Colin Kaepernick will start against the Jets on Sunday, according to San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins.
The announcement comes two days after Kaepernick was benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert after going 1-for-5 for 4 yards in the 49ers’ 26-6 loss in Chicago. Kaepernick, who took over the job from Gabbert full-time on Oct. 16 and has started the past seven games, also was sacked five times for minus-25 yards.
Despite their franchise-record 11-game losing streak, the 49ers’ coaching staff is confident Kaepernick and the offense will rebound.
“We had been playing good football on offense and the thing had been trending in the right direction,” said Modkins, who delivered the news on Tuesday with coach Chip Kelly attending funeral services for his father in Maine.
Kaepernick has completed 116 of 213 passes (54.5 percent) for 1,444 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. He also has rushed for 393 yards on 52 carries.
His legs also posed a challenge for the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 27. Kaepernick amassed the most rushing yards in a game by a quarterback this season (113 yards on 10 attempts) and completed 29 of 46 passes for 296 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in a 31-24 loss.