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Blaine Gabbert attempts to hand off the ball to no one

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Blaine Gabbert didn't have the best of games when the San Francisco 49ers played against the Seattle Seahawks this past weekend.

The 26-year-old quarterback finished the day with 14 completions on 25 attempts for 119 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception as his team lost 37-18 to their divisional rivals.

Quarterbacks are supposed to be the players which direct and lead the offense to victory, but when your gunslingers plays the way Gabbert did against the Seahawks, you know you have a problem and might need to change personnel soon.


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The tweet further down in this article is a clear demonstration of the problem facing the 49ers in the position, and it must be something they address soon otherwise they face another season without making the playoffs.

On their very first drive of the game in the first quarter with no one in the backfield, Gabbert attempts to hand off the ball. Realising that no one is there, he quickly tries to make the best of a bad situation and rush up the field, only to be stopped by defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin after a yard.

Time must be running out for the 2011 first round draft pick, who is now 4-7 as a starter for the 49ers. His main issue is consistency in completing passes, as so far this season he has only completed 55.2% of his passes. Last season in eight games he had a career high of 63.1%, but it appears to have dropped across three games so far this year. 

It probably won't be long until head coach Chip Kelly decides backup Colin Kaepernick is ready to play, despite all the off-field attention he has been receiving recently. Offensive performances must improve if the 49ers have any hope of reaching the playoffs in a very tough division.

Attempting to hand the ball off to invisible players won't help that cause.

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