49ers Name Blaine Gabbert Starting QB

The 49ers quarterback competition has seemingly been wrapped up for more than a month, but the team only finalized its QB depth chart today. Blaine Gabbert will start for the team in Week 1, according to a team announcement. Blaine Gabbert (vertical)

[RELATED: Colin Kaepernick To Make Niners’ Roster]

Last year, Gabbert started in eight games for the Niners and posted a 3-5 record. Of course, the team’s troubles in 2015 went far beyond the quarterback position. When looking specifically at Gabbert’s performance, team brass liked what they saw. The No. 10 overall pick in the 2011 draft completed 63% of his passes (a career-high) and threw for 2,031 yards with 10 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.

This offseason, coach Chip Kelly told everyone that it would be an open competition at quarterback, but it was widely believed that Gabbert already had it in the bag. Not only was Colin Kaepernick coming back from surgery on his left shoulder in November, but he has also been battling tightness in his right shoulder. Also, when Kelly got the job early on in the offseason, he went several weeks without reaching out to No. 7. Regardless, the 49ers are slated to have one expensive backup in Kaepernick as he is scheduled to earn $11.9MM this year.

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10 comments on “49ers Name Blaine Gabbert Starting QB

  1. ib6ub9

    $11,900,000.00 to sit and disrespect the usa. WOW only in America

    • hashtag

      you aren’t very intelligent are you kiddo

    • Either way he’s getting paid that $11 million since its guaranteed. So cutting him will basically do nothing.

    • Cabrera4l

      Where in the constitution does it say you are obligated to stand up and sing a national anthem that is full of bs as well as the flag?(I’m not black)

      • ib6ub9


  2. dstuart

    More breaking news: the 49ers will wear helmets during games this season.

  3. Thronson5

    No surprise at all. I’m not counting on Gabbert to have a great year but I think he will be ok with seeing as how we have a really good O Lineans Hyde to pound the ball. We will see though I guess

  4. rycm131

    The 49ers are fighting for the first pick in the draft next year. It doesn’t matter who plays QB. Harbaugh was such a cancer to this team.

  5. Danny49

    Could it get any worse than last year?still Niners faithful lets go 49 but get rid of balkee

  6. Michael Craig

    In other stunning news-supporters of Krapernick thinks it’s cool to wear t-shirts honoring Fidel Castro who almost started a Nuclear War with Russia. Krap supporters also enjoy Malcolm X who believed “by any means necessary” including violence is cool too. Krap supporters are wondering if next he will wear a Mao Tse Tung t-shirt next or maybe a “pigs in a blanket” dressed as cops headband. Maybe he could have his old buddies at Beats headphones could have cops with funny bulls eyes painted on them too?!!! Said with the utmost sarcasm!

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