As if there weren’t already enough humiliating elements to the 49ers’ lopsided loss to their biggest rival Thanksgiving night, owner Jed York apologized for an effort he said “wasn’t acceptable.”
Cassie Baalke, daughter of general manager Trent Baalke, called for offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s ouster before quickly deleting her Twitter post and later closing the account altogether.
Trent Baalke issued a statement Friday saying he and Cassie had apologized to Roman.
“My daughter and I both regret that her feelings got the best of her after last night’s game and that she chose social media as an avenue to express her feelings. We have apologized to Greg for this unfortunate matter,” Baalke said. “While disappointed, as a father I will use this as a teachable moment to help my daughter grow.”
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Just when the 49ers had some momentum as they approached the season’s final month, it disappeared in a matter of four hours in a 19-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium. San Francisco fell to 7-5 and saw its playoff hopes dwindle.
“Anytime you lose, it’s a low point,” wide receiver Anquan Boldin said. “But we’ll bounce back.”
The offense was awful. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick had one of his worst games as a pro. Cornerback Richard Sherman and the Seahawks celebrated all over the 49ers’ field, which hardly offered much advantage when fans left early.
“We celebrate every play,” Sherman said. “Even when they get a catch and it’s a great hit, we celebrate that. They didn’t even understand that. They were getting frustrated that we were celebrating those plays, but that happens when you’re a team and you’re together.”
York posted on Twitter in the game’s waning moments: “Thank you #49ersfaithful for coming out strong tonight. This performance wasn’t acceptable. I apologize for that.”
The post from Cassie Baalke’s Twitter account read: “Greg Roman can take a hike..the 49ers don’t want you no more.” After her words were a pair of icons of hands clapping.
York’s post had about 5,200 retweets by early Friday afternoon, with replies from fans calling for Roman’s job.
In their next game Dec. 7, the 49ers will make the short trip to Oakland to face a Raiders team that enters Sunday’s game at St.Louis with a 1-10 record.
While the timing of York’s public Twitter apology was strange, nobody in the losing locker room could really argue with him. Coach Jim Harbaugh wouldn’t specifically address the remarks.
“We didn’t get it done. The Seahawks played much better team football than we did,” he said. “We know what we have to do now – to come back and win them all.”
After the Raiders game, the 49ers visit Seattle on Dec. 14. They return home for their final two regular-season games, Dec. 20 against San Diego and Dec. 28 against Arizona.
The 49ers will get back to work early next week. “We’ll take a couple days off and regroup,” cornerback Perrish Cox said.