By Ed Baylor: NFL analyst and former player Boomer Esiason says that quarterback Colin Kaepernick is effectively history with the San Francisco 49ers after the 2015 season is over with. Niners coach Jim Tomsula named backup Blaine Gabbert as the team’s starting quarterback on November 22nd against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle.
It would appear that the starting job is Gabbert’s to lose for the rest of the season, as long as he doesn’t play as horrible as Kaepernick did in the team’s first eight games. Gabbert wasn’t great in the 49ers 17-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday, but he did play good and showed talent that the Niners haven’t seen from Kaepernick since the 2012 season. What was especially impressive about Gabbert is that he played at a high level despite the fact that he hasn’t started a game in two seasons.
“It just goes to tell you how bad I think Colin Kaepernick became as a quarterback on that team, and he’s done there,” Esiason said on the Toucher & Rich show Monday morning. “That’s over. The whole thing out there is over.”
Esiason obviously realizes what everyone else knows about Kaepernick being too expensive for the 49ers to keep after this season. It’s not that they wouldn’t mind keeping him on the team to try and see if he’ll develop into a good quarterback with more time, but his six-year, $115 million contract that he signed with the Niners in 2014 makes it pretty much impossible for the team to keep him unless the owner of the Niners wants to eat his contract and put up with his poor play.
Gabbert led the 49ers to two touchdowns in the 1st half, and looked like he was capable of putting more points on the board if not for keep drops by Niners receiver Jerome Simpson. It’s scary to think of how good Gabbert would be if he were playing with good receivers and an excellent tight end instead of Simpson and the likes of Vance McDonald. Gabbert threw two interceptions, but one of them was Simpson’s fault due to the ball bouncing off his chest when tried to catch it.
“All reports are that Colin Kaepernick is a loner, that he does not embrace his teammates, that he does not embrace the role of an actual quarterback, which is not just to throw passes and run for first downs and all that other stuff, but it’s to be the ultimate example by leading and carrying yourself with dignity and with respect and making sure that you give each player on your team the same amount of respect in return.”
Esiason thinks that another team in the NFL will take a chance on Kaepernick.
“He’ll be gone next year. Maybe another team will give him a chance,” Esiason said. “If he continues with this act that he has, I’ll tell ya, in two years he’ll be out of this league.”