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Skip Bayless: Chip Kelly Wants Colin Kaepernick To Fail Quickly

Skip Bayless talking about Colin Kaepernick


Skip Bayless, as is his wont, had more sports wisdom to share with us, this time regarding Chip Kelly and Colin Kaepernick.

Skip Bayless is back with another hot take concerning the 49ers' quarterback situation, after Chip Kelly announced Tuesday that Colin Kaepernick would be the starter this Sunday against the Bills.

Take it away, Skip:

A blistering take, to be sure.

He added on Undisputed that the QB situation in San Francisco reminded him of the Tim Tebow situation in Denver in 2011, when the Broncos started 1-4 and the fans were clamoring for Tebow to start. He said that John Fox and John Elway just wanted to "get this Tim Tebow thing over with" by throwing him to the wolves.

Kelly is supposedly setting Kaepernick up to fail, like the Broncos set up Tebow to fail, in order to end the quarterback controversy, the reasoning goes.

Which is believable, sort of, but it's more or less a false equivalency. The 49ers as a team are set up to fail regardless, no matter which quarterback is at the helm. Their defense is a one of the worst in the NFL. Meanwhile the Denver Broncos were stacked with four pro-bowlers that year; they were an above-average team playing poorly (which makes Bayless' argument that Tebow was set up to fail a little shaky, but that's neither here nor there). The 49ers are not an above-average team playing poorly. The 49ers are all-around awful. They cannot possibly get worse by starting Kaepernick, or having Kelly announce Kaepernick is starting a week in advance.

Now, Bayless can believe and spout off whatever he wants about Kelly's ulterior motives in this situation, but here are some facts:

  • The 49ers are bad (1-4)
  • Blaine Gabbert is bad ( five touchdowns, six interceptions, 69.6 QB rating)
  • Colin Kaepernick is maybe not as bad

If you're Chip Kelly, what do you even have to lose at this point by announcing the starting quarterback on a Tuesday? The 49ers are terrible. It's a bit absurd to believeRex Ryan scrapped his entire game plan at the news Kaepernick would be the starter. C'mon Skip.

You can watch the entire 10-minute imbroglio between Bayless and Shannon Sharpe unfold below, if you so choose, but why would you?


The 49ers take on the Bills this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET.