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Blaine Gabbert will relieve Colin Kaepernick on Sunday

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When starter Colin Kaepernick departs Sunday’s preseason game vs. San Diego, Blaine Gabbert will have another chance to prove he’s got what it takes to hold the 49ers’ backup QB job this season.

Coach Jim Harbaugh indicated Friday that Gabbert, the Jaguars’ former starting quarterback, would be first up in relief of Kaepernick in Sunday’s exhibition vs. San Diego, according to a team-issued transcript of his remarks to reporters.

Gabbert has had a tough preseason, completing 11-of-25 passes for 60 yards with two picks and compiling a 17.9 percent QB rating.

However, he’s still the club’s top backup, Harbaugh indicated.

“I think Blaine is that guy right now,” Harbaugh said.

Josh Johnson and McLeod Bethel-Thompson are the 49ers’ other reserves at quarterback. With Kaepernick expected to get more reps than at any other point of the preseason, it’s unclear how much work there will be for Gabbert, Johnson and Bethel-Thompson.

This is much is certain: improved play from Gabbert would be a nice way for him to enter the preseason finale at Houston on Thursday.

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33 Responses to “Blaine Gabbert will relieve Colin Kaepernick on Sunday”
  1. bassplucker says: Aug 22, 2014 5:49 PM

    Good, now I know when I can turn that game off and go do something else.

  2. rayjay9393 says: Aug 22, 2014 5:53 PM

    Jeez.. no more Gabbert, please

  3. joe.attaboy says: Aug 22, 2014 5:53 PM

    Insanity: repeating the same thing over and over in the hopes of a different result.

    Hard to believe that a guy like Harbaugh can’t see what we saw in Jacksonville nearly from day one.

  4. jagfan23 says: Aug 22, 2014 5:54 PM

    This guy must be really good in practice or something. How does he possibly keep getting chances??

  5. Chuck Norris says: Aug 22, 2014 5:56 PM

    What did he do to receive that kind of punishment? Cant Kaep just relieve himself?

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 22, 2014 5:58 PM

    NFL coaches base their decisions on a lot more than a couple quarters of play in August with new teammates in a new offensive system. Not that Gabbert was that bad, if his receivers held onto a few catchable passes.

  7. skawh says: Aug 22, 2014 5:59 PM

    uh-boy – Good luck with that!

  8. bucsorbust says: Aug 22, 2014 6:07 PM

    Yah…..won’t that be a hoot. Is it me or has Harbaugh’s head not seen the sunshine a lot this year?

    First TD pass in Levi’s stadium comes from Blaine Gabbert.

  9. i thumbs down your comment says: Aug 22, 2014 6:10 PM

    why?

    -signed a 49er fan

  10. schmitty2 says: Aug 22, 2014 6:14 PM

    Blaine Gabbert will relieve Colin Kaepernick on Sunday

    How ironic. When that happens I will be taking my time in the bathroom relieving myself.

  11. pftisfulloftrolls says: Aug 22, 2014 6:22 PM

    Instead of signing Michael Vick,David Carr,Matt Schaub,Ryan Fitzpatrick,Shaun Hill,Kellen Clemens, Matt Flynn,or even Josh McCown,who are in some capacity better than Gabbert,they trade a pick for Gabbert,who they probably would be able to get for nothing.

  12. mt10425 says: Aug 22, 2014 6:24 PM

    How can we evaluate our 2nd/3rd teamers against gabbert? We have cuts to make, you know.

  13. darkneptune73 says: Aug 22, 2014 6:25 PM

    Bethel-Thompson should really be ahead of Gabbert in the pecking order.

  14. billybone says: Aug 22, 2014 6:27 PM

    Santa Clara needs to get their act together. Seattle vs Niners is the best pound for pound rivalry right now and you guys are playing like scrubs. As much as I hate the Niners, I’d much rather see the slugfest continue for years to come.

  15. pgilbert15303 says: Aug 22, 2014 6:30 PM

    Good god, I just relieved myself when I read this… Thanks Tony Saragossa for making adult diapers hip.

    Go Niners… Colin, God forbid you pull an RG3 run straight into any linebacker corps…

  16. allidoiswin55 says: Aug 22, 2014 6:33 PM

    Blaine Gabbert is absolutely terrible , I fully expect them to pick someone up at the end of preseason cuts and groom them for a few weeks then cut him. Regardless of money he’s looks like a total liability ! If Kaep got hurt god forbid the niners would be totally screwed with this guy back their . Not sure he can beat a single nfcw team even if the defense were to play out of their minds .

    Sad for the kid to be a high first and now look like a broken backup at best !

  17. bubbybrisket says: Aug 22, 2014 6:40 PM

    A bag of rocks > Blaine Gabbert

  18. succulentnipples says: Aug 22, 2014 6:40 PM

    Big John Football.

  19. seabrawk12 says: Aug 22, 2014 6:42 PM

    If I’m not mistaken, Gabbert has scored just as many points as the entire 1st string Offense this preseason.

  20. i10east says: Aug 22, 2014 6:45 PM

    If Gabbert wins that game, that will give the Niners the necessary momentum coming into the regular season, or something like that…

  21. pgilbert15303 says: Aug 22, 2014 6:49 PM

    Ha! Seabark… I love it. Maybe he should start???

    We are not as lucky as the Hawks were when you decided to make your #2 your #1.

    Look forward to two great slobber-knocker games between our squads.

  22. sourwine15 says: Aug 22, 2014 6:51 PM

    The problem with Gabbert is he looks the part and tends to practice well. We spent years hearing excuses why he struggled here in Jax, but he’s just not a gamer. It’s that simple.

    Gabbert is the hot chick who never delivers. You keep taking her out, hoping. But ultimately end up blue.

  23. jdrewsy says: Aug 22, 2014 6:52 PM

    Go Gabby Go! now we need Kraepernick to get caught using PEDs and it’s “Gabby To The Rescue”!

    Go Hawks!

  24. isaidjoemontegna says: Aug 22, 2014 7:04 PM

    jdrewsy says:
    Aug 22, 2014 6:52 PM
    Go Gabby Go! now we need Kraepernick to get caught using PEDs and it’s “Gabby To The Rescue”!

    Go Hawks!

    ——————————————-

    Laughable man! We’ve got a Seahawks fan talking about PEDs here. Man, you and your team just looooove talking about (and taking) PEDs, don’t you?

  25. ronfai says: Aug 22, 2014 7:16 PM

    Yeah, no Seahawks fan should ever in their life ever string the letters P E D together in any form or fashion.

    ———————–

    Go Gabby Go! now we need Kraepernick to get caught using PEDs and it’s “Gabby To The Rescue”!

    Go Hawks!

  26. ronfai says: Aug 22, 2014 7:19 PM

    I’ve seen him in open practice and he’s very unimpressive, not sure what coaches are seeing. I think the 49ers brass got carried away at their ability to develop QBs , now we’re stuck with this guy, a bad investment of sorts.
    You’re right, football just doesn’t come easy to this guy. 49ers will need to eventually see the light and put in Josh Johnson as our backup (bleh).
    —————————————————
    The problem with Gabbert is he looks the part and tends to practice well. We spent years hearing excuses why he struggled here in Jax, but he’s just not a gamer. It’s that simple.

    Gabbert is the hot chick who never delivers. You keep taking her out, hoping. But ultimately end up blue.

  27. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: Aug 22, 2014 7:55 PM

    No Blaine, no pain.

  28. allidoiswin55 says: Aug 22, 2014 8:13 PM

    Seattle is dead last in suspensions and off field issues this year , yeah small sample size but if you include last year they are atill not in top 5 . And they are up their only bc of weed not peds !

  29. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 22, 2014 8:46 PM

    Gabbert is a better quarterback than The Lizardman or Tattoo The Midget. He’s just younger and landed in a much tougher situation.

  30. djshnooks says: Aug 22, 2014 10:43 PM

    We’ll give you Thad Lewis for SJ13 back?

    Or, Jeff Tuel for a couple footballs?

    Or, Dennis Dixon for a Gatorade bottle?

  31. cwk22 says: Aug 22, 2014 10:45 PM

    Ok Blaine. Quit posting as thegreatgabbert. Your constant excuses for yourself are getting old.

  32. getsome636 says: Aug 23, 2014 8:55 AM

    I imagine he can average 175 passing yards per game like Kaep did last year.

  33. fuqthehawks says: Aug 24, 2014 12:05 PM

    The Rainy City BitchPigeons lead the NFL in PED suspensions since 2010, and number 1 in obnoxious bandwagon fans since 2012. The BEST part is that Seattle STILL has an overall losing record. Love it!!

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