Chip Kelly goes with Blaine Gabbert as 49ers’ starting QB

Chip Kelly goes with Blaine Gabbert as 49ers’ starting QB

San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly is no stranger to quarterback controversies, so when he announce Blaine Gabbert would start the team’s regular season opener, it really wasn’t a surprise.

“I’ve met with our quarterbacks,” Kelly said, via CSN Bay Area.

“Blaine is No. 1, and he’ll start versus the Rams, and Kap is No. 2. We’ll only have to two guys up (in uniform) on game day.”

“I think the whole body of work from April until today,” Kelly said. “I think his grasp and command of what we’re doing. He’s a good fit for what we want to get accomplished and I have a lot of confidence in what he can for us offensively.”

“I think Kap is still – I talked to him about it this morning – coming out and getting himself healthy and 100-percent go,” Kelly said. “He has been cleared to play, but he’s still knows he has some work to do. He’s not up to his playing weight that he was when he was successful here. He’ll continue to work on that. He missed a couple weeks with the arm (fatigue), and that set him back a little bit in terms of his ability to compete for it. But the timetable is the timetable. And right now we feel like Blaine is the starter.”