After all, the Niners are 2-5 and, as such, Tomsula said he already doled out some advice: Consider the source, so to speak.
“Look, if they’re not in the room when we close the door with 53 [players] and the coaching staff, they really don’t have our best interest at hand,” Tomsula said Wednesday morning. “If you’re not in here with us, if you’re not in the building with us, if you’re not working here with the 49ers, anything outside of that doesn’t have the same interest ... that we do.
“We’re intimate with what we’ve got to do if you’re employed by the San Francisco 49ers.”
The Niners’ most high-profile employee, Kaepernick, has been taking heat of late for not only his poor play on the field but, according to reports, how solitary a figure he is in the locker room.
Tomsula again disputed the notion that Kaepernick has become ostracized, and he has seen this atmosphere before.
“I’ve been here the whole time he’s been here and it seems like this has been what’s gone on with him since I’ve been here,” Tomsula said of Kaepernick. “It’s always, there’s always something. So I guess that’s what goes on when you’re the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers.
“I was here with Alex [Smith] and I saw the same thing going on there; there were all kind of reports and you heard about that stuff all the time.”
And when asked if he was concerned that leaks from within the 49ers might be driving the latest Kaepernick-as-scapegoat national storyline, much as leaks purportedly helped create the narrative to undermine Jim Harbaugh last year, Tomsula did not blanch.
“That would be an absolute concern, but I don’t address those things [because] I don’t know where they come from,” Tomsula said. “There’s stuff that comes all over the place that I don’t know where people are getting their stuff. I don’t believe it’s coming from here. I don’t believe that … from the locker room.”
Tomsula was asked about front-office leaks.
“Oh gosh, I don’t think that,” he said. “I don’t believe that. Any of that stuff’s counterproductive.”