Frank Schwab of Yahoo Sports said it best:
"When you get benched for Blaine Gabbert, things aren't going well. That's where Colin Kaepernick finds himself."
If the San Francisco 49ers weren't a team taking on water before the loss 27-6 on Sunday to the St. Louis Rams, they are certainly sinking in the abyss of the San Francisco Bay.
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Has a quarterback who was so close to winning a Super Bowl just three seasons ago ever fallen so far so fast and, in the process, lost the locker room he was once the leader?
It's hard to imagine what is happening in San Francisco. A new coach, a failed direction and lost hope from what used to be glory days and championship hopes. Now, there might be a race between the red and gold and the Detroit Lions as to which franchise is in greater disarray.
If you are what your record says you are, the 49ers are a step behind the Lions for that honor, but quickly closing in.
The sad thing in all of this drama - which has continued to escalate over the course of the season - is coach Jim Tomsula is turning to Blaine Gabbert.
Oh, that Blaine Gabbert - the one who could not get it right in Jacksonville. That Blaine Gabbert - the one who had questionable leadership qualities and could not hit receivers on a consistent basis in three seasons.
That Blaine Gabbert - the one who is still the topic of many a joke here in north Florida.
While it seems odd that the backup may be one of the worst investments in Jaguars history, what if he comes out and rallies the troops to a win on Sunday?
What if there really is a quarterback controversy between a falling star and a stat that never rose? Oh, the tabloids on the west coast will have a field day, as will the NFL media types.
Believe me, you cannot make this stuff up.
Schwab's article stated:
"The 49ers gave Kaepernick a contract that had a total value of $126 million but they could get out of easily if he regressed badly.
"And he has. Kaepernick is due $16.7 million next season and $19.3 million the season after that."
It's time to see if there are other alternatives out there which would give this team a lift instead of plummeting it deeper into the cold waters of northern California.
I'm not sure, however, the choice to replace him serves as a life raft, or further adds to the weight of a season lost on all accounts.
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