The San Francisco 49ers ran through a fast-pace practice Friday, but given all the uncertainty over who's returning and who's leaving – players and coaches – interim coach Jim Tomsula said he was pleased with how things went.
"It makes you feel real good inside, I'll tell you that," he said. "All the coaches in this building have a lot of questions in their life, you know what I mean? A lot of questions. The future's unknown. We've all had that feeling in our life. It's kind of hard to take your mind off that and put it on something else. So you think about that, and you think about the game plans that are going in, and all the work that they're doing and the way they're going at it, that's a pretty unselfish deal. Those are great people and the way they are trying to attack it, I don't think any of us can thank them enough."
The 49ers close their season Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. Both teams have 5-10 records, so the loser will finish last. The loser will also improve its draft position.
Asked what he expects to say to the team's before kickoff, Tomsula said he was still unsure.
"You can tell, I'm not a speech guy," he said. "Whatever hits you hits you. One thing I know about these guys, they don't need a ‘win one for the Gipper' (speech). They're motivated guys, they're professionals. Again, I keep saying it, you guys are around them, you know what I'm talking about. You don't get here without something to you."
GM UPDATE: Here's what we know about the current state of team president Jed York's "search" for a general manager: He has talked to Tony Softli, Michael Lombardi and Ted Sundquist and is expected to interview Trent Baalke, the team's VP of player personnel, on Saturday. York is calling it a formal interview and has said previously that Baalke, in effect, has been interviewing for the job for the past nine months.
Baalke, who attended practice Friday, is the clear frontrunner for the job, although York will likely continue interviewing other candidates next week. On his list of is former New Orleans executive Rick Mueller.
Also, the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh is the 49ers' primary focus for head coach. If he isn't interested, the paper said, the team will look to New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer or Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey. Former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick could also be considered.
NOTES: Defensive end Ray McDonald was hit with a $5,000 fine by the NFL for the hit he put on St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. The league ruled that McDonald struck Bradford in the head area unnecessarily. … Listed as out for Sunday's game: CB Phillip Adams (ankle), TE Nate Byham (heel), LB Keaton Kristick (concussion), T Joe Staley (fibula) and LB Patrick Willis (hand). Listed as probable: C David Baas (ribs), TE Vernon Davis (thumb), RB Anthony Dixon (ankle), DT Justin Smith (illness) and LB Takeo Spikes (hand).