49ers head coach Jim Tomsula sees promising young core amid the team's disastrous season

Jim Tomsula said he's seen growth from his team despite its dismal performances on the field.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - After getting eliminated from the postseason following a disastrous performance against the Browns Sunday, head coach Jim Tomsula is trying to shine a light on the positives.

After all, Tomsula's seat is likely getting hot after leading his downtrodden club to a 4-9 record, securing San Francisco's first losing season since 2010.

"I think there are areas that have gotten, yes, dramatically better. There are times when we’re talking of building through the locker room, players I think that are really going, working hard," Tomsula said.

"When you go through a tumultuous season like this, you get stretched at the seams, that’s what ends up happening on Newspapers and Internets. The seams pop, and then you get chaos. None of that (has happened). You get stretched, but these guys keep pulling back and the intentions and where we want to go stays strong.

"...In terms of the performance on the field, again, just talked about the (up and down) nature of which we’ve played. That can’t happen. It can’t happen. That’s the focus right now. Get that straightened out."

If Tomsula's team has remained together as he indicated Wednesday, the proof will be on the turf at Levi's Stadium Sunday against the 10-3 Cincinnati Bengals, currently the No. 2 seed in the AFC and arguably one of the most complete teams in the NFL.

However, the Bengals will be dealing with the absence of their starting quarterback Andy Dalton, who suffered a broken thumb on his throwing hand when trying to make a tackle during last week's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

A win would provide the 49ers an opportunity to regain some sort of positivity or momentum heading into an offseason that's loaded with questions marks, including whether or not Tomsula has done enough to warrant a second season as head coach.

By pointing to the strength in the locker room - after losing leaders like Justin Smith, Frank Gore and Patrick Willis - Tomsula is offering up the idea that things could get better in 2016 as the younger roster gains experience.

After last week's embarrassing loss, it might be Tomsula's only play. That, and trying to win his remaining three games, of course.

"There’s a core of young guys that you’re really excited about, keep talking about, that you see that in them and it’s growing. And, I think, that it what we are in the process of building. If there’s something we’re building, that’s what we’re building. Those guys, those people. And that’s why I have a lot of faith in the locker room," Tomsula said.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. - After getting eliminated from the postseason following a disastrous performance against the Browns Sunday, head coach Jim Tomsula is trying to shine a light on the positives.

After all, Tomsula's seat is likely getting hot after leading his downtrodden club to a 4-9 record, securing San Francisco's first losing season since 2010.

\"I think there are areas that have gotten, yes, dramatically better. There are times when we’re talking of building through the locker room, players I think that are really going, working hard,\" Tomsula said.

\"When you go through a tumultuous season like this, you get stretched at the seams, that’s what ends up happening on Newspapers and Internets. The seams pop, and then you get chaos. None of that (has happened). You get stretched, but these guys keep pulling back and the intentions and where we want to go stays strong.

\"...In terms of the performance on the field, again, just talked about the (up and down) nature of which we’ve played. That can’t happen. It can’t happen. That’s the focus right now. Get that straightened out.\"

If Tomsula's team has remained together as he indicated Wednesday, the proof will be on the turf at Levi's Stadium Sunday against the 10-3 Cincinnati Bengals, currently the No. 2 seed in the AFC and arguably one of the most complete teams in the NFL.

However, the Bengals will be dealing with the absence of their starting quarterback Andy Dalton, who suffered a broken thumb on his throwing hand when trying to make a tackle during last week's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

A win would provide the 49ers an opportunity to regain some sort of positivity or momentum heading into an offseason that's loaded with questions marks, including whether or not Tomsula has done enough to warrant a second season as head coach.

By pointing to the strength in the locker room - after losing leaders like Justin Smith, Frank Gore and Patrick Willis - Tomsula is offering up the idea that things could get better in 2016 as the younger roster gains experience.

After last week's embarrassing loss, it might be Tomsula's only play. That, and trying to win his remaining three games, of course.

\"There’s a core of young guys that you’re really excited about, keep talking about, that you see that in them and it’s growing. And, I think, that it what we are in the process of building. If there’s something we’re building, that’s what we’re building. Those guys, those people. And that’s why I have a lot of faith in the locker room,\" Tomsula said.

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