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Tomsula, Kaepernick are “on to Green Bay”

Jim Tomsula


The Patriots currently reside not only in the head of Bills coach Rex Ryan, but also in the brains of pretty much everyone else in the NFL. From citing the “do your job” mantra (that was actually a Parcells thing, with a word starting with an “F” between “your” and “job”) to the “on to Cincinnati” catch phrase from a year ago at this time, a copycat league has adopted two of New England’s best moves.

The 49ers borrowed the latter phrase on Wednesday as they tried to put Sunday’s 47-7 disaster in Arizona behind them.

“They have every right to have their comments and their scouting reports and all those things,” coach Jim Tomsula told reporters on Wednesday about remarks from players like Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu regarding the predictability of San Francisco’s passing attack. “Hats off to them, they did a wonderful job. And, we’re going to, we’re not going to really focus on the Cardinals, we’re working on ourselves and the Green Bay Packers.”

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick said the same thing when asked about the Arizona game.

“Right now we’re moving on to Green Bay,” Kaepernick told reporters. “We’re making sure we’re focused and ready for them.”

Did he study the film of the Cardinals game?

“I watched it Sunday, Monday,” Kaepernick said. “Looking to see what I can do better, help this team win. After I looked at it Monday, I moved onto Green Bay.”

Tomsula was at least a little willing to talk more about what went wrong against the Cardinals, from the perspective of discussing how the 49ers have tried to turn the page and move on to Green Bay.

“That was a bad game when we talk about our passing game right there,” Tomsula said. “I look at it comprehensively, collectively. I don’t have, one of my concerns right now is not that our quarterback or our confidence level in those areas is going to go down the tubes. I don’t have that. Today, as I stand here and look at you, don’t have that concern. Yesterday, yeah, there was people upset and there is frustration. What do you want me to tell you, there is no frustration? I’m not going to lie to anybody. You walk through the door, I’m frustrated, you’re frustrated, everybody’s frustrated. It’s where you go with it. Some people have the ability to spend all week being frustrated or get into Wednesday being frustrated. The bottom line is the guys in this building don’t have that luxury. They’ve got an hour-and-a-half. They’ve got Monday and an hour-and-a-half on Tuesday and that all better be in the right place or one game leads into two games leads into three games leads into four games. So, the luxury in this building of being frustrated or not being able to, that’s what’s got to happen. And that’s what I feel like happened yesterday in a very good way. Coming in, not a good vibe, not feeling great. I mean, gosh almighty man. Walking out of the building, I like it. And to the next game. Through us, looking at it. And I don’t want clichés and I’m not looking for all that stuff. Own it, fix it, move on. We don’t need that on a billboard. That’s not what I’m talking about. But, you’ve got to own it and you work through it and now you’ve got to get to the next game. You don’t have the luxury, you just don’t. And if you try to do that, then the same mistake. It’s like getting to the next play. The same mistake hurts you twice.”

Tomsula also admitted that, after quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s pair of pick-sixes, Tomsula decided to focus on the running game for a while.

“If you were in basketball, you would have called a timeout,” Tomsula said. “Really, that’s the easiest and honest way I can say it. Boom. I’m looking at it, it’s nine minutes [left in the first quarter], where were we? We had nine minutes left in the first quarter, right? Wasn’t that it? OK, we’re down two scores. Here we go guys, we’ve got time. Let’s run the ball. Let’s get going.”

For now, they’re going on to Green Bay. Which really isn’t a good thing for the 49ers, because the Packers are keenly aware of losing twice to San Francisco in 2012 and twice again in 2013.

Which means that it’s only a matter of time before the 49ers start saying they’re on to New York and the Giants in Week Five.