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Blaine Gabbert | Quarterback | #2

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/15/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 235
College: Missouri
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (10) / JAC
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49ers OC Curtis Modkins said the team hasn't demoted Blaine Gabbert to No. 3 quarterback "yet."
The implication being, Christian Ponder is in the process of passing Gabbert up. With Colin Kaepernick showing basically zero improvement on his awful 2015, someone else is going to make starts at some point this season. It's starting to sound like it will be Ponder and not Gabbert. Nov 1 - 1:25 PM

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49ers QB Blaine Gabbert has been benched.

The 49ers gave Gabbert a college try under center, but he failed out of school. Gabbert was abysmal, tossing more interceptions than touchdowns, and offering zero threat beyond the intermediate area of the field. He locked onto slot man Jeremy Kerley, and ignored any potential outside target. Gabbert was having more fun tucking and running at the first sign of pressure than passing. He's not an NFL quarterback. Colin Kaepernick, of course, has seen his game collapse, so it's possible Gabbert makes more 2016 starts. He will be greeted by a cold wind in free agency, however.
Oct 11 - 1:35 PM

Speaking Friday, 49ers coach Chip Kelly balked at naming a starting quarterback for Week 6 against the Bills.

It suggests the 49ers are at least considering a quarterback change. Blaine Gabbert has a 5:6 TD-to-INT ratio through five games and is averaging under 6.0 yards per attempt. He absorbed seven sacks in Thursday night's home loss to the Cardinals. Kelly is in a difficult spot, however, because washed-up GM Trent Baalke has "stocked" the cupboard with Gabbert, Colin Kaepernick, and Christian Ponder. At this point, Ponder may be the 49ers' best option.
Oct 7 - 3:46 PM

Blaine Gabbert completed 18-of-31 passes for 162 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in San Francisco's 33-21, Week 5 loss to the Cardinals, adding 10 rushes for 70 yards and a touchdown.

Gabbert was as bad as a quarterback can be, sailing throws, taking off running for no reason and just comprehensively failing to make plays. It doesn't help matters that Gabbert's No. 1 receiver is castoff Jets slot man Jeremy Kerley, but it's hard to believe Gabbert is the best quarterback on a roster that also includes Colin Kaepernick. Literally Gabbert's first throw was a laughable overthrow of a wide-open Garrett Celek. He also overthrew a would-be 70-yard touchdown to Rod Streater. Gabbert's first pick was tipped. On the second, he seemed to be waiting for Cardinals CB Marcus Cooper to get open. Gabbert's amusing rushing usage has led to 172 yards and two touchdowns, but he'll be hard to justify as a Week 6 QB2 streamer against the Bills.
Oct 6 - 11:33 PM

49ers coach Chip Kelly again said he is not considering a quarterback change.

"I thought Blaine [Gabbert] played well today, to be honest with you," Kelly said. "Besides that one throw." The one throw was a terrible interception which effectively ended the game. The 49ers offense looked better against a bad defense, but Gabbert still showed zero ability to push the ball downfield. Already 1-3, the 49ers should at least see what they have in Colin Kaepernick.
Oct 3 - 10:10 AM

Blaine Gabbert completed 16-of-23 passes for 196 yards, one touchdown, and one interception and rushed 12 times for 27 yards in the 49ers' Week 4 loss to the Cowboys.

The lowlight was a late-game interception on a deep ball caught easily by Cowboys LCB Morris Claiborne. According to Pro Football Focus, Gabbert is now 1-of-11 on passes thrown 20-plus yards downfield through four games. The 49ers need to get Colin Kaepernick up to speed and on the field. Gabbert will likely continue to struggle against the Cardinals' defense in Week 5.
Oct 2 - 8:05 PM

Coach Chip Kelly said he remains "real confident" in Blaine Gabbert as the starter.

Gabbert is completing just 55.2 percent of his passes at 5.5 yards per attempt with a 3:3 TD:INT ratio. He simply isn't getting it done, as the 49ers have been rocked in two-straight games. Kelly said Colin Kaepernick will continue to be the No. 2 until he gets his body (gains weight) back to its 2013 form.
Sep 28 - 1:51 PM

Blaine Gabbert completed 14-of-25 passes for 119 yards and an interception in the 49ers' Week 3 loss to Seattle.

He added 22 yards on five scrambles. After the performance, Chip Kelly continued to insist that he never considered inserting Colin Kaepernick. The 49ers simply do not have a passing game with Gabbert under center, and they seem content to get their grills pushed in by opponents before piling up rushing stats late in blowout losses. In Week 4, Gabbert will be a low-end two-quarterback-league option against the Cowboys.
Sep 25 - 7:21 PM

49ers coach Chip Kelly said Monday that he is not yet considering a quarterback change.

He probably will eventually, but not quite yet. The 49ers are second to last in the NFL in both yards per play (4.4) and yards per pass attempt (5.8), ahead of only the Rams in those categories. That includes a 75-yard touchdown to Vance McDonald. "He's our starter. I've got a lot of confidence in Blaine," said Kelly. "We're not thinking or talking about not having Blaine in there. It's about everybody on offense playing better right now." Kelly's mind may change following a Week 3 trip to Seattle's CenturyLink Field.
Sep 19 - 4:14 PM

Blaine Gabbert completed 17-of-36 passes for 243 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in Sunday's Week 2 loss to the Panthers.

He also scored on a one-yard sneak. Gabbert's stat line is misleading in a game Carolina had multiple turnovers. He took six sacks and failed to move the offense when the 49ers' had a chance to tie late in the fourth quarter. Gabbert's yardage was inflated on a 75-yard touchdown to TE Vance McDonald against broken coverage. The 49ers play Seattle in Week 3.
Sep 18 - 5:05 PM

Coach Chip Kelly announced Blaine Gabbert will start the 49ers' Week 1 opener against the Rams.

It's officially official now. Kelly said Colin Kaepernick will be the No. 2, with Christian Ponder winning the No. 3 job over rookie Jeff Driskel. Gabbert looked fairly mediocre this summer in joint practices and preseason games, but Kaepernick didn't do anything to push him out of the seat. Gabbert's leash is likely short, as all three of he, Kaepernick, and Ponder could make starts this year.
Sep 3 - 5:20 PM

According to the Sacramento Bee, "all signs" point to Blaine Gabbert getting the Week 1 start versus Los Angeles.

It's going to be a tough road for Blaine Train, who starts off versus the Rams, at the Panthers, and at the Seahawks. The 49ers then host the Cowboys and Cardinals in Weeks 4-5. Gabbert has done nothing to win the starting quarterback job this preseason, but no superior alternatives have stepped forward. Gabbert starting could be good news for the fantasy value of safety valve TE Vance McDonald.
Aug 27 - 2:46 AM

Blaine Gabbert completed 2-of-3 passes for 14 yards and rushed twice for 15 yards in the 49ers' third preseason game.

The Niners treated Gabbert like a locked-in starter, leaving him on the field for only two possessions. They also likely wanted to get a longer look at Colin Kaepernick, of course. Gabbert tossed a swing pass to Quinton Patton for a touchdown, but it was ruled a rushing score because the connection happened behind the line of scrimmage. Gabbert will likely start in Week 1 against the Rams, but he could enter the season on a short leash.
Aug 26 - 11:10 PM

Blaine Gabbert is expected to start the 49ers' third preseason game.

As ESPN's Bob Holtzman notes, it's an "indication" Colin Kaepernick "will have to play really well" to win the 49ers' starting job. It won't be hard to play better than Gabbert, but Gabbert getting the start in the regular season dress rehearsal remains notable. Gabbert can probably still escape as the likely Week 1 starter if he plays competently and Kaepernick struggles at all.
Aug 26 - 7:59 PM

Blaine Gabbert completed 6-of-9 passes for 69 yards in the 49ers' second preseason game.

It wasn't pretty, but it was an improvement on Gabbert's dreadful opener. As expected, Gabbert's completions have largely consisted of checkdowns and between-the-numbers throws. His favorite target has appeared to be Vance McDonald. Gabbert has targeted Carlos Hyde four times and completed none of them. Among 19 attempts in August, Gabbert has targeted Torrey Smith just once.
Aug 20 - 10:23 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Colin Kaepernick
2Blaine Gabbert
3Christian Ponder
RB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
3Mike Davis
GLB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
3RB1Carlos Hyde
2Shaun Draughn
WR11Torrey Smith
2Aaron Burbridge
WR21Quinton Patton
2Jeremy Kerley
3Rod Streater
WR31Jeremy Kerley
TE1Vance McDonald
2Garrett Celek
3Blake Bell
4Je'Ron Hamm
LT1Joe Staley
LG1Zane Beadles
2Josh Garnett
C1Daniel Kilgore
RG1Andrew Tiller
2Marcus Martin
RT1Trent Brown
2John Theus
K1Phil Dawson