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Chip Kelly: We're Going to Look at Everything

Posted Oct 6, 2016

The San Francisco 49ers coaching staff will spend the next four days evaluating the entire roster.



The San Francisco 49ers coaching staff will spend the next four days evaluating the entire roster.

Following Thursday night’s 33-21 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals – San Francisco's fourth-straight defeat – Chip Kelly confirmed that the coaches will consider making personnel changes.

This includes the always talked about quarterback position.

Kelly was asked repeatedly about considering Colin Kaepernick as the team’s starting quarterback going forward. Kelly said the coaches made no thought of it during the game, but it could be something that will be discussed over the weekend.

“We’re 1-4,” the coach said. “We’ve got to make sure we’re giving ourselves the best chance to win, so we’re going to look at everything.”

“Sporadically,” was the key word the 49ers coach used when asked if the team has improved offensively through five games.

“There’s a couple drives that I thought we did a nice job on, but not enough to win a football game,” Kelly added.

“I don’t think we protected well enough. I don’t think we threw it well enough. I don’t think we – we had too many drops – too many interceptions. It’s our entire group.”

Blaine Gabbert was 18-of-31 passing for 162 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Gabbert was sacked a season-high seven times by the Cardinals. The sixth-year pro picked up 70 rushing yards on 10 carries, including a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Gabbert didn’t mince words when summing up his performance.

“It’s extremely frustrating,” he said. “I let this team and this organization down tonight. I did not play good whatsoever. And that’s on me. I had two crucial turnovers that led to points for the Cardinals and that was the difference in the game right there.”

Arizona won the turnover battle with a plus-three advantage. Gabbert’s first-half interception led to the first of two touchdown catches on the night from Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald. A deflected pass at the line of scrimmage by Arizona linebacker Chandler Jones was picked off by stalwart defensive lineman Calais Campbell.

Gabbert was intercepted again in another critical junction of the game. With the Cardinals holding on to a 21-14 lead in the third quarter, Gabbert’s deep sideline pass intended for Jeremy Kerley was undercut and intercepted by Marcus Cooper.

“I gotta play better, there’s no question about that,” Gabbert said. “I have to do a better job leading this football team, executing this offense, scoring points (and) winning games. The whole nine yards.”

The 49ers players will be off until Tuesday, but Gabbert plans on getting back to work to prepare for a Week 6 road game against the Buffalo Bills.

“(I’m going to) keep working the way I’ve been working,” the quarterback said. “(We’ve) got to find a way to get a win next week. It’s a huge game for us. We have an extended weekend, but this is a weekend that we have to work and get our minds and bodies prepared to travel to the east coast and play a good football team.”


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