Seeing Jason Kidd get signed on as coach of the Nets started me thinking: Which 49ers players will likely turn out to be good coaches after retirement? Which ones will be coaches at all?
Here is the list I came up with just from looking at the roster:
Alex Boone: He is still young and has a long career left ahead of him, but up to now he has made an excellent transition from undrafted tackle to guard to the guy who calls the pass protections on the line and communicates with Kaep. I think a transition to coach would not be much of a reach.
Justin Smith: This guy loves football and is a true competitor who never stops. Remind you of anyone? Sounds a lot like Harbaugh to me actually. I don't have any reason that he won't turn to ranching full-time after football, but I would like to see him as a coach if they were willing to give him a chance.
Patrick Willis: A consummate leader by example and hard worker. That seems to me like it would translate over to a career in coaching, at least as a LBs coach. If Mike Singletary could do it, couldn't Willis? And probably better?
Frank Gore: I don't have much to back this up yet besides to say that Gore's work ethic and attitude seem to lend themselves to coaching.
Donte Whitner: I think it would be hard for Whitner to retire and leave the spotlight completely. I see him more as an analyst after he leaves the NFL, but he could be a coach, maybe for the Jets or something. :)
Just my opinions. As always, thanks for reading!