Good morning folks, hope you're having a wonderful day and not at all thinking about Blaine Gabbert. Whichever jerk usually does the Golden Nuggets on Saturday isn't available on account of him being a jerk, so I'm here to cover and all I can think about is how ludicrous it feels to write about Gabbert playing meaningful football in 2015.
I have to say, I'm among those opposed to Gabbert getting any playing time. He's a foregone conclusion at this stage -- we know exactly what he brings to the table and we know there is no 49ers future where Gabbert is leading the team to wins that actually matter. I'm a firm believer in only doing things that advances the future of the football team and while Colin Kaepernick is rapidly approaching the "lost cause" column, Gabbert has been in it for more than a year.
It's depressing and frustrating and it makes writing about this team, let alone watching it, difficult. But if it's Gabbert who will be under center on Sunday then it's Gabbert I will be cheering for when the game gets under way. He's a 49er, and while I'm not a fan of the organizational leadership at this stage, I'm not going to led someone like Jed York push me away when I've already sat through a whole lot of awful seasons. It gets a lot worse than this.
Onto your links, 49ers fans. Go Niners.
Hyde out, Boldin doubtful as 49ers face Falcons (Maiocco)
Mind games: Coach says pressure has affected 49ers rookie punter (Branch)
Colin Kaepernick says pressure never was too great, disagrees he needs a break (Barrows)
49ers' Brooks fined for horse-collar tackle vs. Rams (Maiocco)
Roundtable: 49ers greats weigh in on the current state of the team (SI)
Exorcising old ghosts: 49ers' Gabbert gets second shot at starting role (Barrows)
Gabbert's 'change of scenery' draws comparisons to Smith (Maiocco)
Blaine Gabbert 2.0: 49ers giving once-heralded QB his second shot (Brown)
Safety first: 49ers' Mangini wants Tartt to tempo down a bit (Barrows)
Tomsula not ready to name 49ers starting RB vs. Falcons (Inman)
49ers have new three-headed monster at running back (Maiocco)
49ers-Falcons matchup could get ugly for the home team (Cohn)
Pierre Thomas Hopes to Make Splash in 49ers Debut vs. Falcons (49ers)