Based on comments made by former San Francisco 49ers offensive guard Alex Boone, the deck is stacked against Colin Kaepernick to start over Blaine Gabbert.
Speaking with Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Boone predicted Gabbert will be the starting quarterback this season for the 49ers.
“To be honest I think that Blaine did a great job last year, and from what I know of Blaine, I think he’s probably gonna take the reins,” Boone, who is now a member of the Minnesota Vikings, said. “I mean I think he’s a good guy, he knows what he’s doing out there, and he just has the support of the group so I think that’s one of the things to look forward to.”
Boone isn’t the first to express this opinion, and it seems the general consensus coming from those in the know is that Gabbert has the upper hand in the upcoming quarterback competition during training camp.
A recent report by Michael Wagaman of ESPN indicated that many within San Francisco’s organization see Gabbert as the better fit for Chip Kelly’s offense (more on that here).
Heck, Jerry Rice had good things to say about Gabbert this past week, saying, “I had an opportunity to meet him, and you can just tell the confidence. He feels he has a legitimate chance of being the starter.”
This only further solidifies the notion that Gabbert is the “heavy favorite” to start this year, as was reported early in June by Mike Silver of NFL.com.
There is no doubt that Kaepernick is the superior athlete, but Gabbert isn’t a slouch in this department.
Furthermore, he is more accurate and has ditched the yips that plagued him in his early years with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Last year, playing in Kap’s stead, he showed excellent composure under pressure and proved he can make smart decisions when things go sideways.
Kaepernick still has a shot to win the job, but at this point it seems clear it’s going to be hard for him to beat out Gabbert.