The decision has been made by 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula on who the starting quarterback will be on Nov. 22 when his squad goes against NFC West-rival, the Seattle Seahawks.
Blaine Gabbert, who started his first NFL game in over two years while replacing Colin Kaepernick Sunday, led the 49ers to a 17-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Now, he gets his second go under center as the team's starter.
For former All-Pro and current NFL analyst Boomer Esiason, Tomsula's decision was an easy one and another step in the end of Kaepernick's time with the franchise.
"It just goes to tell you how bad I think Colin Kaepernick became as a quarterback on that team, and he's done there," Esiason said on the Toucher & Rich show Monday morning. "That's over. The whole thing out there is over."
Gabbert's control of the offense was clear Sunday. The 49ers scored 17 points in the first half -- their highest total for a half in the whole season -- and Gabbert threw two touchdowns behind 185 yards. He was also intercepted twice, but one came from a Jerome Simpson drop right off his hands.
His toughness and leadership was applauded after the victory, one area that Esiason points to the demise of Kaepernick.
"All reports are that Colin Kaepernick is a loner, that he does not embrace his teammates, that he does not embrace the role of an actual quarterback, which is not just to throw passes and run for first downs and all that other stuff, but it's to be the ultimate example by leading and carrying yourself with dignity and with respect and making sure that you give each player on your team the same amount of respect in return."
In the same NFL Draft where the 49ers snagged Kaepernick in the second round, Gabbert was taken with the No. 10 overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011. His path and fresh start has been compared to that of Alex Smith's, and after leading the 49ers to victory, Gabbert spoke on all the learning experiences he took from his rollercoaster career with the Jags.
Will Kaepernick get a do-over for a new team if his time with the 49ers is really over? Esiason can see that happening, but there's a catch.
"He'll be gone next year. Maybe another team will give him a chance."
Again, an attitude adjustment seems to be the needed key to Kaepernick trying to continue his career.
"If he continues with this act that he has, I'll tell ya, in two years he'll be out of this league."
Esiason sees comparisons in Kaepernick and former first-round pick Josh Freeman, another quarterback who seemed to have all the physical skills, yet his career quickly flamed out. Freeman, taken with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2009 draft, has not played in the NFL since 2013 and is now looking to revitalize his career with the Brooklyn Bolts of the Fall Experimental Football League.
In Freeman's season debut for the Bolts, he completed 9 of 16 passes for only 32 yards and threw one touchdown while also getting intercepted once. And in that same game, he fumbled five times.
Sunday's victory may have shocked many, but after making a quarterback change, don't count Esiason in that group of people.
"It's no surprise to me that Colin Kaepernick is benched, and it's no surprise to me the 49ers actually won a game with Blaine Gabbert."
The 49ers are 1-0 -- looking to go 2-0 -- with Blaine Gabbert running the offense compared to 2-6 with Kaepernick doing the same this season. The impact of a quarterback change for this team will truly be tested in two weeks vs. last season's NFC champions in Seattle.