SANTA CLARA, Calif. - 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been the subject of constant conversation in recent days, stemming from national reports about being a cast out in the team's locker room dynamic. Sunday, FOX's Jay Glazer reported Kaepernick was "alone, on an island."
"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."
Coming off two of the worst performances of his career in Weeks 3 and 4, when he threw no touchdowns and five interceptions against, 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula admitted this week he conducted a "heated meeting" after Oct. 4's loss to the Green Bay Packers, in which Kaepernick completed just 13 passes for 160 yards, adding an interception.
Tomsula likened the meeting to an "Italian dining room table," noting he conducted his portion and left the locker room to allow players to talk amongst themselves.
"That happens in this business," Tomsula told San Francisco-based radio station KNBR Tuesday. "When you’re 2-5, that starts to become headlines. It was a very productive meeting. It was a meeting where it was truthful and dealt with facts and reality. As I finished what I had to say and the conversations we were having, I walked out and said, ‘Now, you guys, get talking.’ I think that was a heck of a meeting."
Heading into Sunday's road game agains the Rams, the 49ers are 2-5, owners of the league's lowest-ranked offense in both scoring and yardage. Kaepernick is 24th in completion percentage, 22nd in yardage and 24th in passer rating. It's been the worst start of Kaepernick's career since his first full season as starter in 2013, to be sure, leading to chatter about getting benched in favor of backup Blaine Gabbert.
Wednesday, Gabbert said there wasn't apart of him that wanted the starting job.
"Listen, we're here to practice and get better every day," Gabbert said. "That's my job to help Kap get better. That's about it."
Stemming back to last season, when Jim Harbaugh was on his way out as head coach, there was a continuous string of reports coming from national reporters citing anonymous sources about dysfunction. That pattern is beginning to emerge with Kaepernick as his struggles continue this season, leaving some to wonder if he is being made the one to blame for the team's problems.
Kaepernick was asked if he was being made the scapegoat by his organization for the offensive struggles.
"I really hope not. 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," Kaepernick said.
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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