49ers to bench Colin Kaepernick, start Blaine Gabbert against Falcons

  • 49ers to bench Colin Kaepernick, start Blaine Gabbert against Falcons

49ers to bench Colin Kaepernick, start Blaine Gabbert against Falcons

Earlier Monday, coach Jim Tomsula said the team was "evaluating everything", including benching Kaepernick. Now, he's reportedly been benched for Blaine Gabbert and is now the subject of trade rumors leading up to the 2015 National Football League trade deadline. Kaepernick made his first career start on November 19, 2012, for former coach Jim Harbaugh.

Furthermore, there have been reports of turmoil within the 49ers locker room this season, as it was previously reported that Davis and Joe Staley were involved in an altercation that centered around Kaepernick. But we've seen a better supporting cast around him. "When they came in, they were prepared to play". Multiple outlets reported the news on Monday night (Kyle McLorg of BayAreaSportsGuy.com was the first to report it). The quarterback speaks each Wednesday, also the next scheduled availability for Tomsula. He appeared in six regular-season games, carrying eight times for 25 yards and returning eight punts for 76 yards.

The six-year contract extension that Kaepernick signed with the 49ers in June 2014, worth as much as $126 million, widely has been described as having a team-friendly structure that allows the organization to move on from him at minimal cost.

If a change is possible, it might be hard for Niners coaches to make a compelling case for Kaepernick based on his latest tape. The Niners are 0-3 in the NFC West.

"It needs a jolt, and needs it from every position", fullback Bruce Miller said. "I don't think it's talent, I don't think it's ability". He has thrown for 300 yards on just two occasions and, in five of his games, he has failed to pass for more than 200 yards. Kaepernick too often looked incapable of properly adjusting to incoming pressure and consistently making accurate throws down the field.

And with Aussie Jarryd Hayne now back in the mix in the practice squad, but the 49ers still looking elsewhere for a replacement to cover injured running backs Reggie Bush, Carlos Hyde and Mike Davis, it begs to question whether the San Francisco 49ers really know what they are doing.