Here's a thought based on some hypotheticals that don't seem so hypothetical. Considering the Cardinals could be the worst team in the league, it's not too much of a stretch to assume the 49ers could be up big at some point, most likely by the start of the 4th quarter. The question then becomes, what happens at the quarterback position?
Does Jim Harbaugh leave Colin Kaepernick in to get more experience and risk injury in what at that point is garbage time against a frustrated opponent? Does he bring in Alex Smith to get some reps in case Colin gets hurt in the playoffs? What if defense and special teams have set up most of the scoring and Colin looks inconsistent? Any chance in garbage time he plays Scott Tolzien to avoid any Alex questions or issues? (I doubt that).
Guessing we won't get anything close to an answer from Coach before Sunday and not sure anyone would ask the question. If they did, assume the answer would be typical coach speak and refer to concentrating on winning the game and not worrying about scenarios that may or may not happen.
Harbaugh has been resolute in sticking with Colin. Against this Cardinals team odds are seemingly in Kaepernick's favor to have a good day no matter how long he plays. It should be interesting to see what happens late if it's not a close game...the return of Alex...or not? 49ers fans hope the problem of having a big lead (and the Packers losing) happens and this situation plays out. Guess we will have to wait until Sunday to see.
Lee Siegel is the assistant news director for CSN Bay Area
SANTA CLARA – Cornerback Rashard Robinson and outside linebacker Aaron Lynch might not be available when the 49ers return after the bye week to play the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 6.
Neither Robinson nor Lynch sustained long-term injury, 49ers coach Chip Kelly said on Monday, a day after they left the game in the third quarter of the 49ers’ 34-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Both players underwent MRI examinations on Monday.
Robinson sustained a partially torn MCL in his left knee. The injury will not require surgery, but it is uncertain how long he will be out of action. Lynch sustained a high left ankle sprain. He is also questionable for the 49ers’ next game.
The 49ers players had meetings on Monday before Kelly dismissed the team until next Tuesday.
Defensive lineman Arik Armstead also left Sunday’s game due to an injury in the third quarter. Kelly suggested Armstead’s shoulder condition will not prevent him from being ready to play upon the team’s return to action.
SANTA CLARA – Coach Chip Kelly said Monday he has never had a conversation with 49ers general manager Trent Baalke about trading five-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley.
“No one’s ever talked to me (or had) discussions with me about Joe being traded,” Kelly said. “We need Joe here.
“I’m not in charge of the overall roster. I’ll give my weigh in and weigh in where everybody is. But my point to that thing is we’ve never had a conversation about that, and we talk about everything on a daily basis. That’s never come up.”
Pro Football Talk on Sunday night reported the 49ers are seeking a first-round draft pick for Staley. According to the report, the list of interested teams include the Vikings, Giants, Cardinals, Seahawks and Patriots.
The trade deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 1. The 49ers players report back to Santa Clara on that day after the bye week.
“And I understand how it comes up because we’re 1-6 and Joe’s a veteran player,” said Kelly. “It’s just kind of the nature of the sport you play.”
When asked if Kelly spoke to Staley on Monday to assure him that there has been no trade talk, Kelly answered, “I don’t make a habit about talking to our guys about erroneous reports.”
Staley is under contract to the 49ers through the 2019 season.