Prior to the season, amid all the doom talk, I suggested that the San Francisco 49ers will actually be fine when it's all said and done. I'm seriously doubting that prediction at this stage, and the news of Joe Staley missing another practice and Ahmad Brooks set to miss the game (and legitimately: condolences to him and his family) coming up certainly isn't helping things.
The 49ers are just a mess on so many fronts. The struggles of quarterback Colin Kaepernick is obviously the most important factor here, but really very few players are actually playing well. Safety Eric Reid is particularly bad, and that's concerning, and I just don't see more than a handful of silver linings and that's simply not good enough for this team. I want Jim Tomsula to succeed as much as the next guy but this is an ugly, ugly look for him in his first year.
Hopefully it gets better from here, but I'm not optimistic (imagine that). Onto your links for the day, folks.
49ers injury report: LT Staley sits out with knee injury (Maiocco)
Agent: 49ers' Brooks will miss Sunday's game due to sister's death (Maiocco)
On 49ers: Offense struggling to find an identity (Barrows)
Colin Kaepernick is a walking, wobbling, talking symbol of all the things the 49ers have mismanaged and bungled (Kawakami)
As pressure mounts on Kaepernick, 49ers' offense makes changes (Maiocco)
49ers notes: Jimmie Ward's habits impress Mangini (Barrows)
Relentless pressure is crushing Kaepernick (Cohn)
Tomsula: Picking up Hodges no reflection on WIlhoite (Maiocco)
Colin Kaepernick still trying to connect with WRs Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith (Gutierrez)
The meeting between Jarryd Hayne and the Warriors Andrew Bogut (Lynch)
49ers LB Aaron Lynch among NFL Leaders in Sacks, Tackles for Loss (49ers)
What to Watch for: San Francisco 49ers vs. New York Giants (49ers)