SANTA CLARA—During last Sunday’s cold and snowy game against the Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick was benched in the fourth quarter. Curtis Modkins, Offensive Coordinator for the team shared on Tuesday, December 6 that Kaepernick will still start against the New York Jets in Sunday’s home game.
In the first three quarters against the Bears, Kaepernick completed only 1-5 attempts and was sacked five times for less than 25 yards. UPI shared that he did make a sixth pass, which was completed 15 yards to running back Shaun Draughn in Chicago’s red zone. The play was dismissed due to a penalty. He reportedly missed receivers and tight ends who were open. Blaine Gabbert, who started for the first five games of the season stepped in for Kaepernick in the fourth quarter, making 4 of 10 passes for a total of 35 yards.
According to the Washington Post, Kaepernick, who had reportedly been playing well up until the game against the Bears, was taken aback by being benched. According to reports, Kaepernick was unsure as to whether or not he’d be starting in the next game.
Modkins summarized the team’s intent for Sunday’s game against the Jets, who are currently 3-9.
“Kap’s going to be the starter and we’ll go from there. We just decided during the game to see if Blaine could give us a spark. Kap’s back as the starter. It’s nothing other than that,” said Modkins.
The 49ers are currently 1-11, with 10 consecutive losses following their 28-0 win over the Los Angeles Rams in their season opener.