49ers will stick with Colin Kaepernick as starter after his historically bad game

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Coming off a historically bad performance that got him benched in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bears, Colin Kaepernick will remain the San Francsico 49ers’ starting quarterback this weekend against the Jets.

Niners coach Chip Kelly wasn’t ready to make that decision after Sunday’s loss to one of the league’s worst teams, but offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins revealed the team’s choice during a Tuesday meeting with reporters.

Kaepernick, coming off the best game of his season the week prior against the Dolphins, completed only one of five passes for four yards and was sacked five times by Chicago before he was replaced by Blaine Gabbert. He became the first quarterback in NFL history with five sacks and fewer than five passing yards in a game, but Gabbert (4-for-10, 35 yards) didn’t fare much better.

Gabbert began the season as the 49ers’ No. 1 QB but led the team to a 1-4 start before Kaepernick took over in Week 6. The 49ers are 0-7 with Kaepernick as their starter, but he had been playing well enough that he’s reportedly considering opting out of his contract and becoming a free agent at season’s end.

Right now, though, he’ll need a much better performance Sunday against another of the league’s worst teams to make that seem like a wise decision. The Jets announced after Monday night’s loss to the Colts that they will replace their starting quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, with second-year-pro Bryce Petty for the rest of the season.