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Chip Kelly explains why he disclosed quarterback change on Tuesday

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Say what you will about 49ers coach Chip Kelly, he’s incredibly transparent. On Thursday, he explained why he chose transparency regarding the recent change in quarterback.

In response to a question regarding his reason for not concealing his plan at quarterback until the weekend, Kelly explained that it wouldn’t have worked.

“Well, I think we live in a society, number one, that there are no secrets,” Kelly told reporters. “So, if Colin took all the reps with the ones on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, somebody’s ‘mole’ would have told them who was taking all the reps, you know what I mean? And I don’t really care. We have two similar quarterbacks. Our offense doesn’t change. I don’t think you’re going to outsmart people in the National Football League where all of a sudden if the second quarterback’s playing that Rex [Ryan] is going to tear up his game plan and say, ‘We’re screwed. We have no idea how to defend him.’

‘People way over-analyze the whole thing. You ask me a question. I’m going to tell you an answer. You ask me who our quarterback is. I’m going to tell you who our quarterback is. Our quarterback maneuver was made on Tuesday then our quarterback will be announced on Tuesday. So, I don’t buy that whole ‘stick the banana in the tailpipe and try to tell them the car is broken.’ It is what it is. We made the maneuver on Tuesday. I’ll announce it on Tuesday.”

Kelly gets bonus points for making the “banana in the tailpipe” reference, even if he butchered it a little bit. The bigger question is whether Kaepernick’s presence will un-butcher an offense that isn’t working.

On that point, Kelly was pressed to explain whether his Tuesday comments about the necessity of a quarterback change in an effort to improve the offense because the offense otherwise lacks the depth necessary to make meaningful changes at other positions.

“You guys are digging deep here, huh?” Kelly said. “If you look at every position we have on offense, we rotate. So all three running backs play. If five receivers are up, they play. All three tight ends play. We’re rotating our offensive line. The only position you don’t rotate on the offensive side of the ball is quarterback. So, when I said that’s the only maneuver you could make, it’s not like ‘Well geez, [running back] Carlos [Hyde] isn’t playing well.’ Well Shaun Draughn plays, Mike Davis plays. [Tight end] Blake Bell plays. Garrett Celek plays. Vance McDonald plays. We rotate six offensive linemen. The only position that had not been rotated on the offensive side of the ball was the quarterback spot. So, that’s what I said. What are you going to do? The only position we hadn’t made a move at was quarterback.”

The move has now been made, and the next question is whether the offense will run well, or whether it will behave as if it has a banana in the tailpipe.

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21 Responses to “Chip Kelly explains why he disclosed quarterback change on Tuesday”
  1. sloiggles says: Oct 13, 2016 7:25 PM

    Look man. I ain’t fallin for no banana in the tailpipe.

    See, it should come more natural for us.

    You’ve been hanging out with this dude too long

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 13, 2016 7:32 PM

    9ers are middle of the pack in points scored this year. Exactly 1 point per game less on average than Kelly’s Eagles managed through the first 5 games a year ago under Sam Bradford. With much more offensive talent, and most of them aside from Bradford having had a couple years in his system. On the other hand the team is much worst defensively than the 2015 Eagles, and near the bottom of the league in points allowed. So, of course it must be the fault of the quarterback.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 13, 2016 7:35 PM

    Gabbert is the leading QB rusher in the league thru 5 games, so it won’t make much difference in terms of defensive game planning.

  4. aballinhighgrass says: Oct 13, 2016 7:50 PM

    Now I see why Kelly and Belichick get along so well.

  5. bleedingfacemask says: Oct 13, 2016 8:02 PM

    Kelly: “I don’t think you’re going to outsmart people in the National Football League where all of a…”
    Belichick: “Stop. Challenge accepted.”

  6. The Truth says: Oct 13, 2016 8:09 PM

    Chip kelly is a bad football coach, look at demarco murray

  7. braceyourselffor12 says: Oct 13, 2016 8:24 PM

    Gabbert sucks. Hes 31st in QB passer rating, has more interceptions than TDs and consistently misses wide open receivers. That’s Gabbert’s fault.

  8. ineptguy8 says: Oct 13, 2016 9:10 PM

    This guy needs to go back to college ball. He can be great when he recruits players that are a step above the competition. When its the NFL and the talent level is closer to even, even these little things can matter. This was a failed experiment in Philly and poor SF is going to be failure number 2. Knowing how dumb some franchises are, he will probably get a shot at number 3 before its all over.

  9. tonebones says: Oct 13, 2016 9:42 PM

    The fact that Kelly actually has to explain this to the fans and media is pretty embarrassing. The public would have known even before Kaepernick took all the practice reps. One of the coaches, or someone inside the building, or even Trent Baalke’s daughter would have told us.

  10. barrick72 says: Oct 13, 2016 10:08 PM

    At least Chip Kelly’s press conferences are entertaining.

  11. 12brichandfamous says: Oct 13, 2016 10:30 PM

    That’s straight shootin’ Tex!!

  12. bert1913 says: Oct 13, 2016 11:06 PM

    as long as jed is running the santa clara 49ers, they will not be good for a long time

  13. joenash72 says: Oct 14, 2016 12:04 AM

    Hey, where’s Jim Harbaugh?

    I thought he was the Niners coach?😉

  14. harshedmellow says: Oct 14, 2016 12:43 AM


  15. gofor2with3pointlead says: Oct 14, 2016 2:05 AM

    Said bert1913 while pilfering wifi from his neighbor. Baalke is the chef of the $hit stew in Santa Clara.

  16. DugoutDirtbag says: Oct 14, 2016 5:50 AM

    ‘Look I inherited two turds and I decided to flush one down the bowl’

    Maybe this one can find the end zone…

  17. mhm0428 says: Oct 14, 2016 5:51 AM

    Except most of the skilled position players weren’t with Kelly for multiple seasons. Murray, Ryan Mathews, and Agholar were all in their first season with Kelly like Bradford was. He jettisoned Evan Mathis off of the Offensive Line, and a rotating cast of players were left to pick up that void. Even Jordan Matthews was only in his 2nd NFL season last year. Most of the skilled position players, including the QB, were in the same position the 49ers are now. How difficult is it to learn a system that only runs 5 plays.

  18. tnyfg says: Oct 14, 2016 7:06 AM

    Ive been saying it for years and this team is the perfect one to try it ROTATE THE QUARTERBACK. If it works you’ll be more of a “genius” and the entire copycat league will start doing it.

  19. txmidnite says: Oct 14, 2016 11:57 AM

    Buffalo fans are going to sing the National Anthem to Kaepernick on 3rd downs and watch him take a knee!

  20. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 15, 2016 1:14 AM

    @DugoutDirtbag – 9ers have scored 14 offensive touchdowns with Gabbert at QB. 6th in the league. There are about 25 teams and QBs who have been less effective in “put the ball in the end zone”.

  21. chrisk61 says: Oct 17, 2016 12:07 PM

    there are 5-10 teams that are very bad and already out of contention.

    SF is one of ’em

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