SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP and KTVU) - 49ers fans are sounding off after Quarterback Colin Kaepernick was told he won't start Sunday for the San Francisco 49ers and is being replaced by backup Blaine Gabbert, a person with knowledge of the decision said Monday night.
Fans reacted on our KTVU Facebook page. Craig Wilson wrote, "No running backs. Horrible O-line. Ridiculous play calling (three handoffs in a row straight up the middle from our own 1 yard line,) a coach who is a nice guy - but a joke - a GM who can't have a single successful draft, and somehow that is all on Kap?"
Meanwhile Tess San Antonio Villagracia wrote, "Oh geesh how many times will you watch the Niners lose using (Kaepernick) as QB? Give Gabbert a chance. You'll never know who's at fault until you try what you have. Good luck again and again and again to Niners' fans."
While George Astin wrote, "Colin missed the most basic reads every game. EVERY GAME! The missed uncovered Boldin on the safety play last week was the coffin nail. Coupled with his proven inability to hit a receiver in stride, these two fundamental flaws were hidden by his unpredictable run ability. Take away his run game and youre left with utter mediocrity. It's football QB 101. I'm not saying Colin is anywhere near the sole reason the 49ers are failing but he is a big part of it."
The team had not made a formal announcement, though coach Jim Tomsula offered a pretty good hint earlier in the day "we're evaluating everyone," on the heels of a 27-6 loss at St. Louis and a second straight game without a touchdown and third in five.
Kaepernick has been benched for his birthday, as he turns 28 on Tuesday.
In a strange twist, it was three years ago in November 2012 when Kaepernick was promoted to replace Alex Smith and he wound up leading San Francisco back to the Super Bowl and a three-point loss to Baltimore.
Kaepernick made his first career start on Nov. 19, 2012, for former coach Jim Harbaugh.