San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula benches QB Colin Kaepernick

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Coach Jim Tomsula confirmed the quarterback switch from Colin Kaepernick to Blain Gabbert, according to the San Francisco 49ers coach it was official for this weekend’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

49ers (2-6) are in last place in the NFC West, and the team hasn’t been able to score a touchdown in eight-plus quarters. The move was made, to give the QB a mental break.

“This was just a decision that I just felt like I wanted Colin to step back and breathe,” Tomsula said. “Look at things through a different lens. Keep preparing, keep doing his thing, keep working, but just step back and take a look at things, OK. That’s what I want.”

This is Kaepernick’s career-worst season in Total QBR (47.6), yards per attempt (6.7), TD-INT ratio (1.2) and completion percentage (59.3). The team’s dealing with the fourth-fewest points scored (109) in franchise history through the first eight games.

“It was a tough decision,” Tomsula said. “All those decisions are tough, but I felt that was the direction we needed to go. Watching, feeling where I’m at, I just decided now is the time.

“In no way is 2-6 all on Colin Kaepernick; that’s all of us … this is a guy I care about a lot. This is a guy that I respect a lot. This is a guy that I think has talent. It’s just me, what I’m watching, what I’m feeling, and I want him to just step back, keep working, let’s do our thing and move forward.”

Even though Tomsula said it was his decision, he spoke with his superiors, presumably general manager Trent Baalke and CEO Jed York.

“I went upstairs and let them know what my decision was,” Tomsula said.

“I spoke to them about what I was feeling and what I thought, absolutely.”

When he was asked about Kaepernick’s reaction Tomsula said, “Colin’s going to keep fighting his way through everything,” Tomsula said. “I mean, the competitiveness in that guy is second to none. You all know that. And he wants to fight right through it … but Colin will be a tremendous teammate. He’ll give everything to this team that he gives and he’ll keep working hard and he’ll prepare and Colin will be a wonderful teammate.”



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