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Chip Kelly: Kaepernick contract not a factor in QB choice

SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 06:  Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers warms up prior to their NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images

After his team lost to the Cardinals last Thursday, 49ers coach Chip Kelly said that the team would look at everything in hopes of improving their performance in the future.

For the first time, that included the quarterback position. Kelly had followed previous losses by saying that he was sticking with Blaine Gabbert, but the message was different this time and he said on KNBR Monday morning that a choice still hasn’t been made about what to do at the position.

Kelly said the coaching staff would discuss it on Monday and added that Colin Kaepernick’s contract won’t be a consideration in the discussion. There was a report last week that the 49ers were discussing a contract adjustment with Kaepernick to remove a injury guarantee on his $14.5 million salary for next season, presumably because they were thinking about playing him instead of Gabbert.

“If I was ever told to not put him in a game, that conspiracy theory should be done, because he’s been in a game,” Kelly said, via Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News. “I’ve never been told or implied on who to play or not to play. If I was told not to play him, then why did he play? Whether it’s garbage time or not, you’re still susceptible to injury.”

Kaepernick played in the season opener and has been the No. 2 each week of the season, leaving him one snap away from playing if Gabbert were to get hurt. Christian Ponder is also on the roster, so the team likely would have made Kaepernick the No. 3 if there was an overriding fear of what an injury could mean to their roster and cap next season.

That doesn’t mean he’ll be starting in Buffalo in Week Six, but it would seem to make the possibility a real one as the 49ers put together their plan for the week.

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52 Responses to “Chip Kelly: Kaepernick contract not a factor in QB choice”
  1. PegulaBucks says: Oct 10, 2016 12:28 PM

    Bills D and run game will eat this team up. Or at least they should.

  2. joetoronto says: Oct 10, 2016 12:28 PM

    I have to admit, I’ve spent years ripping on the Bills, but they look really good. I wish the conversation was centered on whether Kaepernick or Gabbert would start in Toronto next week, instead of Buffalo, but alas, we’ll never have a team.

  3. blynch67 says: Oct 10, 2016 12:29 PM

    Oh here we go, lol

  4. blynch67 says: Oct 10, 2016 12:34 PM

    First: Chip Kelly is an idiot.

    Second: Krap is not very good.

    Third: Last year Krap was a white skaterboi, but this year he’s black and everyone knows Chip doesn’t get along with black players.

    Also, Krap is not very good.

  5. najacoo22 says: Oct 10, 2016 12:36 PM

    Well, Chip Kelly hasn’t ever lied to us before, has he?

  6. thermalito says: Oct 10, 2016 12:39 PM

    What a lovely organization. The face of the franchise is now a guy who spits in the face of patriotic Americans, the military and police on a weekly basis. Trashed every piece of 49er gear I own and will never root for this despicable team ever again. Nevermind the fact Kaepernick is an absolutely terrible QB who’ll never be on another NFL roster ever again after the Santa Clara Niners are done with him after this season

  7. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Oct 10, 2016 12:42 PM

    George Soros and his ilk told the racist, anti-America backup QB in question that he could make more money and be (in)famous by pretending to be a black victim than a white skaterboi.

  8. therealraider says: Oct 10, 2016 12:44 PM

    49er fans must have very short memory spans. Kaepernick was and is a horrible QB. San Francisco is where a receiver’s career dies. Crabtree, Bolden and now Torrey Smith.. all really good players who’s numbers suffered do to piss poor QB play. The days of Joe Montana and Steve Young are long gone. Now the Dumpster fire is gonna trot out Ronald McDonald’s brother from another mother .. I would feel bad for them but the way they did Harbaugh was wrong. You reap what you sow.

  9. cadreamer1969 says: Oct 10, 2016 12:50 PM

    Kelly did play Kaepernick in the first game and has been consistent on what he has said about Kaepernick. Listen to his pressers. The media has their agenda and narrative. One guy in the media argued with Kelly about a statement Kelly just made. The media guy restated it incorrectly. Glad I can listen to the pressers myself without having to rely on the media.

    The context of BB pressers come into focus also.

  10. buffalosunshine says: Oct 10, 2016 12:51 PM

    funny how actually using a right that you are given by the constitution is spitting in the face of the Police and patriotic Americans… strange times we live in. Ask you local police how they feel about the state of guns in the US and if they are a bigger threat than a guy taking a knee at a football game.

  11. chippys lost binky says: Oct 10, 2016 12:54 PM

    So he’s gained back the weight that was such a big concern?

  12. thetooloftools says: Oct 10, 2016 12:54 PM

    You mean the contract that is so bad you couldn’t GIVE him away?

  13. jackedupboonie says: Oct 10, 2016 12:54 PM

    Feb of 2013 this Clara team was in the Super Bowl with this guy at QB. Now they are circling the toilet bowl, not even willing to put him on the field unless he opts out of 2017 injury guarantees. This ownership is the worst out there in sports.

  14. jmc8888 says: Oct 10, 2016 12:55 PM

    Chip Kelly says….

    “If I was ever told to not put him in a game, that conspiracy theory should be done, because he’s been in a game,” Kelly said, via Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News. “I’ve never been told or implied on who to play or not to play. If I was told not to play him, then why did he play? Whether it’s garbage time or not, you’re still susceptible to injury.”

    Which means Chip Kelly is a moron. Does Chip think everyone has the IQ of Forrest Gump? Because you have to be pretty dumb to think ANYONE will buy that bunch of bull excrement.

    Does he realize that it is very possible the front office doesn’t want Kaepernick in if it can help it, and would prefer not to have him in at all… but they aren’t going to straight out tell you not to play with him.

    But Chip Kelly like most morons who rail against conspiracy theories are people who don’t understand jack and something else. When anything is questioned, they yell it’s a conspiracy theory. (pro tip: anyone that deflects blame or questioning on conspiracy theories is full of it)

    It isn’t a conspiracy theory to suggest that the 49ers best course of action for the future is to not be held hostage cap wise another year for another 8 figure cap hold on a guy who clearly isn’t a starting QB… something that can happen if he plays.

    Of course he can come in and hand the ball off and almost assuredly not get injured. That doesn’t prove anything moron.

    But to start? To actually be out there and pass? That’s another beast, and it would open the 49ers up for that liability in 2017. The front office, may indeed wish that to not occur.

    But Chip Kelly himself approaches the situation that way. Well Chip, that sort of mental idiocy is why you got fired in Philadelphia.

    He basically just said that if his front office wants to be prudent that somehow it could only happen if they told him to do something directly and that his proof none of this is the case is that Kapernick handed off the ball to close out a game in a blowout win in the opener.

    Chip you are not smart, you are a moron.

  15. denver1983 says: Oct 10, 2016 1:02 PM

    Hate him or love him, I would like to see this guy back on the field.

  16. skoobyfl says: Oct 10, 2016 1:10 PM

    If the Bills get shots in on him as their defense does, I think he goes into a fetal position.

  17. mmack66 says: Oct 10, 2016 1:11 PM

    This team is like the Browns. Always worrying about which quarterback to play as if the choice is going to make or break their playoff chances.

    New Flash: You suck with any of them playing, so you might as well try the QB that last had any success with your team.

  18. tacowrecker says: Oct 10, 2016 1:13 PM

    Gabbert, Kaep, Ponder….it doesn’t matter much who they play. The roster is by far the worst in the NFL. It’s truly amazing how quickly Baalke torpedoed what was a LOADED team only a few years ago. Thankfully, Trent will be unemployed soon. Tom Gamble will do well as replacement and at least get the team back to being respectable again.

  19. bleedingfacemask says: Oct 10, 2016 1:17 PM

    “I’ve never been told or implied on who to play or not to play. If I was told not to play him, then why did he play?”

    Just a guess…because they forgot to tell you never to play him only AFTER you played him in Week 1?

    After all, there’s been an awful lot of garbage time since Week 1…

  20. niners816 says: Oct 10, 2016 1:17 PM

    thermalito says:
    Oct 10, 2016 12:39 PM
    What a lovely organization. The face of the franchise is now a guy who spits in the face of patriotic Americans, the military and police on a weekly basis. Trashed every piece of 49er gear I own and will never root for this despicable team ever again. Nevermind the fact Kaepernick is an absolutely terrible QB who’ll never be on another NFL roster ever again after the Santa Clara Niners are done with him after this season
    —————
    Go root for Seattle, then. They have plenty of bandwagoners that cry and complain just like you. A real fan sticks by his team, not the players. Byte, sweetie.

  21. gadzod says: Oct 10, 2016 1:17 PM

    The 49ers do not have the worst roster. Cleveland takes that cake.

  22. whitewalkerinphilly says: Oct 10, 2016 1:20 PM

    As a Bills fan, I want people to know I’m not saying this because I’m a Kaep fan: I have absolutely no problem with him making a silent, non-violent protest. I can remember people shaking their heads when our beloved Shady McCoy threw a “ladies only” party and got in a bar brawl. And we forgave him faster than people are Kap.

    That said, my first reaction to hearing that Kap wouldn’t stand for the anthem was, “Well, it fits because he won’t stand in the pocket either.” He is not a cure all, and living in Philly I am convinced that Chip’s “scheme” is going to hurt him this week.

  23. greenlargo says: Oct 10, 2016 1:26 PM

    Well, if the contract situation and injury clause comes off the table then they should play him.

    1) The season is gone, things can’t get worse there. This offseason they can seek the QB they need. (Certainly not on the roster at this time)

    2) If Kaep stinks as is likely (all signs point that way and the team around him isn’t going to do any favors either) the fans will turn on him and any cred he got from the protest will be gone. The protest will get forgotten by angry fans just wanting him benched. Such is the nature of fans everywhere (not singling out 49rs fans with that statement) PR issue solved.

    3) If Kaep shocked everyone and lights it up out there driving some improbable playoff run or something, that’s even better. The people loving the protest would feel justified, the people wanting better for their team would be happy, and that would be a great break for the organization. Oh, and the PR issue is still solved, just a different way.

  24. tonebones says: Oct 10, 2016 1:29 PM

    Many QBs have tried, but Colin Kaepernick is the only QB to take the 49ers to the super bowl since the Montana-Young dynasty. He did that when he was just a pup. Then the ownership chose to get rid of Jim Harbaugh. If the ownership can choose Jim Tomsula over Jim Harbaugh, Chip Kelly is going to say whatever they want him to say. Why even ask Kelly questions? That is enabling the front office to continue the craziness. The 49ers got mad at Harbaugh and decided to punish the fans. Now they’re playing Gabbert, and the fans are being punished again. At some point the league is going to have to step in and give the franchise back to Eddie DeBartolo. Their super bowl QB won’t be sitting on the bench.

  25. jackedupboonie says: Oct 10, 2016 1:30 PM

    Bills fans are like fleas….all the sudden…they are everywhere

  26. 6250claimer says: Oct 10, 2016 1:34 PM

    Sure, Kap “played” in one game – he came in at mop-up time and handed off a couple times. Woo, really risked injury there, didn’t they? What a joke this pathetic franchise has become. Look at how many empty seats there at home games. And it gets worse week-by-week, especially with Kap and his stupid “protest” garbage continuing.

    They’ll probably go 1-15 and be playing before Oakland A’s-type “crowds” by January. Jed and his whole family need to get run out of town.

  27. rodgerstonelson says: Oct 10, 2016 1:37 PM

    I wish he would play. I hope some Bills player would knock his block off. And then salute after he did it.

  28. alphabeta49er says: Oct 10, 2016 1:44 PM

    This roster could only be assembled by someone stubbornly committed to abstract theories of drafting and free agency. It could never exist in a world governed by common sense. My three-year-old could put together a better roster. For example, every year Baalke burns a pick or two on guys with a jacked up knees. It’s never worked. Likewise he refuses to address the quarterback and wideout positions. He’s the only GM that didn’t bother talking to Dak Prescott before the draft. Meanwhile the Raiders do what any kindergartner would do—draft blue chip QB, receiver, pass rusher, and use salary cap money to sign impact free agents. A monkey throwing darts on draft day could do better than Trent Baalke. The 49ers are the definition of insanity. Or at least paralysis by analysis.

  29. foodiefoodnerd says: Oct 10, 2016 1:46 PM

    For such a natural liar, Kelly is terrible at it. Playing Kaep for a few handoffs in Week 1 doesn’t prove either are out of the handcuffs.

    He could have been told after that game; he could have defied an order; he could have been ordered to put him in a few token plays to prove they aren’t bubblewrapping him.

    The only thing clear from this statement is that now Chip following the order to protect him until the bozos figure out what they actually want for the team.

  30. webofbelief says: Oct 10, 2016 1:51 PM

    At this point, I’d honestly say that Cleveland is a more desirable destination for NFL players and coaches than Santa Clara.

  31. jgedgar70 says: Oct 10, 2016 1:58 PM

    To thermalito and those of similar viewpoints: The protest was never about the military or about himself. It was to protest racism and oppression of minorities. If you truly believe that doesn’t exist, you are either so naive that you probably shouldn’t be out in public by yourself, or you are in such a thick denial bubble that I wonder if you are getting enough oxygen. I didn’t like it at first either, but having just lived through racial riots in my city, I would much rather have someone kneel or sit during the national anthem then run around town rioting.

    As for his play, I don’t see where they have anything to lose by letting him play one full game. Then you can choose a QB for the rest of the year based on actual play and not anything else.

  32. foodiefoodnerd says: Oct 10, 2016 1:59 PM

    @alphabeta49er, much sympathy for what you’re suffering through. As a diehard Seahawks fan, I really enjoyed our rivalry at its peak, and appreciated how you helped elevate our game.

    As a diehard football fan, I really want to finally see the entire NFC West competitive, for pride and to better prepare us for the playoffs.

    Real Seahawks fans remember just how many years we were awful, stinking up the cellar of the AFC West year after year.
    You’ll be back soon, and I hope we’re still able to give you two (at least) excellent games each season when it happens.

  33. outlaw53 says: Oct 10, 2016 2:02 PM

    I actually think that all three 49er QB’s suck. Based on the level that a “real” NFL QB needs to be to play at maximum intensity….Kaep appears lethargic and distant. I would be surprised if Kelly inserts him if he would have any positive effect on his team playing better. When its “all about me” the team play suffers. That isn’t just in the NFL…but in all sports.

    Put Kaep in….let’s see if he can play or if he is just DeRay McKesson…all talk and no substance.

  34. theecowardlylion says: Oct 10, 2016 2:14 PM

    I propose we only refer to Kaep as “the black Tim Tebow” going forward.

  35. whatjusthapped says: Oct 10, 2016 2:14 PM

    Chip Kelly isn’t as clueless as he comes off. He’s a puppet making a very good salary so in that one respect, I get where he is coming from.

    Never the less, the 49er’s will be among the top 5 in this year’s draft and Kaep will never play again.

  36. tindeaux says: Oct 10, 2016 2:15 PM

    no explanation needed. I enjoy watching the guy who disrespecting our flag on the sideline.

  37. thermalito says: Oct 10, 2016 2:54 PM

    Was a 49ers fan since the late 70’s but I will root against my team any game Kaepernick plays in.

  38. thermalito says: Oct 10, 2016 3:10 PM

    niners816:
    Go root for Seattle, then. They have plenty of bandwagoners that cry and complain just like you. A real fan sticks by his team, not the players. Byte, sweetie.
    —————

    This seems to be the stock reaction from the few that makeup the moronic Santa Clara fanbase anymore. Been a fan since the late 70’s. That hardly makes me a “bandwagoner”. I’ve followed this bumbling franchise through thick and thin, but when they decided to take sides in a divisive political issue I am done. I had to hold my nose and root for slime like York, Baalke, Parage Marathe, Chip Kelly, Krappertrash, Aldon Smith, Ray McDonald and all the other reprehensible characters that make up this organization but no more. Me, like at least half the 49er “fanbase” who no longer go to the games have had enough. This vile organization can lose every game it plays. A real TEAM knows better than to alienate half its customers. Enjoy rooting for a perennial loser like the Santa Clara Social Justice Warriors.

  39. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 10, 2016 3:30 PM

    Chip Kelly said numerous times in training camp that the quarterback who “put the ball in the end zone” would start. 49ers have 14 offensive touchdowns so far which is tied for 6th in the league, I believe. Gabbert has put the ball in the end zone more often than most QBs in the league, despite adapting to a new system and working with a bunch of recently added castoffs from other teams on the receiving corps.

  40. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 10, 2016 3:42 PM

    49ers are middle of the pack in points scored this year, and near the bottom in points allowed, despite the fact that all of their top draft picks in recent years have been on the defensive side of the ball. Shine the spotlight where it does the most good.

  41. franklamar17 says: Oct 10, 2016 3:52 PM

    thermalito says:
    Oct 10, 2016 12:39 PM
    What a lovely organization. The face of the franchise is now a guy who spits in the face of patriotic Americans, the military and police on a weekly basis. Trashed every piece of 49er gear I own and will never root for this despicable team ever again. Nevermind the fact Kaepernick is an absolutely terrible QB who’ll never be on another NFL roster ever again after the Santa Clara Niners are done with him after this season

    How is he spitting in the face of patriotic Americans,the military,and police ?

  42. RegisHawk says: Oct 10, 2016 3:56 PM

    He lies well enough to work for Pravda…

  43. Deelron says: Oct 10, 2016 3:59 PM

    “49er fans must have very short memory spans. Kaepernick was and is a horrible QB. San Francisco is where a receiver’s career dies. Crabtree, Bolden and now Torrey Smith.. all really good players who’s numbers suffered do to piss poor QB play.”

    Boldin had his best years his first two seasons in SF (2013 and 2014) with that horrible QB then he ever had in Baltimore or had since 2006 in Arizona.

    Revise away.

  44. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 10, 2016 4:23 PM

    @franklamar17…. “how is he spitting in the face of police?”. Oh, I don’t know, maybe by calling them murderers on Twitter or wearing socks depicting them as pigs? You think those might be slightly disrespectful?

    Inspiring upstanding young men like John Felix to murder two Palm Springs police officers called to his home by his parents. Including Lesley Zerebny a 27 year old mother of a 4 month old baby.

  45. thermalito says: Oct 10, 2016 4:30 PM

    franklamar17: Millions of Americans are deeply offended by Kaepernick’s actions. In addition to his idiotic protests, his Twitter rants in which he has said America was never great and that there is no difference between the stars and stripes and confederate flag are about as insulting as they get. Let me guess. Nobody has a right to be offended by anything the loonbag far left isn’t offended by right?

  46. dirt2013 says: Oct 10, 2016 4:34 PM

    Kelly should look at Kelly first .

  47. thermalito says: Oct 10, 2016 4:40 PM

    Deelron: 2013 and 2014 were the best seasons of Boldin’s career? I think you better re-check your facts there smartguy. Talk about revisionist history…jeez

  48. rcali says: Oct 10, 2016 4:48 PM

    Make no mistake, they would trade the NFL Employee protester and his contract for some medical tape.

  49. bspurloc says: Oct 10, 2016 5:28 PM

    .
    “Kelly said the coaching staff would discuss it…”

    Over in Dallas there is no Coaches decisions

  50. cadreamer1969 says: Oct 10, 2016 5:53 PM

    Guess all of the unnamed snitches forget to tell the brilliant media

    It was reported Friday by NFL media Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers were nearing a restructured contract that would alleviate his full injury guarantee next spring, allowing San Francisco to play him without being on the hook for the quarterback’s $14.9 million base salary next spring if he sustained an injury.

    But there was one significant hiccup in the deal potentially getting done. According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, the deal “has not been signed or even reviewed yet by Kaepernick’s agents.”

  51. greenlargo says: Oct 10, 2016 6:41 PM

    They need to get rid of that injury clause or leave him on the bench, thats just good smart business. This is not a political issue.

  52. collectordude says: Oct 10, 2016 7:23 PM

    kelly and baalke will be gone at the end of the season.

    Wish it was sooner.

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