Colin Kaepernick

Hue Jackson made waves in his one season as Raiders head coach, but he would be a gamble for the 49ers in their rebuilding mode. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

Hue no coup for stumbling 49ers

So this is what life has become for the 49ers: Battling another…

Hue Jackson made waves in his one season as Raiders head coach, but he would be a gamble for the 49ers in their rebuilding mode. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)
With a new coach coming in, and Colin Kaepernick being the closest thing to a franchise quarterback the Niners have, the team may have no choice but to keep him.  (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Warning: Stuck with Kaepernick?

And here we thought he was just a lightning rod for drama.…

With a new coach coming in, and Colin Kaepernick being the closest thing to a franchise quarterback the Niners have, the team may have no choice but to keep him.  (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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)
49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) passes against the Chicago Bears during the  game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Rare 49ers’ win is half-empty

The 49ers took a small step forward in their 26-20 victory in…

49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) passes against the Chicago Bears during the  game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith gestures towards fans after the Chiefs defeated the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. After being released from the 49ers, things have been looking up for Smith. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Seems Alex Smith got last laugh, huh?

Funny how things work out sometimes, isn’t it? Three years ago, 49ers…

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith gestures towards fans after the Chiefs defeated the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. After being released from the 49ers, things have been looking up for Smith. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Quarterbacks Dylan Thompson, left, and Blaine Gabbert warm up before the 49ers’ 29-13 loss to the Seahawks on Nov. 22 in Seattle. (John Froschauer/AP)

49ers’ Thompson prepares as next man up

SANTA CLARA — The 49ers’ Dylan Thompson has spent the majority of…

Quarterbacks Dylan Thompson, left, and Blaine Gabbert warm up before the 49ers’ 29-13 loss to the Seahawks on Nov. 22 in Seattle. (John Froschauer/AP)
Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls (34) drops the ball after scoring a touchdown ahead of San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Michael Wilhoite (57) on Sunday in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

49ers can’t slow Rawls in 29-13 loss to Seahawks

SEATTLE — Against one of the top defenses in the league, Blaine…

Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls (34) drops the ball after scoring a touchdown ahead of San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Michael Wilhoite (57) on Sunday in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass to tight end Garrett Celek during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

49ers ride Blaine Train

As expected, 49ers coach Jim Tomsula is sticking with Blaine Gabbert as…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass to tight end Garrett Celek during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) spikes the ball against the Atlanta Falcons in Santa Clara on Sunday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Promoted backup Blaine Gabbert leads 49ers past Falcons

SANTA CLARA — Blaine Gabbert of all people gave the San Francisco…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) spikes the ball against the Atlanta Falcons in Santa Clara on Sunday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Denver Broncos tight end Vernon Davis after an NFL practice session at the team's headquarters Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Englewood, Colo. (David Zalubowski/AP)

Bad actor Davis won’t be missed

In his prime, Vernon Davis was one of the best tight ends…

Denver Broncos tight end Vernon Davis after an NFL practice session at the team's headquarters Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Englewood, Colo. (David Zalubowski/AP)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert speaks at a news conference in Santa Clara, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Head coach Jim Tomsula announced that the 49ers have officially made the change at quarterback from Colin Kaepernick to Gabbert. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Gabbert’s leash could be short

Quarterback Blaine Gabbert is no stranger to bleak situations. Four years ago,…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert speaks at a news conference in Santa Clara, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Head coach Jim Tomsula announced that the 49ers have officially made the change at quarterback from Colin Kaepernick to Gabbert. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
After several rough performances, the 49ers have decided to bench Colin Kaepernick and start backup Blaine Gabbert. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)

QB change, trade — putrid 49ers look bound for 2-14

The 49ers have tried like heck to avoid the r-word this season…

After several rough performances, the 49ers have decided to bench Colin Kaepernick and start backup Blaine Gabbert. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)
A San Francisco 49ers hangs his head in the stands during the second quarter of an NFL football game between the St. Louis Rams and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

49ers routed, Kap Watch begins

ST. LOUIS — Two games without a touchdown puts Colin Kaepernick on…

A San Francisco 49ers hangs his head in the stands during the second quarter of an NFL football game between the St. Louis Rams and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, left, and backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert warm up before last week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. (Ben Margot/AP)

Kap should be traded, not smeared

How do you think people become CEOs in life? They snitch and…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, left, and backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert warm up before last week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. (Ben Margot/AP)
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is once again at the center of 49er controversy, this time for fallout from an alleged love triangle between him, former teammate Aldon Smith and another woman. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Kaepernick drama engulfs 49ers

Jim Tomsula likened a recent team meeting to an “Italian dining room…

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is once again at the center of 49er controversy, this time for fallout from an alleged love triangle between him, former teammate Aldon Smith and another woman. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock, right, tries to bring down Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett during San Francisco’s 20-3 loss to Seattle on Thursday night. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Inept 49ers return to bunker

Jim Tomsula will evaluate his players, position by position, and consider depth-chart…

49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock, right, tries to bring down Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett during San Francisco’s 20-3 loss to Seattle on Thursday night. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
General manager Trent Baalke needs to shoulder most of the responsibility for the 49ers’ dismal showing this season, largely in part to his poor draft selections. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Don’t forget Baalke in blame game

While quarterback Colin Kaepernick and head coach Jim Tomsula catch much of…

General manager Trent Baalke needs to shoulder most of the responsibility for the 49ers’ dismal showing this season, largely in part to his poor draft selections. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) is sacked by Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (92) and defensive end David King (93) during the game on Thursday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Wilson, Seahawks rule rivalry with 49ers again in 20-3 win

SANTA CLARA — No turkey necessary this time, just some high-flying defense…

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) is sacked by Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (92) and defensive end David King (93) during the game on Thursday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The 49ers franchise can establish a new home-field advantage at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara with a win over the Seattle Seahawks tonight. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Cure Levi’s Blues? Simply, Win

There is nothing in your Stadium Builder’s License, not even some sneaky…

The 49ers franchise can establish a new home-field advantage at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara with a win over the Seattle Seahawks tonight. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes in front of Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw during the 49ers' 25-20 win over the Ravens on Oct. 18, 2015. (Ben Margot/AP)

It’s now or never for 49ers

As the 49ers don’t need to be reminded, the Seattle Seahawks have…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes in front of Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw during the 49ers' 25-20 win over the Ravens on Oct. 18, 2015. (Ben Margot/AP)