SANTA CLARA, Calif. - For the first time this season, 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula wouldn't commit to Colin Kaepernick as his starting quarterback heading into the game next Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. That leaves open the possibility of turning to back up Blaine Gabbert.
"We’re evaluating everything right now. We’re in the middle of it right now. I don’t have any comments on any position on our field right now," Tomsula said.
The 49ers' offense is ranked dead last in the NFL in both scoring and yardage, while Kaepernick ranks 28th in passer rating, 20th in yardage, and 29th with six touchdown passes in eight games.
In the past, Tomsula has been quick to quell speculation Kaepernick would be benched, including last week leading into the Rams game.
"Colin is our quarterback. There’s no controversies," Tomsula said Oct. 23.
In the 27-6 loss Sunday in St. Louis, San Francisco, 2-6, failed to score a touchdown for the second straight week against a divisional opponent after losing to the Seahawks 10 days earlier, 20-3.
"Colin didn’t play good enough. Neither did the team.The San Francisco 49ers didn’t play good enough," said Tomsula.
Against the Rams, Kaepernick completed 20 of 41 for 162 yards, while also leading the team in rushing with 28 yards on six carries. The 49ers entered the game without starting running back Carlos Hyde, who was dealing with a foot injury, and lost second-stringer Reggie Bush to an apparent knee injury in the first quarter during a punt return. And the team's third running back, rookie Mike Davis is being evaluated for a fracture in his hand.
San Francisco's top receiver, Anquan Boldin was didn't play while the team listed him with a hamstring injury. Pro Football Talk Sunday night reported Boldin had been dealing with an apparent knee injury.
In four of the 49ers' last six games, they've scored seven points or fewer. Now, at the halfway point of the season, they have played all three of their division opponents and have gone 0-3 while getting outscored 94-16.
After the game Sunday, Kaepernick was asked about possibly being replaced.
"I’m doing everything I can to win games," Kaepernick said. "Whether they make that change or not is their decision. But I’ll give this team everything I have every week."
The 6-2 Falcons come to Levi's Stadium Sunday fresh off a 23-20 loss in overtime at home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Behind former Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Atlanta has the league's 11th-ranked total defense that's allowing 21.6 points per game.
In the preseason, Gabbert completed 23 of 28 passes (82.1 percent) for 203 yards, with a touchdown and no interceptions. He led 49ers quarterbacks with a 108.8 passer rating in the exhibition season.
Chris Biderman is the Editor-in-Chief of Niners Digest and covers the 49ers from their headquarters in Santa Clara. Chris has been writing about the team since the spring of 2013. The Ohio State alum received his Journalism degree in 2011 and has been working in sports media since 2008. Chris, a Santa Rosa, Calif. native, is also a contributor to the Associated Press covering sports throughout the Bay Area. You can follow Chris on Twitter here.
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