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Hall-of-Fame quarterback Steve Young was at Levi's Stadium for the 49ers 13-10 loss to the Rams on Sunday, and left discouraged from what he saw from the sidelines.
"I was standing on the sideline yesterday. George Seifert, our old coach, was inducted into the 49er Hall of Fame. I stood right by the team," Young said on ESPN Radio in New York. "I remember calling to my security guy that I’ve known for years and years, Jeff Rodriguez. I said ‘Jeff, something’s wrong with these guys. There’s a bad vibe. Guys on and off the field.’
“I mean this is the best locker room in football. You know how much I kind of love studying locker rooms and guys that self-police and take care of business. They looked broken and I can’t figure that out. I mean … they’ve had some injuries and they haven’t had injuries. Maybe this is a team that’s not resilient enough to deal with injuries. But offensively they don’t have that many injuries and they look lost. A lot of complaining, a lot of moaning coming off the field.
Colin Kaepernick was sacked a career-high eight times and the 49ers were held scoreless in the second half in their loss the Rams as they fell to 4-4 on the season. Kaepernick finished the game 22-of-33 for 237 yards and two lost fumbles.
“Colin looks like – guys that really know what they’re doing, their eyes are up," Young said. "Quarterbacks that aren’t sure, their eyes come down. As soon as they get to the back of their drop, their eyes come down because they want to find out what’s happening around them. They start to move. And that’s what’s happening to him.
The offensive line did not perform well, but Kaepernick took blame for not being able to avoid some of the problems as well. The 49ers struggled running the ball as Frank Gore managed just 49 yards on 14 rushing attempts.
“There’s really nothing to really put my finger on other than sometimes teams just get lost," Young said. "I walked away yesterday saying ‘Boy, that team is not even close to what the teams they were the last couple years. Ready to take things on deep into January.”