49ers key matchup No. 1: Colin Kaepernick vs. Jason Campbell

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49ers key matchup No. 1: Colin Kaepernick vs. Jason Campbell

This is the final part in a series that spotlights three 49ers-Bears matchups to watch Monday, 5:30 p.m. (ESPNCBS 5), at Candlestick Park.49ers QB Colin Kaepernick vs. Bears QB Jason CampbellTale of the tape
Kaepernick (7): 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, second season, Nevada
Campbell (2): 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, eighth season, AuburnJason Campbell has 70 career starts on his resume in six previous seasons with the Washington Redskins and Raiders.Colin Kaepernick is slated to make his first NFL start.MAIOCCO: Key matchup No. 2 -- Crabtree vs. TillmanWhen the 49ers face the Chicago Bears on Monday night, it will likely be a game that comes down to the quarterbacks. It might be the quarterback who makes the most plays. Or, more likely, the difference could come down to the quarterback who simply avoids the major mistake.In what figures to be a low-scoring game, it might not take much to turn the game. The 49ers own the league's third-ranked defense, while the Bears' defense is No. 5.The 49ers' defense leads the NFL with just 14.1 points allowed per game. The Bears are generating turnovers at a rate of 30 takeaways in nine games."Obviously, they're a great defense," Kaepernick said last week when it appeared as if Alex Smith was on track to make the start after being asymptomatic and taking part in four days of practices."I think they're No. 1 in the NFL right now," Kaepernick added. "A lot of turnovers, a lot of great players on that side of the ball who have a lot of Pro Bowls, as far as (Brian) Urlacher, (Lance) Briggs, (Julius) Peppers. They have a lot of great players over there. We're going to have our work cut out for us."Campbell takes over for Jay Cutler, who was ruled out of action on Friday due to a concussion he sustained Nov. 11. Kaepernick is scheduled to start in place of Smith, who sustained a concussion in the second quarter of last week's game against the St. Louis Rams.MAIOCCO:Key matchup No. 3 -- Justin Smith vs. Chilo RachalThe 49ers announced Monday morning that Smith has been declared out for Monday's game after being evaluated by team medical director Dr. Dan Garza. Smith had been cleared to participate in practices Wednesday through Saturday.Second-year player Scott Tolzien, who has suited up for just one game in his career, will serve as the 49ers' backup quarterback.Campbell enters Monday's game with a lot of NFL experience. In 19 starts with the Raiders the past two seasons, Campbell posted an 11-7 record as a starter. He sustained a broken collarbone last October, leading the Raiders to trade for Carson Palmer. Campbell did not play again last season, and he signed with the Bears in the offseason."We felt like we needed to improve our backup quarterback position in the offseason," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "So we felt real good about being able to convince Jason to come here and be Jay's backup."This season, Campbell has completed 12 of 20 passes for 94 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. He entered last week's game against the Houston Texans at halftime. Campbell led seven possessions, during which time the Bears managed only four first downs, one field goal and one missed field goal.Kaepernick has seen action in six games this season, including consecutive games against the New York Jets, Buffalo and New York Giants as a change-of-pace quarterback. He has completed 16 of 26 attempts for 206 yards. He is the 49ers' third-leading rusher with 177 yards on 21 attempts.Lovie Smith said last week that his Bears defense would prepare for both Alex Smith and Kaepernick."Colin has been playing some anyway, so we've been preparing for that anyways," Lovie Smith said. "Again, we don't change what we do an awful lot based on change in the quarterback. Both of those quarterbacks have played some for them."

Chip Kelly expresses appreciation for Yorks' support

Chip Kelly expresses appreciation for Yorks' support

SANTA CLARA – Coach Chip Kelly, who is concluding his first year of a four-year contract reportedly worth $24 million with the 49ers, has not had substantive talks with team ownership about his future.

He said he would not expect to sit down and discuss the plan for 2017 and beyond until the 2016 season has concluded.

When asked if he has received any formal assurance that he would be back next season, Kelly answered, “No, I have a contract. I meet with ownership. It’s not like we don’t talk. I met with (49ers CEO) Jed (York) earlier today. I hadn’t seen Jed since I got back.”

The 49ers (1-11) are on a franchise-worst 11-game losing streak. Kelly also dealt with personal tragedy over the weekend when his father, E. Paul Kelly, passed away at the age of 87. Kelly expressed appreciation for the York’s support during that time.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the York family for how much they helped me in the last five to six days,” Kelly said. “They were unbelievable.”

The Yorks had a private plane waiting for Kelly in Chicago when the team landed Friday night, he said. Kelly flew to New Hampshire to be with his mother. He was flown back to Chicago the next day for the game.

Also, the Yorks arranged for Kelly’s partner, Jill Cohen, to fly from the Bay Area to Chicago. Both Kelly and Cohen were flown to the funeral in Portland, Maine, after the game and back to the Bay Area on Tuesday evening.

Kelly said he spoke to Jed York face to face on Thursday morning for the first time since he got back, but the conversation only focused on this week's situation entering the team's game Sunday against the New York Jets at Levi's Stadium.

“I’ve never had a conversation in-season about things going on,” Kelly said. “Obviously, at the end of every year, you’ll sit down and evaluate everything. But I haven’t had anything – nor would I expect to have anybody come to me during the season and talk about what’s going to go on.

“The football discussion I had today with Jed was just about injuries,” Kelly added. “Who’s out? What are we doing here? What’s your thought process in terms of the Jets? Just a normal conversation we have on a weekly basis. But nothing from that (contract) standpoint.”
 

Christian Ponder remains 49ers' No. 3 quarterback

Christian Ponder remains 49ers' No. 3 quarterback

SANTA CLARA – Colin Kaepernick will be back as the 49ers’ starting quarterback on Sunday against the New York Jets.

And coach Chip Kelly announced Blaine Gabbert will be the No. 2 quarterback on Sunday. Gabbert started the first five games of the season and replaced a struggling Kaepernick in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears.

Meanwhile, No. 3 quarterback Christian Ponder, who has not suited up for a game this season, will continue to be inactive when the 49ers face the Jets.

Kelly said there has not been any talk about moving Ponder up the depth chart. Only 46 of each team’s 53 players are allowed to suit up for games, and the No. 3 quarterback is typically inactive.

“We haven’t had any discussions about that so far,” Kelly said about Ponder being active.

Kelly had talks with quarterbacks coach Ryan Day and offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins before deciding to stick with Kaepernick, who will make his eighth consecutive start on Sunday.

“Really, it was just who was going to be the starting quarterback against the Jets and then let’s get forward because part of game planning evolves around who’s pulling the trigger,” Kelly said. “So that was our conversation was just about who was going to start and I think both Ryan, Curtis and myself agreed that it was Kap.”

Ponder, originally the No. 12 overall pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2011, earned a spot on the 49ers over rookie Jeff Driskel after a solid training camp. Ponder has not attempted a pass in a regular-season game since appearing in two games with the Vikings in 2014.