The 49ers have had a couple of great seasons under coach Jim Harbaugh. After Sunday’s 27-7 loss to the Colts, the organization faces the first real crisis of the Harbaugh era.
As explained during the Sunday Night Football postgame show, the 49ers are under .500 for the first time since Harbaugh became the head coach. (It’s actually the first time Harbaugh has had a losing record since November 15, 2008, when Stanford lost to USC and Pete Carroll.) They’ve also lost consecutive games for the first time under Harbaugh, and they’ve been outscored 56-10 in those two straight defeats.
Complicating matters are All-Pro linebacker Aldon Smith’s indefinite leave of absence, the reported verbal dispute between running back Frank Gore and Harbaugh, and suddenly subpar performances from quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has no touchdown passes, four interceptions, and 277 total passing yards in the last two games combined.
Now, the 49ers have to head to St. Louis on a short week to face the Rams, who went 1-0-1 against the 49ers in 2012.
It could be a good thing that the 49ers have a short week. It leaves Harbaugh and others in the organization less time to stew over Sunday’s 20-point loss to the Colts.