USAToday Colin Kaepernick is getting his shot. San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly said Tuesday that the quarterback will start Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, replacing Blaine Gabbert. Kaepernick has made headlines since the preseason by sitting, then kneeling, during the national anthem to protest social injustice and police brutality. The 49ers need a spark after losing four in a row following their Week 1 win in Kelly’s debut as their coach. Tuesday was the players’ first day back to work after Thursday’s 33-21 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Kelly said maximizing reps for Kaepernick, who missed much of the offseason while recovering from several surgeries, was a factor in making the move now. “I think we were very analytical and sat down as a staff and watched tape and went over everything,” Kelly told reporters. “We’ve had a couple days to kind of digest everything, where we are.
If I was running the San Francisco 49ers, I would not play Colin Kaepernick under any circumstances this season, because of the simple fact that if Kaepernick gets hurt the 49ers will be forced to pay him $15 million dollars in 2017. If Kaepernick is healthy, he can be cut by the 49ers next offseason, with little consequences. Colin Kaepernick is no longer a good football player, and at least the non-sports fans who believe that Kaepernick is being benched due to his political beliefs will no longer have a leg to stand on, as soon as Kaepernick throws three interceptions and bounces balls at the feet of wide open receivers as the 49ers get blown out by the surging Buffalo Bills. My prediction is that Colin Kaepernick is playing in the Canadian Football League in 2017, and not because of his controversial beliefs (that’s what he wants you to think), but because he is no longer a good football player.