The San Francisco 49ers have lost four straight games with Blaine Gabbert at quarterback, which may force head coach Chip Kelly to do something he probably does not want to — start Colin Kaepernick.
According to Taylor Price of 49ers.com, Kelly touched on the 49ers’ 1-4 start to the season in a press conference following a 33-21 loss to Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night.
“We’re 1-4,” Kelly said. “We’ve got to make sure we’re giving ourselves the best chance to win, so we’re going to look at everything.”
Chip Kelly is in a bit of a pickle right now. | photo: 49ers.com
Exactly what does “everything” mean?
Everything is in reference to coaches, players, schemes, etc. But Kelly may actually be hinting at finally making Kapernick his No.1 under center.
When the ship is sinking for an NFL franchise, who is the first player the finger is pointed at? The starting quarterback, right? However, this does not seem to be the case with Gabbert.
The fact of the matter is — Gabbert is receiving a pity party. People want to throw out excuses like ‘the Niners are too banged up’ or my favorite; ‘Gabbert doesn’t have any weapons to throw to’.
Cry me a river! Coach Kelly has an exceptional athlete, who just so happens to play quarterback, sitting right on the sideline in Kaepernick. Just because Kaepernick is protesting the unfair treatment of minorities in America, the 49ers are afraid to let him loose on the field. Why, because of controversy?
Newsflash. Get over it.
The 26-year-old Gabbert, who is two years older than Kaepernick, has basically thrown as many touchdowns (38) as he has interceptions (37) in his six-year career, stats via ESPN. Gabbert only has three rushing touchdowns in his career.
Kaepernick, who is also in his sixth NFL season, has thrown 56 touchdowns and only 26 interceptions. Kaepernick also has 11 rushing touchdowns.
Let’s not forget Kaepernick’s MVP-caliber season in 2012, when he led the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII. The Niners lost to the Ravens in that game but still, it was only Kapernick’s second year in the NFL.
People may ask, ‘What has Kaepernick done since then?’ Well, what has Gabbert ever done since he and Kaepernick became part of the 2011 draft class.
Prior to the 2011 NFL Draft, an article written by Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer included high praise on Gabbert’s ability. Such praise was made by former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski.
“Gets the ball out of his hand quick and can make all the throws,” Jaworski said about Gabbert. “Got the big, strong arm.”
Where is Gabbert’s cannon of an arm that can make all the throws at now?
If you’re going to look at everything, look at everything, coach Kelly. Yes, Kaepernick had three offseason surgeries and has had some issues keeping weight on. However,the Niners are recently sticking to the loss column like white on rice and Kaepernick is reportedly in good enough condition to go out and compete.
Kaapernick, who has dressed in each of the 49ers’ first five games, has yet to throw a pass this season.
Colin Kaepernick (7) kneeling with 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) during the national anthem prior to a game against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 1. | photo: AP/ Marcio Jose Sanchez
According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, multiple players on the 49ers’ roster support the idea of third-string quarterback Christian Ponder becoming the starter.
Ponder has not thrown a single pass in the regular season since 2014.
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