The San Francisco 49ers may need to start looking at Colin Kaepernick for starting quarterback. Think what you want of his national anthem protest, but that doesn’t negate the fact that the 49ers under Blaine Gabbert are heading in thr wrong direction.
Gabbert showed streaks of excellence last season, when he took on the starting role after injury sidelined Kaepernick. Gabbert went for 2,031 yards and ten touchdowns in eight games. But that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s equipped to handle Chip Kelly’s no-huddle offense. Under Kelly’s new regime, Gabbert has gone for 532 yards, three touchdowns, and three inteceptions in three weeks.
And still, Kelly has no intent of changing his lineup.
“Kap is our No. 2 right now, and everybody wants to know why Kap isn’t our No. 1,” Kelly said. “I don’t think Kap is 100 percent right now. So that’s what I’m saying. We’ll just see how we go offensively. I mean, if we score 65 touchdowns next week, then I don’t see him getting a shot.”
It’s still early in the season, which means the 49ers have a chance to turn it around. After their blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks for week three, the Niners stand third in the division with a 1-2 record.
Kaepernick may just be their only hope. We’ve seen what he’s capable of. He did lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl in his rookie season after all. Sure, he hasn’t been his old self in a couple seasons, but just look at how much the 49ers franchise has changed since 2013.
Jim Harbaugh got replaced by Jim Tomsula. Tomsula’s laughable attempts at head coaching drove the 49ers deeper into the ground than expected, and it’s hoped that Kelly can salvage it in his first season in the West. Add injury to the mix and you’ve got yourself a near-perfect recipe for failure.
If Kelly is going to succeed in the West, he should bring Kaepernick off the bench, if only for a game to test the difference in leadership.
“I’m out at practice every day working, making sure that I’m ready for when that time does come,” Kaepernick said. “Oh yeah, I’m always ready to step on that field and looking forward to that opportunity.”
the 49ers move on to face the Dallas Cowboys, who won’t be an easy opponent despite their rookie starting quarterback.