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Chip Kelly talks up Blaine Gabbert

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As the 49ers debate whether or not Colin Kaepernick will remain on their roster beyond next week, coach Chip Kelly is talking up the quarterback who replaced Kaepernick next season.

Kelly said he has spoken with Blaine Gabbert, likes him personally and likes what Gabbert put on tape last season.

“[I’m] impressed with Blaine,” Kelly said, via CSNBayArea.com. “You watch him the last couple of games he started. He’s another guy, you look at his skill set. He took off against the Bears and went [44] yards for a touchdown. He ran 4.61 in the Combine when he was coming out. He’s big. I’d never really dealt with Blaine because he came into the league before I came into the league, but just how big and physical and impressive he is. He’s a 6-4, 245-pound guy that can really run. I thought the last part of the season he played really well. It’ll be intriguing to work with him, too.”

Officially, the company line from the 49ers has been that Kaepernick and Gabbert will compete for the starting job. But the 49ers have acknowledged they would consider trading Kaepernick, whom they’ll have to pay a total of $13.425 million this season if he’s still on the roster on Friday. If they trade Kaepernick, that would make Gabbert the No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart, at least for the time being.

Last year Gabbert had better passing numbers than Kaepernick, and the 49ers had a better record in the eight games Gabbert started than the eight games Kaepernick started. So while Kelly’s comments may be part of a P.R. campaign as the team looks for trade leverage with Kaepernick, it’s also possible that Kelly genuinely believes Gabbert may be the better quarterback.

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42 Responses to “Chip Kelly talks up Blaine Gabbert”
  1. officialgame says: Mar 26, 2016 7:43 AM

    Hey Kap you’re done in SF. He grew up and cut his teeth playing and coaching in lily white Dover NH before getting his shot in Oregon. He is not a racist but rather an emotionally immature human being who can’t relate to blacks or the inner city mentality. He deals with by it not dealing and comes across as cold an aloof. Players, especially those worldly and with personality hate him.

  2. cobrala2 says: Mar 26, 2016 8:08 AM

    Chip Kelly is crazy.

  3. seatownballers says: Mar 26, 2016 8:27 AM

    Raiders are up and coming in a changing division. Bikers arr in the basement for a decade with a dysfunction and bad owner ship. Tides have turned in the bay

  4. spiffybiff says: Mar 26, 2016 8:44 AM

    Problem is gabbert really meshed well with Chryst and the harbaugh offense. I suppose because of his time at Missouri it is natural to think he will do well but goes to show how much of a master of player psych harbaugh is

  5. zinnsand21 says: Mar 26, 2016 8:50 AM

    Blaine took over and started off very well. His last minute run to tie the Bear game and then toss to Torrey Smith for an OT winning TD were the highlights of his season. He did get very conservative and a bit inconsistent that coincided with poor pass protection by the line. I think with a better line better run game and a defense that can at least play more consistent make fewer mistakes he could excel this season..

  6. sweetzinger says: Mar 26, 2016 8:56 AM

    Gabbert is the better QB, that’s been proven.

    Kaepernick is stupid, and you can’t fix stupid.

    All of you Kaep lovers are going to have to admit you were wrong. Because Kaeperstupid has ZERO of the skill set a qb needs to be great.

    Cut him, draft Goff or Wentz and start working towards the future.

  7. huh6016 says: Mar 26, 2016 9:06 AM

    Yep between Chip & Hue Jackson you have the makings on an average NFL game peanut vendor.

  8. vikingf0rlife says: Mar 26, 2016 9:10 AM

    He’s better than baby hands Bridgewater!

  9. northerntanned says: Mar 26, 2016 9:15 AM

    Suddenly talking up Gabbert…bye Kap! Next will be a negative report about Kap and than a trade…this sequence is NFL tradition

  10. chrisk61 says: Mar 26, 2016 9:17 AM

    oh puh – lease child…

    if gabbert is so good, why did jax dump him ?

    niners probably go QB with their 7th overall pick. and of the 6 teams ahead of them; ten, jax and balt most likely don’t go QB. and SD with Philip rivers may or may not.

  11. cheapseater says: Mar 26, 2016 9:19 AM

    Gabbert has all the measurables, but he panics under pressure and has the pocket presence of loose change.

  12. birdsfan1215 says: Mar 26, 2016 9:28 AM

    Niners fans need to get used to the fact that Chip is a serial liar. A lot of us fell for his act early on, but in Philadelphia the focus on the Eagles is intense. It soon became very clear that he rarely, if ever, spoke the truth. Then it became painfully clear that he is, in fact, not the genius everyone expected. He was over matched and out coached regularly, and his personnel decisions were based on his discomfort with individualism.
    So, yeah, good luck with that SF

  13. jvibottomline says: Mar 26, 2016 9:34 AM

    Gabbert will have an Alex Smith like career resurrection

  14. ppc50 says: Mar 26, 2016 10:03 AM

    Gabbert actually played decent last year. They would be better off drafting a new QB and have him groom him for a year, rather than paying Kap the money. Should never got rid of Harbaugh

  15. exhelodrvr says: Mar 26, 2016 10:04 AM

    It doesn’t look like Kaepernick will improve significantly on his “traditional” QB skills, and teams have learned to scheme around his running to limit that.

    Gabbert did show potential last season. If you go with the assumption that his problems in Jax were due to the team/coaching staff being horrible, then he is a reasonable option.

  16. nfcleast says: Mar 26, 2016 10:06 AM

    This is the same Chip Kelly that said Nick Foles was his QB for the next 1,000 years. The same guy that denied negotiating any contracts after he made a power play to become the Eagles GM.

    I wouldn’t trust a word he says.

  17. tacomatiger says: Mar 26, 2016 10:20 AM

    Who cares about a last place team? They have been to the SB once since winning it 1994 when the whole team was roided out. Chip Kelly runs a gimmick offense and doesn’t know how to build or run a defense. Things are looking pretty bleak for the whiners. Thank you for being a gimme in NFC west

  18. raiderrob21 says: Mar 26, 2016 10:32 AM

    Whenever we see a headline with “Roger Goodell, Chip Kelly, Jerry Jones, Trent Ballke, Jed York, Rex Ryan, and Dan Snyder” in it, we have no one to blame but ourselves for clicking and reading it!

  19. moseszd says: Mar 26, 2016 10:50 AM

    birdsfan1215 says:
    Mar 26, 2016 9:28 AM
    Niners fans need to get used to the fact that Chip is a serial liar. A lot of us fell for his act early on, but in Philadelphia the focus on the Eagles is intense. It soon became very clear that he rarely, if ever, spoke the truth. Then it became painfully clear that he is, in fact, not the genius everyone expected. He was over matched and out coached regularly, and his personnel decisions were based on his discomfort with individualism.
    So, yeah, good luck with that SF

    :eyeroll:

    All coaches lie. It’s all bs platitudes and if you think you’ve ever gotten the truth out of a head coach, you’re kidding yourself.

    As for individualism, it’s a TEAM sport. And when certain tumor-like players think they’re more important than the team, you need to move them.

  20. jagsfan1 says: Mar 26, 2016 10:54 AM

    Gabbert has an awesome arm. Was thrown to the wolves way too early in Jax with a horrible offensive line, no receivers, injured MJD and a horrible defense.

    He took alot of flack but 80% of the time the second the ball was snapped it was a jailbreak and he was running for his life.

    Give him some protection and a running game before you judge him completely.

  21. jimsnchz says: Mar 26, 2016 11:10 AM

    Is it odd that when asked about his QUARTERBACK Chip’s first thought is “he had a 44 yard run……he ran great at the combine.” Does he know the guys job is to throw the rock? Same old Chip.

  22. TheDPR says: Mar 26, 2016 11:14 AM

    Gabbert is better than Kaepernick. A lot of QBs are better than him. I thought that would be obvious to anyone who watches football.

  23. collectordude says: Mar 26, 2016 11:21 AM

    2 below average QB’s. What’s a Niner fan to do?

  24. asparatame says: Mar 26, 2016 11:39 AM

    Remember when Kelly was a genius?

    I don’t either.

  25. kcflake says: Mar 26, 2016 11:48 AM

    I thought Blaine played pretty well last year. Showed some promise.

  26. zinnsand21 says: Mar 26, 2016 11:53 AM

    @cheapseater Gabbert was only 21 when he started for Jacksonville and they destroyed him with no protection. Some guys (David Carr) never recover from the beating in the pocket. Gabbert however showed a lot of poise in the pocket despite getting pounded once again. He also showed great skill slipping a lot of pressure which is something the good ones must have. I think with better protection he can move forward.

  27. GrantRodgers says: Mar 26, 2016 1:06 PM

    Niners need to trade Kap and get what they can out of him, draft Goff and have Gabbert and Goff compete for the starting role. This team is nowhere near competitive so throw him to the wolves and let the learning curve begin when the stakes are low.

  28. councilofargos says: Mar 26, 2016 2:07 PM

    Regime changes generally equal QB change.

    I feel Kaepernick could really excel in Kelly’s system. He is mobile enough to run his entire offense.

    I also remember Chris Berman going off about Blame Gabbart.

  29. rainponcho87 says: Mar 26, 2016 2:33 PM

    As a 49er fan, I’ve seen Kap through the highs and lows. When the team is doing well, he can be electric in the throws that he makes and runs that he does. But when the team struggles, and the fans, coaches, and media are down to him, he shrinks under the pressure, and looks horrible. I think Kap struggles with maturity and confidence. Based on that, he probably would be pretty good on the Broncos. He would probably be playing with a lead mostly and could settle in and start getting his confidence back. Like Cam Newton, when things are going great, he’s special and the life of the party. When times are tough, he’s a pouty 14 year old.

  30. damcmp says: Mar 26, 2016 2:56 PM

    I think Kap sucks

  31. figure8v8racer says: Mar 26, 2016 3:41 PM

    No one in their right mind besides the 49ers are going to pay a 3rd string QB like Kaepernick 1st string QB money. Kaepernick is gonna be out of the League by years end.

  32. bigbamboom1 says: Mar 26, 2016 6:18 PM

    @sweetzinger who says:
    “Gabbert is the better QB, that’s been proven.
    Kaepernick is stupid, and you can’t fix stupid.
    All of you Kaep lovers are going to have to admit you were wrong. Because Kaeperstupid has ZERO of the skill set a qb needs to be great.
    Cut him, draft Goff or Wentz and start working towards the future.”

    Actually know what is really stupid? YOU! Nothing has been proven. Except that Balke and York blew up a chionship caliber team with Kaepernick & Harbausgh. While Gabbert proved he couldn’t win bupkis in Jacksonville or SF last year. Kap’s skillset was good enough to get the niners to a Super Bowl and NFC Championship game. Where has Gabbert’s skillset translated to anything except losses? I think we all know where you are really coming from, Genius, with such an idiotic comment. But I’ll be patiently waiting for your proof that Kapernick has proven nothing. And doesn’t have a championship pedigree skillset. Needless to say, I won’t hold my breath waiting!

  33. bert1913 says: Mar 26, 2016 6:53 PM

    the Santa Clara curse continues…..

  34. eastsidecom says: Mar 26, 2016 9:25 PM

    This is crazy to compare 3 games to a great career and alot of people watch football but truly dont understand it Blaine Gabbert is getting a second go round .Kap plated injured and Blaine played healthy and compare those two its not much different smh.I dont blame him i blame the brass for not doing they job far as the coaches to the playes no one played worth anything .Hands down blaine Gabbert does not compare to kap.

  35. eastsidecom says: Mar 26, 2016 9:27 PM

    So enough of the blaine Gabbert talk he sucks.

  36. phinfan says: Mar 26, 2016 9:32 PM

    Hey what about that alex smith guy? He seems to get you to playoffs often…

    Oh yeah

  37. elvoid says: Mar 26, 2016 9:36 PM

    Welcome to San Francisco…

    the Cleveland of the West.

  38. tonebones says: Mar 26, 2016 10:51 PM

    The closer we get to the draft, the more honest the teams are with the media. They want to make sure the media lets everyone know exactly what they’re planning to do in the draft. NOT.

  39. sumkat says: Mar 27, 2016 2:38 AM

    Chip talking up a QB? Kiss of death. Ask Nick Foles, Mike Vick and Matt Barkley. All 3 of them, within a week of getting rid of them them, talked about how much he liked them

  40. cjonesaf says: Mar 27, 2016 4:54 AM

    I don’t see what the big deal is. I’m no fan of Chip, but he’s just stating what is known – Gabbert has great physical tools, and he played well last season. People need to chill.

  41. suckafree9rs415 says: Mar 27, 2016 7:46 PM

    If Gabbert is so great then why draft Goff?

  42. 49ersnoise says: Mar 27, 2016 8:58 PM

    Chip will be fired after Gabbert becomes the starter. Niners offense/defense players are not at the up tempo level. They are slow but strong. You wonder why their coverage is horrible and gave up so many deep passes. If Chip was the coach for Seahawks then it’ll work out much better because of Russell Wilson and their fast offense/defense.

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