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"The same thing I was hearing last year is the same thing I was hearing as the season was starting -- the same thing I'm hearing now," Rapoport told NFL Media's Rich Eisen. "And some of it is from losing, but I'm told especially the veterans are grumbling already about Jim Harbaugh, and the voices are getting louder and louder."
Said Rapoport: "Some of the complaints include the fact that he kind of treats them like children. In fact, on planes, I'm told, they're not allowed to play music, they're not allowed to play cards. Small things, but these are the things that really can rankle players, even though the veterans do get to sit in first class."
Before San Francisco's regular-season opener, Rapoport noted that Harbaugh -- aware of the locker-room grumbling -- had attempted to appeal to his players before their win over the Cowboys. Since that victory, though, the Niners have dropped two straight in ugly fashion to the Bears and Cardinals, leaving the team tied with the Rams in the basement of the NFC West.
It's worth noting that the 49ers also opened last season 1-2 before surging down the stretch en route to Harbaugh's third straight NFC title game. Getting to a fourth would help quiet the rumblings around a coach facing an uncertain future in San Francisco.