The battle between Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert for who will run new head coach Chip Kelly’s fast-paced offense rages on.
On Thursday, offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins praised both and said that either could thrive in the system.
“I think naturally that every quarterback’s skill sets are a little bit different,” Modkins said at a press conference. “I think what’s great is both of their skill sets are very good for our offense. And we’ll get a chance to see more of their skill sets once we get further into this camp.”
But, for the fans who are eager to know who is winning the race, Modkins — like his boss — said they wouldn’t have an answer until they’ve played some preseason games. (The first is Aug. 14, when the Niners host the Houston Texans.)
Modkins praised Kaepernick, the choice with more upside, keeping in line with how Kelly has talked about him publicly since landing the head job in Santa Clara.
“Kap has done a good job,” Modkins said. “He was very visible (during the offseason). He was around here this spring. He did all he could do. He’s done a good job with what we’ve asked him to do so far. The competition’s kind of really just getting started.”
The detail worth noting, though, is that the team still hasn’t tabbed a starter, which is something most football coaches prefer to do early in the season. But, Kelly prides himself on not being like most coaches.
Buckle in, Faithful: The battle for starting quarterback is far from over.
Cal isn’t as conflicted
The Cal football team announced on Thursday that graduate transfer Davis Webb will replace Jared Goff as the starting quarterback for the Bears.
“We have complete confidence in him leading our offense and leading our team,” Sonny Dykes said in a press release. “We felt it was in the best interest of our football team to make this decision now.”
This seemed like an inevitability since Webb announced he would be transferring to Berkeley in May after throwing for 46 touchdowns (with just 22 interceptions) during his career at Texas Tech.
He’s only got one year of eligibility left; it wouldn’t serve anyone well spending it on the bench.