Justin Smith


SANTA CLARA -- As the 49ers have staggered to a 4-10 record, coach Jim Tomsula said Monday he sees some bright spots with a developing core of young players.


ST. LOUIS – The 49ers have lost six of their past seven games and five of those defeats have been blowouts.


SANTA CLARA -– The 49ers’ first practice on Saturday night was all about that base.


SANTA CLARA –- The 49ers’ defensive line is making the adjustment to life without Justin Smith and Ray McDonald, who were mainstays together at the end positions over the past four seasons.


Less than two months after retiring from the 49ers and the NFL, Justin Smith might be returning to football.

Not as a player, but rather, as a coach.