With the San Francisco 49ers having lost six of their last seven games, Colin Kaepernick has been benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert – at least for this week.
Kaepernick has just seven touchdowns (six pass, one rush) on the season and has been held to 165 passing yards or fewer five times. Gabbert, meanwhile, has more interceptions (24) in his career than touchdowns (23).
Is this the right move for the 49ers?
“Well, I don’t think it’s the right move now,” three-time Super Bowl champion and Hall of Famer Jerry Rice said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “I thought it would have been the right move a little bit earlier. I think with Colin Kaepernick, he needed to step away and be able to look back and process everything and say, ‘Hey, look, I’m not just the problem. We’ve got many problems here.’ I think with the San Francisco 49ers, they don’t have the horses. They don’t have the playmakers. The offensive line, you’ve got to give the quarterback time. Kaepenrick, you can’t hold on to the ball. Receivers, you got to run crisp routes and get open. Running backs, these guys can’t stay healthy.
“So there’s so many missing pieces of the puzzle,” Rice continued. “I wanted Kaepernick to be able to sit back and look and not feel (the) pressure (of), ‘Hey, when I’m in the game, I have to do something special to win the game.’ So now I think it’s the wrong time. They’re sending the wrong message. They have the Atlanta Flacons coming up and then they have a bye week. Why not let him go ahead an play and then make that decision during the bye week?”
That’s a good question for Jim Tomsula, who, needless to say, isn’t exactly having the best first season in NFL head-coaching history. Will the 49ers have to replace him during the offseason?
“I really don’t know that much about Jim Tomsula,” Rice said. “I really don’t. I realize he was a defensive coordinator, but i don’t know that much about him. The players, they seem to really like him, but sometimes that can work against you. I really don’t know what the Niners are going to do, but if things keep going the way they’re going right now, I think they’re going to be having this debate during the offseason if they should make a change with the head coach or bring someone else in.”