A game that might be worth watching. A low hit may stop him from taking a knee.
After five weeks of watching quarterback Blaine Gabbert struggle, San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly is making a change.After weeks of speculation, Kelly on Tuesday named Colin Kaepernick his starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against Buffalo.“Just to announce, we’re going to make a move at quarterback and we’re going to start Colin this week and give him an opportunity to run with the ones,” Kelly said. “I believe you’ve got to do it at the beginning of the week just because of how reps are distributed.”“I think I’ve always been confident,” Kaepernick said. “It’s something that I’m ready to step on that field, I’m ready to play. It’s been about a year since live game action. So, I’m itching to get out there.”After meeting with the coaching staff and discussing possible solutions for the Niners’ 31st ranked offense (in yards per game), Kelly said the group came to the conclusion that one of the only moves it could make to potentially jumpstart the offense was to make a change at quarterback.“We were very analytical and sat down as a staff and watched the tape, went over everything,” Kelly said. “We had a couple days to kind of digest where we are and I think offensively we need to be better and we just need to make a move. And it’s really not, it’s not Blaine’s fault. I think it’s just as a group offensively we need to be better in a lot of ways so we’re going to see what we can do and make a move here. It’s really one of the only maneuvers we can make based on our depth.”[…]Kelly also brushed aside any concern that Kaepernick’s protest of racial oppression and inequality in the United States by kneeling during the national anthem will become more of a distraction now that he’s starting.“No and I think we’ve answered that question ad nauseam as much as the weight question that we’ve answered is that it has not been an issue and I think because of how Colin has handled it,” Kelly said. “He handled it very straight forward with our players when it first came about way back when in August, and it hasn’t been an issue since then, so I don’t see it changing from that standpoint.”