Colin Kaepernick

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) watches from the sideline during a preseason game against the Houston Texans at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on August 14, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

It’s time for Niners to save face, beat Colin cancer

So Colin Kaepernick wants to be the Dalai Lama, huh? Well, God…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) watches from the sideline during a preseason game against the Houston Texans at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on August 14, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers preseason game makes ripples, some football related

The San Francisco 49ers played their third preseason game of the 2016…

The 49ers have plenty of unanswered roster questions despite being in week 3 of the preseason. (Ryan McNulty/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Chip Kelly: As entertaining as a hurry-up offense

The San Francisco 49ers play the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium…

The 49ers have plenty of unanswered roster questions despite being in week 3 of the preseason. (Ryan McNulty/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Chip Kelly didn't have a solid diagnosis on Thursday for what is keeping Colin Kaepernick off the playing field. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Chip Kelly cheerfully vague about Kap’s status

The San Francisco 49ers are tooling up for their second preseason game,…

Chip Kelly didn't have a solid diagnosis on Thursday for what is keeping Colin Kaepernick off the playing field. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Thad Lewis (9) is done for the season with a torn ACL. The San Francisco 49ers tried to fill his loss by signing Christian Ponder, possibly the most hated Minnesota Viking in recent memory. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Christian Ponder signing personifies 49ers’ deep talent hole

The San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback situation is so bad. (How bad is…

Thad Lewis (9) is done for the season with a torn ACL. The San Francisco 49ers tried to fill his loss by signing Christian Ponder, possibly the most hated Minnesota Viking in recent memory. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A 49ers fan celebrates a touchdown during a preseason game against the Houston Texans at Levi’s Stadium on Aug. 14. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Smile, Faithful: It’s Gabbert’s show for worse or worser

Nobody freak out. It was the first NFL pregame game, for goshsakes.…

A 49ers fan celebrates a touchdown during a preseason game against the Houston Texans at Levi’s Stadium on Aug. 14. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) looks down the field for an open receiver against the Houston Texans at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on August 14, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Niners quarterback questions unanswered

This 49ers season, with the new coach, the new up-tempo offense and…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) looks down the field for an open receiver against the Houston Texans at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on August 14, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Bruce Bochy had a recent health scare, and with all that he’s accomplished, it could be time to consider calling it a career. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bruce Bochy’s biggest call could be real life-saver

If there’s a more high-pressure job in professional sports than that of…

Bruce Bochy had a recent health scare, and with all that he’s accomplished, it could be time to consider calling it a career. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Curtis Modkins said on Thursday that he likes what he sees out of Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert. (Courtesy 49ers via Twitter)

Quarterback controversy simmers at 49ers camp

The battle between Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert for who will run…

Curtis Modkins said on Thursday that he likes what he sees out of Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert. (Courtesy 49ers via Twitter)
Chip Kelly addressed the media, and like most of his time with the Niners so far, he spent time battling misconceptions from his time with the Philadelphia Eagles. (Courtesy 49ers via Twitter)

Chip Kelly using time with new team to correct misconceptions

The San Francisco 49ers practiced with pads for the first time this…

Chip Kelly addressed the media, and like most of his time with the Niners so far, he spent time battling misconceptions from his time with the Philadelphia Eagles. (Courtesy 49ers via Twitter)
Brett Lawrie, third from right, looks on from the dugout with Josh Reddick, second from right, and Stephen Vogt, right, when he was on the Oakland Athletics last year. Lawrie said the team’s firesale was deflating and that he’s happy to be with the White Sox now. (Nick Wass/AP)

For hopeless A’s, it’s that time of year again

Do you know what time it is, Athletics fans? Of course you…

Brett Lawrie, third from right, looks on from the dugout with Josh Reddick, second from right, and Stephen Vogt, right, when he was on the Oakland Athletics last year. Lawrie said the team’s firesale was deflating and that he’s happy to be with the White Sox now. (Nick Wass/AP)
Colin Kaepernick throws during practice on Thursday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Kaepernick appears energized, committed to 49ers on last day of OTAs

SANTA CLARA — Colin Kaepernick was convincing that he is a changed…

Colin Kaepernick throws during practice on Thursday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Madison Bumgarner would like to compete in this year's home run derby. (David Zalubowski/AP)

Bay Area sports characters say the darndest things

This country has an obsession with power pitchers, home runs and cowboys.…

Madison Bumgarner would like to compete in this year's home run derby. (David Zalubowski/AP)
Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert are the 49ers' quarterbacks, which means they have an unsettled position battle. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Camp Kelly sounds like more of the same ol’ same old

Are you ready for some football? Ready for some 49ers football? Yeah,…

Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert are the 49ers' quarterbacks, which means they have an unsettled position battle. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Chip Kelly had some fun with the press on Tuesday after OTAs. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Chip Kelly knows where the ocean is

If not indulging the media makes a great football coach, the San…

Chip Kelly had some fun with the press on Tuesday after OTAs. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
General manager Trent Baalke has some work ahead of you. (Darron Cummings/AP)

49ers plan draft to build Chip the roster he wants

SANTA CLARA — Trent Baalke realizes the importance of this draft for…

General manager Trent Baalke has some work ahead of you. (Darron Cummings/AP)
Russell Wilson really loves his brands. (Matt Sayles/Invision for Hennessy/AP Images)

Boring quarterback seeks lamest nickname ever

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson continued his attack on coolness Tuesday when…

Russell Wilson really loves his brands. (Matt Sayles/Invision for Hennessy/AP Images)
Trent Baalke, as is often the case, didn’t reveal much about his plans for quarterback Colin Kaepernick ahead of the draft. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Niners GM Baalke hopes quarterback remains a 49er, but also wouldn’t mind trading him

SANTA CLARA — Trent Baalke is not ruling out the possibility of…

Trent Baalke, as is often the case, didn’t reveal much about his plans for quarterback Colin Kaepernick ahead of the draft. (Eric Risberg/AP)
Trent Dilfer played for the San Francisco 49ers and will call their Week 1 game for the second-straight year. (Wade Payne/AP)

Another 1-0 start to come? 49ers to kickoff the season on ESPN

The NFL announced its 2016 schedule on Thursday, and the San Francisco…

Trent Dilfer played for the San Francisco 49ers and will call their Week 1 game for the second-straight year. (Wade Payne/AP)
The San Francisco Zoo named a hippo (not pictured) after Bruce Bochy, left, last week. Bochy took that moment to teach the media a wildlife lesson. (Chris Carlson, Michael Sohn/AP)

Bruce Bochy admires killer instinct of hippopotamus namesake

It’s the question dominating the sports discussion in the Bay Area: How…

The San Francisco Zoo named a hippo (not pictured) after Bruce Bochy, left, last week. Bochy took that moment to teach the media a wildlife lesson. (Chris Carlson, Michael Sohn/AP)