SANTA CLARA, Calif. - 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula doesn't believe recent national reports are coming from the team's building. But if they were, he considers it an "absolute concern."
"But I don’t address those things that I don’t know where they come from," Tomsula said Wednesday. "There’s stuff that comes from all over the place. I don’t know what people are getting there. I don’t believe it’s coming from here. I don’t believe that."
Over the weekend, FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reported that quarterback Colin Kaepernick was "alone, on an island" within the dynamic of the 49ers' locker room. Tomsula refuted that report Tuesday on to San Francisco-based radio station KNBR, saying, "That's not reality."
Does Tomsula believe the leaks are coming from the team's upper management?
"Oh, gosh. I don’t think that. I don’t believe in that. I don’t believe that stuff. Any of that stuff’s counter productive," Tomsula said.
At 2-5, San Francisco's season is in danger of falling into dangerous territory. If losses continue to stack up, talk will continue about Kaepernick's viability as a starting quarterback, and Tomsula's as a head coach.
The 49ers enter Sunday's game against the Rams with the NFL's last-ranked defense in both scoring and yardage. Kaepernick, meanwhile, is 24th in completion percentage, 22nd in yardage and 24th in passer rating.
Tomsula has been with the 49ers since 2007, and said he isn't a stranger to controversy surrounding his starting quarterback.
"I’ve been here the whole time (Kaepernick's) been here. It seems like this is what’s going on with him since I’ve been here," Tomsula said. "There’s always something. I guess that’s what goes when you’re the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers. I was here with Alex (Smith), I saw the same thing going on there. There were all kind of reports. You heard about all that stuff all the time."
This appears to be a pattern for the 49ers. When they seemed disenchanted with former head coach Jim Harbaugh, national reporters, like Glazer, began getting stories from anonymous sources associated with the 49ers.
That process appears to be in motion again, this time with Kaepernick as the target.
"I mean, a big thing I talk about with the guys is, ‘Look, if they’re not in the room when we close the door with 53 and the coaching staff, they really don’t have our best interest at hand," Tomsula said. "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 in what we need to do that we do. We’re intimate with what we’ve got to do, if you are employed by the San Francisco 49ers."
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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