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Jim Harbaugh likes what he’s seen from Blaine Gabbert — really


Sometimes 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has a unique perspective on the world.

But today, he’s seeing something the rest of us definitely haven’t.

Harbaugh said he was pleased with backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert, after Gabbert posted  a sharp 1.7 passer rating in the preseason opener.

“Nothing’s set in stone, but (I’m) very pleased with the job Blaine Gabbert is doing,” Harbaugh said, via Matt Maiocco of

Again, Gabbert completed 3-of-11 passes for 20 yards, and had an interception.

“He had a couple very good throws,” Harbaugh said. “He missed a couple, as we said right after he game. It was a good first step, and he’s continuing to compete well. I thought he did in the game and continued to do that in the process of the preseason and training camp. [I] feel good about the way he’s coming along.”

Harbaugh’s more likely to quote Judge Judy than Seinfeld, but this one falls squarely under the Costanza Theory.

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34 Responses to “Jim Harbaugh likes what he’s seen from Blaine Gabbert — really”
  1. goldbloodedindfw says: Aug 15, 2014 6:07 PM

    Did you expect him to publicly say he sucks and we will cut him first chance we get?

  2. indywilson40 says: Aug 15, 2014 6:10 PM

    I can say with confidence that Blaine Gabbert is the worst football player to ever play in the NFL.

  3. slbasegame257 says: Aug 15, 2014 6:12 PM

    Jim Harbaugh is too much of a baby to accept Pete Carroll’s Ice Bucket Challenge.

  4. eddiedbangedflorioswife says: Aug 15, 2014 6:15 PM

    Of course he’s seeing things you’re not. Its called mini camp, training camp, individual drills..

  5. chinahand11 says: Aug 15, 2014 6:19 PM

    “goldbloodedindfw says: Aug 15, 2014 6:07 PM Did you expect him to publicly say he sucks and we will cut him first chance we get?”

    That is just too funny.
    So-Called Insider: How’s Gabby doing, Coach?
    Harbaugh: Well, we’re already sick of him and as soon as we can get another camp arm in here he’s history. He’ll be flipping burgers next week.

  6. aceakking says: Aug 15, 2014 6:20 PM

    Blaine Gabbert is obviously a better QB than Kaepernick because Kaepernick is really a RB.

  7. magicmtndan says: Aug 15, 2014 6:26 PM

    The basic problem is taking anything a Harbaugh says as a credible statement.

    They’d lie about anything if it felt it would give them an advantage.

    And Jim has had a revolving door in SF. Except for about 20 players, no one should feel comfortable there.

  8. zillabeast says: Aug 15, 2014 6:26 PM

    Gabbert is about as good now as Alex Smith was in 2011 when Harbaugh arrived. He’ll get something out of him eventually.

  9. abninf says: Aug 15, 2014 6:31 PM

    Yeah he should have shot the guy down in front of the national media.

  10. poundtherock says: Aug 15, 2014 6:33 PM

    what zillabeast said:

    Harbaugh has the ability to develop QBs. That’s been proven with Josh Johnson (University of San Diego), Stanford (Luck), 49ers (Alex Smith, Kaepernick).

    I’m sure he views Gabbert as someone who will take time to develop but he has all the “tools”.

    Also, probably around a 2% chance that any QB takes a snap during the regular season not named Kaepernick.

  11. jaxbeachjagfan says: Aug 15, 2014 6:38 PM


    If there was ever the perfect setup for Seth Meyer’s bit…

    This is that.

  12. niner49er says: Aug 15, 2014 6:40 PM

    Man, the hatred for anything 49er is running rampant here @PFT. Wonder if a little envy is the cause? Guess we have to wait til the season begins to shut all these haters up. Like the great Bartholomew Edward Scott once said…CAN”T WAIT!!!

  13. ravens2xworldchamps says: Aug 15, 2014 6:47 PM

    Gabbert is trash

  14. We, the Steelers, support the immediate relocation of the Bills, Raiders, Vikings, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Chargers, Colts, and Cardinals. Their current cities are an embarrassment to the NFL and the game Pittsburgh invented. #6 says: Aug 15, 2014 7:02 PM

    We all can agree on two things: Gabbert is garbage and Big Ben is a legend.

  15. ssraebel says: Aug 15, 2014 7:09 PM

    I do not know why so many people look at his arm and size and think “franchise QB”. I heard it here in Jax for 3 years that “he has all the tools” while he failed week after week on field. Gabbert is behind Russell and Leaf as the 3rd biggest bust of all time. He is in his 4th year and is still a train wreck. Don’t know why a championship caliber team would want a failed QB as a backup. Harbaugh is showing why the 49ers thought about dumping him this offseason – pride cometh before the fall.

  16. thegrigga49 says: Aug 15, 2014 7:10 PM

    Damn he was horrible the other night! Him and A young Alex Smith have a lot in common. Alex used to have that deer in head lights look as well. And this is yet another new system for Blaine, same as every prior year. He need to sit in one system and learn. Can’t teach courage in the pocket though. You could never question Alex’s toughness, with Baine, I don’t see it.

  17. JaminJake says: Aug 15, 2014 7:37 PM

    I’m going to give Harbaugh the benefit of the doubt.

    Anyone who references his time in Jacksonville has to remember that time was spent in Jacksonville.

    Anyone remember how much of a bust Steve Young was with the Bucs?

  18. dirtysouthironmen says: Aug 15, 2014 7:38 PM

    I think Harbaugh has violated the League’s substance abuse policy.

  19. afcdomination says: Aug 15, 2014 7:40 PM

    going to be less and less of these guys who stick around and finally get it together. the league is spitting you out now if you can’t play immediately.

    but in this case, they might be able to get good play in preseason this/next year and trade him. we have seen crazier things happen

  20. raiderapologist says: Aug 15, 2014 7:48 PM

    Jimmy can polish a turd with the best of them. But the Niners have draft picks falling out of their pockets, so burning a six on Surfer Jesus is not a big risk. Oakland spent a higher six on a guy they hope will start for them this season.

  21. winninaintsinnin says: Aug 15, 2014 7:50 PM

    If I were a Niner fan, I certainly wouldn’t be worried if something happened to Kap.


  22. killitandeatit says: Aug 15, 2014 8:10 PM

    As I watched the pre -season game against the Ravens I felt bad for the guy. He will improve ,because he can not do worse,no way.

  23. thegrigga49 says: Aug 15, 2014 8:23 PM

    Can you believe he actually beat the ravens a few years ago on MNF? That game cost me 400$$

  24. ravenswhat says: Aug 15, 2014 8:27 PM

    He said the same thing about Smith before showing him the door. When jimmy praises you, it’s over.

  25. u4iadman says: Aug 15, 2014 8:41 PM

    What a moron of a coach we have …let him walk.

  26. goldrush36 says: Aug 15, 2014 9:56 PM

    slbasegame257 says: Aug 15, 2014 6:12 PM

    Jim Harbaugh is too much of a baby to accept Pete Carroll’s Ice Bucket Challenge.

    As obsessed as you guys are, I’m quite surprised you weren’t the very first to know he ALREADY DID IT.

  27. i10east says: Aug 16, 2014 1:36 AM

    Again, thank you City by the Bay.

    Signed- Jacksonville

  28. fanme57 says: Aug 16, 2014 3:56 AM

    Does anyone in their right mind believe Gabbert will play if Kaepernick gets hurt? Especially if Josh Johnson is healthy?

    No way in hell…..

  29. 5trophysbythebay says: Aug 16, 2014 11:10 AM

    As long as Gabbert has a no contact jersey on he’s fine but put him in the line of fire and he gets happy feet…scared to take a hit.

  30. simonator917 says: Aug 16, 2014 4:47 PM

    Is this the dreaded vote of confidence?

  31. phloorioisanarcissist says: Aug 16, 2014 7:19 PM

    In my 20 years involved in football, I’ve never seen a quarterback more nervous in the pocket than Blaine Gabbert.

  32. rainponcho87 says: Aug 16, 2014 11:47 PM

    I don’t know if Gabbert can play QB but I remember in 2011 how every single comment on PFT about Alex Smith was how bad he sucked and he was the hugest bust, etc. etc. Now after Harbaugh got him back on tract, so many are saying how good is he is. Maybe Gabbert can turn it around.

  33. rameyag says: Aug 17, 2014 6:57 PM

    Nice bounce-back performance in the second preseason game for one of the worst statistical quarterbacks in NFL history — 8 for 14 for 40 yards and one INT. That is a 32.4 QB rating only 4 points lower that his 36.00 QB rating in 2013. Harbaugh is a genius, obviously.

  34. releasetheharvin says: Aug 18, 2014 3:38 PM

    Give Harbaugh a break. There have been worse performances…
    3 in the history of the NFL to be exact.
    He is an excellent evaluator of QB talent. Just ask him.

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