Even before the San Francisco 49ers' bye week was complete, coach Jim Tomsula announced the team will stick with Blaine Gabbert as its starting quarterback. At least for one more week.
Keep his starting spot sees Gabbert rewarded after he lead San Francisco to a week nine win over Atlanta following the benching of Colin Kaepernick.
At the time, the move was supposed to allow the opening game starter to regroup and hopefully recharge his batteries of sorts after a disastrous first half of the season.
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Gabbert was able to come off the bench and start last week, leading the bottom feeder in the NFC West to a much-needed win.
It hasn't yet been decided if Gabbert, who was traded from Jacksonville to the 49ers last season, will start past week 11.
When the 49ers return from a bye to face the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 22, they will begin a seven-week jog to the finish line of a race in which they already know the result.
The play of the team so far this season has been deemed unacceptable by 49ers management.
It is that same kind of performance that helped lead to the departure of former head coach Jim Harbaugh, who parted ways with the York family immediately following the 2014 season.
Right now, it would seem everyone on the roster and the coaching staff are on notice the play has to get better and the record of the team needs to change.
Whether that means Gabbert gives this team the best chance to win is not known, but the benching of Kaepernick – and that is the best way to describe the move – cannot be good for his long range plans with the team.
This is just one of the moves that may have done this team in – most of which happened before the season started, according to a story written on UPI.com.
When Tomsula took over the team, he hoped to have offensive tackle Anthony Davis, defensive end Justin Smith, linebacker Patrick Willis, all of whom retired, and linebacker Aldon Smith, who was fired.
And since then they've demoted quarterback Colin Kaepernick, traded tight end Vernon Davis and punter Andy Lee, and lost running backs Carlos Hyde and Reggie Bush, center Daniel Kilgore and safety Antoine Bethea to injury.
Now, the team has to find a way to make progress – any progress – if the coaching staff and the current roster has a chance of surviving. This is just speculation, but the team appears to be worse than when Harbaugh left in January.
Seattle presents a challenge in and of itself for this team. The Seahawks need a win to remain in the hunt for a playoff spot. The defense Gabbert will face is quicker and stronger than the Falcons defense he saw last week. How he handles the pressure of Seattle’s front line will go a long way to determining his future this season as well.
Gabbert had issues with decision making and pressure from pass rush from his three seasons in Jacksonville where he struggled under four head coaches in that time frame.
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