Blaine Gabbert

Thad Lewis (9) is done for the season with a torn ACL. The San Francisco 49ers tried to fill his loss by signing Christian Ponder, possibly the most hated Minnesota Viking in recent memory. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Christian Ponder signing personifies 49ers’ deep talent hole

The San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback situation is so bad. (How bad is…

Thad Lewis (9) is done for the season with a torn ACL. The San Francisco 49ers tried to fill his loss by signing Christian Ponder, possibly the most hated Minnesota Viking in recent memory. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A 49ers fan celebrates a touchdown during a preseason game against the Houston Texans at Levi’s Stadium on Aug. 14. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Smile, Faithful: It’s Gabbert’s show for worse or worser

Nobody freak out. It was the first NFL pregame game, for goshsakes.…

A 49ers fan celebrates a touchdown during a preseason game against the Houston Texans at Levi’s Stadium on Aug. 14. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) looks down the field for an open receiver against the Houston Texans at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on August 14, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Niners quarterback questions unanswered

This 49ers season, with the new coach, the new up-tempo offense and…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) looks down the field for an open receiver against the Houston Texans at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on August 14, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Bruce Bochy had a recent health scare, and with all that he’s accomplished, it could be time to consider calling it a career. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bruce Bochy’s biggest call could be real life-saver

If there’s a more high-pressure job in professional sports than that of…

Bruce Bochy had a recent health scare, and with all that he’s accomplished, it could be time to consider calling it a career. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Curtis Modkins said on Thursday that he likes what he sees out of Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert. (Courtesy 49ers via Twitter)

Quarterback controversy simmers at 49ers camp

The battle between Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert for who will run…

Curtis Modkins said on Thursday that he likes what he sees out of Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert. (Courtesy 49ers via Twitter)
Chip Kelly addressed the media, and like most of his time with the Niners so far, he spent time battling misconceptions from his time with the Philadelphia Eagles. (Courtesy 49ers via Twitter)

Chip Kelly using time with new team to correct misconceptions

The San Francisco 49ers practiced with pads for the first time this…

Chip Kelly addressed the media, and like most of his time with the Niners so far, he spent time battling misconceptions from his time with the Philadelphia Eagles. (Courtesy 49ers via Twitter)
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) during a team practice at an NFL football facility in Santa Clara, Calif., Tuesday, May 17, 2016. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Torrey Smith, 27, embraces role as elder statesman

SANTA CLARA — Despite being 27 years old, Torrey Smith qualifies as…

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) during a team practice at an NFL football facility in Santa Clara, Calif., Tuesday, May 17, 2016. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert are the 49ers' quarterbacks, which means they have an unsettled position battle. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Camp Kelly sounds like more of the same ol’ same old

Are you ready for some football? Ready for some 49ers football? Yeah,…

Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert are the 49ers' quarterbacks, which means they have an unsettled position battle. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Former Cal quarterback Jared Goff was the first overall selection in the NFL Draft, which started on Thursday. Niners fans wept. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

Weary Goff ready to make big waves in L.A.

CHICAGO — Jared Goff always did look good in Cal blue and gold.…

Former Cal quarterback Jared Goff was the first overall selection in the NFL Draft, which started on Thursday. Niners fans wept. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)
Trent Baalke and Colin Kaepernick walk together during the 2014 training camp, happier times for the 49ers. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Niners, Kap stuck with each other for now

SANTA CLARA — After months of trade talk and speculation, Colin Kaepernick…

Trent Baalke and Colin Kaepernick walk together during the 2014 training camp, happier times for the 49ers. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) passes against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit. (Rick Osentoski/AP)

Chip can never have just one (quarterback)

Chip Kelly says he’s a fan of Colin Kaepernick, Cal’s Jared Goff…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) passes against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit. (Rick Osentoski/AP)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) watches as Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry dribbles during the second half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 7, 2015. (Ben Margot/AP)

Steph infection has jealous James in critical condition

LeBron James needs help, and in so many words, he’ll tell you…

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) watches as Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry dribbles during the second half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 7, 2015. (Ben Margot/AP)
49ers coach Chip Kelly, center, gestures beside Stanford football coach David Shaw, right, during Stanford's NFL Pro Day on Thursday. (Ben Margot/AP)

Chip Kelly continues to praise Colin Kaepernick

STANFORD — While others speculate whether Colin Kaepernick wants to remain in San…

49ers coach Chip Kelly, center, gestures beside Stanford football coach David Shaw, right, during Stanford's NFL Pro Day on Thursday. (Ben Margot/AP)
Trent Baalke, general manager of the San Francisco 49ers, sporting his trademark confused look. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

For fluxed-up Niners, it’s business as usual

Let’s see now. It’s five days into free agency, and the Niners…

Trent Baalke, general manager of the San Francisco 49ers, sporting his trademark confused look. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, left, is sacked for a 3-yard loss by St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers during a game in 2015. (Tom Gannam/AP)

Kaepernick wants to be a Jet, not a 9er, report says

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick doesn't want to play in San…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, left, is sacked for a 3-yard loss by St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers during a game in 2015. (Tom Gannam/AP)
The 49ers have their new head coach, but huge questions remain about who will lead their offense on the field. Chip Kelly and Trent Baalke will have to make a decision about whether to keep Colin Kaepernick, sign Sam Bradford or trade up in the draft to select Cal’s Jared Goff. (AP photos)

QB question looms large

New 49ers coach Chip Kelly is known for his zone-read offense, and…

The 49ers have their new head coach, but huge questions remain about who will lead their offense on the field. Chip Kelly and Trent Baalke will have to make a decision about whether to keep Colin Kaepernick, sign Sam Bradford or trade up in the draft to select Cal’s Jared Goff. (AP photos)
After leaving Philadelphia on less than pleasant terms, Chip Kelly will have to redefine how he approaches the game.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The rise — and comeuppance — of Chip Kelly

Is he a certified genius who’s misunderstood? Or a stubborn, overrated pit…

After leaving Philadelphia on less than pleasant terms, Chip Kelly will have to redefine how he approaches the game.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
St. Louis Rams tight end Lance Kendricks (88) is tackled by San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) during the second half  in Santa Clara on Sunday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Dawson kicks 23-yard winning field goal, 49ers beat Rams

SANTA CLARA — Whatever Jim Tomsula's future holds as 49ers coach, San…

St. Louis Rams tight end Lance Kendricks (88) is tackled by San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) during the second half  in Santa Clara on Sunday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) loses control of the ball and fumbles during a hit by Detroit Lions outside linebacker Josh Bynes (57) during the game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)

Gabbert or Kap, Results the Same

DETROIT — 49ers general manager Trent Baalke was on hand at Ford…

49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) loses control of the ball and fumbles during a hit by Detroit Lions outside linebacker Josh Bynes (57) during the game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)
Cleveland Browns fullback Malcolm Johnson (44) sacks San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) during the first half Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Tomsula watch: 49ers no-shows in loss

CLEVELAND — All you need to know are two comments from the…

Cleveland Browns fullback Malcolm Johnson (44) sacks San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) during the first half Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)