Kaepernick saw his team fall to 45-16 defeat against Buffalo on Sunday, but Chip Kelly says QB will continue ahead of Blaine Gabbert
Colin Kaepernick will remain as San Franciscos quarterback for Sundays game against the Buccaneers, despite a challenging reintroduction to the NFL that saw his team fall to a 45-16 loss against Buffalo on Sunday.
Coach Chip Kelly confirmed on Monday that Kaepernick, who has drawn praise and criticism for his protest against police brutality and oppression of minorities, would keep the spot he took from Blaine Gabbert. Kelly said Kaepernicks presence in the team gives the 49ers the best chance to win.
Colin will be our quarterback against Tampa Bay, Kelly said at a press conference. I think theres some things that he did on Sunday that he can build upon. For his first extended playing time since last year, I thought there were some real positives there that I think we can try to build with him and get him going. It gives us the best chance against Tampa Bay this week.
I think he kept a lot of plays alive, Kelly said. Sometimes the protection broke down but he kept some plays alive from that standpoint. He did a good job keeping the ball out of harms way, didnt throw any interceptions, didnt seem like there were (any) balls where you were like Geez, that was a close one. Sometimes you can have a game you didnt throw any interceptions but you should have and the defense just dropped them.
But I thought he did a good job protecting the football for us. Again, I think he had 66 yards rushing, gave us some opportunities there in the run game so going forward trying to build upon what he did this past week.
Kaepernick lost the starting spot to Gabbert last year following a series of struggles in the early season. The Niners won the season opener against the Rams with Gabbert at the helm, but Kaepernick regained the No1 role after Gabbert threw two interceptions in a 33-21 home loss to Arizona. Kaepernick completed 13 of 29 passes against the Bills on Sunday, with 187 passing yards, one passing touchdown and 66 rushing yards.
At least Kaepernick should be given a warmer welcome at Levis Stadium than he received in Buffalo, where he was greeted by hearty boos as he stepped on the field. Two weeks ago, by contrast, during that Cardinals defeat, 49ers fans chanted We want Kap! We want Kap!
The 28-year-old said he just wanted to take every opportunity hes given. I went out, I played as hard as I could, gave this team everything I had and Ill continue to do that every week they let me, Kaepernick said.