Things were never going to be easy for Jim Tomsula and the San Francisco 49ers in 2015.
With the retirements of key players like Patrick Willis, Chris Borland, Justin Smith and Anthony Davis, combined with veteran running back Frank Gore moving onto the Colts in free agency, this was always going to be a season of rebuilding and patience in San Francisco.
Colin Kaepernick didn't see much of that patience, however, as the quarterback was unceremoniously dropped by Tomsula for this weekend's game against the Falcons, with Blaine Gabbert starting in his place. Well, Tomsula has finally explained his decision.
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Step Back and Watch
The rookie head coach, speaking to reporters after practice today, said he hopes that Kaepernick can learn from him time on the sideline.
“I want Colin to step back and breathe and look at things through a different lens,” Tomsula said.
“I met with the quarterbacks Monday and made the decision to go with Blaine Gabbert this week,” Tomsula said. “[I] feel that’s the direction we need to go.”
Judging by Tomsula's quotes, it seems quite likely that Kaepernick could find himself back in the starting role after the game against the Atlanta Falcons.
A lot of that will rely on Gabbert's performance against the less-than-stellar Falcons defense. If the former Jacksonville Jaguars QB and 2011 first round pick impresses against Atlanta and the Niners pick up the win, then it will be damn-near-impossible for Tomsula to drop him.
However, if he struggled and San Francisco lose then Kaepernick will be back as the starter quicker than you can say "he's on a hundred million dollar contract."
We'll have to wait and see what happens on Sunday at Levi's Stadium.