Jim Crandell: After Humiliating Loss, What’s Next for The 49ers?
What do the 49ers do now?
That is really an over-simplification encompassing many other more specific questions about the team, starting with team CEO Jed York’s immediate reaction to the Thanksgiving night shellacking, 19-3, by the Seattle Seahawks.
Immediately after the game last night York took to Twitter. He thanked 49ers fans for coming to the game, then ripped his team. York tweeted, “This performance wasn’t acceptable. I apologize for that.”
My initial reaction was that it’s never a good idea for anyone to tweet when they are upset, so perhaps York’s immediate reaction was just a reflection of his disappointment only minutes after his team was dominated in what was clearly a big game for the 49ers. Or maybe it was an honest comment on the status of head coach Jim Harbaugh.
There have been rumors since before the season began about Harbaugh and his future with the team. Reports regarding Harbaugh’s tenuous future in San Francisco resurfaced this week, even before this latest loss to Seattle. That speculation could hit fever pitch now. If York’s tweet was intended to convey a message or set a tone regarding his head coach, it was certainly not a vote of confidence.
And what about 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick? His critics seem to multiply by the game, or more accurately, by every wayward pass he throws. Many of those critics are experienced NFL coaches and players, like former 49ers quarterback Steve Young.
There were reports this week out of Seattle that the Seahawks are not inclined to give their QB, Russell Wilson, a big new contract until they are confident he will continue to develop into a star who can lead them to success for years to come.
The 49ers, on the other hand, have already handed Kaepernick a deal some report could be worth up to $126 million. Was it is a mistake to reward him with so much money and the keys to the team’s future so soon? So, the coach appears to be on shaky ground, and the quarterback’s play has definitely been shaky on the field. Now 49ers fans will wait to see if Jed York will do something to shake this team up going forward, if Harbaugh/Kaepernick and company don’t get things around in hurry.