Brent Jones: 49ers-Kap situation 'give-up on both sides'


Brent Jones: 49ers-Kap situation 'give-up on both sides'

Last Friday, the 49ers placed Colin Kaepernick on season-ending injured reserve.

The move stunned former 49ers tight end Brent Jones.

"It's rare that a transaction will shock the heck out of me," Jones explained on KNBR 680-AM on Monday night. "On Friday, my wife got the text alert and said 'They just put Kap on IR.' And I go 'No they didn't...' I just went nuts. I got on my phone, tried to search and I was just flummoxed.

"You know what the reality is here -- this was Roberto Duran. This was an absolutely, 'No mas,' by Kap and by the 49ers management. No more. I don't want you. I don't like you. And we don't want you. Because there's no way that is done with what I'm going to say is a minor injury. Yeah, it's problematic maybe, but you've been playing with it, it's not your throwing shoulder. You don't put the guy on IR and just say 'OK, that's it.' As a player you're just saying 'I give up. Yeah. I'm gonna go on IR and give up because I'm the backup.' That's so discouraging across the board. I can't remember any time in my athletic career where I've seen something like this happen. That's just bad."

Kaepernick underwent surgery Tuesday morning in Vail, Colorado to repair the labrum in his left shoulder, sources told CSNBayArea.com's Matt Maiocco.

Prior to the 49ers' game in Seattle on Sunday, Trent Baalke confirmed to reporters that Kaepernick first reported soreness in his left shoulder following the 49ers’ 17-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 4.

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“I know he was looked at after the Green Bay game, sought treatment and (then Kaepernick was) full-steam ahead,” Baalke said. “It wasn’t something at that point in time that was reportable (to the league’s injury report) because he went in and got it checked, and felt good and kept right on playing. (There) was no extensive rehab going on at that point in time.

“But those are injuries that they continue to nag and they get worse. And it came to a point where he just felt and the medical staff felt it was in his best interest to take a step back."

Kaepernick is scheduled to make $14.3 million next season, including his $11.9 million base salary that is guaranteed for injury. It also becomes fully guaranteed if he remains on the roster on April 1, leading to rampant speculation that the 49ers will severe ties with Kaepernick early in the offseason.

"It feels to me like it was a give-up on both sides," Jones declared. "And you're gonna hear a ton of spin ... but nobody is gonna convince me different ... I believe that probably Kap drove it, very unhappy, and the 49ers just said, 'Great. We don't want you around either.'

"... I'd be absolutely blown away if he's on the team next year ... there's just no way. My only thing is if we could have traded him before the deadline, we should have done it and gotten something for him. Because we're gonna get next to nothing for him now ... what a strange deal ... well if we did get something for him it would be like a fourth or fifth round pick, and we'd pick somebody that can't play anyway so it wouldn't really matter."

Jed York says 49ers are bringing entire staff to Super Bowl LIV vs Chiefs

Jed York says 49ers are bringing entire staff to Super Bowl LIV vs Chiefs

The 49ers will fly to Miami on Sunday to play in the NFL franchise’s seventh Super Bowl. Despite this being a semi-regular thing, CEO Jed York isn’t treating it that way.

York said Friday that he’s bringing all full-time staff to Miami for Super Bowl week and treating them to the game. He even mentioned bringing interns.

That’s, you know, a lot of people on the 49ers’ dime.

“We're taking a lot of people. We wanted to make sure that our entire staff had the opportunity to go,” York said in a meeting with local reporters. “Everybody from [head coach Kyle Shanahan to general manager John Lynch] all the way down to interns, everyone's been a part of this, and we wanted to make sure they're there to help and also celebrate the moment that hopefully gets us over the hump."

That’s unusual benefit for support staff outside football operations, one that will allow everyone involved with the 49ers to enjoy a week basking in the team’s achievements leading up to Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium.

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The 49ers are trying to win their sixth Super Bowl title, which would tie them with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots for the most in NFL history. The Chiefs are currently 1.5-point favorites in this clash of Titans.

Super Bowl 54 odds: Kyle Shanahan at 100-1 to blow another 28-3 lead


Super Bowl 54 odds: Kyle Shanahan at 100-1 to blow another 28-3 lead

Kyle Shanahan hasn't forgotten that the Atlanta Falcons infamously blew a 28-3 lead in their Super Bowl LI loss to the New England Patriots. 

The 49ers coach cited the loss as a valuable learning experience in the lead-up to Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 3, and he doesn't think he'll repeat history in Miami. If you think he will against the Kansas City Chiefs, then you can get action on that. 

New Jersey-based sportsbook PointsBet listed the 49ers as having 100-1 odds of blowing a 28-3 lead against the Chiefs in a prop bet, according to ESPN's David Purdum. The Super Bowl is synonymous with highly specific wagering, and it's only fitting that one of the most-memed moments in NFL history has earned such a designation. 

The Falcons' long history of heartbreak, providing the movable object, came to the forefront against the unstoppable force that was (is?) the Patriots' historic dominance. New England completed the 25-point comeback in the Super Bowl's first overtime session, as Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Co. won their fifth ring -- all at the expense of a city once called "Loserville."

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Shanahan's first season on the 49ers' sideline came the following season, and San Francisco's appearance in Super Bowl LIV will be his first in the big game since, well, 28-3 happened. The 40-year-old hasn't let the scoreline define him, but it has since defined his approach as a head coach. He told reporters in Santa Clara this week that the blown lead is "something that keeps you humble every single moment until the game is over." 

And, surely, so will the Chiefs erasing double-digit playoff deficits with regularity.