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49ers bench Colin Kaepernick in favor of Blaine Gabbert, per report

The San Francisco 49ers have benched starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick in favor of veteran backup Blaine Gabbert effective immediately, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.

The 49ers are an on-field disaster this season at 2-6, and much of the blame falls on Kaepernick, who has shown nothing but regression. Head coach Jim Tomsula previously gave the signal caller a vote of confidence, but after Sunday’s loss to the St. Louis Rams, was non committal. 

The 2011 second-round pick has struggled with every aspect of the game this season, as indicated by his 59.3 completion percentage through eight games. During that stretch, Kaepernick has managed just six touchdown passes against five interceptions with a 78.8 passer rating. 

He’s added 256 yards on the ground and one touchdown, but the team has struggled to find any consistency with him at the helm. He’s missed open receivers, made bad reads and has been sacked on 10 percent of his drop backs. 

The fact that Gabbert is a better option at this point than Kaepernick is an indictment on how poorly the starter has been playing over the course of the season. In four NFL seasons, Gabbert has a dismal 66.8 passer rating with 23 touchdowns against 24 interceptions. 

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.
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