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Niners Nation Jun 28, 2016

Blaine Gabbert, Colin Kaepernick included in most team-friendly, player-friendly contract lists

Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick are conveniently listed on opposing sides of team- and player-friendly contracts. The latter is not exactly an easy one to assess. I have to admit, this is really quite convenient! ESPN’s Mike Sando put together a list of the most team-friendly contracts, and followed that up with the most player-friendly contracts. Conveniently enough, Blaine Gabbert appeared on the former list, and Colin Kaepernick appeared on the latter list. Given the chatter around Kaepernick’s contract shortly after he signed the deal, it is quite the reversal of fortune in some...
Niners Nation Jun 28, 2016

Golden Nuggets: Which QB Should Start?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from the Internet The San Francisco 49ers offseason storylines mostly revolve around 2 main topics. One topic being who win the 49ers starting quarterback position between Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert; the other being will Chip Kelly be able to improve this offense. Normally, when a football team has a quarterback competition for the starting spot, the team will likely not be competing for a Super Bowl. The 49ers are not expected to be very competitive this year, but the QB...
Niners Nation Jun 27, 2016

Colin Kaepernick or Blaine Gabbert? Maybe both

And possibly a little Driskel, too. The biggest question of the 49ers off-season is “Who will start at quarterback?” But maybe we’ve been looking at the question from the wrong angle. When Chip Kelly entered the NFL, the conventional wisdom was that he would run a lot of zone-read plays, but that pro defenses would adjust and, frankly, injure his quarterbacks. And that is basically what happened. There was foreshadowing from RGIII, who had ended his great run in 2012 with a series of knee injuries. Mike Vick — the fastest quarterback in NFL history — won Chip’s QB competition in...
Niners Nation Jun 25, 2016

Bucky Brooks explains how Blaine Gabbert can revive his career with 49ers

NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks discussed why he thinks Blaine Gabbert can get his career re-booted with Chip Kelly. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback competition will move full steam ahead when training camp arrives late next month. Blaine Gabbert benefited from Colin Kaepernick’s rehab process, getting all the first team work in team drills. Kaepernick got some 7-on-7 work in minicamp, but he has a lot of on-field work to do once training camp gets going. Gabbert is likely the early favorite for the starting QB job given his extra time implementing the offense, but once we get a week or...
Niners Nation Jun 24, 2016

Blaine Gabbert talks about how his, team's impressions of the Chip Kelly offense

It's a bit old (May 28th) but this is a great interview from John Clayton with Blaine Gabbert. There's a lot of insight about what's been going on with the current quarterback competition and how he approaches the game today. You can listen to the interview here Talk about how this has been, because every report out of San Francisco including what's coming out of the mouth of Chip Kelly and players is things are going great for you. Yeah, I'm just trying to take it day by day. Being in a new system and a new offense this year, it's just the same process I've gone through multiple times in...
Niners Nation Jun 22, 2016

Golden Nuggets: QB Battle In July

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from the Internet Blaine Gabbert will enter July’s training camp as the leading candidate for the 49ers starting quarterback position. He remains unchallenged for the role right now due to Colin Kaepernick working his way back from injury. Once training camp starts up though, Colin will be cleared to participate in team drills. During minicamp, he was only able to participate in individual and 7 on 7 drills. When Colin is cleared to participate fully during training camp, then the...
San Jose Mercury News Jun 21, 2016
49ers: Breaking down where Kaepernick, Gabbert QB race stands

49ers: Breaking down where Kaepernick, Gabbert QB race stands

While Colin Kaepernick has been injured, Blaine Gabbert's 6-foot-4, athletic frame has been a picture of health.
Niners Nation Jun 19, 2016

Golden Nuggets: Slow day for the 49ers

Sunday, June 19th, 2016 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from around the Internet. Good morning everyone. Just like that, San Francisco 49ers news has dried up completely and there is only one or two new links for today. But as usual, we’re going to include a few that you might have missed from previous days. Minicamps are starting and ending and Colin Kaepernick isn’t battling Blaine Gabbert yet, so there really isn’t much on the news front. I decided that I would analyze a few random Kaepernick passes as well, in much the same way as I...
Niners Nation Jun 16, 2016

ESPN ranks 49ers ‘triplets’ poorly

The Jacksonville Jaguars locked up Allen Hurns earlier this month, setting the team up with Hurns, Allen Robinson, and Blake Bortles for the near future. Most teams have some semblance of three quality players locked up for the near future, and so, Bill Barnwell decided to rank out the top offensive “triplets” around the league. We all know about the Dallas Cowboys triplets in the 90s, and since then, it’s been a topic of conversation around the league. It is not exactly shocking Barnwell ranked the 49ers fairly low on the triplets list. He included Blaine Gabbert, Carlos Hyde, and...
Niners Nation Jun 13, 2016

One NFL exec makes the Blaine Gabbert, Nick Foles comparison

The San Francisco 49ers decision to hire Chip Kelly has meant we have heard a lot of comparisons to Kelly’s time in Philadelphia, and even to his time in Oregon. Whatever the story, someone will be able to find a comparison to Kelly’s previous coaching experience. It's not surprising, and it can be interesting to compare, but plenty is different from job-to-job. During the middle of last week, Albert Breer posted his first notes column for MMQB. Breer was previously a reporter for NFL Network, but recently joined on with MMQB. In his first column, he discussed two players to watch from...
Niners Nation Jun 12, 2016

Will we see some fakes with Jeff Driskel as 49ers personal punt protector?

This could make the preseason a little more interesting. The San Francisco 49ers invested a late sixth round pick in quarterback Jeff Driskel, as they continue trying to figure out their quarterback situation. Head coach Chip Kelly had positive things to say about Driskel, but with Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick the ones competing for the starting job, Driskel will remain a developmental project for the time being. That being said, this does not necessarily mean he will be inactive throughout the 2016 season. Driskel has been getting some work on special teams. He is not working as a...
Niners Nation Jun 12, 2016

Golden Nuggets: Waiting for the Colin Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert battle

Sunday, June 12th, 2016 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from around the Internet. Good morning everyone. Since it was published later in the day on a Saturday, I’m going to link you guys to the post I put up yesterday taking another look at five random Blaine Gabbert passers. If I have to sit there and write 1,000 words about four incomplete passes and a touchdown, then you jerks are definitely going to read it and comment on it. For the record, I’ve got several of those posts planned and it’s part of a larger look at Gabbert I’m...
Niners Nation Jun 11, 2016

Taking a look at 5 more random passes from 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert

This went OK last time. Let’s get five more random passes and see what Blaine Gabbert analysis we can come up with today. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert is a much better play than Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Whether that’s enough for him to beat Colin Kaepernick in a quarterback battle is completely up in the air and frankly, I have no idea what that competition is even going to look like. But I’ve dipped my toe into the “fine, I’ll take Gabbert seriously” pool and think things went well last time so I’ll wade in again. Essentially, I’m...

Colin Kaepernick refused to blame last year’s bad play on injuries

Atlanta Falcons v San Francisco 49ersColin Kaepernick #7 said he looks forward to competing with Blaine Gabbert #2 in training camp. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/)An effusive and upbeat Colin Kaepernick met with local Bay Area media on Thursday and spoke for the first time since the end of last season. A few things he said stood out. 1. Kaepernick refused to blame last year’s injuries for his poor play and eventual benching. “I did not play my best football last year,” he stated. 2. At one point the 49ers public relations staff wanted to cut off the interview, Kaepernick said that he would...
Niners Nation Jun 9, 2016

Colin Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert to split first team snaps when training camp starts

This is not a surprise, but the bigger question now is what will happen with preseason snaps. Chip Kelly held his last press conference of the offseason on Thursday, and he said when training camp arrives, Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick will split first team work. We'll have a full transcript later today, but in the meantime, Cam Inman got some pertinent comments from Kelly: “We get enough reps through the course of training camp that it’s never a concern for us, that ‘Geez, we’re not going to get enough reps out there,’ ” coach Chip Kelly said Thursday. “We have enough...

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