Since Fooch is calling the Tomsula era Singletary Part 2, then I'm going to get in line and start calling Blaine Gabbert "Alex Smith 2.0". Just like Smith, Gabbert was a high first round pick who played poorly for bad teams early on. Yet both have seen a resurrection of sorts in mid-career. Both prefer throwing to their TEs and RBs and have shown nimble enough wheels to avoid pressure. Thanks to Blaine, Vance McDonald is suddenly a receiving threat and even Shaun Draughn is getting some key receptions.
Unlike Alex though, Blaine is a little better at spotting open men downfield resulting in more big plays. Also, Blaine has not had the benefit of a QB whisperer like Jim Harbaugh to coach him up and gave him the confidence and second chance he needed. It seems like Gabbert has worked hard on his own to learn what it takes to be an NFL QB (no thanks to Jim Tomsula, Geep Chryst, or Steve Logan).
Instead, Gabbert was the timely recipient of Colin Kaepernick self-destructing with a front office determined to throw him under the bus. It's not an ideal situation, but like any understudy, you take whatever opportunity you can get to step in the limelight. Three games is not a lot of time, but it has given us enough of a glimpse that this version of Gabbert is more experienced and more efficient. No, I'm not anointing Blaine the Niners QB of the future, but he has definitely earned a shot at the starter job when the next season rolls around.
Cardinals 19, 49ers 13 (Inman)
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