SANTA CLARA, Calif. - 49ers coach Jim Tomsula is willing to commit to Blaine Gabbert, but only as far as Sunday's game against the Seahawks.
With that, all signs are pointing to a week-to-week discussion when it comes to starting quarterback, after Gabbert helped San Francisco win a game against Falcons before the bye week in place of the struggling Colin Kaepernick.
"Blaine did a nice job and I liked where he was. I liked the way he handled the game. I liked the way he played the game and I want to move forward with Blaine and we’ll go from there. That’s all I have for you going into this game,” Tomsula said Monday.
Gabbert completed 15 of 25 for 185 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the 17-16 win over Atlanta Nov. 8. That performance earned him another start, coming in Seattle's CenturyLink Field Sunday, where Kaepernick has struggled throughout his career.
The 49ers (3-6) haven't beaten the Seahawks (4-5) since December 2013 in Candlestick Park, and haven't won on the road against their nemesis since 2011 with Alex Smith as the starter.
In their last three meetings, the Seahawks have outscored San Francisco 56-13, with the 49ers scoring three, seven and three points in those games.
Kaepernick has 59.14 quarterback in those games, completing 40 of 72 for 386 yards and two interceptions. His last touchdown pass against the Seahawks came in the NFC Championship game in Jan. 2014.
Tomsula didn't want to put all of his team's struggles against Seattle on the quarterback.
"Again, the San Francisco 49ers have not played up to their potential or capabilities in playing the Seattle Seahawks. So, I'd like to say it wasn't one guy. It was a team effort," Tomsula said. "Blaine's a different guy. He's his own player and he's going to go out and play football the way he plays football within the structure of our offense."
All three of the 49ers' wins this season have come at home, while the team has been outscored 147-58 on the road. The -89 point differential is the worst road mark in the NFL.
"That is something that we talked about this week," Tomsula said of playing poorly away from home. "I don’t put it on crowd noise, I don’t put it on those things, but just coming out rolling, just go. And that’s our focus this week. Just, let’s go. We’re leaving on Saturday. Let’s just full-steam ahead. We don’t need to sit back and pause and this and that. Let’s just go. Let’s start this week and take it all the way through the game.”
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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