Colin Kaepernick has been one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the NFL this season. There’s really no way around it. Kaepernick has just seven touchdowns (six pass, one rush) in seven games. He’s been held to 165 yards or fewer three times and held without a passing touchdown four times.
That’s not a winning formula for any franchise, and that’s why the Niners are 2-5.
Depending on how things go in the next few weeks, though, there could be wholesale changes in the Bay Area – and sooner rather than later.
“I know a lot of people are speculating that maybe they go to Blaine Gabbert from Colin Kaepernick,” NFL Network analyst Steve Wyche said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “Maybe that’s it – and that would be a pretty radical change. Or maybe there’s some shift in the play-calling duties on one or both sides of the ball because what they have going on right now is just not good. I don’t think Jim Tomsula will be let go during the season. If things continue the way they’re going, I don’t know how he survives after the season. But if they were to let him go, what an admission it would be that they messed up in letting Jim Harbaugh go.”
Wyche believes that there are people around the league – scouts, coaches, general managers – who believe Kaepernick can be a successful NFL quarterback. But in San Francisco, Kaepernick is on “an island.”
“It’s just so funny, though, because we get so caught up in the moment,” Wyche said. “Heading into this game, the previous two weeks, he played really well, and people were like, ‘Okay, they’re turning the corner. Maybe it’s not all Kaepernick. Maybe they’re kind of just growing up.’ And after (Thursday) night when he’s getting pounded – I mean, he was getting no help from his offensive line, his receivers could not get open, and he played poorly as well. Now people were like, ‘Maybe we do need to go to Blaine Gabbert because the offense will function better.’ That’s when you say to yourself, folks, do you remember what Blaine Gabbert was in Jacksonville? Is he really the lesser of two evils here?”
Gabbert, 26, threw 22 touchdowns and 24 interceptions in 28 games for Jacksonville from 2011 to 2013. Kaepernick, on the other hand, had played in a Super Bowl.
Wyche doesn’t know where Kaepernick will be next year, but leaving San Francisco might be what’s best for both parties.
“I think there are people out there who feel that Colin Kaepernick is a talented player,” Wyche said, “but he’s got to be in a certain system where he can excel – and that system is not in San Francisco.”