Blaine Gabbert on Colin Kaepernick’s role on the 49ers: “He’s just rehabbing right now.”

SANTA CLARA Blaine Gabbert just spoke in the 49ers auditorium. Here are selected quotes. Q: What is your plan for the offseason? GABBERT: Just the usual routine. You definitely take a little breather time. You let your body heal, let your mind heal and kind of recuperate a little bit. But, I’m eager to get back into it. I feel like there’s something we can build on here. I’m definitely…

December 30, 2015
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Jim Tomsula: “Maybe we need to sprint off the bus.”

SANTA CLARA This  is the transcript of Jim Tomsula’s Monday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department.   Opening comments: “The injury report; what we’ve got here, we’ve got some bumps and bruises, but [TE Garrett] Celek is going for an MRI. But again, we still feel like nothing is broke, that it’s what our people have categorized a high ankle sprain. And obviously with those we’ll have to…

November 30, 2015
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Stakes high for Gabbert in 49ers’ meaningless games

This is my Sunday column. It’s audition time for Blaine Gabbert. While most of the 49ers have nothing left to play for but professional pride, Gabbert gets to play for the 49ers’ starting-quarterback job in 2016. For him the stakes are high, and yet the pressure is low. I’ll explain. For the first time in his NFL career, Gabbert is playing relaxed. There’s no pressure on him to be great,…

November 28, 2015
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Tyrann Mathieu: “You can see Gabbert’s maturity and the different things he does well that, let’s say, Kaepernick doesn’t do well.”

SANTA CLARA Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu spoke with Bay Area reporters on a conference call Wednesday afternoon. Here are selected quotes. Q: Does the 49ers’ offense look different now that Blaine Gabbert is running it? MATHIEU: Yeah, it does. Not to take anything away from Kaepernick, but it seems like Gabbert has a little bit better grip on what’s going on. If he gets in a situation, he knows…

November 25, 2015
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Jim Tomsula: “We’ve just got to keep pounding through it and get to the other side.”

This is the transcript of Jim Tomsula’s Monday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department.   Opening comments: “Injuries, I really don’t have a lot to update you on from last night. [DL] Glenn [Dorsey] is getting an MRI now and again with [S Jaquiski] Tartt and [WR Anquan] Boldin they’re in there getting some rehab, but both of those guys I think were OK. So, questions?”   Just…

November 23, 2015
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Colin Kaepernick done for the season with left-shoulder injury

The San Francisco 49ers just announced they’ve placed quarterback Colin Kaepernick on season-ending Injured Reserve, and have promoted quarterback Dylan Thompson from the practice squad to the active roster. Kaepernick apparently injured his non-throwing shoulder Week 4 against the Green Bay Packers, although the injury didn’t show up on the 49ers’ practice report until this Friday. Strange. Kaepernick almost certainly won’t play another game for the 49ers–they probably will trade Kaepernick for…

November 21, 2015
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Kaepernick: “I’m not out of breath, so I don’t understand that reference.”

SANTA CLARA Colin Kaepernick spoke at his locker Friday afternoon for the first time since getting benched. Here’s a transcript. Q: What was the conversation like on Monday when you found out your coach had made a decision (to bench you)? KAEPERNICK: They told me they were going to sit me, and that was about the extent of the conversation. Q: Did you ask why, or were there any reasons…

November 6, 2015
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49ers’ salvage plan probably far too late to matter

This is my Friday column. The San Francisco 49ers hit the iceberg weeks ago. So, why are they benching Colin Kaepernick now? What does this move say about the mindset of the franchise? We’re looking at two issues here: the Jim-Tomsula issue, and the Jed-York-Trent-Baalke-dynamic-duo issue. Although the issues are similar. Let’s deal with the Tomsula issue first. Tomsula is desperate. He realizes he’s in over his head, and probably…

November 5, 2015
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Report: 49ers bench Colin Kaepernick

The 49ers have benched Colin Kaepernick and named Blaine Gabbert the starting quarterback, according to Kyle McLorg of thebayareasportsguy.com. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com confirmed the news via Twitter. Benching Kaepernick practically guarantees the Niners will cut him at the end of the season. Do you think he ever will start another game in the NFL? And who do you think will be the 49ers’ starting quarterback next season? Gabbert?

November 2, 2015
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Colin Kaepernick on being liked by teammates: “It’s more important for me to be respected by my teammates.”

SANTA CLARA This is the transcript of Colin Kaepernick’s Wednesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department. Where does this Rams defensive front rank among the defensive fronts that you’re going to face this season? “They’re very talented across the board. They also give you a lot of looks that can cause problems. We’re going to have to be ready for all of those things.”   Head coach Jim…

October 28, 2015
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Jim Tomsula: “I think I’m a guy that’s in the locker room more than most coaches.”

SANTA CLARA This is the transcript of Jim Tomsula’s Wednesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department. Opening comments: “Good morning. Injuries; [S] Antoine Bethea was down at Stanford, had his surgery on his pectoral yesterday. They said everything went wonderful. [LB NaVorro] Bowman will be off today. [RB Carlos] Hyde will be off today. There’s a handful of guys that will be in limited things just in this…

October 28, 2015
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Reggie Bush comments on Jay Glazer’s report re: Colin Kaepernick

SANTA CLARA Reggie Bush just spoke in the 49ers’ media room. Here are selected quotes. Q: How would you describe Colin Kaepernick and his style of leadership? BUSH: He’s a hard worker. He works really hard. And I’ve said this before – he’s one of the hardest workers I’ve been around, especially in the weight room. He works his butt off. He’s constantly on the field talking to guys, just…

October 27, 2015
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Colin Kaepernick on playing under center: “It’s helped this offense.”

This is the transcript of Colin Kaepernick’s Tuesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department. How do you feel about this opportunity this week to face a division team at home and get back 1-1 in the division standings? “Yeah, it’s a huge opportunity for us. Like you said, to get back to 1-1 in our division, to give us an opportunity to get to 3-4 overall and start…

October 20, 2015
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Geep Chryst: “Our base offense should be set up to beat your three division opponents.”

This is the transcript of Geep Chryst’s Tuesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department. Opening comments: “It was a good win against Baltimore. Had to work a little harder than we had to at the end, but short week so we’re moving on to Seattle.”   What does working under center more allow the offense to do that maybe–? “Yeah. We don’t really have a pitch count one…

October 20, 2015
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Colin Kaepernick’s mechanics need a trip to the garage

This is my Saturday column. Colin Kaepernick isn’t huge on mechanics. He said so on Wednesday. This revelation shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has ever seen him play. Kaepernick is one of the most inconsistent quarterbacks in the NFL. His college coach, Chris Ault, broke down Kaepernick’s inconsistencies last week to Foxsports.com. Ault was the only college coach who gave Kaepernick a football scholarship. Ault created Kaepernick….

October 16, 2015
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Colin Kaepernick says he’s “not huge” on mechanics

SANTA CLARA – Colin Kaepernick spoke in the 49ers’ auditorium Wednesday morning. Here are selected quotes. Q: Do you see any different mindset this week in the offense? KAEPERNICK: I think there’s more chemistry between us now. We saw some things that we can build off of and use moving forward. As far as the team, we’re trying to prepare to win. Everything we’re doing is to make sure we’re…

October 14, 2015
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Jim Tomsula on the 49ers’ offense: “The biggest thing that I asked for was just fine-tune the focus.”

Here is the transcript of Jim Tomsula’s Friday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department. Opening comments: “Injuries, [WR] Quinton Patton is, he’s in that protocol. So, that should be cleaned up. I think it’s today, today or tomorrow, they have through the week. But, he’s done all the walk-thrus, he’s done all that stuff, just been no contact. [T Joe] Staley, [vice president of football operations Jeff Ferguson]…

October 9, 2015
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Why Colin Kaepernick has to go

This is my Friday column. Colin Kaepernick has to go. He’s done with the 49ers. He isn’t necessarily done in the NFL — he eventually could turn his career around somewhere else. But not in Santa Clara. The Niners have to cut Kaepernick at the end of the season. Forget trading him. No team would give up anything for Kaepernick under his current contract, which includes a salary-cap hit of…

October 8, 2015
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Geep Chryst: “The way I see it is that we’ve been successful in practice.”

SANTA CLARA — This is the transcript of Geep Chryst’s Thursday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department. Opening comments: “First off, disappointing loss to Green Bay. Watching the tape, we thought we identified some things that we’ve gotten better on in yesterday’s practice because we have to get better. That’s the bottom line.”   Where do you see, you have the birds-eye view, just kind of how guys…

October 8, 2015
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Colin Kaepernick: “I don’t play for job security. Whether football is here or not, I will be fine.”

Colin Kaepernick spoke in the 49ers’ auditorium Wednesday afternoon. Here are selected quotes. Q: After Sunday’s game, you called some of your errant throws “protective throws.” After watching the film, do you still feel the throws you made were the proper throws? KAEPERNICK: No, I think there were throws I could have made to help us make plays. In the heat of the battle it’s always different than when you…

October 7, 2015
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