Alex Boone predicts Blaine Gabbert will start over Colin Kaepernick

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As the 2016 regular season approaches, a move that would have seemed highly irregular a year ago now seems inevitable. When the 49ers open things up in Week One against the Rams, the quarterback will be Blaine Gabbert not Colin Kaepernick.

A guy who spent six seasons with the 49ers, including a 2015 campaign that resulted in Kaepernick being benched for Gabbert, believes Gabbert will win the job in the first year with Chip Kelly as the head coach.

“To be honest I think that Blaine did a great job last year,” new Vikings guard Alex Boone told me from the field at U.S. Bank Stadium on Thursday, “and from what I know of Blaine, I think he’s probably gonna take the reins. I mean I think he’s a good guy, he knows what he’s doing out there, and he just has the support of the group so I think that’s one of the things to look forward to.”

If/when (when) Gabbert starts against the Rams, he won’t have Boone around to protect the quarterback against a chippy L.A. Rams defense that last year infuriated Vikings coach Mike Zimmer with lows hits on quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Although Boone declined to call the Rams defense dirty, he vowed to ensure that neither the Rams nor anyone else will be taking cheap shots at his quarterback.

That’s part of the mindset Zimmer wants in his offensive linemen, and the hope is that Boone’s attitude will spread to the rest of the offensive linemen. If it works, the Vikings’ biggest weakness in 2015 will become a strength with Boone, a giant of a guard at 6-8, imposing his will on opponents and his colorful personality on teammates.

Raw and honest but with a positive attitude and a genuine love of the game and an excited anticipation for training camp, Boone could be the difference maker the Vikings need on the field and in the locker room. The new stadium could be a difference maker, too.

“Levi’s [Stadium] was great but I think this place blows it away,” Boone said, who played for the 49ers when their new venue opened two years ago. “I just think the structure alone and the atmosphere it’s gonna bring, it’s gonna be outrageous.”

Outrageous is likely a good word to describe Boone. And if he makes his position group more outrageous and less cerebral, he’ll be worth every penny the Vikings are paying him and a lot more.

To hear everything Boone had to say, dial up the PFT Live podcast from Friday at iTunes or audioBoom.

31 responses to “Alex Boone predicts Blaine Gabbert will start over Colin Kaepernick

  1. Looks like Boone’s mind is still back in Santa Clara. I live in the Bay Area and this guy was overrated with the 49ers. 4th or 5th best lineman on the team and poor pass protector. I would advise Vikings fans to not get their hopes up.

  2. Week two is going to be very fun. Can’t wait. Obviously I’m hoping for a blow out like last year in MN but it’ll probably be a close game.

  3. Boone is one of the snitches that leaked garbage to the media about Harbaugh. To paraphrase he ‘hated how Harbaugh was always pushing them to be better’.

    The only thing he knows is that he phoned it in last year. He very well may play better in Minnesota but even after our roster depletion I’m glad we don’t have someone like that playing for us anymore.

  4. Gabbert- 33 TDs, 31 INTs; Kap- 56TDs, 26 INTs. Both since 2011. I just don’t get all of the Kap bashing.

  5. As a lifelong Vikings fan I must say the state of the OL in MN is as poor as I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately Boone IS an upgrade over what we have had at LG for a decade now. Kalil is a shell of what he was as a rookie, if its effort, then Sparano will either get it out of him or he will be gone The rest of the group are journeyman at best. Teddy ran for his life, PFF ranked the OL as the worst in the league. Gotta love Zimmer, he’s a fixer, so we do have more depth this year, but still not enough talent.

    Its just a shame to have the best RB in a generation and the worst OL in the league. The OL is what will dictate where this team finishes.

  6. If chip Kelly is running a offense like he had at Oregon I think Kap would be a much better qb.

    Boone is going to be a stud this year and make Kalil next to him so much better.


  7. And THIS is the guy expected to help renovate Minniesoda’s dumpster fire of an “Offensive” line??? LOLOLOL!

    Week 2 is going to be so much fun for the visitors. I only wish it was week 1 so the true kings of the north would have another week to gloat.


  8. The continuing 9ers saga.

    Lesson 1: Hot non-football managers destroy franchise.
    Lesson 2: How to drive winning coach out of town.
    Lesson 3: How to flush millions down toilet.
    Lesson 4: How to have fire sale, and get rid of talent.
    Lesson 5: How to hire bargain basement players.

    And lesson 6 will probably be, trying to figure out why master plan did not work?

  9. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Jul 24, 2016 11:05 AM

    Boone would happily take either of those guys over little Teddy.
    According to this list from last year:
    Tallest QB’s:

    1. Brock Osweiler – Denver Broncos – 6’8″
    2.Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – 6’6″
    3. Nick Foles – St. Louis Rams – 6’6″
    4.Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – 6’5″
    5.Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – 6’5″
    6. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – 6’5″
    7. Zach Mettenberger – Tennessee Titans – 6’5″
    8. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – 6’5″
    9.Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – 6’5″

    Shortest QB’s:

    1.Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – 5’11”
    2.Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – 6′
    3.Johnny Manziel – Cleveland Browns – 6′
    4.Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – 6’1″
    5.Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – 6’2″
    6.Brian Hoyer – Houston Texans – 6’2″
    7.Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – 6’2″
    8. Ryan Fitzpatrick – New York Jets – 6’2″
    9.Teddy Bridgewater – Minnesota Vikings – 6’2

    Little Aaron?

  10. Stoneydog, if you don’t get why people think Kaepernick is not a good quarterback, you need to look more carefully. Especially look at what Kaepernick has one since the 49ers defense declined. No extra possessions, no short fields. Without that, Kaepernick hasn’t been good. Also, he admits he has trouble with the playbook, reading defenses and making a lot of throws. Kaepernick was a gimmick with his style of play. Teams figured it out and the read option will not be back for another many years.

  11. Don’t be surprised by anything that comes out of Santa Clara. Isn’t this the organization that chose Jim Tomsula over Jim Harbaugh? Winning is not the number one goal with this crew.

  12. Boone’s leaking ability already has him lined up for a gig as an “NFL insider” when he retires……. Dude is good quote but love to hear himself speak too much.

    If his game was as good as his mouth well he would have had been signed to a long term deal a while ago.

    Still he will help the Vikes some ,but he aint no savior that’s for sure.

  13. Hey pkrlvr you hold on to that win as long as you can. The game for the division were we man handled your pathetic team in Lambeau is just a taste of what’s coming. Zimmer is your daddy!

  14. This is the guy who said Harbaugh pushed them too hard. Yeah, he’s going to put them over the top, lmao.

  15. stoneydog1000 says:
    Jul 24, 2016 11:56 AM

    Gabbert- 33 TDs, 31 INTs; Kap- 56TDs, 26 INTs. Both since 2011. I just don’t get all of the Kap bashing.
    Because stats aren’t everything. They don’t tell you a complete story.

    You have to look beyond the numbers.

    When you do you see…

    A. A guy who isn’t an NFL starter
    B. A guy who was highly protected via playcalls
    C. A guy who has been figured out

    People need to stop with the idiocy of linear thinking. Life is NOT linear.

    Some people hit walls, get figured out, and simply never are the same again.

    Let me put it to you this way….

    Imagine a baseball player comes onto the scene. He hits 50 home runs his first year…. and they get to the World Series. Morons assume he is going to be a hall of famer some day.

    But the people behind the scenes realize… he doesn’t hustle, plays poor defense, and can’t hit a curveball.

    So what do teams do the next year. They start throwing him curveball after curveball. He hits 17 home runs that year. This happens ALL THE TIME.

    Some guys can adapt to hitting the curveball. Defenses throw stuff at QB, and they overcome it. Not Kaepernick. He is who he is.

    Suddenly reality has changed. He is no longer the world beater his stats the first year said. Why? Because stats don’t tell you the whole story.

    This is Kaep. He was coddled and protected. He had a great defense early. He had a good line. Harbaugh made safe playcalls, and teams hadn’t learned how to defend him.

    His stats don’t tell you that. But that is what helped created those stats.

    Now none of that is the case now. Crap line. Much worse defense. Teams have figured him out. Much tougher playcalls now. Plus now he’s had a few years to get banged up.

    Eventually he will lose a step or two, and he might not be that far away from that either.

    Now his greatest weakness, quick and accurate decision making, is EXACTLY what Chip Kelly’s offense needs. It’s the systems most important trait. Meaning, he’s in the worst system possible for him to succeed.

    Of course the numbers morons won’t ‘get it’. Use your brain and realize the reality of the situation going on. Don’t use statistics solely as a blind rationale.

    Don’t people realize the disconnect between what they have been saying and what reality is? If Kaep was the perfect fit for Kelly’s offense…

    A) Why would he want to leave?
    B) Why would they be willing to let him explore trade opportunities (even visiting the Broncos)
    C) Why is EVERYONE coming out and saying they think Gabbert is going to be the guy?

    People need a reality check. Go ahead and bash Boone for telling the truth. Bury your head in the sand some more. We all know how that tends to turn out. But some just can’t bring themselves to recognize it.

    Kaep might even look decent in preseason running against vanilla defenses against slower scrubs not going to be in the NFL.

    The key is his decision making and accuracy, not his running.

    Do you ‘get it’ now?

  16. I said then weeks ago that IMHO, that Gabbert is not the guy but would state and be replaced in a heartbeat once Gabbert fails.
    In my mind I saw a very reluctant GM turn down trade offers to keep Kaperdink, and then go out and get chip. Putting two and two together, same GM must think Kap only needs the right coach and his diamond in out of the rough and the future of this team for years to come. Ergo Gabbert is the odd man out and trade bait in the eyes of the GM.

  17. immafubared says:
    Jul 24, 2016 1:18 PM

    I said then weeks ago that IMHO, that Gabbert is not the guy but would state and be replaced in a heartbeat once Gabbert fails.
    In my mind I saw a very reluctant GM turn down trade offers to keep Kaperdink, and then go out and get chip. Putting two and two together, same GM must think Kap only needs the right coach and his diamond in out of the rough and the future of this team for years to come. Ergo Gabbert is the odd man out and trade bait in the eyes of the GM.

    Baalke didn’t turn down the trade offers for Kaepernick, Kaepernick did.



  18. jmc 888, write me a book, dude. Kap was injured last year and deserves a chance to bounce back. Your baseball analogy is stupid. Your the same as the ones who bash Dalton all of the time.

  19. shaggytoodle says:
    Jul 24, 2016 5:10 PM

    He is use to being a Viking all ready, chiming in on another team that he has no reason to talk about.
    Listen to the interview, he was asked pointblank by Florio who he thought would be the 49ers starting QB, because, you know, he played with both of them last year…on the 49ers. Is it that hard to understand how interviews work?

  20. immafubared: A reluctant GM turned down trade offers for Krapperstink? Absolutely wrong. First off, there was only ONE offer and it was from Denver who weren’t going to pay $12 million for a QB barely worth $5 mil. The 49ers also did not turn down the offer. They simply weren’t going to eat part of his salary. The rest of the league showed zero interest in Kaepernick whatsoever.

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