Jim Tomsula: We have prepared for Justin Smith’s retirement

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49ers safety Eric Reid said this week that he and some of his teammates have been trying to convince defensive end Justin Smith to return for another season with the team, but the 49ers are giving the veteran a bit more space while he contemplates his future.

Head coach Jim Tomsula said Friday that the team will give Smith all “the time that he needs” to make up his mind and that he doesn’t doubt that he’ll let the 49ers know as soon as he’s reached that decision. Tomsula also said that Smith’s timing wouldn’t impact the team because they have been well aware that Smith’s nearing the end of the line.

“For four years — you see the D-linemen we’ve brought in — we’ve been making preparations,” Tomsula said, via CSNBayArea.com. “This isn’t a this year thing for us. We’ve been making preparations. A guy gets to 12 years in the National Football League and he’s about a 92-percent rep count playing defensive line, you better start making preparations. That started a while ago.”

The 49ers drafted Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial a couple of years ago and Tony Jerrod-Eddie and Ian Williams made the team as undrafted free agents in the prior two seasons. They join Glenn Dorsey and Darnell Dockett on the top rungs of the depth chart and the 49ers are probably a good bet to use one of their nine draft picks on more help whether or not Smith decides to return.

29 responses to “Jim Tomsula: We have prepared for Justin Smith’s retirement

  1. vancouversportsbro says:
    Apr 10, 2015 4:52 PM
    na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye!
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    I find it very sad and weird that you’re a Seahawks “fan” but you have this obsession with the Niners. You always comment on the posts. If you want to be a Niners fan, just say so. Seattle always has the biggest bandwagon fans, and after that horrible play call in the Superbowl, I don’t blame you for jumping ship. Most of your 2012th man fanbase has.

  2. Most of your 2012th man fanbase has.
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    Lol. Not a fan of either team, but I love internet humor.

  3. Tank , Dorsey & Dockett is as decent of a line in a 3-4 as you can ask. People shouldn’t sleep on Niners too quick.

  4. Seahawks fan makes a claim of Hawks being better than 9ers, must be a bandwagoner. I bet you he just likes the colors, not the back to back NFC titles, solid team and ownership.

  5. This guy is an absolute beast and its been a joy to watch him during his time with the Niners. I’ll always remember watching him in person sack Tony Romo and the crowd going nuts (it was 70 percent Niner fans in AT&T stadium.) Totally understandable if he goes through with retirement at this point. He’s had a great career. 12 years at his position is pretty uncommon. Best of luck to you, Cowboy.

  6. Feels like only a few more swings of an axe is required before we can shout, “timber,” on the 49ers 2015 campaign.

    And we’re in April!

  7. niners816 says:
    Apr 10, 2015 4:59 PM

    vancouversportsbro says:
    Apr 10, 2015 4:52 PM
    na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye!
    ——————–
    I find it very sad and weird that you’re a Seahawks “fan” but you have this obsession with the Niners. You always comment on the posts. If you want to be a Niners fan, just say so. Seattle always has the biggest bandwagon fans, and after that horrible play call in the Superbowl, I don’t blame you for jumping ship. Most of your 2012th man fanbase has.
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    I find it odd that you are obsessed w/ Vancouversportsbro, as well as your obsession w/ the last play of SB49. Your name wouldn’t be Stephen now would it?

    Oh, and FYI, there is also a Vancouver, WA.

    Who’d got it better than you? EVERYONE!
    GO SEAHAWKS!!!

  8. I find it very sad and weird that you’re a Seahawks “fan” but you have this obsession with the Niners. You always comment on the posts. If you want to be a Niners fan, just say so. Seattle always has the biggest bandwagon fans, and after that horrible play call in the Superbowl, I don’t blame you for jumping ship. Most of your 2012th man fanbase has.

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    Sorry, I cheer for the more successful franchise which is the Seattle Seahawks.

  9. Pretty funny how 9ers fans call the hawks the 2012th man…

    Seems they always forget that the Hawks dominated the NFC West, winning it 7 of the last 13 years. This includes 3 out of the last 5 years when 49ers were on thier little run.

    I think 9ers fans just hope Hawks fans started watching football in 2012, because then it would seem like the 9ers are a legitimate division rival.

    But in reality the 9ers have been a dumpster fire for 9 of the 13 years Hawks have been in the NFC West.

  10. Niners816! Dont sweat the seaturds…
    These trolls are ridiculous, always talkin smack after two good years, well really one, they dont wanna claim that choke job a few mths back.
    Lets go! Bring it! Whats your defense for bennett vs graham? Nice welcome to the team mikey, i think him and irvin going to be runnin that cottonelle tight end right out the league…

  11. SMOKE SCREEN!
    I bet Justin Smith already confirmed he will be back but the Niners just want to leave it open until after the draft. Keep DL looking like a need to keep other war rooms guessing. Teams do this every year.

  12. Go 49ers. Go Trent Baalke. Wow! What a statement Baalke is making with the hiring of Jim Tomsula. He’s saying loud and clear: “Coaching doesn’t matter one iota. It’s all about the guy getting the players”. And obviously Jed York is buying it. Time will tell. I hope Baalke’s right. I know you need great players to win championships, but Baalke’s leaning more toward the idea that coaching doesn’t matter at all.

  13. ronfai says:
    Apr 10, 2015 5:07 PM

    Tank , Dorkey & Dockett is as decent of a line in a 3-4 as you can ask. People shouldn’t sleep on Niners too quick.

    Sounds more like an incompetent law firm.

  14. Even if the cowboy doesn’t ride off into the sunset, it’s time for Baalke’s babies (Carradine, Dial) to assume this Herculean role.
    Go Niners!

  15. I guess Vancouversportsbra is trying to find ways to forget that 1 yard choke job. I hear Lynch is still lined up at the 3 yard line waiting for the hand off.

  16. It’s sad to watch Tomsula cramp his brain while trying to explain one of the simplest, most generic, easily understood concepts in team sports: they trust the next guy to step up.

  17. If he was smart he’d see if the Hawks would take him for a year.

    At least go out with a ring.

    Hawks are the best since PC’s arrival and you all know that without serious injury problems (like last year) we’ll win another ring.

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