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Golden Nuggets: Further Blaine Gabbert improvement would be a lovely surprise

Friday, December 11th, 2015 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from around the Internet.

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If we were living in a perfect world, as far as I would see it, I'd have a lot of money and Blaine Gabbert would show me how wrong I can possibly be. The former thing won't ever happen, but the latter thing could and I think it's important to understand that when you read what I have to say about Gabbert and the future of the 49ers.

I wrote a piece for SB Nation on Thursday, and I was very critical of Gabbert and suggested that his relatively strong play could ultimately lull the 49ers into a false sense of security.

That would ultimately hurt the team, but I want to make it clear I am simply skeptical, and a lot of that has to do with a strange obsession with watching Jacksonville Jaguars games long before Gabbert ever joined the 49ers . It's not a vendetta, it's an opinion and I sincerely hope Gabbert proves me wrong. I hope when he does, people shout at me for it, because there's nothing I love more than people trying to rub it in that my favorite team is doing well.

The word "pessimistic" is overused here, especially by me, but it's fair to say I'm certainly pessimistic after the train wreck that wound up being Colin Kaepernick. But people were calling me out for harping on Kaepernick and calling him a bad quarterback last year ... and I sincerely hope I'm wrong this time around.

Onto your links, and go Niners!

Boldin: Gabbert can be 49ers' quarterback of the future (Maiocco)

49ers Torrey Smith sidelined by back, toe injuries, McDonald, Lynch still in concussion protocol (Inman)

Blaine Gabbert is playing just well enough to screw over the 49ers (Brady)

Injury report: 49ers' Wilhoite likely out; WR Smith sidelined (Maiocco)

New 49ers linebacker Gerald Hodges wants to bring energy to San Francisco's defense (Biderman)

Gabbert, Kaepernick -- why one works and one didn't (Cohn)

Kilgore ready for first snaps at center; Wilhoite has high ankle sprain (Barrows)

49ers stockpile of tight ends has vanished (Inman)

Andy Lee reflects on time with 49ers, tragic death of baby girl (Maiocco)

Blaine Gabbert growing into leadership role with 49ers (Gutierrez)

Mangini's young 49ers defense shows growth (Maiocco)

RB Shaun Draughn making Browns 'wish we kept him' (Inman)

Michael Wilhoite doubts he'll play at Browns (Gutierrez)

Anquan Boldin Discusses Man of the Year Nomination (49ers)

49ers DC Eric Mangini Reflects on Tenure as Browns Head Coach (49ers)

Geep Chryst Applauds Blaine Gabbert's Performance under Pressure (49ers)

49ers TE Blake Bell Could Start in Week 14 (49ers)