Star Quarterback Benched Indefinitely, 49ers Struggle Without Leader

Star Quarterback Benched Indefinitely, 49ers Struggle Without Leader

 

SANTA CLARA – Colin Kaepernick is keeping his starting job after being benched during one of the worst performances of his career.Niners offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins said Tuesday that the battlefield quarterback will start when San Francisco? (1-11) hosts the Jets (3-9) on Sunday. In Sunday’s 26-6 loss to the Bears, Kaepernick threw just one pass through three quarters.

Kaepernick was pulled from the game by Blaine Gabbert in the fourth quarter after he had five sacks and one pass breakup that came midway through the second quarter.”We decided during the game to try and see if Blaine could give us a spark and Kap was the starter,” Modkins said. “It’s nothing else.”San Francisco ended up with just six net yards after the weather dictated a heavy reliance on the running game. Gabbert completed 4 of 10 attempts for 35 yards and took the game away.

 

“I just looked at how the ball came out of (Kaepernick’s) hand and what were our chances to finish it,” 49ers coach Chip Kelly said afterward.But Chicago scored three touchdowns and the 49ers had to pass to get back into the game.It was Kaepernick’s first career game in the snow.

The 49ers spent a week practicing in Orlando to save travel time after the road loss in Miami. Kaepernick never looked comfortable in the cold as San Francisco extended its franchise-worst losing streak to 11 games.”The elements are always important,” Kaepernick said, “but you have to deal with the elements.

It’s part of football, it’s part of what we’re paid to do, and we’ve got to do better.Kaepernick. struggles in Chicago came as a surprise because last month he seemed to turn the corner, Kaepernick threw for 1,110 yards in his previous four games after the bye week, the longest four-game stretch of his career.

He threw eight touchdowns and two interceptions and had a good passer rating of 96.0 and 223 yards.However, the Bears limited the legs of Kaepernick, allowing only 20 yards on six carries. Kaepernick is second in the NFL in receiving yards from a quarterback behind Buffalo’s Tyrod Taylor.‚ÄúSunday was a step backwards. We have to hit the track this week, Kaepernick said. “We have to work hard, make sure everything is ready, think right and transition to New York.”.

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