SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Before Sunday kickoff yesterday, Fox Sports Jay Glazer reported that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is “on an island in that locker room.”
“His confidence is completely shot,” Glazer said. ” It’s not that the players don’t like him. But he’s just alone. There’s not a lot of people he connects with.”
Kapernick is of course coming off another embarrassing performance against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night. He completed 13 of 24 passes for 124 yards and was sacked six times in the 20-3 loss. During the offseason, Kaepernick signed a seven year, $126 million contract that by now everyone has figured out gives San Francisco complete security to get out of. Granted they can find somewhere to move him — and that money to. Glazer doesn’t believe the 49ers are prepared to make that move yet though.
“They can move on from him at the end of the year provided he is not injured,” Glazer said. “That’s not the team’s mindset. They look at him and say, ‘This is the same guy that took us to the Super Bowl.'”
Here’s an angle Glazer might not have considered, though few can blame him, as it’s a high possibility he isn’t around enough to know.
The angle was pitched by a good fellow I’m familiar with on Twitter, Kyle McLorg. He used to be a regular at BayAreaSportsGuy.com, and chimes in every now and again. There really isn’t anyone I’d go to first when it comes to anything red and gold. Sunday morning, Mr. McLorg, as is his usual fashion, thought outside of the box when it came to Glazer’s report. Nessa.
If you don’t remember who Nessa is, she was the one-time romantic interest of now Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith. Somewhere along the line, a relationship arose between her and Kaepernick; Smith was not amused. Things became very heated, and a fictitious practice field incident allegedly involving Smith and Kaepernick happened, which was what fueled the Smith hit and run story.
The altercation on the practice never happened, but the tension between Smith and Kaepernick is real, Mr. McLorg reports. And a few other things:
The first I heard about this was late September. So players have been against Kap for at least month now. Certainly explains a lot.
— Kyle McLorg (@Kyle_McLorgBASG) October 25, 2015
And one more thing from Mr. McLorg.
“This morning, an independent source confirmed what I was told a few weeks ago: that a significant divide has formed in the locker room, and a large number of Colin Kaepernick’s teammates have turned on him. While it’s unclear whether his recent poor performance plays a role, I’ve been told by more than one person that Kaepernick’s relationship with Nessa, and his fallout with Smith, are to blame. The source said that many of the players simply don’t like Kaepernick.
Gotta believe Kaepernick wants out of that jungle right about now.