Is It Time for Colin Kaepernick?

colin-kaepernick-1-1200x900The oh so strange and topsy turvy season of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick may be set to take another turn. Just this week a survey of NFL fans, as reported by Forbes, says that fully 1/3 are less likely to watch the NFL on television because of the national anthem protests that are being led by Kaepernick. The once unassailable television ratings juggernaut that is the NFL has seen an unprecedented drop this season, and at least according to these numbers, their kryptonite is the action spurred on by a single backup quarterback. Although it is also worth noting that Kaepernick’s #7 49ers jersey began the season as the NFL’s top seller, although we can’t be sure that if that’s in support of Kaepernick, or to burn his jersey in effigy.

We also can’t be sure that Kaepernick’s status as persona non grata is going to continue in the Bay Area and that he will remain merely a well-paid and much talked about backup. During Thursday night’s loss at home to Arizona, 49ers fans actually began to chant “we want Kaep.”

At 1-4 the Blaine Gabbert era in San Francisco has inspired very little excitement. His two interceptions on Thursday were both back-breakers, setting up easy scores on short fields for the Cardinals. The team now has the 32nd ranked passing offense in the NFL at 178 yards per game and Gabbert’s quarterback rating is an embarrassing 73.

Conventional wisdom would tell us that now, with 10 days to prepare for the 49ers next game, it is the perfect time to make the change at quarterback. But of course when Chip Kelly is your head coach, conventional wisdom never seems to play into it.

Kelly has been a vocal supporter of Gabbert’s and isn’t one to be inclined to make a personnel change because the fans are calling for it. But when asked about his quarterback situation and a possible switch, he didn’t say no. Kelly responded very diplomatically, “We’re going to go and look at everything.”

Up next for the 49ers is Buffalo, another team with an unsettled quarterback situation that is struggling on offense. That game, and any changes at quarterback that might influence its point spread, is just one of the many upcoming betting events that we’ll be following over the next week.

The oh so strange and topsy turvy season of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick may be set to take another turn. Just this week a survey of NFL fans, as reported by Forbes, says that fully 1/3 are less likely to watch the NFL on television because of the national anthem protests that are being led by Kaepernick. The once unassailable television ratings juggernaut that is the NFL has seen an unprecedented drop this season, and at least according to these numbers, their kryptonite is the action spurred on by a single backup quarterback. Although it is also worth noting that Kaepernick’s #7 49ers jersey began the season as the NFL’s top seller, although we can’t be sure that if that’s in support of Kaepernick, or to burn his jersey in effigy.

We also can’t be sure that Kaepernick’s status as persona non grata is going to continue in the Bay Area and that he will remain merely a well-paid and much talked about backup. During Thursday night’s loss at home to Arizona, 49ers fans actually began to chant “we want Kaep.”

At 1-4 the Blaine Gabbert era in San Francisco has inspired very little excitement. His two interceptions on Thursday were both back-breakers, setting up easy scores on short fields for the Cardinals. The team now has the 32nd ranked passing offense in the NFL at 178 yards per game and Gabbert’s quarterback rating is an embarrassing 73.

Conventional wisdom would tell us that now, with 10 days to prepare for the 49ers next game, it is the perfect time to make the change at quarterback. But of course when Chip Kelly is your head coach, conventional wisdom never seems to play into it.

Kelly has been a vocal supporter of Gabbert’s and isn’t one to be inclined to make a personnel change because the fans are calling for it. But when asked about his quarterback situation and a possible switch, he didn’t say no. Kelly responded very diplomatically, “We’re going to go and look at everything.”

Up next for the 49ers is Buffalo, another team with an unsettled quarterback situation that is struggling on offense. That game, and any changes at quarterback that might influence its point spread, is just one of the many upcoming betting events that we’ll be following over the next week.

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