The old saying in the NFL is, “If you have two quarterbacks you don’t have one.” The San Francisco 49’ers have two quarterbacks, and they may have none. Either way, Blaine Gabbert clearly isn’t that guy.
After the Niners 33-21 listless smackdown at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals Thursday night, it’s hard to justify Blaine Gabbert taking another snap as San Francisco’s starter. Gabbert’s biggest problem playing quarterback is everything.
Last night, he failed to crack the 200-yard Mendoza line for quarterbacks for the 4th time in 5 games, and added two picks in a sickness inducing performance that wouldn’t get him the starting nod for the Saskatchewan Rough Riders going forward.
Option B is Colin Kaepernick. You may have seen him in the news recently, unless you spent the last 4 months on the MIR space station. He hasn’t seen any action so far this year, and was, by all accounts, thoroughly beaten out by Gabbert in training camp for the starting job.
But, at this point, with the 49ers sitting at 1-4, what do they have to lose with giving him a shot?
The argument against playing Kaep, at least according to the always wise internet, is that he’s lost significant weight from offseason surgery, and isn’t capable of playing.
That’s dumb. This isn’t the UFC. There aren’t weight classes for quarterbacks. He’s on the active roster as the backup quarterback, which means, according to the 49ers, he’s able to play. According to reports, he’s been getting healthier and a growing faction in the Niners locker room wants Chip Kelly to start him.
Are his jaw-dropping, bicep-kissing 75-yard runs a thing of the past? Probably. Could he possibly play worse than Blaine Gabbert last night? Unlikely.
San Francisco is 1-4. Their season is over. If Kaepernick is the better option at this point, you stick with him. If he’s awful, put Goldilocks back in and get thumped with him.
The other argument against playing Kaepernick is that his $14.5 million base salary is guaranteed if he suffers a significant in-game injury. If that’s the case, then why not deactivate him, and completely take the idea of him playing off the table? Conversation over. Right now, if Gabbert goes down, Kaep is the next man up.
Sure, there are arguments against starting Kaepernick, but, after last night, there is no legitimate argument for sticking with Blaine Gabbert. It’s not political, it’s just football.
— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) October 7, 2016