SANTA CLARA – Coach Jim Tomsula categorized himself Friday as a coach who studies analytics and “absolutes” when it comes to making game-management decisions.
Team president Paraag Marathe, who had been deeply involved in studying football analytics since coming to the 49ers 15 years ago, stepped away from the day-to-day football analytics in recent years, Tomsula said.
“Early on, years ago he was really involved in it and we did some things,” Tomsula said. “I was able to be in meetings that he was a part of . . the analytics. The factual, time and stuff like that, which I thought was really good and interesting.”
Marathe’s title with the 49ers will change after Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium on Feb. 7, sources told CSNBayArea.com on Thursday night. He will still be in charge of managing the salary cap and being the club’s top contract negotiator.
According to sources, Marathe will concentrate more of his attention on the 49ers’ outside business interests. The focus of his duties was described in the 49ers’ 2015 media guide, which was released in July.
“He also has a significant position in the club’s New Ventures effort, where the team looks for investment opportunities in and out of sports to expand the 49ers brand,” the media guide states.
When asked about Marathe’s new role with the team, Tomsula said, “No, I don’t have any knowledge, don’t have any comment, don’t have anything.”
Tomsula said he now works closely with Brian Hampton, the team’s director of football administration and analytics.
“So much of it to me is gut and feel and those things,” Tomsula said. “Obviously, the absolutes in math of where you can save 20 seconds here or 30 seconds here, obviously we pay attention to.”
Tomsula confirmed that his decisions on Nov. 22 to twice punt late in the game with the 49ers trailing by 16 points against the Seattle Seahawks were supported by the team’s statistical research.
“Statistical information and the analytics right there,” Tomsula said. “Yes, it’s backed up.
“And what every decision we make, that’s information I ask for. (Tight ends coach) Tony (Sparano) is involved with me there as we study those. And Hampton comes down. We go through that every week.”
Internet reports suggested that Tomsula did not show up at the team’s practice facility on Wednesday because of a disagreement with Marathe.
“Absolutely false,” Tomsula said. “Untrue.”
Tomsula said he arrived at work between 4 and 4:30am on Wednesday and had to leave the facility. Tomsula did not state the reason for leaving, but all indications are that it was not work-related. He postponed his scheduled Wednesday morning press conference to Thursday morning.
Tomsula said he was back in time for the 11-on-11 work during practice on Wednesday as the 49ers began preparations to face the Chicago Bears.