Blaine Gabbert has replaced Colin Kaepernick as quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers but his position is hardly secure.
"It's this week," 49ers coach Jim Tomsula said. "Going into Atlanta, I felt like this was the direction we needed to go."
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Tomsula decided to bench Kaepernick on Monday after San Francisco was held without a touchdown for the second straight game. Following Sunday's matchup versus the visiting Falcons, the 49ers will have a bye, giving Tomsula a chance to re-assess his quarterbacks.
"This was a decision where I felt like I just wanted Colin to step back and breathe, look at things through a different lens," Tomsula said. "Keep preparing. Keep working. Keep doing his thing. But just step back. Take a look at things."
San Francisco ranks last in the NFL in points (13.6) and total yards (282.3) per game and has the league's second-worst passing attack (181.3 yards). The team has been held under 200 total yards in four of the last six games.
"In no way is 2-6 all on Colin Kaepernick," Tomsula said. "That's all of us. That's all of us. Everybody here on the Niners. We all take a big chunk of that."