Blaine Gabbert

The options for the 49ers to fill their quarterbacking vacancies are many, and with a new regime in place, there's even hope they make the right decision. They could trade for Kirk Cousins, draft Deshaun Watson or sign Tyrod Taylor. (Courtesy Keith Allison/Flickr; Adam Carins/Columbus Dispatch/TNS)

A guide to the 49ers’ many options for their next quarterback

With Colin Kaepernick opting out of the last year of his contract,…

 

It hasn't been an easy season for the Faithful, and it might be time for the 49ers front office to make a move for the future.. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

If other teams are calling with offers, 49ers should act now

The San Francisco 49ers have reached their bye week. They sit at…

 

Colin Kaepernick has been making national headlines all season long. Now he’ll have a chance to make a difference on the field as he replaces Blaine Gabbert (pictured). (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Badly in need of a new approach, 49ers announce they’ll start Colin Kaepernick

The San Francisco 49ers have seen enough of Blaine Gabbert, the starting…

 

San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman, 53, intercepts a pass against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Sept. 12. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bowman’s future in doubt, and Niners are poorer for it

Just when the Faithless thought the news in Santa Clara couldn’t get…

San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman, 53, intercepts a pass against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Sept. 12. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers defensive end DeForest Buckner (99) is tended to after an injury against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A positively rotten, no good day for the 49ers Faithful

SANTA CLARA — The San Francisco 49ers were the victim of several…

San Francisco 49ers defensive end DeForest Buckner (99) is tended to after an injury against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The San Francisco 49ers, seen here in Week 1, lost their third-straight game on Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Is there any magic in the 49ers’ Levi’s?

The San Francisco 49ers return home for their first game at Levi’s…

The San Francisco 49ers, seen here in Week 1, lost their third-straight game on Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly said that Colin Kaepernick is being given a chance to compete for the starting spot. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Chip Kelly clarifies why Colin Kaepernick isn’t starting, sorta

The San Francisco 49ers have issues at quarterback. Current starter Blaine Gabbert…

San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly said that Colin Kaepernick is being given a chance to compete for the starting spot. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Christine Michael celebrates his second touchdown in the first quarter as the Seattle Seahawks drubbed the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. (Bettina Hansen/Seattle Times/TNS)

Hapless in Seattle: Hyde the lone bright spot as 49ers outclassed by Seahawks

SEATTLE — The San Francisco 49ers had no answer for the Seattle Seahawks…

Christine Michael celebrates his second touchdown in the first quarter as the Seattle Seahawks drubbed the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. (Bettina Hansen/Seattle Times/TNS)
Blaine Gabbert remains the starting quarterback, so a loss on the scoreboard with a moral victory in margin of defeat at CenturyLink this weekend would be a net positive for the 49ers. ( Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

This week’s 49ers game an early referendum on the NFC West

For most of the 2010s, the NFC West has been the cream…

Blaine Gabbert remains the starting quarterback, so a loss on the scoreboard with a moral victory in margin of defeat at CenturyLink this weekend would be a net positive for the 49ers. ( Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, right, carries the ball against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS)

49ers pounded by Panthers

The San Francisco 49ers ran into a well-rested, powerful Carolina Panthers team…

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, right, carries the ball against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS)
Ray-Ray Armstrong was impressive through two weeks, but unfortunately, he's now likely done for the season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Niners’ chances rely on containing Cam

The San Francisco 49ers defense impressed in Week 1, when they were the…

Ray-Ray Armstrong was impressive through two weeks, but unfortunately, he's now likely done for the season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Blaine Gabbert limits what the 49ers' skill players can do in a fantasy context. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Which 49ers players should you own in fantasy?

It’s still the team-building stretch of the fantasy season, which means players…

Blaine Gabbert limits what the 49ers' skill players can do in a fantasy context. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) looks for an open receiver against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers maintain strong team chemistry despite some wishing otherwise

The highly anticipated, in some circles, unraveling of the San Francisco 49ers’…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) looks for an open receiver against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers free safety Eric Reid (35) high fives outside linebacker Eli Harold (58) after making a play against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Circumstances stacked against 49ers in Week 2

The sun rose Tuesday and all was well in the world of…

San Francisco 49ers free safety Eric Reid (35) high fives outside linebacker Eli Harold (58) after making a play against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) looks for an open receiver against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Niners win season-opening snoozefest

SANTA CLARA — It was a good night to send the kids…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) looks for an open receiver against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91) celebrates a sack against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Monday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Rams looked pathetic — making it hard to gauge how good the 49ers actually are

So we’ll get to the trivial stuff quickly, meaning you won’t have…

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91) celebrates a sack against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Monday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Left: San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks (55) celebrates against the Houston Texans at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on August 14, 2016. Right: Oakland Raiders tackle Donald Penn (72), running back DeAndre Washington (33) and quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrate a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on August 26, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

No more games that don’t matter. No more empty talk. No more…

Left: San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks (55) celebrates against the Houston Texans at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on August 14, 2016. Right: Oakland Raiders tackle Donald Penn (72), running back DeAndre Washington (33) and quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrate a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on August 26, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Colin Kaepernick (7) greets players after taking a knee during the national anthem before a preseason game against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday. (K.C. Alfred/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)

Colin Kaepernick plays admirably despite heightened attention

This may be the most attention a preseason NFL game has ever…

Colin Kaepernick (7) greets players after taking a knee during the national anthem before a preseason game against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday. (K.C. Alfred/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)
Colin Kaepernick will get a chance to prove himself on the field in the final preseason game before the team makes final cuts. (Ryan McNulty/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Colin Kaepernick’s roster spot safe for the moment

He’s dominated the national discussion since sitting out the national anthem before…

Colin Kaepernick will get a chance to prove himself on the field in the final preseason game before the team makes final cuts. (Ryan McNulty/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) passes the ball during the afternoon practice at the team's training camp in Oxnard, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)

Nothing would be finer than Prescott as a Niner

While Balls wonders if the 49ers’ quarterback situation is the worst since…

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) passes the ball during the afternoon practice at the team's training camp in Oxnard, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)