Colin Kaepernick

Source: Colin Kaepernick benched, Blaine Gabbert to start against Falcons

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Blaine Gabbert 49ers

After falling to a record of 2-6 and bearing witness to several poor quarterbacking performances, the 49ers have decided to bench Colin Kaepernick in favor of backup Blaine Gabbert, according to a source.

The source first said that a big change was coming for the 49ers on Tuesday, and followed up later with confirmation that the change is going to be at the quarterback position. Gabbert will be starting for the 49ers against the Falcons on Sunday, the source said.

While the suggested timing of an announcement (Tuesday, when the only media availability is for conversations with players in the locker room) is curious, the decision isn’t. Kaepernick has played abysmally in back-to-back games against division rivals, several franchise voices have been tossing blame his way for weeks, and yesterday Jason Cole said two 49ers players texted him and said it’s time for Kaepernick to be benched.

The decision was only telegraphed further by Tomsula’s non-committal answer regarding Kaepernick’s job security during his Monday press conference.

Q: Have you guys met and is there a decision on who your starting quarterback will be Sunday?

Tomsula: Yeah, we’re evaluating everything right now. So, we’re in the middle of it right now. I don’t have any comments on any position on our field right now. We are evaluating everybody.

Q: In the past, you’ve stated quite clearly, “QB Colin Kaepernick is our quarterback.”

Tomsula: Yeah, we’re evaluating everyone.

Q: Does that mean he might not start the next game?

Tomsula: I’m not going to have any further comment. I’m just telling you that we are evaluating everyone.

Through eight games, Kaepernick has thrown for 1,615 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions. He has a completion percentage of 59.3 and a quarterback rating of 78.8 — down almost 10 points from 2014 and 20 points from his 2012 season.

Gabbert played three seasons in Jacksonville before coming to the 49ers in 2014. Over that time, he never had a completion percentage higher than 58.3 or a quarterback rating above 77.4. While Gabbert is a more pure pocket passer than Kaepernick, he struggled behind a porous Jaguars offensive line. The situation he’ll step into now won’t be much better.

With Vernon Davis’ trade to the Broncos, fans are now beginning to see the wholesale changes that truly signify a season in disarray. The trade deadline is Tuesday, so more changes could be coming down the pipe. But a shakeup at quarterback is about as big as it gets for the downtrodden franchise in Santa Clara.

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coredump
coredump

Otis Byrd III  I don't think this is a question of "better", I suspect it's some combination of "try something else so we might save our jobs" (Geep, Logan, maybe even Tomsula and/or Baalke), plus "keep Kaepernick from getting hurt so we don't have to pay him a buncha money in April per the injury clause in his contract" (lil Jed, Baalke). If (if!) you could get Baalke or even lil Jed to speak publicly about this dumpster fire, I'm sure they'd spout the same old tired cliches about "working their tails off" and "trying to get better every week" and "fighting for a playoff spot until the end", etc.  But privately they both have to know this season is a write-off. And that means trading guys like Vernon (sorta surprised there weren't more veterans gone, frankly) to dump salary and salvage whatever picks they can get, and protecting their piggybank from injury payouts in Kaepernick's contract. It's not about winning, it's about math.  Dollar sign kind of math.  And we know lil Jed can do that; worst case he can have Paraag give him the answer.

Otis Byrd III
Otis Byrd III

SFF49JYP4L skeets2086 Blaine Gabbert's NFL stats are nonexistent.

Otis Byrd III
Otis Byrd III

I'm not a fan of this move. Yeah, Kap was struggling this season, but is Gabbert any better? I understand why the 49ers did this, but it's just, why? This season is going down the drain.

coredump
coredump

@Otis Byrd III  I don't think this is a question of "better", I suspect it's some combination of "try something else so we might save our jobs" (Geep, Logan, maybe even Tomsula and/or Baalke), plus "keep Kaepernick from getting hurt so we don't have to pay him a buncha money in April per the injury clause in his contract" (lil Jed, Baalke).

If (if!) you could get Baalke or even lil Jed to speak publicly about this dumpster fire, I'm sure they'd spout the same old tired cliches about "working their tails off" and "trying to get better every week" and "fighting for a playoff spot until the end", etc.  But privately they both have to know this season is a write-off.

And that means trading guys like Vernon (sorta surprised there weren't more veterans gone, frankly) to dump salary and salvage whatever picks they can get, and protecting their piggybank from injury payouts in Kaepernick's contract.

It's not about winning, it's about math.  Dollar sign kind of math.  And we know lil Jed can do that; worst case he can have Paraag give him the answer.


Otis Byrd III
Otis Byrd III

I'm not a fan of this move. Yeah, Kap was struggling this season, but is Gabbert any better? I understand why the 49ers did this, but it's just, why? This season is going down the drain.

SFF49JYP4L
SFF49JYP4L

skeets2086 What do Blaine Gabbert's stats say?

Beaver
Beaver

As much as I HATE to write this, the Niners should probably hang on to Kap for the foreseeable future.  With better coaching and protection, he is probably the 18th to 20th best qb in the league, and unfortunately you're probably not going to find anyone better than that in this year's draft (including Goff).  I would play Gabbert and hope Kap grows up a little; then I would fire Tomsula at the end of the season and draft some linemen.  Sadly, it then all goes back to the real problem - Baalke's drafting and York's coaching hires.  Basically, we're screwed long term.

Beaver
Beaver

As much as I HATE to write this, the Niners should probably hang on to Kap for the foreseeable future.  With better coaching and protection, he is probably the 18th to 20th best qb in the league, and unfortunately you're probably not going to find anyone better than that in this year's draft (including Goff).  I would play Gabbert and hope Kap grows up a little; then I would fire Tomsula at the end of the season and draft some linemen.  Sadly, it then all goes back to the real problem - Baalke's drafting and York's coaching hires.  Basically, we're screwed long term.

TSL
TSL

This move was needed. As Jason Cole relayed from 49er players that Kaepernick needs to sit and clear his mind. Hopefully this will recharge his batteries and he will come back to his old self.


TSL
TSL

This move was needed. As Jason Cole relayed from 49er players that Kaepernick needs to sit and clear his mind. Hopefully this will recharge his batteries and he will come back to his old self.

MarkLopez2
MarkLopez2

Slam MarkLopez2 Bay49ER Excellent example. Nothing ruins a QB faster than bad coaching and a bad O line. To bad Baalke can't figure that one out.

chickenfried234
chickenfried234

SolnichkaFrankenstein well you were wrong back then...

Slam
Slam

MarkLopez2 Bay49ER  Another good example is Jim Plunkett. First pick in the draft, the Boston Patriots had some jackass college coach who had him running the wishbone and he got destroyed. Bounced around the league, Al Davis ( back when he was AL DAVIS ) picked him up, dusted him off, put him on a team with a shutdown defense and great O-Line, and guess what, he started winnings games.

MarkLopez2
MarkLopez2

Bay49ER See this is your failure as a fan. Learn something about football. No QB, not Montana, not Elway could succeed behind this O line. If you don't have protection to go through your reads and lousy coaching to not put you in a position to succeed. Then your set up to fail. Remember Steve Young in Tampa Bay? He was terrible because the team was and he had no support. He comes here and turns into a HOF QB with great coaching and O line. Now about Goff, check his stats against ranked opponents, his horrific. He is not the answer with this O line. He will get murdered.  Build your O line, get some good coaching and then you get your QB. This team is going to be horrible for years to come, so you build up front first.

MarkLopez2
MarkLopez2

@shutupdufus gilnutz I think he is talking about the York karma coming back to haunt the franchise. The Debartolo's lost their main source of income when their mall building business in the midwest went bankrupt, so they have pretty much failed at everything they have done. They destroy everything they put their hands on. Old man York was a freaking middle class dentist when he married Denise. Denise was so proud to tell all of us 49er fans how she likes to shop at Wal Mart. These are the people running this sinking ship. Not one of them as the brains to come out of the rain.

MarkLopez2
MarkLopez2

SolnichkaFrankenstein This is not a good draft for QB's. Goff is the number one rated guy and he has been horrible against ranked teams. The number two guy is from Memphis St and the guy from Michigan St. None of these three is going to be a franchise QB. So the 49ers need to focus on the O line. This team is going to be lousy for many years to come, so you need to build up the trenches first. You get a QB first, he is just going to fail and be running for his life.

MarkLopez2
MarkLopez2

Slam When I read before the season how Tomfoola was taking care of the players, I knew right then that this franchise was doomed. Harbaugh always kept the players on edge and driving them hard so they could succeed in this very tough demanding sport. Thats exactly how this team plays, no edge, no intensity and easily accepting their role as bottom feeders. So now we are left with a bunch of complacent players with zero leadership. Am insecure, knucklehead owner, a scout for a GM with no idea how to evaluate talent, a coach who NEVER was prepared for a job like this, and loser players like Boone who don't mind being bottom feeders as long as they get paid.

coredump
coredump

Slam  "Working their tails off" is this season's "need to look at the film".

Slam
Slam

If this went down with Harbaugh as head coach, he would've raised holy hell and pushed back on the village idiots upstairs, which is why his players went hard for him. And which is why York got rid of him.


Of course the Niners wouldn't be this shitty under Harbaugh.

MarkLopez2
MarkLopez2

@Slam When I read before the season how Tomfoola was taking care of the players, I knew right then that this franchise was doomed. Harbaugh always kept the players on edge and driving them hard so they could succeed in this very tough demanding sport. Thats exactly how this team plays, no edge, no intensity and easily accepting their role as bottom feeders. So now we are left with a bunch of complacent players with zero leadership. Am insecure, knucklehead owner, a scout for a GM with no idea how to evaluate talent, a coach who NEVER was prepared for a job like this, and loser players like Boone who don't mind being bottom feeders as long as they get paid. 

Slam
Slam

If this went down with Harbaugh as head coach, he would've raised holy hell and pushed back on the village idiots upstairs, which is why his players went hard for him. And which is why York got rid of him. Of course the Niners wouldn't be this shitty under Harbaugh.

DavidHarte
DavidHarte

Only a fool would believe any logic that leaks from these "sources": the 49ers brain trust is long brain dead, and of course the Yorks care only about money.


Kaepernick was good enough for the Super Bowl, back-to-back NFC Championship games, and three road playoff wins (more than Montana & Young combined...), and yet he's the problem?


Try an offensive line that is "the worst in 30 years in the NFL," a coaching staff that would be outclasssed in the Pac-12, a roster with very little talent, and whatever talent is left dispirited by the Harbaugh fiasco (except for that standout, "Rhino" Boone...and how does "Dude" Harbaugh look to you now, "Rhino"?!).  Then let's not even bother about Baalke.


A collection of putzes.


Kaepernick would do well to get off this sinking ship ASAP.

DavidHarte
DavidHarte

Only a fool would believe any logic that leaks from these "sources": the 49ers brain trust is long brain dead, and of course the Yorks care only about money. Kaepernick was good enough for the Super Bowl, back-to-back NFC Championship games, and three road playoff wins (more than Montana & Young combined...), and yet he's the problem? Try an offensive line that is "the worst in 30 years in the NFL," a coaching staff that would be outclasssed in the Pac-12, a roster with very little talent, and whatever talent is left dispirited by the Harbaugh fiasco (except for that standout, "Rhino" Boone...and how does "Dude" Harbaugh look to you now, "Rhino"?!). A collection of putzes. Kaepernick would do well to get off this sinking ship ASAP.

Slam
Slam

@T Von X   You the nail on the head. Chryst is the next fall guy.

Stonecoldfester
Stonecoldfester

Blaine Gabbert isn't going to fix anything. The reason we were a winning team lives in Michigan right now. I've been a 49ers fan for over 50 years. That's how far back my memory goes anyway. To say I have died and lived with this team multiple times is an understatement. I have never seen this team destroyed by the front office like this has happened this year. It's tough to be a 49er fan this year. Even tougher if you live in the state of Washington. Well, at least the Super Bowl is in San Jose this year.

Stonecoldfester
Stonecoldfester

Blaine Gabbert isn't going to fix anything. The reason we were a winning team lives in Michigan right now. I've been a 49ers fan for over 50 years. That's how far back my memory goes anyway. To say I have died and lived with this team multiple times is an understatement. I have never seen this team destroyed by the front office like this has happened this year. It's tough to be a 49er fan this year. Even tougher if you live in the state of Washington. Well, at least the Super Bowl is in San Jose this year.

Slam
Slam

QB's get too much glory in victory and too much blame in defeat. This front office ( who are Billy Beane-ing Tomsula, BTW; he has no say in this ) is in full panic mode.


Blaine Gabbert is two full clicks beneath Kap on the QB food chain, this game will be a clown show.


But the good news, according to TomFoola, is these guys are working hard.


So there's that.

coredump
coredump

@Slam  "Working their tails off" is this season's "need to look at the film".

Slam
Slam

QB's get too much glory in victory and too much blame in defeat. This front office ( who are Billy Beane-ing Tomsula, BTW; he has no say in this ) is in full panic mode. Blaine Gabbert is two full clicks beneath Kap on the QB food chain, this game will be a clown show. But the good news, according to TomFoola, is these guys are working hard. So there's that.

T
T

Von X  put some blame on Geep Chryst too.  bad offensive system.  i rather bring jeff tedford back to the bay area and see if he could do anything.

rockmhoward
rockmhoward

Von X Sadly the Falcons pass rush is not good enough to strike fear into anyone's heart just yet. Also the Falcons top corners are banged up. Only QBs who are truly in over their heads have a problem with the Falcons. It just so happens that these days there are more NFL starting QBs who fit that description than not and that list probably includes all of the SF QBs. We shall see.

Von X
Von X

Well well wellllllllll!?!?!

Allow me to pile on .....

...cuz I have been waiting for this moment ever since the first time I saw this dude kiss his own bicep?!!!

THAT!... was the first flag for me?!

"Kapernicking?!?" .......REALLY?

*No man should kiss his own body parts in public!

*His ability to communicate comprehensive sentences with the media is directly proportioned with his communicating on the field?!

* MELTDOWN FLAG!!

Harbaugh- obviously gave up on him 1/3 into last season when he didn't get his way?! The Niners set up a team friendly "Opt Out" contract with Colin-

( showing "0" faith in him) and never sought a formidable backup QB?!

Additionally---the grand opening of Levi Stadium began the " Curse of Santa Clara"

-The Niners got their asses kicked!

-An unfortunate man died in the stands

-And the field grass was exposed as faulty-(not yet resolved?)

Nuff said...

Except...

Blaine Gabbert is currently the bravest man in California... for the awkward opportunity he steps into on Sunday?!

rockmhoward
rockmhoward

@Von X Sadly the Falcons pass rush is not good enough to strike fear into anyone's heart just yet. Also the Falcons top corners are banged up. Only QBs who are truly in over their heads have a problem with the Falcons. It just so happens that these days there are more NFL starting QBs who fit that description than not and that list probably includes all of the SF QBs. We shall see.

T
T

@Von X  put some blame on Geep Chryst too.  bad offensive system.  i rather bring jeff tedford back to the bay area and see if he could do anything.

Slam
Slam

@T @Von X   You the nail on the head. Chryst is the next fall guy.

Von X
Von X

Well well wellllllllll!?!?! Allow me to pile on ..... ...cuz I have been waiting for this moment ever since the first time I saw this dude kiss his own bicep?!!! THAT!... was the first flag for me?! "Kapernicking?!?" .......REALLY? *No man should kiss his own body parts in public! *His ability to communicate comprehensive sentences with the media is directly proportioned with his communicating on the field?! * MELTDOWN FLAG!! Harbaugh- obviously gave up on him 1/3 into last season when he didn't get his way?! The Niners set up a team friendly "Opt Out" contract with Colin- ( showing "0" faith in him) and never sought a formidable backup QB?! Additionally---the grand opening of Levi Stadium began the " Curse of Santa Clara" -The Niners got their asses kicked! -An unfortunate man died in the stands -And the field grass was exposed as faulty-(not yet resolved?) Nuff said... Except... Blaine Gabbert is currently the bravest man in California... for the awkward opportunity he steps into on Sunday?!

Von X
Von X

A step further... Colon is "the Colon!!"

19j37
19j37

It's atime to get rid of Jocko, the head coach. He needs to go back to the Northeast and be a troll


19j37
19j37

It's atime to get rid of Jocko, the head coach. He needs to go back to the Northeast and be a troll

SolnichkaFrankenstein
SolnichkaFrankenstein

Kaep sucks, just as I told this writer three years ago after the SB loss. Harbaugh couldn't do anything with him in three years. He's an idiot.


The 49ers are now angling for the QB-deep draft, where they should take two QBs: one in the top 5 picks—and another sleeper in later rounds (Nate Sudfeld?). 


Here comes 3-13.

MarkLopez2
MarkLopez2

@SolnichkaFrankenstein This is not a good draft for QB's. Goff is the number one rated guy and he has been horrible against ranked teams. The number two guy is from Memphis St and the guy from Michigan St. None of these three is going to be a franchise QB. So the 49ers need to focus on the O line. This team is going to be lousy for many years to come, so you need to build up the trenches first. You get a QB first, he is just going to fail and be running for his life. 

SolnichkaFrankenstein
SolnichkaFrankenstein

Kaep sucks, just as I told this writer three years ago after the SB loss. Harbaugh couldn't do anything with him in three years. He's an idiot. The 49ers are now angling for the QB-deep draft, where they should take two QBs: one in the top 5 picks—and another sleeper in later rounds (Nate Sudfeld?).  Here comes 3-13.

Mood_Indigo
Mood_Indigo

Now that the talent on the Niners offense matches that of those putrid Jag offenses, it's time let Gabbert loose on the NFL world....

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