West Coast sports roundup, Week 45: Kobe Bryant hints at retirement, 49ers bench Colin Kaepernick

NFL: 49ers bench Colin Kaepernick, start Blaine Gabbert

Photo Credit:  Ben Margot/AP Photo

Photo Credit: Ben Margot/AP Photo

It hasn’t quite been the bounce back season for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, which took another step backward after he was benched for Sunday’s matchup against the Atlanta Falcons  for backup Blaine Gabbert. 

The 28-year-old has struggled this season as he has passed for 1,615 yards with just six touchdown passes, five interceptions, and five fumbles through the first seven games. This includes throwing no touchdowns in five games, completing over 60 percent of his passes twice, and recording lower than a 45.0 quarterback rating four times. 

All of his unreliability has only been heightened by the team’s overall disappointment this season holding a 3-6 record at the midway point. That said, the 49ers were still able to scratch out a win against the Falcons on  with Gabbert at the helm of the offense, and are expected to keep him as the starter after the team’s bye week. 

San Francisco has stated that they are still committed to Kaepernick for the long-term, but with his contract on a year-by-year basis it makes his return next season seem unlikely. There is much speculation that he could be dealt in the offseason if so there will be plenty of team’s interested in acquiring his services. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.

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