SANTA CLARA – Quarterback Blaine Gabbert on Sunday will get his second consecutive start when the 49ers face the Seattle Seahawks.
If everything holds to form, 49ers coach Jim Tomsula will decline to name his starter for the 49ers’ next game, Nov. 29 against the Arizona Cardinals, after the game in Seattle or on Monday.
As he did following Gabbert’s showing in the 49ers’ 17-16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, Tomsula will meet with Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick the day after the game and let his decision be known at that time.
Tomsula intimated he is prepared to go game-to-game with his starting quarterback indefinitely.
“Yeah. Well, yes. I mean, yes and no,” Tomsula said when asked if he’s prepared to have the same conversations with his quarterbacks following every game.
“Blaine did a nice job and I liked where he was. I liked the way he handled the game. I liked the way he played the game and I want to move forward with Blaine and we’ll go from there. That’s all I have for you going into this game.”
Gabbert completed 15 of 25 passes against the Falcons for 185 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions on Nov. 8 at Levi’s Stadium. But the Seahawks (4-5) offer a more-difficult challenge.
The 49ers are 1-6 in Kaepernick’s seven career starts against Seattle. Nine of his 31 career interceptions, including the postseason, have come against the Seahawks.
“The San Francisco 49ers have not played up to their potential or capabilities in playing the Seattle Seahawks,” Tomsula said. “So I’d like to say it wasn’t one guy. It was a team effort. But, Blaine’s a different guy. He’s his own player and he’s going to go out and play football the way he plays football within the structure of our offense.”
When asked what Gabbert must do to receive more than another one-week appointment to be the team’s quarterback, Tomsula was noncommittal.
“Yeah, Blaine just needs to play football,” Tomsula said. “He just needs to continue playing football.”