Quarterback Alex Smith entered the game as the NFL's leading passer. After his three-interception performance in the 49ers' coming-back-down-to-earth loss to the New York Giants, Smith's passer rating dropped 12.1 points to 96.6, which ranks seventh in the NFL.
RECAP: Giants 26, 49ers 3
Colin Kaepernick saw nine snaps in the regular course of the game. The 49ers were successful integrating him into the offense against the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. But when his handoff to Frank Gore on a third-and-6 brought an abrupt end to the 49ers' opening drive, it raised some eyebrows. Coach Jim Harbaugh admitted afterward that the 49ers run the risk of impeding the offense by taking the starting quarterback out of the game.Quarterbacks
3-Scott Tolzien: Was inactive (coaches' decision).
7-Colin Kaepernick: He played 16 snaps total. He finished off the game at quarterback for the final seven-play drive. Of the nine snaps he took earlier in the game, the 49ers gained 19 yards on five run plays and 32 yards on four pass attempts. . . He gained 6 yards rushing on two attempts, and completed 4 of 7 pass attempts for 82 yards. He was sacked twice for minus-17 yards. . . Threw a 36-yard rope down the middle to Mario Manningham to set up 52-yard FG attempt right before the half that David Akers missed. . . He entered in third quarter after Alex Smith's 55-yard pass to Randy Moss, and he held the ball for more than five seconds and took an 11-yard sack that contributed to a 49ers' stopped drive.
11-Alex Smith: One week after the best game of his regular-season career, Smith experienced one of his worst games. He completed 19 of 30 passes for 200 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions. He made some poor decisions, and he seemed indecisive at times, which contributed to his four sacks. . . The sprain on his middle finger did not appear to be any issue. Instead, Smith made some throws he should not have attempted. . . He allowed CB Prince Amukamara to make a play on the ball, which was intended for Delanie Walker along the left sideline on a wheel route. . . He was indecisive and threw high to Manningham on a slant in the third quarter that FS Antrel Rolle intercepted and returned 20 yards to set up a field goal. . . Did not see Rolle on a pass intended for Michael Crabtree that resulted in Smith's third interception of the game.
The San Francisco 49ers Wednesday announced that Tom Gamble is leaving the organization.
“The 49ers organization has tremendous respect and appreciation for Tom Gamble and his many years of service,” said General Manager John Lynch. “He is a class act who has helped a great deal in this transition, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him. After working together over the last month, Tom and I agreed that it would be in both of our best interests for him to pursue other opportunities. Tom is a true professional and we wish him and his family great success in the future.”
“I must thank Jed, the York family and the entire 49ers organization for the wonderful memories they provided me and my family, but it is time I move on,” said Gamble. “This past month, I have had the pleasure of working alongside John Lynch and the talented staff he has assembled. The team is in capable hands and I wish them nothing but the best.”
Gamble, who recently completed his 29th NFL season and 10th with the 49ers, returned to the team in January of 2015 as the senior personnel executive and was later named assistant general manager on July 25, 2016. He spent the 2013-14 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles as vice president of player personnel. Gamble originally joined the 49ers in 2005 and spanned eight seasons with San Francisco including two as the director of player personnel (2011-12). He oversaw both the college and pro personnel efforts of the 49ers. As the 49ers director of pro personnel from 2005-10, Gamble monitored every NFL roster with an emphasis on scouting talent of upcoming pro free agents, while also maintaining continuous depth of personnel on the team’s roster.
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General manager John Lynch confirmed during a radio interview that he and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan met with quarterback Colin Kaepernick at his office Wednesday morning at the team headquarters in Santa Clara.
“I would characterize it as just a really positive discussion,” Lynch said during an appearance on KNBR, confirming a CSNBayArea.com report the sides met for the first time since Lynch and Shanahan were hired in their new roles.
Lynch said he and Shanahan have committed to being completely honest with Kaepernick, who can opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent as early as next week.
Lynch did not divulge the topics of conversation. He said a commitment was also made to Kaepernick to not speak publicly about the specifics of their conversations.
“I do think that there are some things that are sacred,” Lynch said. “We did have a great discussion and I think Colin left excited and we left excited.
“And I think as Kyle and I believe, the evaluation process is still very much fluid. We’ve only been on the job a couple of weeks and I can tell you we both very much enjoyed being around Colin, and he seems like he’s in a real good place.”