The Quarterback Whisperer has a lot of work to do if he wants to fix Blaine Gabbert. The former Jaguars QB made his debut for the 49ers Friday night against the Baltimore Ravens and looked…exactly like Blaine Gabbert (3-11 for 20 yards with an interception).
In the wake of Gabbert’s truly Gabbert-like performance, Niners coach Jim Harbaugh indicated that San Francisco’s backup QB spot, originally thought to be at least semi-locked-up by Gabbert, is now open to competition. Joe Johnson and McLeod Bethel-Thompson join the former first round pick in the scrum for the #2 position behind Colin Kaepernick.
Harbaugh spoke about the QB situation in the wake of Friday night’s game (via the Sacramento Bee):
“I think all the quarterbacks – Blaine and Josh and Mac – are coming out of this thinking there are a few (throws) they want back,” Jim Harbaugh said afterward. “I think they all did about the same. A couple of good throws and runs and extending the play, and a few they’d like to have back, too.”
Gabbert had been the presumed No. 2 quarterback, but Harbaugh indicated that the position is murky at this point.
“I think there are spots up for grabs in the depth area,” Harbaugh said. “Whoever comes along the fastest will win those jobs. I think you can say that about quite a few of our positions on the back end.”
Harbaugh is being kind when he says Gabbert made a few throws he’d like to have back. The QB was alarmingly bad and right now San Francisco is without a reliable backup. They don’t have anyone who comes close to a reliable backup.