49ers coach Jim Tomsula said he will not bench Colin Kaepernick or making changes to his coaching staff after losing to Seattle

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula on Thursday night's 20-3 loss to the rival Seattle Seahawks: "That's not how we want to represent ourselves."

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Fresh off Thursday night's 20-3 drubbing, 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula said Friday he isn't planning on making any changes at eight starting quarterback or to his coaching staff.

Colin Kaepernick was sacked six times and threw for 124 yards on 12 of 24 completions. The offense managed just right first downs, and punted nine times, while converting just one of 11 third downs.

"Colin's our quarterback, today," Tomsula said Friday. "There's no controversies."

"I mean, we are looking at everything. Not unlike you normally do, but we have extra time and we're going through everything."

Defensive coordinator Eric Mangini's unit enters the weekend ranked 30th in overall defense while allowing 25.7 points per game. Offensively, the 49ers have the lowest-scoring group in the NFL, averaging 14.7 points per game, while amassing a league-worst 295.6 yards per game.

At 2-5, San Francisco finds itself at the bottom of the NFC West with a number of contending teams remaining on the schedule, including the Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons, who are 15-3 combined.

After playing on the short week, the 49ers have three extra days to prepare for their next opponent, the St. Louis Rams, who they play on the road.

There are some injury questions going forward. Strong safety Antoine Bethea was placed on injured reserve Friday after suffering a shoulder injury in Thursday's loss, giving the team a roster opening for Jerome Simpson, who was eligible to come off his six-game suspension this week.

Carlos Hyde's reported stress fracture in his left foot injury will continue to be monitored, Tomsula said, and he doesn't fear the team is putting him at risk to make the injury worse by playing.

"In terms of myself and even Carlos, with our medical staff, we're not going to put somebody in danger. So, I have complete confidence in that," Tomsula said. "Our people don't put people on the field that are at risk to further injure themselves or things like that. So, I'm good."


Chris Biderman is the Editor-in-Chief of Niners Digest and covers the 49ers from their headquarters in Santa Clara. Chris has been writing about the team since the spring of 2013. The Ohio State alum received his Journalism degree in 2011 and has been working in sports media since 2008. Chris, a Santa Rosa, Calif. native, is also a contributor to the Associated Press covering sports throughout the Bay Area. You can follow Chris on Twitter here.

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