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Chip Kelly on whether Kaepernick starts next week: “We’ll see”

BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 16:   Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers and head coach Chip Kelly of the San Francisco 49ers look on from the sideline during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on October 16, 2016 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) Getty Images

Five days ago, 49ers coach Chip Kelly was happy to announce to the world that Colin Kaepernick would start at quarterback against the Bills. After Sunday’s 45-16 loss to the Bills, Kelly wasn’t so quick to anoint Kaepernick as the starter for next week’s game against the Buccaneers.

“Yeah, we’ll see,” Kelly told reporters on the question of whether Kaepernick will get a second straight start.

Kelly otherwise didn’t knock Kaepernick — at least not anymore than he knocked the rest of the offense.

“I thought he was OK,” Kelly said. “There are some positives that you can really build on with him that he did. I thought he extended some drives, keeping plays alive with his legs. He did a good job so it was a pretty good situation in terms of him running the football. But, overall offensively, I think we need to run the ball as a group better and we need to be better at our passing game.”

“Again, for his first time back, I thought he did an OK job. We have to be better overall on offense, not just the quarterback. It’s everyone on the offensive side of the ball. But I thought he really made some plays with his legs today. We have to do a better job with everyone on the offensive side.”

It a change were to be made, it’s unclear whether Kelly would go with Blaine Gabbert (again) or Christian Ponder. Regardless, the problems with the 49ers extend far beyond the quarterback position, and they’ve now lost five in a row since beating the Rams to start the year, 28-0.

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30 Responses to “Chip Kelly on whether Kaepernick starts next week: “We’ll see””
  1. myspaceyourface says: Oct 16, 2016 6:53 PM


  2. rockbot69 says: Oct 16, 2016 6:55 PM

    Kap, Gabbert, Ponder? Does not matter with this roster devoid of talent that Lord Baalke put together. This guy should be fired tonight. The roster is horrible. And we had $50 million LEFT to spend on the cap. That’s what you get when you have a GM that does not see the importance of QB’s or WR’s… I kid you not. He literally does not put a premium on either position… Great.

  3. ninerdynasty says: Oct 16, 2016 7:01 PM

    The defense in this team is alarming bad. DC needs to be stripped from his duties… so bad that Mangini’s crappy D looks better than this garbage they are putting in the field this year.

  4. ohand16 says: Oct 16, 2016 7:10 PM

    Should think about hiring Rob Ryan for that defense. Ok, I’m kidding. Things haven’t gotten that bad yet

  5. joey49er says: Oct 16, 2016 7:11 PM

    This team deserves what they get!!!!!
    Losers everywhere!!! Not one bright spot. Lol
    When a player makes it more about him than the game
    And the team chooses to do nothing they deserved boos
    This team is bad from the top down. Abandoned ship now!!!!!

  6. cuda1234 says: Oct 16, 2016 7:13 PM

    Now we can all remember why Kap was benched in the first place. He seems to have no idea what’s going on out there and either tucks and runs or chucks and prays. Very Tebow-esque.

    Paging Christian Ponder, paging Christian Ponder…

  7. patsfan says: Oct 16, 2016 7:13 PM

    Three mediocre qbacks and a bad defense – sounds like what every coach dreams about.

    Time to work on the golf game, Chip

  8. maxkingpin says: Oct 16, 2016 7:13 PM

    Ponder! Next man up!

  9. reptar310 says: Oct 16, 2016 7:14 PM

    Lots of holes on this roster. But with the most cap room in the NFL this upcoming offseason and a top 3 pick, things should look better in 2017 for the 49ers.

  10. shlort says: Oct 16, 2016 7:19 PM

    Kaepernick is the future of the NFL! The future of the NFL looks bleak.

  11. bmacwillconn says: Oct 16, 2016 7:32 PM

    Rooting against Kaepernick and this organization very hard.

    I’ll bet everyone owner and the entire NFL’s marketing department is as well.

  12. bigblackfist says: Oct 16, 2016 7:33 PM

    He should get at least 4 more games to play to see if he can’t make the throws he misses today.

  13. killitandeatit says: Oct 16, 2016 7:36 PM

    I am a 49er fan and it was painful to watch Alex Smith dominate today. Kap was just awful ,hard to believe we traded Alex for this kind of performance at quarterback. I would start Ponder at some point but give Kap a couple more starts to shut up all the Kap lovers up as to why ?

  14. raiderlyfe510 says: Oct 16, 2016 7:40 PM

    I know Chip Kelly just wants to end the season.

  15. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 16, 2016 7:42 PM

    49ers were averaging 3 offensive touchdowns per game with Gabbert. They got 1 from Kaepernick, and the Bills were the lowest rated defense they’ve faced.

  16. bigblackfist says: Oct 16, 2016 7:42 PM

    They need to fire the DC, switch to a 4-3 before the bye week, practice it during the bye week, switch Brooks to inside or Harold(smallest OLB), bring in D. Johnson for Brock or Reaser….ah man forget it. Play all the players, let everyone get some run the season is over. FIRE BAALKE!!!

  17. nflrule says: Oct 16, 2016 7:43 PM

    Chocolate Chip needs to take his gimmick plays back to college

  18. flavordave says: Oct 16, 2016 7:49 PM

    Big big ups to the peeps of buffalo chanting USA while that creep kneels at our country

  19. raiderlyfe510 says: Oct 16, 2016 7:50 PM

    What the 49ers need to to do, and this pretty important. They need to fire Baalke, trade as many players as they can for draft picks, and rebuild the team through the draft with players who only knows Chip Kelly’s way of doing things in the NFL.

    Chip Is a new fresh mind who can shift the paradigm in the NFL. The Yorks need to properly empower him to do so. It’s a 5 year plan, with the potential to start winning in the 3rd year.

    Baalke and Chip Kelly will not work.

  20. cakesw says: Oct 16, 2016 7:59 PM

    Chip Kelly isnt going to win in the NFL with a 48 year plan…

    System does NOT work with a 53 man roster of 25-30year olds…

    He can’t dress 90 19-20 year olds during home games and play Washington State in the NFL

  21. bert1913 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:05 PM

    san fransisco fans want the team to change the team name to santa clara

  22. skawh says: Oct 16, 2016 8:13 PM

    thegreatgabbert says:
    Oct 16, 2016 7:42 PM
    49ers were averaging 3 offensive touchdowns per game with Gabbert. They got 1 from Kaepernick, and the Bills were the lowest rated defense they’ve faced.
    But Gabbert didn’t “average” anything against the Bills tough defense. It’s an oranges and apples comparison.

  23. onebuffalove716 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:14 PM

    His stats were so inflated. That td pass was awful. Great play by Smith to reach for it. It’s like every once in a while a qb will drop a shotgun snap and pick it up real quick. The D reacts leaving a wr open spa busted play works out.
    Talk about his running but where was it when he needed it the most. He’s just not an NFL qb and it appears he doesn’t care. He’s to busy fighting a fight he’s never actually been part of.

  24. charger383 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:23 PM

    If Chip didn’t have to deal with the problems of a poor, overpaid, goofy quarterback that has bought very bad feelings to the team to go with everything else wrong with this team he might win 3-4 games with lucky breaks

  25. braceyourselffor12 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:24 PM

    The greatgabbert is full of it. Kaps’ TD pass was the SECOND one from the Niners this season. Despite our anemic offense Kap looked better than Gabbert ever has.

    Our defense has more holes in it than it Swiss cheese and is beyond pathetic, truly ashamed but glad York and Baalke have to sleep in the bed they made.

  26. cterrito2014 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:38 PM

    Plain and simple, the better team won. All the excuses mean crap. SF is a top to bottom bad team. Kap can run all day long but he get’s nowhere.

  27. marmac2768 says: Oct 16, 2016 9:23 PM

    Well, if you want to stop a losing streak, one of the best ways is to face my TB Bucs!! They have saved many coaches jobs over the years!!

  28. finfansince68 says: Oct 16, 2016 10:59 PM

    I just wonder if all that hair squeezed into his helmet depletes blood flow to his brain?, just watched some of the game and he looked a little dazed & confused at times –
    Just wondering?

  29. ramit1 says: Oct 16, 2016 11:03 PM

    I think the head coach is writing himself a ticket back to coaching college kids.

  30. rugolin says: Oct 17, 2016 5:29 AM

    Suddenly remembered why Mr Kaepernick could not make any of the right headlines with this football abilities and was sitting on the bench with a subpar career backup starting.

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