Blaine Gabbert predictably wasn’t happy about the news Tuesday when he found he lost the 49ers starting job to Colin Kaepernick.
“It’s a tough deal, but a change is made like that, it’s what the coaches felt best for this team,” Gabbert said.
“It sucks. I don’t like it. I don’t like not playing. I’ll be very forward about that. But, at the same time I’m still going to come into work the same way I’ve always come into work the three years that I’ve been here.”
After five games – and a four-game losing streak – Gabbert ranked 30th in passer rating (69.6), 30th in yards per game (178) and 27th in completion percentage (58).
Gabbert replaced Kaepernick nine games into last season and now the shoe is on the other foot.
“There’s always going to be throws you want back, always going to be decisions you want back,” Gabbert said.
“I can honestly say I played hard, gave it my best shot. I wasn’t good enough. We didn’t win enough football games. We didn’t score enough points on the offensive side of the ball and that’s the way it goes. It’s a tough situation and coach (Chip) Kelly had to make a call.”
Why did Kelly make the switch?
“I think we were very analytical and sat down as a staff and watch tape and went over everything,” Kelly said.
“We’ve had a couple days to kind of digest everything where we are and I think offensively we need to be better and we need to just make a move. It’s really not, it’s not Blaine’s fault.
“I think it’s just as a group offensively we need to be better in a lot of ways, so we’re going to see what we can do and make a move here. It’s really one of the only maneuvers we can make based on our depth, where we are and what we’re doing.”