SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Head coach Jim Tomsula told the media that he’d be concerned is leaks surrounding his football team were coming from within the organization, but doesn’t believe that’s what’s happening here.
“I don’t know where they come from,” he said. “There’s stuff that comes from all over the place that I don’t, I mean, I don’t know where people are getting it. I don’t believe it’s coming from here. I mean, I don’t believe that.”
His response comes in regards to a couple of national reports that have surfaced over the past week — one in particular from Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer — citing issues between quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the rest of the 49ers locker room. Both reports cited unnamed sources within the organization.
“Look, if they’re not in the room when we close the door with 53 players and the coaching staff, they really don’t have our best interest at hand,” Tomsula said Wednesday morning. “If you’re not in here with us, if you’re not in the building with us, if you’re not working here with the 49ers, anything outside of that doesn’t have the same interest … that we do.”
Wide receiver Torrey Smith came to the aid of Kaepernick, telling the media Wednesday that “Kap isn’t on a damn island.” — “We’re still together,” he said. “It’s tough. It’s frustrating, but it’s not dividing the team at all. It’s not separating Kap. We’re here together. We’re trying to win together.”
Kaepernick was later asked how he felt about the leaks, and if he felt like if he was being made a scapegoat during the current struggles of the team. The situation and series of leaks are awfully similar to the events that led to the “mutual separation” between the team and former head coach, Jim Harbaugh.
“I really hope not,” Kaepernick said. “For me, I give everything I can to this organization. I give everything I can to my teammates to try to help us win and to try to help us be better moving forward.”
When that response allowed much room for speculation, Kaepernick clarified his answer to the media.
“No,” Kaepernick said. “I would say that I don’t think about that. What I think about is what I can do to help this team win and what I can do to help make this team better.”
That “heated” discussion that took place during the teams players-only meeting after the Packers game? According to sources from BayAreaSportsGuy’s Kyle McLorg, it was a little bit more than verbally heated. And has happened on more than one occasion.
Kapernick however, doesn’t feel like there has been any love lost between him and his teammates.
“I have a great relationship with my teammates,” Kaepernick said. “To me, that’s a situation that I don’t know what the agenda is saying that or what the credibility of that source is. I have a great relationship with my teammates and I’ll leave it at that.”