San Francisco 49ers News, Rumors: Colin Kaepernick, Jim Harbaugh, Vernon Davis
The San Francisco 49ers have a pivotal game against the Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday afternoon. Here’s some of the latest updates:
More Harbaugh to Raiders rumors
A report this week is saying the Oakland Raiders “quite possibly” will make a move at acquiring coach Jim Harbaugh.
There’s been rumors and speculation that Harbaugh won’t be back in San Francisco next season.
NFL Network’s Mike Silver said on Thursday night: “Expect the Raiders, quite possibly, to make a big, big bid to get [Harbaugh].”
Harbaugh hasn’t confirmed the rumors.
Former 49ers and Oakland Raiders receiver Jerry Rice also speculated on Harbaugh going to the Raiders.
“It’s not the read option or whatever type of offense the 49ers are running,” Rice was quoted by Sporting News as saying. “It’s a little bit more ‘spread it out.’ It gives Derek Carr options where he can deliver the football and you have some big-play ability.
“Maybe (Harbaugh) will be able to go in and change the morale, get those players to buy into everything and start winning football games.”
Harbaugh to Michigan?
Meanwhile, Michigan also wants to try and take a shot towards getting Harbaugh.
According to Fox Sports:
Various folks with Michigan ties have been pushing all in to get Harbaugh to Ann Arbor, and now that includes the son of legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler, who Harbaugh played for in college.
“I think my dad would say, ‘Jim, it’s time to come home,'” Shemy Schembechler said. “That’s exactly what he would say.”
Shemy has been an NFL scout and has an understanding of the choices Harbaugh will have on the professional side. “In my years in the National Football League I do have an understanding of what it’s about. But I can tell you that there’s no head coaching position in the NFL that’s going to equate to Michigan in so many different ways. Do you know what the NFL stands for? Not for long.”
Kaepernick has more wordy press conference
QB Colin Kaepernick opened up a bit more in a recent press conference this week, in contrast the his previous one.
“Yeah, we’re back to work, trying to get ready for this next game, trying to get back on a roll,” he said Wednesday, according to the San Jose Mercury News. “Football is always fun. Opportunity to go out and compete. That’s really why you play this game.”
Kaepernick said that “we have a high standard, and everyone else has a high standard for us. If you lose a few games, I mean, it’s not a situation you want to be in and we’re trying to correct that.”
There was a question about how he deals with the media.
He replied: “There’s a different way to go about things. Obviously it’s something that I take my job very seriously. When I go out there and compete and don’t do well at something, I’m very hard on myself. It’s something I have to approach others differently with when I’m in those situations.”
Davis talks season
The 2014-2015 campaign hasn’t been a good one for tight end Vernon Davis.
He acknowledged his lack of production, saying “it’s out of my control.”
“For me, it’s all about coming here, showing up and doing what I have to do to contribute,” Davis told SFGate.com. “As far as not getting the ball, (I) leave it up to the offensive coordinator. It’s his call.”
Davis has caught only 25 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns. Last year, he had 52 catches for 850 yards and 13 touchdowns.
“I look at myself as a playmaker,” Davis added. “Not just someone who’s blocking. I enjoy it. I would love to be involved a little bit more. I would love that. That would be amazing. But like I said, it’s out of my control. All I can do is come here, show up and take care of my responsibilities.”