Chip Kelly: No thought to pulling Blaine Gabbert

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After the 49ers lost 46-27 to the Panthers in Week Two, coach Chip Kelly said that he was not considering a quarterback change despite two interceptions from Blaine Gabbert in the fourth quarter.

The Niners closed within seven before those Gabbert turnovers, but they never came close to closing the gap against the Seahawks in this Sunday’s 37-18 loss. It was 37-3 before two late Carlos Hyde rushing touchdowns.

The fact that the 49ers elected to keep running the ball down by 34 points suggests that they didn’t have much interest in watching Gabbert throw the ball, which isn’t hard to understand after he went 14-of-25 for 119 yards and an interception. After the game, though, Kelly said he never considered turning to Colin Kaepernick.

“I thought he played OK,” Kelly said of Gabbert, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.

It wasn’t a Ryan Fitzpatrick afternoon, but Gabbert’s play definitely left something to be desired in Week Three. The 49ers may not feel that Kaepernick offers them anything better, although that doesn’t create much confidence in the offensive performances to come as the season unfolds.

22 responses to “Chip Kelly: No thought to pulling Blaine Gabbert

  1. If he really thinks Gabbert played OK, than the 49ers are in even bigger trouble than we thought.

  2. You better start giving it some thought, Chip, if you want any fans in the stands and any chance at winning…the mere fact you said that really SUCKS. Everyone else was thinking it.

  3. Gabbert/Kaep, wouldn’t have mattered which one played. The whole team stunk it up today. As a lifetime Niner fan, this is almost as painful to endure as the Tim Rattay era.

    I hate Trent Baalke.

  4. Even as a Seahawks fan, I was thinking that they should put in Kaep in the 2nd half.

    Look at what Philadelphia did to the Steelers today. Philly fans have to be breathing a HUGE sigh of relief when they compare what happened in these two games. I thought Chip Kelly would make it work in the NFL when he first came in. Now, I’m not sure he could coach his way out of a wet paper bag.

  5. alphadux2u says:
    Sep 25, 2016 8:26 PM

    Gabbert/Kaep, wouldn’t have mattered which one played. The whole team stunk it up today. As a lifetime Niner fan, this is almost as painful to endure as the Tim Rattay era.

    I hate Trent Baalke.

    No, it probably wouldn’t have mattered since Kaep generally craps the bed when in Seattle, but what did you have to lose at that point? Gabbert wasn’t getting it done. Kaep’s at least got some pretty good wheels to get things going.

    Baalke… I may not like the 49ers, but I feel for you guys. I liked it when the teams were tightly matched and they were scary games on the schedule. Winning one of those games built respect. Completely destroying the Niners like this superficially feels great, but when you think about it, what’s so great about whipping Baalke/Kelly’s JV squad? As a Seahawks fan, even I miss Harbaugh!

  6. sundog05 says:
    Sep 25, 2016 8:30 PM
    Serves the 9ers right for allowing #7 to carry on with his unpatriotic garbage. Karma baby. 0-16 here we come.


    Hey Simpleton? It is kind of hard to go 0-16 when we are 1-2 dont you think?

  7. Kap now the most hated player in the league. Imagine the heat that defenders will bring. He’d be lucky to last one game. Niners scared to death that he’ll get hurt again and leave them on the hook for his massive salary again next year. He’ll be in bubble wrap all year long, count on it.

  8. Yeah, put in Notepad so he can squeeze another $14M from the org and hamstring the salary cap in Santa Clara for years.

  9. The Yorks and their brain trust (Baalke and Marathe) thought they were the smartest people in the room and were bitter that the Niners’ brief success was being attributed to Harbaugh instead of them.

    They possessed so much hubris they fired him and replaced him with Tomsula genuinely believing he could lead the team with the same success.

    If anything Niner Faithful, take today’s humiliating loss as a humbling reminder of how far this team has fallen and will continue to falter due to our teams inept and egotistical ownership.

  10. HAHAHAH the freaking joke of the nfl… I used to love this team so much…. Joe , Jerry, Steve, This team used to mean something, you used to be favorite team. But i was a child i put away childish things as a man.. Vikings are coming

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