Coach Jim Tomsula, who has defended quarterback Colin Kaepernick to this point, steered clear of the subject following the 49ers’ 27-6 loss to the Rams on Sunday.
“I’m not going to get into all that today,” Tomsula said Sunday when asked how Kaepernick played. “I’ll get into that after we’ve had the opportunity to watch the tape.”
Asked if at some point he had to evaluate the quarterback position, Tomsula said, “We have to evaluate everybody on the field.”
Kaepernick entered the game without his most trusted target, receiver Anquan Boldin, and he ended it without the team’s top three running backs: Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush and Mike Davis, all of whom are hurt. The 49ers’ tailbacks combined for 10 rushing yards Sunday; Kaepernick had 28.
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Kaepernick did not throw an interception, his fourth straight game without a turnover. Still, he made mistakes, including when he failed to see that wideout Torrey Smith was uncovered on a first-down play from San Francisco’s 3-yard line. Kaepernick’s 78.8 passer rating is one of the worst among starting quarterbacks.
Tomsula has resisted inserting backup Blaine Gabbert. But with the 49ers (2-6) four games behind in the division race and with the bye week beginning in seven days, a move may be in the offing. The 49ers host Atlanta (6-2) on Sunday.
The 49ers can part ways with Kaepernick without any major contract repercussions if they do so before April 1. That theoretically will give them an opportunity to evaluate free agents and draft picks and make a plan at the position. Kaepernick said he has not met with anyone in the 49ers’ front office to discuss his future.
“To me, I’m doing everything I can to win games,” Kaepernick said. “Whether they make that change or not is their decision. But I’ll give this team everything I have every week.”
Kaepernick said his contract does not weigh on his mind.
“I play this game because I love it,” he said. “I don’t play this game for the money. I’ll be fine without football if that ever came about. But I give everything I have to this game. That’s not my incentive or motivation to play.”