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Torrey Smith

49ers make QB change from Kaepernick to Gabbert

Three years after Colin Kaepernick led the San Francisco 49ers on a Super Bowl run, coach Jim Tomsula decided his struggling quarterback needed a break and his dormant offense needed a change.

Tomsula announced Wednesday that Blaine Gabbert will take over the starting role from Kaepernick this week as the Niners look for any kind of spark they can get after failing to score a touchdown three times in the past five games.

"In no way is 2-6 all on Colin Kaepernick," Tomsula said. "That's all of us, OK. That's all of us. Everybody here on the Niners. We all take a big chunk of that. That's a concerted effort that needs to change. This was just a decision that I...