After scoring just seven touchdowns in seven games, Colin Kaepernick isn’t exactly the most popular person in San Francisco these days. In fact, many people are calling for Jim Tomsula to bench the 27-year-old quarterback.
Chris Simms isn’t ready to go quite that far.
“Well, I think there’s a lot of things that jump out,” the CBS Sports and Bleacher Report NFL analyst said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “First of all, yes, Colin Kaepernick is not playing well. That’s not a secret. But the offense as a whole has big-time issues. I watch the film every week, and I’ve been saying this for quite some time: the offense lacks creativity. It’s one of the more easy offenses to understand in all of football. I would say as far as creativity is concerned, yes, it’s on of the least creative offenses in all of football. Also, I think you got to look at it like this: I don’t think there’s exactly top-tier talent surrounding Colin Kaepernick. Anquan Boldin is getting up there in age. He’s no longer what he once was. Vernon Davis is no longer one of the top-tier tight ends in football. Yes, they have Torrey Smith, but I think we all know Torrey Smith is not really a well-rounded wide receiver. He’s really a guy that you send deep a lot. That’s always what he did at Baltimore.”
The skill position players aren’t the only ones at fault, either. The 49ers have a plethora of issues along the offensive line.
“We’ve seen years and years of their offensive line dominating defenses in the run game,” Simms said. “That has made the play-action and the boot legs and all the other things that Colin Kaepernick is successful at – well, since they can’t run the ball, that’s negated that part of their offense as well. So i think it’s, all in all, an organizational problem and certainly an offensive problem. Kaepernick, I’m not trying to make up excuses for him. I still love his physical talents, but I do think he needs to adjust his play. And I do think he needs to adjust the way he conducts himself at the podium and as a teammate to the rest of the locker room.”
All that said, in no way does Simms think the 49ers should bench Kaepernick in favor of Blaine Gabbert.
“It’s Blaine Gabbert,” Simms said. “I don’t think Blaine Gabbert is going to go there and jumpstart that offense. I think you’re stuck with Colin Kaepernick for now. You ride it out, you try to grow the offense and try to help him out a little bit. He gets nothing easy. If you watch the film, most times guys aren’t open and every throw is 15, 20 yards down the field. I know Kaepernick is an issue, but the whole offense is an issue out there in San Francisco.”