The San Francisco 49ers have dropped their last two games, prompting speculation that head coach Chip Kelly could decide to remove Colin Kaepernick from the dog house and start him in their next game.
However, it appears that Kelly is not planning to make changes any time soon. The veteran coach wants to stick with Gabbert despite two straight disappointing defeats — against the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks — following their 28-0 win over the Los Angeles Rams in their season opener.
San Francisco 49ers Have Better Chance With Kaepernick Starting
But for Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, the 49ers are a better team with Kaepernick calling the plays for them. Following their 37-18 victory over the 49ers, Bennett said that they were not challenge by Gabbert.
“The challenge is him reading the defenses and staying in the pocket.” Bennett said via Pro Football Talk. “What’s the point in running when you have to throw the ball? I think Kaepernick gives the team a better chance of winning, but that’s just my opinion.”
Colin Kaepernick Ready To Start For San Francisco 49ers
Meanwhile, Kaepernick insisted that he is ready to start for the 49ers if Kelly decides to call his number. Kelly previously said that the 28-year-old signal caller is not yet physically ready start, saying that he needs to regain his strength if he wants to dislodge Gabbert from his starting position.
Kaepernick, who underwent multiple surgeries last offseason, agreed that he still needs to work on his weight and body strength. However, he reiterated that he is ready to make an impact for the 49ers again. The 49ers will next face the Dallas Cowboys at the Levi’s Stadium on Sunday.
“My strength is still growing, developing,” Kaepernick said via CSN Bay Area. “But, once again, I’m always going to be prepared, always ready to put it on the line for this team.”