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Chip Kelly: Colin Kaepernick worked hard, never a distraction

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Former 49ers coach Chip Kelly says Colin Kaepernick was everything he wanted in a franchise quarterback last season.

Kelly said on Adam Schefter’s podcast that Kaepernick was as hard a worker as he could have asked for in their one season together.

“He came to work every day, extremely diligent in terms of his preparation, in terms of his work ethic,” Kelly said, via All22.com. “I really enjoyed Kap. I’ve talked to Kap three or four times since. I think he’s a really good player and a really good person, and I really enjoyed coaching him.”

As for talk that Kaepernick’s decision to kneel for the national anthem serving as a distraction in San Francisco, Kelly said that was never the case.

“He explained to all the players his thought process and mindset of what he was doing,” Kelly said. “And there were some players that agreed with him and some players that didn’t agree with him. But after that point, we heard from the outside about what a distraction it is, except those people weren’t in our locker room and it never was a distraction. [Kaepernick] never turned it into a circus or whatever people think.”

Kelly and former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh have both spoken out vocally in favor of some team giving Kaepernick a chance. So far, no team has.

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70 Responses to “Chip Kelly: Colin Kaepernick worked hard, never a distraction”
  1. seahawkboymike says: Jun 28, 2017 5:10 PM

    “He worked hard, was never a distraction… it’s just that he sucked.”

  2. franklamar17 says: Jun 28, 2017 5:13 PM

    Thank you coack Kelly

  3. weepingjebus says: Jun 28, 2017 5:15 PM

    “Two coaches out of the league vouch for QB who is out of the league.”

  4. bullcharger says: Jun 28, 2017 5:22 PM

    He was a distraction. That’s a lie. The entire US was talking about him, how is that not a distraction?

  5. trophylessvikings says: Jun 28, 2017 5:24 PM

    yeah because i really trust chip when it comes to his eye in the NFL….NOT

  6. eloso1 says: Jun 28, 2017 5:26 PM

    I don’t know how to explain to other white people why they should care about other people. Whether it’s health care, injustice, police brutality or poverty, it’s difficult to have a conversation with people who are content to see millions of people suffer. Colin Kaepernick and the flag, injustice, medicare for all…all of this stuff ties together…It’s a fundamental divide on what it means to live in a society, how to be a good person, and why any of that matters.

  7. ronfai says: Jun 28, 2017 5:33 PM

    Kap is a baller. Can’t wait to see where he ends up next.

  8. patfic5 says: Jun 28, 2017 5:37 PM

    The crusade continues.

  9. greg3117 says: Jun 28, 2017 5:38 PM

    Someone hire him already, I am tired of reading about him.

  10. niners816 says: Jun 28, 2017 5:42 PM

    ronfai says:
    Jun 28, 2017 5:33 PM
    Kap is a baller. Can’t wait to see where he ends up next.
    —————
    He’ll stay on the unemployment line where he needs to be until he starts respecting the US.

  11. paulniner79 says: Jun 28, 2017 5:49 PM

    greg3117 says:
    Jun 28, 2017 5:38 PM

    Someone hire him already, I am tired of reading about him.
    ________________________________________
    So stop opening up articles about him, reading them and commenting on the article. I don’t like tomatoes – I don’t keep eating them and complaining to everyone about how bad they taste.

  12. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 28, 2017 5:51 PM

    You know who else works hard? The police officers that Kaepernick publicly disparages on a regular basis, even to this day.

  13. kcchefs58 says: Jun 28, 2017 5:57 PM

    Easily the most overblown silent protest I’ve ever heard of.

  14. BarbequeTime says: Jun 28, 2017 5:58 PM

    Chip Kelly can say he wasnt a distraction all he wants. But you guys putting out constant stories and waving him all over can’t say he is not a distraction. Because you guys are exactly why he is a guaranteed huge distraction to any team that even thinks of giving him a chance. Heck the Seahawks did nothing more than take a look at him and look what they got for their trouble.

  15. mauldawg says: Jun 28, 2017 6:02 PM

    Chip Kelly is as full of BS as they come. Kelly and CK are two of the same.

  16. cookerduff123 says: Jun 28, 2017 6:07 PM

    Everyone can have an opinion on this and argue about whether or not Kap was a distraction. But the film don’t lie; the man sucks at football.

  17. jmedlock5186 says: Jun 28, 2017 6:07 PM

    He is a geeat athlete, not a very good quarterback. He hasnt been good since defenses had a change to gameplan for him. If you think of all the great plays he had you will see that they were only athletic plays. When is the last time you heard someone say Kaep is making smart throws, Not ever! I grew up in the same area of Northern California as Colin and I wish him well but he should have stuck to baseball because he will never make it as an NFL quarterback. He cannot reqd a defense and the last time I checked any great quarterbacks transcript reading a defense was too 2 or 3 along with arm strength and accuracy.

  18. derekgorgonstar says: Jun 28, 2017 6:23 PM

    Not a distraction…….yeah.

    No one was really talking about his stupid kneeling thing for 3 months or anything.

  19. collectordude says: Jun 28, 2017 6:35 PM

    Still don’t matter. What matters is he’s unemployed and will stay that way.

  20. abninf says: Jun 28, 2017 6:43 PM

    Chip has already been called a racist (for cutting a black player who he replaced with a black player). He knows if he says anything bad about Kaepernick the race baiters will come out again.

  21. whatjusthapped says: Jun 28, 2017 6:52 PM

    Then how comes he is something like 2-10 over his last 12 games?

    Think that might have something to do with his unemployment?

    Granted, kneeling doesn’t help his cause but its hardly the biggest factor.

  22. BarbequeTime says: Jun 28, 2017 7:02 PM

    eloso1 says:
    Jun 28, 2017 5:26 PM
    I don’t know how to explain to other white people why they should care about other people. Whether it’s health care, injustice, police brutality or poverty, it’s difficult to have a conversation with people who are content to see millions of people suffer. Colin Kaepernick and the flag, injustice, medicare for all…all of this stuff ties together…It’s a fundamental divide on what it means to live in a society, how to be a good person, and why any of that matters.

    —————-

    I dont know how to explain to racists obcessed with race and trying to evaluate everything anyone ever does looking for how it could be a racial issue that a simple football decision based on a players skills or lack of is not a racial issue. Basically, if you are looking to pay a guy a 7 figure salary to play football you dont choose the guy whos not very good at football, its really that simple.

  23. chargerdillon says: Jun 28, 2017 7:05 PM

    It’s odd to me these stories keep happening as if there is some social injustice going on.

    Spoiler Alert: ACCURACY MATTERS FOR QUARTERBACKS

  24. djvh2 says: Jun 28, 2017 7:05 PM

    I thought there was nothing left to say about Kaepernick until he was willing to speak for himself.

  25. alphafantasyfootball says: Jun 28, 2017 7:17 PM

    Not a distraction? You mean except when he knelt for the anthem, called all cops pigs and murderers then supported Castro? Just except those times.

  26. JSpicoli says: Jun 28, 2017 7:30 PM

    Soros money still at work for this guy.

    He sucks therefore he is not (signed).

  27. saltineamerican says: Jun 28, 2017 7:38 PM

    BarbequeTime says:
    Jun 28, 2017 7:02 PM
    eloso1 says:
    Jun 28, 2017 5:26 PM
    I don’t know how to explain to other white people why they should care about other people. Whether it’s health care, injustice, police brutality or poverty, it’s difficult to have a conversation with people who are content to see millions of people suffer. Colin Kaepernick and the flag, injustice, medicare for all…all of this stuff ties together…It’s a fundamental divide on what it means to live in a society, how to be a good person, and why any of that matters.

    —————-
    It’s obvious you care about others. I admire that.

    How many non family members do you personally house, clothe and provide healthcare insurance for? How many strangers have you personally lifted out of poverty?

  28. justtherealfacts says: Jun 28, 2017 7:38 PM

    More people need to take a stand against the pathetic people (mostly high school wanna be jocks that that lived to pick on people to hide their own insecurities) who now wear the shield.

    And if your on the force you know exactly the insecure drug and steroid abusing A holes I am talking about. Every precinct has their handful of these low life’s.

  29. arvinkp says: Jun 28, 2017 7:40 PM

    Why does anyone give a rip what Chip Kelley thinks about a player who plays in the NFL? As a coach and personnel manager he sucked.

  30. k0mbucha says: Jun 28, 2017 8:12 PM

    bullcharger says:
    Jun 28, 2017 5:22 PM

    He was a distraction. That’s a lie. The entire US was talking about him, how is that not a distraction?
    _____________________________________

    It’s only a distraction if the media causes it to be, CK did not force or make the media talk about him, kinda like the naked fan that runs across the field that used to get airtime before they started to pull the cameras away and not talk about him/her….the same concept applies.

  31. lizzzy321 says: Jun 28, 2017 8:16 PM

    @ eloso1 – You’ve made some assumptions there about ‘other white people’. That they don’t care about health insurance or injustice or police brutality or poverty. Wow – talk about insulting. That is really your view of the entire white race, is that they are just zombies walking around, caring about nothing and nobody? Really insulting.

    This is your own biased narrative. A monologue and a one sided story. All based on your own speculation and little else.

    And you’ve lumped together a lot of issues that we all face in this country and in your own mind have played ‘connect the dots’ with wrong assumptions and no understanding of other people and what their positions are.

    And apparently you are a good person, but no one else is?

  32. illmatic8582 says: Jun 28, 2017 8:20 PM

    You need more training to be a beautician than training in handling fire arms. Truth of the matter is, the police force needs to fire 1/3 of their forces, and pay the remaining officers more money. Bc right now they are the worst of the worst, bottom of the barrel. A lot of those rotten apple cops needs to get fired.

  33. illmatic8582 says: Jun 28, 2017 8:23 PM

    @lizzzy321

    He’s right though, majority of white people only care about white men. They don’t even care about their own women! Where were they when Brock turner got off for raping a girl behind a dumpster? In the US, white men make the rules, if they want change then their will be change, they are just dandy with the way things are.

  34. thrifty says: Jun 28, 2017 8:27 PM

    Kelly is (politically) correct.

  35. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 28, 2017 8:33 PM

    “Then how comes he is something like 2-10 over his last 12 games?”

    Maybe because Jed York put an awful roster on the field around him, one that would have made it hard for Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees to be successful with.

    He had a 3:1 TD-INT ratio last season which is better than a lot of QBs out there. He’s certainly not one of the best, but he’s better than at least 6 of the worst starters.

  36. TheWizard says: Jun 28, 2017 8:37 PM

    Everybody thinks he should have a job, as long as they’re not the ones that have to give it to him.

    Telling.

  37. cromagarmy76 says: Jun 28, 2017 8:37 PM

    The Phantom Stranger says:
    Jun 28, 2017 5:51 PM
    You know who else works hard? The police officers that Kaepernick publicly disparages on a regular basis, even to this day.

    __________________________________

    Because you know every single police officer in the United States? Guess what? Like any profession, there are good ones and bad ones, and like any profession the bad ones should be held accountable for their actions just as the good ones should be commended. Why is that so hard for so many people to understand?

  38. nflcommissioner says: Jun 28, 2017 8:39 PM

    Takes one to know one.

  39. jrossizzle says: Jun 28, 2017 8:53 PM

    Craps on flag
    Compares the great men and women who put their lives on the line to slave patrol.

    If you’re ok with that…..

  40. BarbequeTime says: Jun 28, 2017 9:00 PM

    cromagarmy76 says:
    Jun 28, 2017 8:37 PM
    The Phantom Stranger says:
    Jun 28, 2017 5:51 PM
    You know who else works hard? The police officers that Kaepernick publicly disparages on a regular basis, even to this day.

    __________________________________

    Because you know every single police officer in the United States? Guess what? Like any profession, there are good ones and bad ones, and like any profession the bad ones should be held accountable for their actions just as the good ones should be commended. Why is that so hard for so many people to understand?

    ————————–

    What I do know is if any of the people Kaep angered ever tries to hurt him those same cops will come to protect him even it it means putting their own lives on the line to do so.

  41. jimbobcooterqbtutor says: Jun 28, 2017 9:02 PM

    It serves Kelly no purpose to badmouth anyone involved with football. And Kelly is a self-serving individual. So there’s nothing to glean from this.

  42. 13chpshps says: Jun 28, 2017 9:34 PM

    Mike Florio promised no more Kaepernick articles on this site until Kaepernick spoke about his intentions to play. Thanks Mike, you’re a real man of your word.

  43. ZcodeSportSystem.com says: Jun 28, 2017 9:54 PM

    I guess no one wants to sign Kaep..Strange.

  44. realtruthteller101 says: Jun 28, 2017 9:58 PM

    really sad that it has come to this, but this sites sensorship has force me to create a new acount. dont worry tho folks, u wil still be getting the same realtruthteller100 quality coments u expect on this forum.

  45. curmudgeon13 says: Jun 28, 2017 10:18 PM

    If it’s about the flag, perhaps Colon can try the American Flag Football League……l

  46. bringbackkosar says: Jun 28, 2017 10:39 PM

    wow Florio must have the night off and delegated the Kap jihad to MDS

  47. ginojohn says: Jun 28, 2017 11:06 PM

    I don’t understand the NFL,s position on this??
    why don’t they just come out and say… if you disrespect the flag, you don’t get to play in this league????

  48. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jun 28, 2017 11:56 PM

    There is no performance-based argument for why Kaepernick doesn’t have a job. You cannot possibly make the argument that there are 64 quarterbacks more deserving of a job than him based solely on results.

    The argument that he is asking for too much money is also debunked. It is well documented that he has made no such demands.

    All that is left is his protest. So if you are OK with CK never getting another job, than you are OK with people having their lives ruined because you disagree with them.

    You call that Freedom?

  49. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jun 28, 2017 11:59 PM

    I love how everyone says he would be a distraction in the locker room. Virtually every single player who has voiced an opinion has supported him.

  50. xdolfan says: Jun 29, 2017 12:01 AM

    A trusted source (whatever that means) related that Gabbert put 5X the study time into playbook and film study which is tracked by their tablets.

  51. crackerbrainfool says: Jun 29, 2017 12:25 AM

    The spin seems to be that kap can’t play well enough to have a spot in the NFL. But here’s s guy with 70+ td to 30 ints and a career rating around 90. That’s plenty good enough to be a backup for the Browns, Titans, or any number of teams. That argument is bogus. Dude is blacklisted and it’s painfully obvious to any objective person. Now, you may agree with the banishment and be happy with it or not…doesn’t matter. But to say he has no job because he’s not a good enough player is hogwash.

  52. flipola says: Jun 29, 2017 1:20 AM

    It was mere coincidence that when all this started, they moved his assigned seat on the team bus to the back.

  53. nyneal says: Jun 29, 2017 1:41 AM

    I can’t stand Colin Kaepernick and hope he never plays in the NFL again.
    He is an ignorant punk who decided to blame all cops for the actions of a few.
    He disgraced our National Anthem and our flag at an NFL football game.
    He is also a racist who defends the likes of Castro.
    He is also one of the ugliest humans on the planet.
    He is also a lousy NFL QB.

    Thank you to all owners in the NFL for not hiring this bum. Let him go play in the Middle East or some place like that.

  54. dubdubs15 says: Jun 29, 2017 3:13 AM

    Kap is naive and perhaps Kap is a fool. But he is a true american, I am proud to call him a patriot. His stance against white supremacy is bold. And I will always root for him when he is on the field. What disappoints me is, as a white American the vast number of white Americans who support all aspects of extreme violence by our police. Philando Castile did everything right yet he was murdered and his killer was found innocent. But still Kap is to be vilified and Philandos murderer is innocent.

  55. tazman1996 says: Jun 29, 2017 3:25 AM

    Chip Kelly’s remarks were only made to ensure he stands any chance of getting black recruits when that time comes. Kap jacked up the 49ers season and got Kelly fired.

    His stance is purely in looking toward the future.

  56. rugolin says: Jun 29, 2017 6:17 AM

    Chip Kelly- “He was not a distraction but I was forced to implement a zero risk offense because of his lack of NFL pocket throwing skills where he passed for 4 yds in one game and won us 1 of 11 games he started which caused me to lose my job”

  57. campcouch says: Jun 29, 2017 6:30 AM

    People angry that a white man is angry over police brutality…ah wait, he’s only half white…but he’s half black. I’m confused. Which one is he?

  58. outlaw53 says: Jun 29, 2017 9:01 AM

    Yawn….yet another platitude towards a under skilled QB who slams the police as a regular occurrence. Why would anyone care about anything Kelly had to say about anyone in the NFL? Was Kelly any good during his time in the league? This story is just another attempt by PFT to get Kaep’s name in the headlines once more. He sucks…so let it ( and him ) go.

  59. jimbobcooterqbtutor says: Jun 29, 2017 10:21 AM

    The “advocate reporter” is always going to feel vindicated by Kap’s situation, no matter what happens. For example, if some team does sign him, they’ll believe that they caused the pressure to make some team “cave” and do the right and just thing, therefore, THEY won. And if Kap remains unsigned, well, that’s just even more proof added to the already mountain of proof of racism and white supremacy, and thus justifies their continued activism (never ending) to fight this “unjust system”.

    And it all makes them the morally superior person. Gawd, if only other white people could see how important and imperative helping minorities is in their battle against racism, instead of just caring about themselves!!! SMH.

  60. fantasychamp7time says: Jun 29, 2017 10:32 AM

    You have pulled*

  61. lthacker28shackman28 says: Jun 29, 2017 10:34 AM

    Chip is just trying to provide cover for that washed up QB Kap. Kap has lost what skills he had so it isn’t a big deal that he isn’t on an NFL club…except to the liberal media. This liberal sports writers have taken up his cause and write biased articles promoting Kap like they where his PR firm. I hope Kap never plays another down in the NFL.

  62. aggression44 says: Jun 29, 2017 10:57 AM

    He must’ve worked real hard for chip on his knee.

  63. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Jun 29, 2017 12:52 PM

    eloso1 says:
    Jun 28, 2017 5:26 PM
    I don’t know how to explain to other white people why they should care about other people.

    illmatic8582 says:
    Jun 28, 2017 8:23 PM
    @lizzzy321

    He’s right though, majority of white people only care about white men.

    Explain to white people? Majority of white people?

    Do you both not get how inaccurate and offensive both of your comments are? You’re lumping whites in the way those you complain about allegedly think about minorities.
    you need to attend a racial sensitivity class. Nice job profiling and stereotyping.

  64. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Jun 29, 2017 12:54 PM

    jimbobcooterqbtutor says:
    Jun 29, 2017 10:21 AM
    The “advocate reporter” is always going to feel vindicated by Kap’s situation, no matter what happens. For example, if some team does sign him, they’ll believe that they caused the pressure to make some team “cave” and do the right and just thing, therefore, THEY won. And if Kap remains unsigned, well, that’s just even more proof added to the already mountain of proof of racism and white supremacy, and thus justifies their continued activism (never ending) to fight this “unjust system”.

    And it all makes them the morally superior person. Gawd, if only other white people could see how important and imperative helping minorities is in their battle against racism, instead of just caring about themselves!!! SMH.

    Thank you morally superior white person for thinking you know what is in every other white person’s heart. I have a pedestal I’m not using if you need a place to stand.

  65. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Jun 29, 2017 12:58 PM

    dubdubs15 says:
    Jun 29, 2017 3:13 AM
    Kap is naive and perhaps Kap is a fool. But he is a true american, I am proud to call him a patriot. His stance against white supremacy is bold. And I will always root for him when he is on the field. What disappoints me is, as a white American the vast number of white Americans who support all aspects of extreme violence by our police. Philando Castile did everything right yet he was murdered and his killer was found innocent. But still Kap is to be vilified and Philandos murderer is innocent.

    Where did this whole cloth meme begin that whites are OK with police brutality? Are you OK that OJ walked?

  66. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jun 29, 2017 2:20 PM

    xdolfan says:
    Jun 29, 2017 12:01 AM
    A trusted source (whatever that means) related that Gabbert put 5X the study time into playbook and film study which is tracked by their tablets.
    =======

    That’s why Gabbert got benched in favor of Kaepernick last season, right?

  67. jimbobcooterqbtutor says: Jun 29, 2017 2:55 PM

    Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    Jun 29, 2017 12:54 PM
    jimbobcooterqbtutor says:
    Jun 29, 2017 10:21 AM
    The “advocate reporter” is always going to feel vindicated by Kap’s situation, no matter what happens. For example, if some team does sign him, they’ll believe that they caused the pressure to make some team “cave” and do the right and just thing, therefore, THEY won. And if Kap remains unsigned, well, that’s just even more proof added to the already mountain of proof of racism and white supremacy, and thus justifies their continued activism (never ending) to fight this “unjust system”.

    And it all makes them the morally superior person. Gawd, if only other white people could see how important and imperative helping minorities is in their battle against racism, instead of just caring about themselves!!! SMH.

    Thank you morally superior white person for thinking you know what is in every other white person’s heart. I have a pedestal I’m not using if you need a place to stand.
    —————————————————
    Sorry, I should have been clearer, but my last line was 100% SARCASM.

    So disregard my second sentence, but the first is GOLD Jerry, GOLD!

  68. ecniner says: Jun 29, 2017 3:33 PM

    Chip, very good reason you are not the HC. It’s all about performing and wins. No offense BTW.
    Kap is cancer. Why would anyone want him?

  69. mikespillane337 says: Jul 2, 2017 1:48 PM

    His real dad left….he was adopted by a white couple…his real dad left.who oppressed who again

  70. silvernblacksabbath says: Jul 5, 2017 1:30 PM

    Not a distraction? Lol Chip has to suck up to the left…

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