If the first two preseason games are any indication of the quarterback situation in San Francisco, it is this; the 49ers need to find themselves a backup to Colin Kaepernick, and that backup might not currently be on the 49ers team.
Blaine Gabbert, who was acquired in a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars, has been, well…let’s just take a quick look at his preseason numbers shall we?
Through two games, Gabbert has completed 11 of 25 passes (42% completion percentage) for 60 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions, good enough for an overall quarterback rating of 17.1, yes, 17.1.
Josh Johnson, who spent the entire 2012 preseason with the 49ers, hasn’t fared much better; 8 completions on 11 attempts for 72 yards and two lost fumbles. His QB rating sits at 83.8.
Neither QB has directed a touchdown scoring drive and neither has really looked impressive, or wowed anybody.
Johnson’s got the natural athletic ability, he’s got a big arm and can create plays with his legs. He fits more into the Kaepernick type of role, especially with designed quarterback running plays.
Gabbert’s got a big arm, and like former 49er QB Alex Smith, he’s also never really been put into a good system.
In Jacksonville, Gabbert had zero help and was just 5-22 as the starting quarterback. Before coach Jim Harbaugh arrived in San Francisco, Alex Smith was 19-31 as a starter, having played under a half dozen different offensive coordinators at the time.
Several names that could be in the market for the 49ers includes the likes of Mark Sanchez and Christian Ponder.
Sanchez has become somewhat expendable after his solid preseason with the Philadelphia Eagles, which includes a QB rating of 102.8 and a pair of touchdown passes.
Ponder is all but the odd man out in Minnesota after the Vikings drafted Teddy Bridgewater in the first round, and re-signed Matt Cassell. Although Ponder might not be an appealing pickup, he can ball.
Two years ago, he torched the 49ers to the tune of a pair of touchdown passes and a 23-yard touchdown run as the Vikings beat the 49ers 24-13. That same year, Ponder led Minnesota into the playoffs, only to miss the Wild Card game against Green Bay with an injury.
Bottom line is this, the 49ers have two weeks left in the preseason and their backup QB situation doesn’t seem to be anywhere close to being settled. The 49ers need a good backup QB, and whether he’s currently on the roster or not is something San Francisco will have to find out.
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