SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The dismal season many predicted the 49ers would have is pretty much in full effect after their 20-3 schellacking at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night.
As the folks at Pro Football Talk pointed out, last year’s Thanksgiving defeat at the hands of Seattlewas immediately followed by an apology from 49ers CEO Jed York. General manager Trent Baalke’s daughter also felt the need to share her opinions on then-offensive coordinator, Greg Roman. After Thursday’s game, wide receiver Torrey Smith sounded off with his own frustrations. Now, CSNBayArea’s 49ers insider Matt Maiocco has delivered a bit of interesting news as San Francisco prepares for their next matchup against the St. Louis Rams.
“I’ve heard whispers behind the scenes that something big could happen,” Maiocco said. “…I don’t know what it’s going to be, I don’t know what they’re talking about, but clearly the 49ers can’t go on this way.”
Maiocco went on to share his opinion on how both the coaches and players of the team have looked overmatched this season.
With the Nov. 3 trade deadline looming, tight end Vernon Davis has been a name thrown around as a potential trade the 49ers might be shopping. The 31-year-old is halfway through the final year of his contract, and told the media Friday the idea is something he is trying to keep out of his mind. Discussions with his agent were how Davis learned of the reports.
“He told me not to worry about it,” Davis said. “It’s probably just rumors.”
The most successful tight end in franchise history, Davis currently holds 435 receptions, 5,616 yards, and 55 touchdowns. Being a 49er is the only thing Davis has ever known, after the team selected him with the No. 6 pick in the 2006 draft.
“I’ve been a Niner for 10 years,” Davis said. “This is all I know. It’s really not about me being upset. I understand the nature of the business. It’s a business — it is. If anyone was somewhere for 10 years, they’d be highly upset, highly disappointed.”
Also on Friday, head coach Jim Tomsula said whatever talk is running through the halls have nothing to do with any changes in his coaching staff, or the teams starting quarterback. Colin Kaepernick finished the Seattle game 13-for-24 with 124 yards and no touchdowns.
“Colin’s our quarterback,” Tomsula said. “There’s no controversies.”
During training camp conversation’s with Blaine Gabbert, I thought to myself, ‘this man carries himself, talks, and thinks exactly how I picture and want a quarterback to do so as.’ It doesn’t help that Gabbert is known around the league as one of the most notorious draft busts in recent memory. The former 10th overall pick of the 2011 draft was sent to the 49ers last year by Jacksonville for a sixth round draft pick.
Taking a shot in the dark, I’m guessing the 49ers can’t trade Gabbert. If Kaepernick continues to regress at his current rate, they may not be able to trade him either. The fact that Gabbert might even be being considered right now (if he is), shows exactly how dismal things are getting for San Francisco.