Chip Kelly Decoded: 49ers’ QB Competition Is Over, and Blaine Gabbert Won

June 7, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The 49ers' quarterback controversy is over. Blaine Gabbert beat out Colin Kaepernick for the starting job. Largely by default. It's all over but the formalities. And Chip Kelly isn't disappointed. In fact, it has worked out almost as well as he wanted it to.       
Kaepernick, who is recovering from shoulder, thumb and knee surgeries, won't be cleared to participate in minicamp this week, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (via NFL.com's Kevin Patra), the capstone of OTAs and his one chance to really make an on-field impression before training camp.
Kaepernick was supposed to be full-go by this point in the offseason. Just what is sidelining him—one of the three injuries, some combination of all of them, a mutual decision by Kaepernick and the 49ers to seek trade partners instead of going through this "competition" charade—has not been revealed.
We won't get straight answers from Kelly's press conferences, because Kelly is allergic ...

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