After getting benched vs Bears, Colin Kaepernick to start vs Jets

After getting benched vs Bears, Colin Kaepernick to start vs Jets

Colin Kaepernick will remain as the 49ers’ starting quarterback on Sunday against the New York Jets.

Offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins made the announcement on Tuesday while coach Chip Kelly was in Maine for services for his father, E. Paul Kelly, who passed away on Friday.

Kaepernick has started the past seven games for the 49ers, during which time the club has gone winless. The 49ers (1-11) are on a franchise-long 11 game-losing streak.

Kaepernick went 1 of 5 on Sunday for just four yards in the 49ers’ 26-6 loss to the Chicago Bears. Kaepernick was also sacked five times for minus-25 yards before getting benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert. He became the first quarterback in NFL history to be sacked five times and have fewer than 5 yards passing in the same game.

"We have been playing really good football, good football on offense and the thing had been trending in the right direction," Modkins said. "Obviously, Sunday didn’t bear that and we’ve got to go to work today and figure out how to get it back going in a direction we had it and obviously it has to be better than what it was on Sunday."

A week earlier against the Miami Dolphins, Kaepernick threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 113 yards as the 49ers rolled up 475 yards of total offense.

Kelly said the 49ers made the switch at quarterback early in the fourth quarter on Sunday against the Bears in hopes Gabbert would provide a spark. Gabbert started the 49ers’ first five games of the season before Kaepernick replaced him.

"Kap is going to be the starter and we’ll go from there," Modkins said. "We just decided during the game to try to see if Blaine could give us a spark. Kap is back being the starter. It’s nothing other than that.”

Ex-49ers RB Frank Gore moves to No. 8 on all-time list

Ex-49ers RB Frank Gore moves to No. 8 on all-time list

Frank Gore continues to move up the list of the top rushers in NFL history.

Gore, the 49ers’ all-time leading ground-gainer, picked up 79 yards on 20 rushing attempts Monday night in the Indianapolis Colts’ 41-10 victory over the New York Jets.

Gore moved past Tony Dorsett and into eighth place on the NFL’s all-time list with 12,789 yards. Next up is Eric Dickerson at No. 7 with 13,259 yards.

The only retired player in the top 11 all-time rushers who is not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame is LaDainian Tomlinson. He is eligible for the induction for the first time in 2017. The only other running back in the top 15 who is not in the Hall of Fame is Edgerrin James at No. 12.

In 10 seasons with the 49ers, Gore gained a club-record 11,073 yards. In 28 games with the Colts, Gore has 1,716 yards.

After coming up just 33 yards short of the 1,000-yard mark in his first year in Indianapolis, Gore needs 251 yards in the final four games for the ninth 1,000-yard season of his 12-year career.

Former 49ers defensive end Larry Roberts passes away


Former 49ers defensive end Larry Roberts passes away

Larry Roberts, who played defensive end on two 49ers teams that won Super Bowls, died Monday morning after battling numerous health issues. He was 53.

The 49ers originally selected Roberts in the second round of the 1986 draft from Alabama. He played all eight of his NFL seasons with the 49ers.

Roberts started in the 49ers’ Super Bowl XXIII win over the Cincinnati Bengals in 1989 and saw significant action as a backup in Super Bowl XXIV against the Denver Broncos.

He started 34 of the 89 regular-season games in which he appeared in his career. Roberts also saw action in 12 postseason games with three starts. He tied Charles Haley for the team-lead with seven sacks in 1991. He finished his career with 28 sacks.

In February, an article in USA Today detailed his friendship with Ronnie Lott while Roberts faced struggles in recent years.

"We’ll talk about the times we had, and playing in the Super Bowls," Roberts said of his relationship with Lott. "But, really, I’m trying to make it through life, day by day."

According to the article, Roberts developed diabetes as he took custody of his two teenage children after a divorce. A few years ago, Roberts was hospitalized to have his right foot amputated after gangrene set in. He woke up in the recovery room to learn both legs had been amputated.

"Life has thrown me a lot of curveballs," Roberts told USA Today. "I am depressed as hell. My children pull me through."

Lott established financial assistance for Roberts to help him deal with the huge medical costs.

"We’re human beings," Lott told USA Today. "For a long time, I had no idea what he was dealing with. But you keep hearing more and more stories, and we’re going to hear even more stories like Larry’s."