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Blaine Gabbert struggles in 49ers debut


At best, it was a case of a quarterback adjusting to a new team, a new scheme and new teammates.

At worst, it was quite inauspicious.

No matter how you look at it, Blaine Gabbert had a rough go of it in his first game with the 49ers.

Gabbert, the Jaguars’ former starting quarterback, completed just 4-of-14 passes for 29 yards in Thursday night’s exhibition debut at Baltimore. He was intercepted once, with Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson picking off a pass intended for tight end Derek Carrier. Gabbert played most of the first half for the Niners, who pulled starter Colin Kaepernick after one series.

The Niners acquired Gabbert from Jacksonville in March. He is slated to make about $2 million in 2014, per NFLPA data. He played ahead of fellow reserve quarterbacks Josh Johnson and McLeod Bethel-Thompson on Thursday night.

The 49ers’ next preseason game is August 17 vs. Denver. And Gabbert’s form will be a storyline to monitor.

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  1. thegonz13 says: Aug 7, 2014 9:44 PM

    “At best, it was a case of a quarterback adjusting to a new team, a new scheme and new teammates.”

    Or it can just be Blaine being Blaine…

  2. ajgreenhof says: Aug 7, 2014 9:44 PM

    Not sure who is worse him or Jamarcus.

  3. kkalama1 says: Aug 7, 2014 9:45 PM

    49ers are gonna barely make it to the playoffs again

  4. huskywolverine says: Aug 7, 2014 9:46 PM

    Many pundits, including Mike Mayock and Todd McShay thought that the Panthers should draft Gabbert instead of Newton.

    Let that sink in for a bit….

  5. bert1913 says: Aug 7, 2014 9:46 PM

    Santa Clara better hope cap doesn’t get hurt this year

  6. bearwithjetpack says: Aug 7, 2014 9:48 PM

    Letting Blaine Gabbert walk on an NFL field is an insult to actual NFL quarterbacks.

  7. blacknole08 says: Aug 7, 2014 9:49 PM

    I think he’s done.

  8. zoxitic says: Aug 7, 2014 9:49 PM

    Don’t worry 49er fans. He will look good again in the next practice.

  9. jetsbandwagon says: Aug 7, 2014 9:51 PM

    Geno Smith=Top 5 QB
    Jets defense>FortyWhiners defense


  10. DaveKShape says: Aug 7, 2014 9:51 PM

    The sky is blue. Water is wet.

  11. swagjag says: Aug 7, 2014 9:51 PM

    Dave Caldwell deserves GM of the year for getting anything at all for Gabbert. Enjoy SF!

  12. kidsamoa260 says: Aug 7, 2014 9:51 PM

    Wow, what a shocker?

  13. pacificnw7722 says: Aug 7, 2014 9:51 PM

    If KAP pulls a hammy or go’s down for ANY reason the 9ers are TOAST!

  14. mtheparrothead says: Aug 7, 2014 9:53 PM

    No. Freaking. Way. So nice to see him suck for someone else now.

  15. annes22 says: Aug 7, 2014 9:54 PM

    He looked terrible tonight. Look where he came from let’s start there. The Jaguars last year were horrible, and he couldn’t get on the field with Chad. Hopefully he improves or he may be on his way out.

  16. sloppyrooster says: Aug 7, 2014 9:55 PM

    Say it isn’t so. Anyone surprised?

  17. angelojg21 says: Aug 7, 2014 9:55 PM

    I have a prediction, in 3 years we’ll be saying Blake Bortles struggles in Seahawks debut

  18. warjag55 says: Aug 7, 2014 9:57 PM

    I thought he looked normal. You got to give him credit he fooled 4 coaching staffs.

    Greatest practice player of all time!

  19. udkidd says: Aug 7, 2014 10:01 PM

    I wouldn’t know cause NFL network replayed the hall of fame game for some reason instead of a live game???

  20. denko310 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:01 PM

    Are we supposed to be surprised here?

  21. reptar310 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:04 PM

    Still better than any Viking quarterback.

  22. dg0122 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:06 PM

    And this is a surprise to whom, exactly? ??

  23. goldbloodedindfw says: Aug 7, 2014 10:06 PM

    I am shocked that Blaine Gabbert struggled. Josh Johnson on the other hand was 7/9. Maybe Gabbert won’t end up as the backup after all.

  24. goldrush36 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:08 PM

    Sadly he still looked better than Colt McCoy… JJ for backup please

  25. vancouversportsbro says: Aug 7, 2014 10:10 PM

    Why blame the quarterback when the team is not all that great?

    After all, their fans did complain Kaepernick had “no weapons” when he really had the best offensive line and front seven in the league.

  26. jonnguy2014 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:11 PM

    1.7 QBR???? The whole team needs to play better

  27. clowntown1 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:13 PM

    duh…cause Blaine Gabbert blows.

  28. koudoes says: Aug 7, 2014 10:15 PM

    It’s just one game but my guts tell me he’s washed.

  29. packerbackernj says: Aug 7, 2014 10:16 PM

    I had Gabbert slotted as a 7th round pick on my draft board. (Sarcasm.)

  30. ssraebel says: Aug 7, 2014 10:18 PM

    Jags fan here – 49’ers have been to a bowl and 2 championship games in last 3 years – Gabbert is not a good QB (being nice in that statement). Better hope it is worth risking a game or more on not having an effective backup. Gabbert has shown he can’t play at an NFL level yet for some reason somebody still thinks he can play. Arrogance at its best. Tebow would be a better choice as a backup – seriously.

    Cut him now before the season starts.

  31. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 7, 2014 10:18 PM

    As counter-intuitive as this might sound, I’m actually pulling for this guy (though I’m quite glad my Titans drafted Locker instead of Gabbert which surprised most people). I’ve never seen a QB as skittish in the pocket as Gabbert actually grow and become, for lack of a better word, brave. I think it would be cool if we saw a QB actually learn courage. I mean, can that actually be taught in the context of pro football? … Gabbert has all the other tools to become a franchise quarterback.

  32. sourwine15 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:19 PM


    Jax GM getting a pick for him was a total steal. Caldwell has been such an amazing upgrade over previous GM.

  33. ctiggs says: Aug 7, 2014 10:19 PM

    He looked awful please cut him #nobodyhasitbetter

  34. 7to85 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:21 PM

    They all looked pretty bad. Here’s to hoping Kaepernick stays healthy!

  35. bubbybrisket says: Aug 7, 2014 10:22 PM

    Blaine Gabbert has struggled to play QB since he was drafted.

  36. ravens2xworldchamps says: Aug 7, 2014 10:24 PM

    Gabbert was atrocious

  37. gtiguy says: Aug 7, 2014 10:24 PM

    LOL…Thank you Niners!



  38. reppster says: Aug 7, 2014 10:25 PM

    Hard to believe that he is a former top 10 pick at QB.

  39. moneymike23 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:27 PM

    I want to know what did these stupid scouts saw in this guy? According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, most of them had him ranked higher than Cam Newton?!?!?!

    He honestly looks worse than an undrafted rookie qb.

  40. bolvi says: Aug 7, 2014 10:27 PM

    Idc preseason or not. Gabbert is absolute garbage and our D line was pushed 8 yards back all night long.

  41. gmsalpha says: Aug 7, 2014 10:28 PM

    There’s only one way Blaine Gabbert will become a Pro Bowler, and that’s by way of many hours spent with rented shoes, working on his spares and strikes.

  42. garrisonxcvii says: Aug 7, 2014 10:30 PM

    lol that guy has 3 last names

  43. lovetron says: Aug 7, 2014 10:30 PM

    Strange, he was so good in Jacksonville.

  44. amishninjas says: Aug 7, 2014 10:34 PM

    He’s awful. Was anyone expecting a change of scenery to flip the switch?

  45. jayovalentine says: Aug 7, 2014 10:34 PM

    Waived yet ?

  46. unitunite says: Aug 7, 2014 10:35 PM


    -Jags Fans

  47. mrone50 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:35 PM

    The Ravens off season move are looking good. Run tell that.

  48. ampatsisahypocrite says: Aug 7, 2014 10:38 PM

    Joe Flacco was his usual self too, going zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

  49. redandgoldhitman52 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:39 PM

    gabbert was awful. johnson was better. i think vince young would be the perfect backup for kaep. 49ers need to bring him in for a workout.

  50. nfl4days says: Aug 7, 2014 10:45 PM

    Also water is wet.

  51. disp2 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:47 PM

    He was so bad that has last pass (an incompletion) brought his qb rating up from 0 to 1.7. Seriously.

  52. golfore says: Aug 7, 2014 10:48 PM

    Santa Clara fans are praying that Kaepernick doesn’t get hurt this year.If he does, the quest for six looks a little dicey with your boy Gabbert steering the ship!

  53. jimmypx says: Aug 7, 2014 10:53 PM

    As a Jags fan who has watched this guy play since he entered the NFL, I really hoped for his sake that Jim Harbaugh could teach and coach him up and he could surprise people. In Blaine’s case though it’s looking like he’s a bust. I hope he’s saving his money because if not he’ll be selling tires next season.

  54. uglydingo says: Aug 7, 2014 10:53 PM

    Gabbert struggle? Why are we not surprised? Good luck Jim salvaging that jetsam.

  55. codythao35 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:53 PM

    He sucks that’s why Jags no longer want him. Another bust for the cheese heads in WI to pick him up. LOL!!!!

  56. fischera50 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:57 PM

    Same ol Blame Gabbert!

  57. calicokiller49 says: Aug 7, 2014 11:01 PM

    He was horrific.

  58. aagro12 says: Aug 7, 2014 11:01 PM

    Gabbert struggled?!? Weird.

  59. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Aug 7, 2014 11:03 PM

    This is a “dog bites man” story.

  60. ravenscaps48 says: Aug 7, 2014 11:06 PM


  61. calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 7, 2014 11:11 PM

    Who has it better than the 49’er’s?????

    Cricket, Cricket…

  62. mazenblue says: Aug 7, 2014 11:11 PM

    Next article we read is going to be Harbaugh talking how all his QBs are starters. To go along with five no.1 WRs. lol

  63. suckafree9rs415 says: Aug 7, 2014 11:15 PM

    Can we get our pick back Jax? That was hard to watch.
    Hopefully Josh Johnson stays consistent.

  64. sfm073 says: Aug 7, 2014 11:26 PM

    I’m not sure how anyone who watched him at Mizzou could take him in the first round.

  65. vegaskid21 says: Aug 7, 2014 11:28 PM

    Since when has Blane Gabbert ever NOT struggled. This is nothing new.

  66. mmsierra says: Aug 7, 2014 11:36 PM

    Cut Gabbert and give that $2M to RG Alex Boone !!
    Keep Josh Johnson as your backup QB !!

    At least our RB Carlos Hyde and DT Quinton Dial looked pretty good

  67. 12444uggg says: Aug 7, 2014 11:43 PM

    Blaine is a real American (love that tune!)

  68. u4iadman says: Aug 7, 2014 11:48 PM

    Did they expect a different outcome?
    The tape doesn’t lie. Watch it.
    Wasted $, again.

  69. skunksprayjim says: Aug 7, 2014 11:49 PM

    Blaine Gabbert is right there in the discussion with Curtis Painter, JP Losman and Joey Harrington for worst QB in NFL history.

  70. gojags says: Aug 8, 2014 12:05 AM

    6th round pick for the Gabbert trade is a steal if this trend continues.

  71. bigblu73 says: Aug 8, 2014 12:05 AM

    So I guess Harbaugh’s not the QB whisperer after all huh? Lol J/K Ain’t no fixin’ Gabbert, it is what it is, and that ain’t much!!!

  72. cribbage12 says: Aug 8, 2014 12:10 AM

    Sounds about like what Kap’s stats would have been if he played most if the first half.

  73. rajbais says: Aug 8, 2014 12:11 AM

    Could he be like Tim Couch in Green Bay in 2004??

    Based off his history and performance as a 49er, why keep him?

    Then again Kaep and Alex Smith had bad preseasons in 2011. How did that turn out?

  74. panthrobro says: Aug 8, 2014 12:11 AM

    What a surprise. He sucks. Better hope Colon doesn’t get hurt running around or the 49ers season is over

  75. rocketcrab says: Aug 8, 2014 12:51 AM

    I was there. He was dreadful. His play made Tyrod Taylor look good.

  76. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Aug 8, 2014 12:57 AM

    Several of his passes were off target but the receivers did not do him any favors dropping several of his passes that were on target.

  77. Ed Bandell says: Aug 8, 2014 1:12 AM

    He looked pretty bad. He was missing wide open receivers and making poor reads. And this was against the Ravens second team defense too.

    Could be a number of things. New team, new system, new teammates and just the rust of this being the first real, live game action of the season.

  78. 64post says: Aug 8, 2014 1:28 AM

    Blame Gabbert, former back up qb. selling cars at a dealership near you in 3 weeks.

  79. lionsandvikingsandbearsohmy says: Aug 8, 2014 1:53 AM

    4 for 14? heck, major-league baseball calls that an all-star!

  80. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Aug 8, 2014 2:04 AM


    – said no one ever

  81. britishraven says: Aug 8, 2014 2:29 AM

    This guy has the best job in the world. He’s absolutely abysmal yet he gets paid $2million to do it

  82. axespray says: Aug 8, 2014 2:36 AM

    Cutting Scott Tolzein for Colt McCoy and Blaine Gabbert?

    oof… leave the browns/jaguars QB busts alone.

  83. joetoronto says: Aug 8, 2014 4:25 AM

    No way, the “great” Gabbert?

  84. therealraider says: Aug 8, 2014 4:39 AM

    Same old story.. Gabbert is garbage.

  85. faithful209er says: Aug 8, 2014 5:06 AM

    He was terrible. I hope it was jitters, but Time Ryan’s comments said a lot. And I don’t have much respect for Tim Ryan.

    Unfortunately, JJ and McBLT didn’t look any better.

  86. bucsorbust says: Aug 8, 2014 5:47 AM

    Actually, I believe Gabbert was 3-13 with one pick. Either way, this is alarming. Josh Johnson should definitely be considered a better QB at this point. That is, there is not reason to suggest the QB order should change from last year.

  87. mrozma says: Aug 8, 2014 6:15 AM

    Anybody surprised?

  88. billswillnevermove says: Aug 8, 2014 7:08 AM

    Blake Bortles won’t be any better.

  89. jimmyt says: Aug 8, 2014 7:19 AM

    No kidding.

  90. butterstone84 says: Aug 8, 2014 7:24 AM

    To think this guy started for a team is upsetting for the fans. And now their leader if Henne? lol im a fins fan so i know mediocracy at the QB condition. it hurts

  91. eaglesw00t says: Aug 8, 2014 7:31 AM

    He is just straight awful. I rooted for him coming out of the draft, but I think he ended up like Tim Couch.

    Certain franchises just kill QBs careers. Jacksonville, Cleveland, and Arizona. If you get drafted by one of them, youre going to be terrible.

  92. nesby2 says: Aug 8, 2014 7:38 AM

    It’s QB’s like Gabbeert that leaves me baffled & think how in the hell is Tim Tebow out of the league when he’s head & shoulders better than Blaine I have no business in the NFL Gabbert! This guy sucked @ Mizzou & owes his career to Mel Kyper for overhyping this polished turd to fool the Jags into thinking they were drafting something special.

  93. cmoney4949 says: Aug 8, 2014 8:42 AM

    he was horrible. If he is the backup the niners will be in trouble if Kap gets hurt. Please cut him

  94. medialovesthecowboys says: Aug 8, 2014 9:01 AM

    Was there ever really a time that you actually thought Blaine Gabbert was going to be great?

  95. billyjaguar says: Aug 8, 2014 9:11 AM

    Blaine you still owe me a $100 for the jersey I bought after draft day.

  96. johnnyjagfan says: Aug 8, 2014 9:23 AM

    Same Blaine. He’s like the opposite of what Steve Spurrier said about Clowney–he works his butt off in practice but when the ball is snapped, he lacks what everyone else has got.

  97. billswillnevermove says: Aug 8, 2014 9:25 AM

    nesby2 says:Aug 8, 2014 7:38 AM

    It’s QB’s like Gabbeert that leaves me baffled & think how in the hell is Tim Tebow out of the league when he’s head & shoulders better than Blaine I have no business in the NFL Gabbert! This guy sucked @ Mizzou & owes his career to Mel Kyper for overhyping this polished turd to fool the Jags into thinking they were drafting something special.
    I agree with your take on Gabbert, however Tebow is terrible and couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn. Maybe the most inaccurate QB that was ever in the NFL. He stinks.

  98. JackedUpSports says: Aug 8, 2014 9:28 AM

    the name alone is a punch line

  99. toolfan74 says: Aug 8, 2014 9:50 AM

    Dave Caldwell sure looks like a genius on that trade!!

  100. justice072013 says: Aug 8, 2014 10:12 AM

    I don’t know how they thought they could go into a season with that QB depth chart.

  101. dublindemonszfl says: Aug 8, 2014 10:14 AM

    The guy with 3 names is better than the other two.

  102. gargamelsmentor says: Aug 8, 2014 10:15 AM

    Just imagine the deafening noise of the collective groan in Levi’s Stadium if Colin blows out his knee during a game…followed by Joe Buck stating, “Blaine Gabbert is scurrying to find his helmet.”

    Sends shivers down my spine.

  103. paythevig says: Aug 8, 2014 11:43 AM

    Well that’s exactly why he’s a backup, as such you’d be hard pressed to find many club’s who would thrive without their number one – a testament to the Bears last season, and the Pats a few years back when Brady was out.

    Given the 49ers run-heavy philosophy – god forbid if he’s put in at QB, just hand the ball off and get out of the way. 49ers are used to facing 8-man fronts.

    Better yet, Josh Johnson should be #2

  104. zoxitic says: Aug 8, 2014 11:44 AM

    Sf is stuck with him. The 2 million is guaranteed and they can’t afford to let him go.

  105. jpaq68 says: Aug 8, 2014 12:13 PM

    Career preview for EJ Manuel

  106. Ed Bandell says: Aug 8, 2014 12:47 PM

    “Certain franchises just kill QBs careers. Jacksonville, Cleveland, and Arizona. If you get drafted by one of them, youre going to be terrible.”

    I think you are forgetting Oakland in that mix. I think the last time they were good was when they had Rich Gannon.

    I think David Carr could have been a decent QB in the NFL had he not been on the expansion Texans. That poor guy got killed almost every single season.

  107. chazatlas says: Aug 8, 2014 2:39 PM

    And many said they would have drafted Plain Gabbert before they would have drafted Cam Newton, smh.

  108. sionav1 says: Aug 9, 2014 1:11 AM

    Remember when all his teammates in Jacksonville called him “Blame Gabbert”? I wonder who he will try to blame this time…

  109. pgilbert15303 says: Aug 9, 2014 7:15 AM

    Colt McCoy was 8-9 for 102 yds and a TD, he was a good #2

  110. tformation says: Aug 13, 2014 10:11 AM

    Guess it wasn’t the “high expectations” in Jacksonville that was the problem.

    I’m sure every 49er fan is sending Kaep “stay well” cards now…

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