Chip Kelly told reporters on Sunday that he never considered pulling Blaine Gabbert in the San Francisco 49ers 37-18 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
The coach fielded more questions regarding the team’s quarterback situation during his press conference on Monday. Specifically, reporters were curious if Colin Kaepernick is being considered to start in Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys.
Gabbert will continue to start for the 49ers, Kelly confirmed. Kaepernick’s health continues to be a large portion of the decision.
“I don’t think he’s ready to go full-time,” Kelly said. “He’s continuing to work on it. … Kap is definitely our No. 2 right now.”
Players had Monday off, but Kelly acknowledged that Kap came into the team facility to work out. San Francisco’s backup signal-caller missed a significant portion of training camp due to shoulder fatigue. It came after Kaepernick spent the entire offseason program rehabbing from a trio of surgeries.
“I think his playing weight has been around 225, and he’s not at that right now,” Kelly said. “So he’s going out there and continuing to work, continuing to get better. He had a serious layoff in terms of being able to rehab. To get the full Kap for what you need, the potential that he has, he needs to continue to just work on the physical aspect of things.”
Kaepernick saw additional reps in practice last week as he stepped in for the scout team to play the role of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
In three starts this season, Gabbert has thrown for 532 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions with a quarterback rating of 68.6. The signal-caller’s streak of 12 straight appearances with a touchdown was snapped on Sunday in Seattle.
Kelly said he’ll be looking for more from his entire offense going forward, especially on third down. The 49ers went 4-of-15 on the money down against the Seahawks and failed to convert on any of their first 10 attempts.
“I think it’s the entire group offensively,” Kelly said. “We need to convert. Again, what do we need to do as a group better? We had eight shots at third-and-five or less that we need to convert on third down so we can stay on the field and continue to keep drives alive.”
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