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Blaine Gabbert says he let the team and organization down

SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 06:  Blaine Gabbert #2 of the San Francisco 49ers looks to pass against the Arizona Cardinals during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images

Thursday night was ugly for 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert.

Gabbert managed just 162 yards while completing 18 of 31 passes, an average of 5.2 yards a pass, with one touchdown, two interceptions and seven sacks in a 33-21 loss to the Cardinals. Gabbert said he “let this team and this organization down tonight” after the game.

“Yeah, I’ve got to play better,” he said. “There’s no question to that. I’ve got to do a better job of leading this football team, executing this offense, scoring points, the whole nine yards.”

Chip Kelly’s entire offense is a letdown, and Kelly acknowledged after the game that he’d consider every possible change, including benching Gabbert for Colin Kaepernick.

It’s hard to see what the harm in benching Gabbert would be. Kaepernick probably isn’t going to turn this team around, but Gabbert definitely isn’t the answer.

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  1. joetoronto says: Oct 7, 2016 6:08 AM

    The 49ers are one big hot mess.

  2. cabsf415 says: Oct 7, 2016 6:14 AM

    Anyone recall the scene in Billy Madison where him & Eric are in the middle of their “decathlon” and Eric’s pie is on fire coming out the oven then he catches on fire while Billy laughs hysterically and points at him?

    Well, somewhere in Ann Arbor a man named Jim is pointing at this organization and laughing hysterically.

    Go 49ers!

  3. kingpft says: Oct 7, 2016 6:15 AM

    I think I know why Gabbert is struggling – He thinks he only needs nine yards.
    ————————————————
    Yeah, I’ve got to play better,” he said. “There’s no question to that. I’ve got to do a better job of leading this football team, executing this offense, scoring points, the whole nine yards.”

  4. v2787 says: Oct 7, 2016 6:19 AM

    Gabbert never was the answer. He’s a very, very average QB at best, and not a long-term solution to any team’s needs.

  5. jimbo75025 says: Oct 7, 2016 6:31 AM

    Bah.

    The minute Kaep goes in the game, the majority of people would turn off the game. Most of the rest would just be watching hoping he got hit more often than Cam Newton in the Super Bowl.

    Actually maybe that is Chippers grand plan. After all, if nobody watches then nobody can see how bad the 9’ers are.

  6. rockbot69 says: Oct 7, 2016 6:51 AM

    At this point. You have to play Kap if no other reason than to see what happens in Chip’s offense. It is literally the one last chance for both. The qb should “fit” his system. No excuses once Kap comes in. But, I have noticed Kap seems scared to run (or was last year). And if he is not willing to run forget it. Let Chip go to USC. And Kap can hit the unemployment line.

  7. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Oct 7, 2016 6:55 AM

    Can you please not use the word Kaepernick anymore? It offends me just like the word Redskin offends other folks
    Thanks in advance

  8. Ron Jull says: Oct 7, 2016 7:06 AM

    It’s hard to play quarterback when you’re lying on your back under a pile of Cardinals. No offensive line blocking at all. Joe Montana couldn’t quarterback this team. Brutal.

  9. nomargarciaparra says: Oct 7, 2016 7:07 AM

    Karma for wearing those uniforms

  10. officialgame says: Oct 7, 2016 7:12 AM

    Chip Kelly is the Rumpelstilskin of football. You know the guy in order to make himself appear superior told everyone he could spin straw into gold. To bad for the Eagles and 49eres it was the other way around.

  11. smokehouse56 says: Oct 7, 2016 7:22 AM

    It’s hard to see what the harm in benching Gabbert would be. Kaepernick probably isn’t going to turn this team around, but Gabbert definitely isn’t the answer.
    ====================================
    Either is Kaepermick.

  12. scottinva says: Oct 7, 2016 7:41 AM

    They’re pretty unwatchable now, but yes, the minute Gabbert’s backup goes into the game, many more will flip the channel.

  13. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Oct 7, 2016 7:45 AM

    Don’t forget the American people, too

  14. willycents says: Oct 7, 2016 7:56 AM

    Actually, Chip is saving Kaepernick for the end of half and end of game drives when they are ahead. He knows all Kaepernick can do is “Kneel down”.

  15. exinsidetrader says: Oct 7, 2016 7:58 AM

    Putting in CK is a good way for the NFL’s ratings to go even lower.

    The best way that most people can object to what they see to vote with their wallet and eye balls and not spend money or continue to watch a product.

    CNN’s ratings are cratering in response to their false and biased coverage. An NFL game with CK in it may not start with terrible ratings, but it certainly will.

  16. 61veloce says: Oct 7, 2016 8:00 AM

    So glad Kelly is not Philly’s problem anymore. Kelly really belongs on the college game. He’s more effective there.

  17. ctiggs says: Oct 7, 2016 8:03 AM

    Kap needs to start now, the train wreck is so bad you almost have to turn away. I cant blame the fans for not going to a game spending a grand to see blaine.

  18. dickshotdogs says: Oct 7, 2016 8:05 AM

    And my office pool, too. You suck.

  19. vikingsdefineaverage says: Oct 7, 2016 8:18 AM

    I understand the offensive line isn’t great, but he had time to go through his first 2 reads on most plays. In Kellys offense that should be enough to get a pass off.

    Seems like he just doesn’t have any pocket presence, he took off to run like RG3 any time his first read wasn’t there, or tried to run but would take a step in 4 different directions and get sacked.

    Honestly looked kind of like Kirk Cousins holding the ball so long

  20. buttfumbles says: Oct 7, 2016 8:28 AM

    It seems that Kaepernick got the networks to actually show the national anthem on tv, most of the time they would show beer commercials instead.

  21. newmancave2016 says: Oct 7, 2016 8:28 AM

    I watched most of the that game, and it was pretty clean to me that Yo Gabba Gabba was not the problem. He missed some throws, true. But he was also running for his life on every play. The line was terrible and gave him zero time. His receivers often couldn’t get open.

    And Eagles fans TOLD YOU: Chip wears thin quickly and has begun to doubt himself as a coach. He knows nothing about defense and for some reason has taken his exotic offense and made it that most vanilla in all of football. He started out being faster and smarter than 31 other head coaches. Now he’s the slowest and easiest to figure out in the entire NFL. The team doesn’t even play fast anymore. I feel for you, SF fans. I really do. Now, I’m off to board the Wentz Wagon. I can probably get you a seat if you want.

  22. seatownballers says: Oct 7, 2016 8:29 AM

    Time to put in squidfro?

  23. siriusred67 says: Oct 7, 2016 8:33 AM

    “Yeah, I’ve got to play better,” [Gabbert] said.

    Everybody has been saying this for his entire career.

  24. chicagosportsfan11 says: Oct 7, 2016 8:35 AM

    49ers have a talent issue and the only thing that can change that is hitting deep on some drafts.

  25. oldhuskerfan says: Oct 7, 2016 8:36 AM

    And I personally want to thank Gabbert for not coming to Nebraska to play quarterback.

  26. mnfaninil says: Oct 7, 2016 8:37 AM

    Maybe Chip should go back to Oregon.

  27. dinkerhouse says: Oct 7, 2016 8:40 AM

    He is playing the way he has always played. Nothing will change until Baalke is gone and a GM that wants to win and knows how to do that is brought in. A faster solution would be for York to sell the team to someone who wants to win, but that will never happen.
    We will continue to suffer through York/Baalke getting rid of JH for a couple more years before we get close to a playoffs again. I said it would be 5 years when it happened. May have to add a year or two to that prediction.

  28. bluez32 says: Oct 7, 2016 8:45 AM

    If the classless POS Kaperpick does indeed play here’s hoping he gets crushed .

    yes I will stand and cheer hoping it happens !

  29. theageofquarrel says: Oct 7, 2016 8:48 AM

    He stinks out loud

  30. RandyinRoxbury says: Oct 7, 2016 8:49 AM

    cabsf415 says:
    Oct 7, 2016 6:14 AM

    Well, somewhere in Ann Arbor a man named Jim is pointing at this organization and laughing hysterically.

    Truer words cannot be spoken.

  31. JSpicoli says: Oct 7, 2016 8:51 AM

    The ratings will go up just to see squidward get snotbubbled.

  32. excusemewhileiwhipthisoutagain says: Oct 7, 2016 8:51 AM

    Its a choice between Mediocre or Lousy and Lousy is on deck.

  33. carloswlassiter says: Oct 7, 2016 8:56 AM

    jimbo75025 says:
    Oct 7, 2016 6:31 AM

    Bah.

    The minute Kaep goes in the game, the majority of people would turn off the game.
    ————————————————————-
    Nonsense. At least for political reasons – they may turn it off because he isn’t very good and it would be lousy entertainment.

  34. immafubared says: Oct 7, 2016 8:57 AM

    Time to eat crow. I said once gabby gets a hangnail he will be replaced. He lasted five games so far but his career with the niners is over. Enter the dink now to try and salvage the season.

  35. intrafinesse says: Oct 7, 2016 8:58 AM

    Gabbert did not let the team down.
    For a QB to let his team down he has to be a capable QB who played poorly.

    But if a scrub plays poorly, he has played to the best of his ability, and it’s on the GM and coach for playing the guy.

    If I played QB, I would be terrible, and who would you blame?
    Me, or the geniuses that decided to play me.

    Gabbert made some ok runs. Other than that he was pretty bad.

  36. meximyke says: Oct 7, 2016 8:59 AM

    Gabbert is still better than Krap!

  37. pamperpro says: Oct 7, 2016 9:06 AM

    7 sacks?! Wow, who’s got it better?

  38. blainegabbert says: Oct 7, 2016 9:09 AM

    Can I go back to being a backup yet? That was waaaaaay easier…

  39. kcflake says: Oct 7, 2016 9:12 AM

    Kaepernick should have been cut already.

  40. joker65 says: Oct 7, 2016 9:17 AM

    In order to let somebody down wouldn’t there need to be some expectations of success first?

  41. kissmysandwich says: Oct 7, 2016 9:21 AM

    It’s not your fault Blaine. You’re just not a good QB. Chip Kelly and Baalke let down the organization by imagining you are a starting level NFL QB. What a disgrace.

  42. abninf says: Oct 7, 2016 9:23 AM

    The word “Kaepernick” is offensive and racist to millions of citizens.

  43. philtration says: Oct 7, 2016 9:24 AM

    Ron Jull says:
    Oct 7, 2016 7:06 AM
    It’s hard to play quarterback when you’re lying on your back under a pile of Cardinals.
    ==================================

    Sounds like being an alter boy….

  44. philtration says: Oct 7, 2016 9:35 AM

    kcflake says:
    Oct 7, 2016 9:12 AM
    Kaepernick should have been cut already.
    ===================================

    He would have been before the season started and that is why he started his fake outrage and protest.
    He deflected the attention away from the fact that he was toast by playing the martyr.

    A real man would have accepted the decision and used a fresh start, used that opportunity to move on and try and prove them wrong all while making a lot more money than the people that watch the games or even buy his jersey.
    A better player would have adapted to the league the same way they adapted to him but he played the victim instead.

  45. phacepalm says: Oct 7, 2016 9:38 AM

    buttfumbles says:
    Oct 7, 2016 8:28 AM
    It seems that Kaepernick got the networks to actually show the national anthem on tv, most of the time they would show beer commercials instead.

    No…… They are only doing that to show who sits or kneels .

  46. jwcarlson says: Oct 7, 2016 9:45 AM

    jimbo75025 says:
    Oct 7, 2016 6:31 AM
    Bah.

    The minute Kaep goes in the game, the majority of people would turn off the game. Most of the rest would just be watching hoping he got hit more often than Cam Newton in the Super Bowl.
    ——————————

    Speak for yourself.

    I’ve wanted to see Kaep in Chip’s offense since he got out there.

  47. carpalboss says: Oct 7, 2016 9:48 AM

    I think the 49ers should start Christian Ponder….Not that it would help the team, but at least it might make his beautiful wife get more screen time.

  48. stonedwhitetrash says: Oct 7, 2016 9:54 AM

    Could Donald Trump be Chip Kelly’s older brother?

  49. coryell2009 says: Oct 7, 2016 9:54 AM

    No offensive line and no skill position talent outside of Carlos Hyde. Add that and a “predictable” offense from a GREAT backup QB…..what would you expect? He’s a backup QB and most teams would be happy to have him as a BACKUP. Stanton was horrible….but he had Fitz to bail him out. Compare Gabbert to the backup QB’s in the league.

  50. thermalito says: Oct 7, 2016 9:55 AM

    “It’s hard to see what the harm in benching Gabbert would be”

    Kaepernick getting hurt and the team being on the hook $15 million next year for a terrible QB and awful locker room distraction certainly come to mind.

  51. dolphins4 says: Oct 7, 2016 9:56 AM

    The 49ers franchise quarterback is still in college.

  52. thermalito says: Oct 7, 2016 9:57 AM

    carloswlassiter: People are already turning off the games for political reasons. NFL tv ratings haven’t been this bad in decades and huge percentages of viewers have said they will stop watching the games if these disgusting anthem protests continue. Enjoy your fantasy world though

  53. razzzmajazzz says: Oct 7, 2016 10:02 AM

    Get ready to have all this refuted and listen to some stupid soliloquy from thegreatgabbert about how Blaine is the greatest QB who has ever lived.

  54. vikingsdefineaverage says: Oct 7, 2016 10:08 AM

    oldhuskerfan says:
    Oct 7, 2016 8:36 AM
    And I personally want to thank Gabbert for not coming to Nebraska to play quarterback.
    ________________________________________
    Missouri had a better overall record than Nebraksa from 2008-2010 when Gabbert was in college.

    Don’t let logic get in the way of your bias

  55. Seprix says: Oct 7, 2016 10:22 AM

    I can say for certain that Colin Kaepernick isn’t the answer. If you’re going to change QBs, start Ponder. However, I can also tell you that he isn’t going to be good either. Just stick with Gabbert, and draft a QB later on if he never improves. It’s a building season. People get so impatient, even though they know the 49ers were supposed to suck this season!

  56. karlpk says: Oct 7, 2016 10:32 AM

    For an offensive minded genius Chip’s offense very predictable – he’s gonna look at ways to save his job no doubt but schematically not much there to fool NFL Defensive coordinators – don’t know that a change in QB’s can change that – also O-line looks incapable

  57. mogogo1 says: Oct 7, 2016 10:33 AM

    Gabbert was never going to be the answer; he was there to be the backup. But nobody could thrive behind that line. Coming out of the game in one piece is the most you can ask for.

  58. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 7, 2016 10:40 AM

    Might as well put the kneeling bench warmer in the game.
    I can just see it now….
    Kaep goes up to the line “no justice no peace! Hut! Hut!”
    He drops back, drops the ball, raises a fist in the air, and takes a knee.
    Afterwards in the post game interview he’ll talk about how he just can’t play qb for such an oppressive country.

  59. dtroxallday says: Oct 7, 2016 10:44 AM

    tinkletinkleonyourstar says:
    Oct 7, 2016 6:55 AM
    Can you please not use the word Kaepernick anymore? It offends me
    =============================
    Sticks and stones may break your bones but Kaepernick hurts you.

    Boo-friggin’-hoo.

  60. charliecharger says: Oct 7, 2016 10:45 AM

    It was really sad to hear what Phil Simms was saying last night. He said that, even though there was still time for Gabbert to throw the ball downfield and try to win the game, he thought it was better to do the political thing and take the garbage underneath yardage that Arizona was happy to give away, so that his stats would look better in the morning, and he wouldn’t get blamed as much for the loss. He said people are going to look at the interceptions that were more likely to occur by throwing downfield and trying to win the game. I don’t know who Simms had been talking to in the 49ers’ front office, but he was definitely side tracked by the whole Kaepernick thing. It was gross. I’ve never heard an ex-pro on TV saying it was better to quit on your teammates. Wow. And we wonder why TV are down. Did anyone see Gabbert missing all those open WRs? I think we all did. At least the ones who didn’t turn off their TVs after the first couple.

  61. milkcan44 says: Oct 7, 2016 10:49 AM

    So could Harbaugh really have made Kaepernick into a quarterback instead of just a flash in the pan, or is he a knucklehead for letting Alex Smith get away?

  62. doughnutydoug says: Oct 7, 2016 11:05 AM

    I blame Gabbert too. After all, Jeb and Baalke have done so much to improve the team around him. They are way under the cap for the second year in a row. I guess they’re showing us!

  63. thermalito says: Oct 7, 2016 11:07 AM

    49ers fan for 35 years but I will boycott and root against the 49ers any game Kaepernick plays in. I do not want to see that disgusting pile of human filth in a 49ers uniform ever again

  64. chingustight says: Oct 7, 2016 11:17 AM

    yes blaine, you suck, you should never have been a first round pick, but the nfl has to hype up the crappy draft to find the next player they can ride to profit. you will never be a starting qb in the league, so since san fran is placating to the agenda of social thinking by not starting kapernick, we are subjected to watching your crappy play until further notice. al

  65. collectordude says: Oct 7, 2016 11:29 AM

    york & baalke must go!!

  66. thermalito says: Oct 7, 2016 11:46 AM

    In Gabbert’s defense, he’s been a stand up guy, kept his mouth shut and worked to the best of his ability. Thats all you can ask for from any player. Contrast that with Santa Clara’s throwing running back and his foul attitude, divisive locker room presence and lack of dedication to the sport and its not hard to see why Krapperdik is still on the bench. Gabbert is a severely limited player but this is a tough situation all the way around. Santa Clara is a frightfully dysfunctional team and organization running a gimmick offense that doesn’t really work at the NFL level.

  67. whenwilliteverend says: Oct 7, 2016 12:15 PM

    So Kelly is this great offensive guru but his last two teams have been a total disaster. I think the Eagles had better talent until Chip got full control and got rid of a bunch of people he didn’t like. After that, it was all over. He didn’t have much to work with in SF (thanks to York and Baalke) so this isn’t at all surprising.

    Two words: Steve Spurrier. In college he was highly successful. In the NFL? Not so much.

  68. backfir3 says: Oct 7, 2016 12:40 PM

    “It’s hard to play quarterback when you’re lying on your back under a pile of Cardinals. No offensive line blocking at all. Joe Montana couldn’t quarterback this team. Brutal.”

    Joe and rice in their prime he wouldnt even need an offensive line they would still be doing better

  69. jackedupboonie says: Oct 7, 2016 1:02 PM

    That was plain pathetic….they should have gone to a rerun of NCIS or something. A stadium 1/4 full with a Clara team dressed in all black….for a second I thought it was the Raiders, til I saw a play or 2.

  70. jackedupboonie says: Oct 7, 2016 1:11 PM

    It’s one thing when Clara comes to Seattle and they get embarrassed 37-3(and Hyde then flexes during garbage time scores) btw, the only reason Pete didn’t hang 50 or more on them is because he likes Chip Kelly……
    But to watch that attempt at a home nationally televised game….it’s a bad look for all the NFL. Should have never let them build a stadium 50 miles away from San Fran and personally I wish the league would step in and force a sale because this poorly run franchise is a black eye for the whole league.

  71. pittsburghdamned says: Oct 7, 2016 1:23 PM

    Once a Jaguar, always a Jaguar.

    #Bust

  72. draculalambert says: Oct 7, 2016 1:24 PM

    seems like the niners aren’t trying….seriously

  73. haywoodjablomey says: Oct 7, 2016 1:25 PM

    thermalito: come out west, find a weed store and chill. You could use a dose of the Golden Rule. Exercising freedoms in a silent, non-confrontational way is the most American thing you can do.

    The 49ers stink. Kap > Gabbert, and everyone knows it. The NFL should hold “management” of organizations like this accountable. Why is it bad for an amazingly successful owner to have some transgressions with a casino that he owned, but his twit nephew can tank a team and sour ratings everywhere and that is ok?

    Gabbert sucks, but the biggest problem with this team is ownership.

  74. djvh2 says: Oct 7, 2016 1:32 PM

    “49ers have a talent issue and the only thing that can change that is hitting deep on some drafts.”

    Pretty odd that just a few years ago they were considered a top team and had a lot of additional high draft picks coming.

  75. CallingYouOut says: Oct 7, 2016 1:39 PM

    Kaep takes a knee. He’s free to do so.

    I donate to Wounded Warrior Project. I’m free to do so.

    Defenses pound Kaep into the dirt. They’re free to do so.

  76. bert1913 says: Oct 7, 2016 2:17 PM

    Gabbert is who everyone (but ballkke) thought he was. Blame Santa Clara for putting him in this position

  77. tonebones says: Oct 7, 2016 4:45 PM

    djvh2 says:
    Oct 7, 2016 1:32 PM Pretty odd that just a few years ago they were considered a top team and had a lot of additional high draft picks coming.

    ********************************
    Pretty odd that just a few years ago The University of Michigan stunk and now they’re undefeated and ranked #4 in the nation. Gee ya think Harbaugh had a little bit to do with that?

  78. collectordude says: Oct 7, 2016 5:49 PM

    Gabbert is a failure as an NFL QB, as is kaepernick.

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