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Jim Tomsula has been a different person this week, like a man at ease with his future beyond 2015

Jim Tomsula appears relaxed after his first road win as a head coach. As in, he doesn't look like a coach worried about his job security.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - A day before Thanksgiving, with the 49ers at 3-7 coming off a 29-13 loss to the Seahawks, head coach Jim Tomsula was asked about his standing with the team, and if he was worried about his future beyond this season.

At that point, there were plenty of reasons to believe Tomsula could be a one-and-done coach. His team was outscored 123-29 in four games against NFC West foes, all losses.

"I mean we haven’t had any conversations about any of that," Tomsula said Nov. 25. "We’re in a performance-based business and all of us in it get it. So, I don’t think or work that way. Just keep my long-term goal is Sunday. It’s just where I stay.”

The following Sunday, the 49ers held tough against the NFC's second best team, the Arizona Cardinals, who needed a Carson Palmer rushing touchdown to break a 13-13 with 2:28 left to escape Levi's Stadium with a win. And last week, of course, the 49ers pulled out an overtime victory in Chicago, a team vying for a playoff spot that won three of its previous four, including the preceding week in Green Bay.

The trajectory of Tomsula's team has changed, as has his energy level in his dealings with the media this week after the win over the Bears. The defense is playing better, as is the new starting quarterback, Blaine Gabbert.

That game stirred a tweet from CEO Jed York, who wrote, "Very fun win". And we know the significance of York's Tweets.

Tomsula has been excited to talk about his team, more so after a stirring overtime win than any number of his brutal divisional blowouts this year.

"I think I've been energized," Tomsula said. "But the biggest thing for me, last week was last week. It's over. We're on the next week. I do enjoy seeing the guys with the fruits of their labor and the way they work...we told you from the beginning we've got some stuff we got to go through. We're not going to go around. We've got to go through it and we'll be better for it."

Tomsula was more tepid when asked about himself than when he was asked about the improvements his team had been making in Monday's presser, the day after the win, when he took 376 words to go through the improvements being made on offense, defense and special teams, in what's likely his most expansive moment this year.

The point is, Tomsula appears to be one happy coach considering his team is 4-8 and slated for the ninth-overall pick in the upcoming draft. And all that could change if the 49ers travel to Cleveland and play poorly against the 2-10 Browns, owners of the worst record in the NFL.

Maybe Tomsula is energized because his team found a way to win on the road for the first time, and caught some breaks along the way - perhaps more than any other game this season.

Every team catches breaks as some point, whether they be missed field goals, recovered fumbles, or bad officiating, which might have been the case against Arizona.

After playing Cardinals tough and beating the Bears on the road, the 49ers have a chance to build momentum with another road win against the Browns before hosting the 10-2 Bengals. And Tomsula believes momentum can be carried over from December to the next season.

"I absolutely do," Tomsula said. "I do think there's merit to that. Yes, sir."

The reality facing the 49ers is that if they removed Tomsula, they would be low on the list of desirable destinations for potential coaching candidates. Teams that split from two coaches in two seasons are far from the model of stability, and there's a great chance San Francisco's brass, including York, sees this young roster turning a corner.

Additionally, that A-list candidate, like Jim Harbaugh was in 2011, won't be available to San Francisco. Going back to square one is not a place York wants to go, if he can help it.

All those things point to Tomsula's return in 2016, barring a complete collapse over the final four games, starting Sunday in Cleveland. He does not look like a coach worried about his job status.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. - A day before Thanksgiving, with the 49ers at 3-7 coming off a 29-13 loss to the Seahawks, head coach Jim Tomsula was asked about his standing with the team, and if he was worried about his future beyond this season.

At that point, there were plenty of reasons to believe Tomsula could be a one-and-done coach. His team was outscored 123-29 in four games against NFC West foes, all losses.

\"I mean we haven’t had any conversations about any of that,\" Tomsula said Nov. 25. \"We’re in a performance-based business and all of us in it get it. So, I don’t think or work that way. Just keep my long-term goal is Sunday. It’s just where I stay.”

The following Sunday, the 49ers held tough against the NFC's second best team, the Arizona Cardinals, who needed a Carson Palmer rushing touchdown to break a 13-13 with 2:28 left to escape Levi's Stadium with a win. And last week, of course, the 49ers pulled out an overtime victory in Chicago, a team vying for a playoff spot that won three of its previous four, including the preceding week in Green Bay.

The trajectory of Tomsula's team has changed, as has his energy level in his dealings with the media this week after the win over the Bears. The defense is playing better, as is the new starting quarterback, Blaine Gabbert.

That game stirred a tweet from CEO Jed York, who wrote, \"Very fun win\". And we know the significance of York's Tweets.

Tomsula has been excited to talk about his team, more so after a stirring overtime win than any number of his brutal divisional blowouts this year.

\"I think I've been energized,\" Tomsula said. \"But the biggest thing for me, last week was last week. It's over. We're on the next week. I do enjoy seeing the guys with the fruits of their labor and the way they work...we told you from the beginning we've got some stuff we got to go through. We're not going to go around. We've got to go through it and we'll be better for it.\"

Tomsula was more tepid when asked about himself than when he was asked about the improvements his team had been making in Monday's presser, the day after the win, when he took 376 words to go through the improvements being made on offense, defense and special teams, in what's likely his most expansive moment this year.

The point is, Tomsula appears to be one happy coach considering his team is 4-8 and slated for the ninth-overall pick in the upcoming draft. And all that could change if the 49ers travel to Cleveland and play poorly against the 2-10 Browns, owners of the worst record in the NFL.

Maybe Tomsula is energized because his team found a way to win on the road for the first time, and caught some breaks along the way - perhaps more than any other game this season.

Every team catches breaks as some point, whether they be missed field goals, recovered fumbles, or bad officiating, which might have been the case against Arizona.

After playing Cardinals tough and beating the Bears on the road, the 49ers have a chance to build momentum with another road win against the Browns before hosting the 10-2 Bengals. And Tomsula believes momentum can be carried over from December to the next season.

\"I absolutely do,\" Tomsula said. \"I do think there's merit to that. Yes, sir.\"

The reality facing the 49ers is that if they removed Tomsula, they would be low on the list of desirable destinations for potential coaching candidates. Teams that split from two coaches in two seasons are far from the model of stability, and there's a great chance San Francisco's brass, including York, sees this young roster turning a corner.

Additionally, that A-list candidate, like Jim Harbaugh was in 2011, won't be available to San Francisco. Going back to square one is not a place York wants to go, if he can help it.

All those things point to Tomsula's return in 2016, barring a complete collapse over the final four games, starting Sunday in Cleveland. He does not look like a coach worried about his job status.

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