses for giving him no margin for error next season.
▪ He worked for three different 49er coaching regimes. May he coach as well as he gets along.
▪ Tomsula’s best non-football quality: No pretense to the man. None.
▪ The Raiders won’t ask for much from new coach Jack Del Rio, other than saving the franchise in Oakland.
▪ If Al Davis were still alive, his first question about Del Rio: What’s his time in the 40?
▪ Conclusions about the hires: Del Rio is as good as the Raiders could have hoped. Tomsula is a blank page. Who really knows?
▪ Level-headed observers understood: With all of the options out there, Jim Harbaugh was not going to be the next head coach of the Raiders.
▪ Not urgent, but: It would be wise for Modesto Junior College to move a little faster on naming its next football coach.
▪ Short memory dept.: The Broncos showed more patience with John Elway than Elway showed with John Fox.
▪ The logical extension of today’s NFL thought process: One coach holds the Super Bowl trophy each year, while everyone else is fired.
▪ Ohio State to Harbaugh and Michigan: Bring it on.
▪ Next time they’re in the championship game, the Oregon Ducks might try to wear their school colors. They looked like a team that left their uniforms at home.
▪ Prediction: If Cal ever reaches the Rose Bowl – I’m guessing around 2050 – the Bears won’t be decked out in orange and chartreuse.
▪ Telling stat: In eight of Oregon’s 11 losses since Mark Helfrich joined the staff, opponents had 10 or more days to prepare.
▪ Translation: Good teams, when given time to prepare, are not intimidated by Oregon’s 5,000-rpm offense.
▪ Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones will stay with the Buckeyes. Smart move, even for Superman after three starts.
▪ Bank on it: The bracket grows to eight within five years.
▪ One prediction for Championship Weekend: The Patriots’ Bill Belichick will blur, but not cross, the lines of legality one more time.
▪ An agonizing time for the Broncos’ Peyton Manning: Do I stay or do I go?
▪ Manning threw 39 touchdown passes this season. Even now, he’s better than most. One more season.
▪ The Giants signed ex-Royals outfielder Nori Aoki. Hard to figure what impressed them the most: Aoki’s one home run last season or his 1 for 14 World Series.
▪ Aoki gives the Giants another Gregor Blanco. For better or worse.
▪ Can’t be overly critical about general manager Brian Sabean. He owns about five tons of street cred these days.
▪ Phil Mickelson will miss the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am for the first time in two decades – a body blow for one of the PGA Tour’s most eye-catching stops.
▪ Toxic body language: The Cavaliers’ LeBron James shoves aside coach David Blatt to continue his discussion with a ref.
▪ Methinks the coach isn’t long for that job.
▪ The Cowboys’ Dez Bryant made the catch that everyone saw – except the people who wrote the NFL rulebook.
▪ But after advancing on an equally atrocious call the week before, the Cowboys broke even.
▪ And in the end: Tomsula’s fortunes will rise or sink on the progress of one Colin Kaepernick. The same goes for Del Rio and Derek Carr.
▪ Tomsula once said, “I’m Jim nobody from nowhere.” Not anymore, Jim.